Pacific Institute

The Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security is an American non-profit research institute created in 1987 to provide independent research and policy analysis on issues of development, environment, and security, with a particular focus on global and regional freshwater issues. It is located in Oakland, California.

The Institute's primary focus is on water conservation and demand management.[2] The mission of the Institute is to "[create] and [advance] solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges".[3]

History and research

Institute staff analyze science and policy to provide workshops and briefings for communities involved in issues surrounding water, climate, energy, environmental security, and globalization, with a focus on hydrologic sciences, water management, and water policy.[4][5] Institute researchers in 2014 warned that the lack of replenishment water in the Salton Sea was leading to a "period of very rapid deterioration." With the increased shrinkage, dust storms would increase and a rotten-egg smell could reach to the coastal cities.[6] A known publication from the Institute is The World's Water: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources. In 2012 the Institute produced a new book A 21st Century U.S. Water Policy.[7]

Peter Gleick co-founded the institute in 1987 and directed it until mid-2016. Gleick is president emeritus, having been succeeded as president by Jason Morrison.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b Propp Christenson Caniglia (30 May 2017). "Pacific Institute Financial Statements December 31, 2016 and 2015" (PDF). Pacific Institute. Propp Christenson Caniglia, LLC.
  2. ^ "The Pacific Institute: A Global Water Think Tank". Europe Now. December 11, 2018.
  3. ^ "Mission and Vision". Pacific Institute.
  4. ^ "Seawater Desalination Select Committee on Coastal Protection and Access to Natural Resources".
  5. ^ "Talks, Panels, and Workshops by Pacific Institute Experts - Pacific Institute". Pacific Institute.
  6. ^ Perry, Tony (November 21, 2014) "'Looming environmental crisis' at Salton Sea prompts plea for help" Los Angeles Times
  7. ^ Christian-Smith, Juliet; Gleick, Peter, eds. (2012). A 21st Century U.S. Water Policy. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 334. ISBN 978-0-19-985944-3.
  8. ^ "The Pacific Institute Announces Leadership Transition" (Press release). Pacific Institute. 2016-03-23. Archived from the original on 2016-03-29. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  9. ^ Wolff, Eric (2016-03-24). "Mover, Shaker". Politico. Retrieved 2016-03-28.

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