Acting Lead, Climate Preparedness and Resilience
Will Veatch is a Hydrologist with the New Orleans District of the US Army Corps of Engineers. He currently serves in the Lower Mississippi River and Tributaries Branch of the New Orleans District, and is also a Regional Technical Specialist for Climate Change Adaptation for the Mississippi Valley Division. He has worked with the USACE Climate Preparedness and Resilience Community of Practice since 2012 and has been serving as its Acting Lead since February 2021. The function of the Climate Preparedness and Resilience Community of Practice is to maintain a cadre of professionals who help mainstream climate preparedness into all USACE missions, operations, programs, and projects. To that end the community provides policy, guidance, training, data, tools, and other resources to increase climate literacy of the USACE workforce and ensure that USACE projects are prepared for the full range of plausible future conditions, despite uncertainty in those conditions.
In addition to leading the Climate Preparedness and Resilience Community of Practice, Mr. Veatch's responsibilities include river forecasting, data management, and supporting engineering studies and designs with statistical analyses of river flow, precipitation, and coastal water levels. As a technical specialist Will supports teams throughout USACE with integration of climate adaptation and resilience into designs and other studies, and through technical and policy compliance reviews. He is a national Subject Matter Expert in the areas of sea level change adaptation and inland hydrology nonstationarity, is a member of numerous interagency teams, and has served on international partnership missions in the Netherlands, Brazil, and South Korea.
Mr. Veatch holds a BA degree in Environmental Studies (Hydrology focus) from the University of Colorado and an MS degree in Hydrology from the University of Arizona. He is a registered Professional Hydrologist with the American Institute of Hydrology.