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Scripps Institute of Oceanography
U.S. Geological Survey and Climate Research Division


Dr. Michael Dettinger is a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, Branch of Western Regional Research, and a research associate of the Climate, Atmospheric Sciences and Physical Oceanography Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California. He has degrees from the University of California, San Diego, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (Atmospheric Sciences). Dettinger has monitored and researched water resources of the West for over 25 years, focusing on regional surface water and groundwater resources, watershed modeling, causes of hydroclimatic variability, and climatic-change influences on western water resources. He has authored over 60 scientific articles in scholarly journals, 20 government reports, and another 60 articles in outreach and less formal outlets. Among other activities over the years, he has been the physical-sciences team leader for DOI-DOD ecosystem planning in the Mojave Desert, founding member of the multi-institutional CIRMONT Western Mountain Climate Sciences Consortium, climate advisor to the CALFED Science Program, member of the Climate Change Technical Advisory Group for DWR's upcoming 2009 Water Plan Update, and member of the external Science Steering Group for the multi-agency federal Global Water Cycle Program.