Brad Udall

Senior Scientist/Scholar, Colorado State University

Brad Udall is a Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist/Scholar at Colorado State University’s Colorado Water Center (formerly Institute). Brad’s expertise includes climate change, hydrology and related policy issues of the American West with a focus on the Colorado River. He was a contributing author to the 2014 IPCC climate change report and was a co-author of the 2018 U.S. National Climate Assessment. He was also an author of a 2008 state of Colorado climate change assessment and the 2009 National Climate Assessment. In 2017, with co-author Jonathan Overpeck he wrote an influential paper on the ongoing Colorado River ‘hot’ drought. He spent 6 months in Australia studying their water reforms after their Millennium Drought. Brad has testified to Congress multiple times, provided input to several National Academy of Science panels, and has given hundreds of talks on climate change impacts to water resources, water law, and water policy. Brad was formerly the Director of the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and Environment at the University of Colorado Law School and Director of the University of Colorado - NOAA Western Water Assessment.

Brad is speaking at

October 9, 2019
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Room 382, CSU's Lory Student Center


  • Susan Hassol (Moderator and Speaker) Climate Communication
  • Scott Denning (Speaker) Climate Scientist and Professor of Atmospheric Science, Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, Colorado State University
  • Chuck Kutscher (Speaker) University of Colorado
  • Ed Maibach (Speaker) George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication
  • Luke Runyon (Speaker) KUNC, Community Radio for Northern Colorado
  • Meera Subramanian (Speaker) Independent journalist, Freelance
  • Brad Udall (Speaker) Senior Scientist/Scholar, Colorado State University
  • Bernadette Woods Placky (Speaker) Chief Meteorologist and Climate Matters Director, Climate Central, Climate Matters in the Newsroom


This workshop is full.

This workshop includes breakfast (served at 8:00 a.m.) and lunch. Cost for 25 SEJ members will be covered by Climate Matters in the Newsroom’s National Science Foundation funding. The first 25 qualifying applicants to register for the workshop will be accepted and later registrants will be on a waiting list. A stipend to help cover the cost of the additional night in a conference hotel will be provided. Registration is open to SEJ members, with a preference for professional journalists. Registration for the workshop can be completed when registering for the conference. For more information about the workshop, contact To learn more about the stipend, email For registration questions, email

This full-day workshop will equip reporters in all media to tell local climate stories that matter to their audiences. We’ll quickly review the basics of climate change and then do deep dives with top experts on climate and water issues and clean energy solutions. Journalists successfully tackling the challenge of local climate reporting will discuss their experiences. New localized climate reporting resources will be introduced and discussed and we will use them in hands-on practice.

October 12, 2019
9:00 am - 10:15 am
Room 308-310, 3rd Floor, Lory Student Center


  • Bruce Finley (Moderator) Denver Post environment writer - panel moderator
  • John Fielder (Speaker) Landscape Photographer, Conservationist and Rivers Advocate
  • Matt Rice (Speaker) Director, Colorado River Basin Program, American Rivers
  • Brad Udall (Speaker) Senior Scientist/Scholar, Colorado State University
  • Reagan Waskom (Speaker) Director, Colorado Water Center, Colorado State University
  • Brad Wind (Speaker) General Manager, Northern Water


Colorado's population growth and development boom, combined with increased variability in water flows linked to climate change, is driving new efforts to build reservoirs and increase water storage. This is happening as competition increases for water across the Colorado River Basin in the West — the over-allocated supply for 40 million people. Panelists will explore key questions around the environmental impact of diverting water and storing it behind dams. Can relatively free-flowing rivers survive? How are westerners in Colorado responding to climate change impacts on water flows? What are the implications beyond the river headwaters state of Colorado? How far can we go with water conservation inside cities? Will agriculture survive?

October 12, 2019
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Room 308-310, 3rd Floor, Lory Student Center


  • Mitch Tobin (Moderator) The Water Desk
  • Heather Hansman (Speaker ) Freelance Journalist
  • Jim Lochhead (Speaker ) Chief Executive Officer/Manager, Denver Water
  • Brad Udall (Speaker ) Senior Scientist/Scholar, Colorado State University
  • Daryl Vigil (Speaker) Interim Executive Director, Ten Tribes Partnership and Water Administrator, Jicarilla Apache Nation


The Colorado River and its tributaries are the lifeblood for 40 million people and a $1.4 trillion economy, but the region's water supply faces unprecedented threats from climate change and population growth. Around the globe, other river basins confront similar challenges. How can we better manage our precious water resources to meet the needs of people and the environment? How can journalists help inform the public and policymakers about water issues?

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