Peter Gleick

Peter Gleick

Dr. Peter H. Gleick (born 1956) is a scientist working on issues related to the environment, economic development, and international security, with a focus on global freshwater challenges. He works at the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California, which he co-founded in 1987. In 2003 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for his work on water resources. Among the issues he has addressed are conflicts over water resources [] , the impacts of climate change on water resources, the human right to water, and the problems of the billions of people without safe, affordable, and reliable water and sanitation.

Gleick received a B.S. from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. Gleick is the author of the biennial series on the state of the world's water, called "The World's Water", [] published by Island Press, Washington, D.C., regularly provides testimony to the United States Congress and state legislatures, and has published many scientific articles. He serves as a major source of information on water issues for the media, and has been featured on CNBC, CNN, Fresh Air with Terry Gross [] , NPR, and in articles in The New Yorker, [] and many other publications. He has also been featured in a wide range of water-related documentary films, including "Running Dry" [] and "Flow: For Love of Water" [] , accepted for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

He currently lives in Berkeley, California. He is the brother of noted author James Gleick and editor Elizabeth Gleick.


* 1999 Elected Academician of the International Water Academy, Oslo, Norway.
* 2001 Named by the BBC as a "Visionary on the Environment" in its Essential Guide to the 21st Century.
* 2001 Appointed to Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
* 2003 MacArthur Fellow "Genius Award".
* 2005 Elected Fellow of the International Water Resources Association.
* 2006 Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
* 2006 Elected Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences.
* 2008 Selected to Present the Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecture at the United States National Academy of Sciences, April 23, 2008, Washington, D.C.


* Peter H. Gleick (editor), Water in Crisis: A Guide to the World's Fresh Water Resources. Oxford University Press, New York, 1993.
* Peter H. Gleick, "The World's Water 1998-1999: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources." Island Press, Washington D.C., 1998.
* Peter H. Gleick, "The World's Water 2000-2001: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources." Island Press, Washington D.C., 2000.
* Peter H. Gleick and associates, "The World's Water 2002-2003: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources." Island Press, Washington D.C., 2002.
* Peter H. Gleick and associates, "The World's Water 2004-2005: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources." Island Press, Washington D.C., 2004.
* Peter H. Gleick and associates, "The World's Water 2006-2007: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources." Island Press, Washington D.C., 2006.
* Peter H. Gleick and associates, "The World's Water 2008-2009: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources." Island Press, Washington D.C., 2008 (In Press for publication, late 2008).


Peter is featured in Irena Salina's feature documentary .

External links

* [ Pacific Institute]
* [ Peter Gleick's website, Biography, CV, publications, photos]
* [ The World's Water] ; Peter Gleick's water site

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