Sarah Whateley

Sarah Whateley
The Nature Conservancy, Albany, NY

PhD

About

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Introduction
I graduated with a BA in Environmental Science from Skidmore College in 2009. I received my MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 and my PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016. My research interests include water resources management, climate change impacts, and web-based decision support.
Additional affiliations
September 2010 - present
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • NOAA RISA: A Water Management Knowledge Network for the Urban Northeast
Education
September 2012 - September 2015
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Field of study
  • Water Resources Engineering
September 2010 - September 2012
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Field of study
  • Water Resources Engineering
September 2005 - May 2009
Skidmore College
Field of study
  • Environmental Science

Publications

Publications (6)
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Some of the greatest societal risks of climate change rise from the potential impacts to water supply. Yet prescribing adaptation policies in the near term is made difficult by the uncertainty in climate projections at relevant spatial scales and the conflating effects of uncertainties in emissions, model error, and internal variability. In this wo...
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There are significant computational requirements for assessing climate change impacts on water resource system reliability andvulnerability, particularly when analyzing a wide range of plausible scenarios. These requirements often deter analysts from exhaustivelyidentifying climate hazards. This technical note investigates two approaches for genera...
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Many water planning and operations decisions are affected by climate uncertainty. Given concerns about the effects of uncertainty on the outcomes of long term decisions, many water planners seek adaptation alternatives that are robust given a wide range of possible climate futures. However, there is no standardized paradigm for quantifying robustne...
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Technological advances in forecasting the Earth’s climate offer a potentially useful tool to support planning and management decisions in water resources. Previous research has found that the implementation of new ideas and practices are impeded by many challenges such as low forecast skill, institutional obstacles, and political disincentives to i...

Projects

Project (1)
Project
I am working on a project called Water for Tomorrow, which focuses on developing a framework for reforming the way water is managed in New York State. As part of this work, we are creating the Water Intelligence Platform, a web-based tool designed to transform facts and details contained in a wide range of data, analyses, and information about New York's water resources into social knowledge, which provides stakeholders the ability to understand the complex and evolving environmental, economic, and social circumstances surrounding their water resources. We are also working on establishing a New York Water Leadership Training Program to increase the capacity for constructive dialogue to resolve water issues.