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John H. Matthews, PhD.


Senior Research Scientist Colorado Water Institute / Water Center

Contact Info

Phone: (703) 623-1333   Office: 1033 Campus Delivery

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Fields of Expertise

1.) Climate Science
2.) Management and Planning

Areas of Interest



John H. Matthews coordinates the Secretariat for the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), which is hosted by the World Bank and SIWI and supported by the US Army Corps of Engineers and others. He is housed by the Water Center at Colorado State University and SIWI. His work integrates climate change adaptation policy and science into sustainable natural resource management, infrastructure operations, and economic development. John has worked on five continents and some twenty-five countries. He has authored or co-authored recent books, papers, and reports on decision-making frameworks for adapting water infrastructure and ecosystems to climate impacts, resilient approaches to environmental flows, integrating ecological and engineering approaches to robust water management, and using new economic tools to support long-term sustainable planning. John has been asked by numerous NGOs, development banks, government ministries, companies, and aid agencies to provide advice and support on freshwater climate change and development issues. He has an ongoing research program on climate adaptation strategies for resource management in the North American Great Basin, funded by the US Geological Survey, as well as a National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) grant to merge ecological and engineering approaches to long-term sustainable water management and water infrastructure. Previously, John directed the global WWF freshwater climate adaptation program and the Freshwater Climate Change program at Conservation International for four years each.