Water Resources | Science-Policy
Wheeler Insitute for Water Law & Policy | UC Berkeley
Michael Kiparsky

Science can motivate and inform policies, but scientific knowledge in and of itself does not lead automatically to better policy choices. The best science is moot without translation and contextualization for those who can act on it - the best research and policy analysis can easily get lost if it's just thrown over the wall from the ivory tower. However, we need to go farther still. After the fact translation is important, outreach is important, but up front engagement can be far more effective.

At the Wheeler Institute, I hope to build on my practical experience and study of work at the boundary between science and policy. One key goal is to serve as a 'knowledge broker' to help foster the better use of science in water resources decision-making.



Michael Kiparsky, Anita Milman, and Sebastian Vicuna. 2012. “Climate and water: knowledge of impacts to action on adaptationAnnual Review of Environment and Resources 37: 163-194. [pdf]

Michael Kiparsky. 2011. “On Safari in Policy-LandBulletin of the America Meteorological Society 92: 1366­1369. [pdf]

Michael Kiparsky. 2009. “The sedimentation-upwelling model for the science-policy interface.” Water Policy 11: 107-124.

Michael Kiparsky. 2005. Getting Results: Integrating Science and Management to Achieve System Level Responses. 3rd Biennial CALFED Science Conference Summary. CALFED Science Program, Sacramento, CA. 96 pages.

Michael Kiparsky. 2003, 2004. Management Cues. Series published by the CALFED Bay-Delta Science Program. http://science.calwater.ca.gov/management.shtml