Telephone: +1 (530) 753-3035 x. 1#
Title: Senior Scientist
Expertise: WEAP, water sector, aquatic ecosystems, integrated water resources management
From his office in the Davis, California David Purkey leads the Water Group within the US Center, with staff located in both the Somerville, Massachusetts and Davis office.
Much of his work centers around the development, dissemination and application of SEI's Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system. His research interests include understanding the potential impacts of and adaptation to climate change in the water sector and aquatic ecosystems, integrated water resources management that focuses on linking the management of surface water and groundwater to meet a broad spectrum of objectives, and equitable management of transboundary water resources. David and his team are experienced in applying a range of hydrologic, hydraulic, and planning models in setting as diversion as California, the US-Mexico border, the Great Lakes, and West and Southern Africa, and Latin America.
David has previously served as the theme leader of Managing Environmental Systems.
David received his Ph.D. in hydrology from the University of California, Davis in 1998 and holds a B.A. in Geology for Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Modeling of Andean páramo ecosystems’ hydrological response to environmental change (Journal article - 2016)
Exploring scientific information for policy making under deep uncertainty (Journal article - 2016)
SEI Research Synthesis: The water-energy-food nexus (Other publications - 2014)
SEI Research Synthesis: Sustainable Urbanization (Other publications - 2014)
Scenario-based water resources planning for utilities in the Lake Victoria region (Journal article - 2013)
Using economic and other performance measures to evaluate a municipal drought plan (Journal article - 2013)
El Cambio Climático y la Crisis del Agua en La Paz y El Alto (Discussion brief - 2013)
Water for Electricity: Resource Scarcity, Climate Change and Business in a Finite World (Project report - 2012)