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The Climate Research and Adaptation Strategic Advisor will oversee research on how SCL’s facilities and operations are likely to be affected by climate change in the future and work with other City Light Divisions to develop adaptation strategies. The Strategic Advisor will work with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium (PNCIRC), National Energy Laboratories, the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group and other researchers to help downscale the global and regional climate change models to our watersheds; assess projected changes in snowpack, glaciers, precipitation patterns and flooding and low-flow events; work with and refine hydrology/operations models used to evaluate impacts; assess potential impacts on fish habitat and populations; and work with other affected divisions and agencies to help determine both environmental impacts and impacts to SCL operations, generation, transmission, and distribution and facilities and develop strategies to reduce and adapt to those impacts. The Strategic Advisor will work collaboratively with other appropriate agencies who are conducting climate change research. The incumbent will serve as Seattle City Light’s representative to the Northwest Regional Modeling Consortium, a NOAA and UW lead regional group also working on downscaling Global Climate Models. The incumbent will represent SCL at climate change meetings, conferences, and workshops with agencies and the public. This person will manage contracts for technical modeling studies and will be responsible for interpreting data and conclusions, and work with Power Supply, EAD ecologists, and other resource specialists to develop adaptation strategies. This position will report to the Science Policy Manager in the Environmental Affairs Division.