This is the second part of a three-part series by Caitlyn Kennedy, science writer for NOAA’s Climate Program Office, on how climate change is expected to impact Boulder’s water supply. Read part one here.
A few blocks from Ellinghouse’s office, climate scientist Joel Smith works for Stratus Consulting, an environmental consulting group. A coordinating lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, much of his career has been focused on assessments of future climate change at the national and international level. But as one of Boulder’s water customers, Smith is acutely aware that climate change could have significant consequences for his community’s water resources.