Juliet Christian-Smith

Senior Climate Scientist

Juliet Christian-Smith is a senior climate scientist with the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), based in UCS's Oakland office. Dr. Christian-Smith is the lead author of the book A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy (Oxford Press 2012) and an editor of the journal Sustainability Science. She is also a member of the Director’s Council for the University of California’s Water Security and Sustainability Research Initiative and a Board member of Ag Innovations. The focus of her work is providing California and U.S.  policymakers and the public with robust, timely, accessible, and policy-relevant information on climate science and climate impacts.

Prior to joining UCS, Dr. Christian-Smith and two colleagues received the Environmental Protection Agency's Award for Outstanding Achievement for their work on agricultural water management. Previously, as a graduate student, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to study the implementation of the European Union's innovative Water Framework Directive.

Dr. Christian-Smith holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Biology from Smith College.

Juliet Christian-Smith's Selected Publications


Christian-Smith, J. 2015. The Big Water Supply Shift: Groundwater Key to Water Security in California’s Changing Climate. Union of Concerned Scientists. Fact sheet online at: www.ucsusa.org/watersupplyshift

Christian-Smith, J. and K. Abhold. 2015. Measuring What Matters: Setting Measurable Objectives to Achieve Sustainable Groundwater Management in California. Union of Concerned Scientists. Report online at: www.ucsusa.org/measuringwhatmatters

Christian-Smith, J. and L. Wisland. 2015. Clean Energy Opportunities in California’s Water Sector. Union of Concerned Scientists. Report online at: www.ucsusa.org/CAwaterenergy

Christian-Smith, J. and M. Heberger. 2015. “Urban Water Demand and Pricing in a Changing Climate.” In: Sustainable Water: Lessons from California for the 21st Century (Lassiter and Kondolf, eds). Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Christian-Smith, J., M. Levy and P. Gleick. 2015. Maladaptation to Drought: A Case Study from California, USA. Sustainability Science. Volume 10, Issue 3 (2015), Page 491-501.

Christian-Smith, J. and P. Gleick (eds). 2012.  A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Christian-Smith, J. and B. Benli. 2012. “Good Water and Food Governance.” In: Overarching Conclusions: World Water Week 2012. Stockholm International Water Institute.

Christian-Smith, J., H. Cooley and P. Gleick. 2012. “Modeling Water Savings Associated with Agricultural Water-Use Efficiency Improvements: A Case Study of California, USA.” Water Policy 14 (2): 194–213.