Overpeck, who keynoted the inaugural WSI conference in 2008, is an interdisciplinary climate scientist, William B. Stapp Collegiate Professor of Environmental Education and the Samuel A. Graham Dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan.
He has written more than 220 published works on climate and the environmental sciences, served as a working group 1 coordinating lead author for the Nobel Prize winning IPCC 4th Assessment (2007), as well as many other awards. He also has led climate research programs on five continents, focused on understanding climate variability, drought and megadrought dynamics and risk the world over. He has appeared and testified before Congress multiple times, is a fellow of American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and tweets about climate-related issues.
This year’s WSI marks a return to a live, in-person event, and will again feature a full slate of comprehensive professional sessions and an Expo Hall showcasing water-efficient products and services. Several pre-show workshops, available for a separate fee, are scheduled for Oct. 5. WSI will again be held at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center.The Southern Nevada Water Authority is presenting WSI in partnership with the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the American Water Works Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program, and other public- and private-sector organizations.