Roger Bales

Roger Bales
Adjunct Professor
Environmental Engineering

Dr. Bales current research is contributing to California’s efforts to both build the knowledge base and implement policies that adapt our water supplies, critical ecosystems and economy to the impacts of climate warming. He has published well-cited papers in multiple disciplines, including hydrology, glaciology, paleoclimate, atmospheric chemistry, geochemistry and environmental engineering.

Updates on Twitter: @rbalesuc

See documentaries: Beyond the Brink, on water security & California's Watershed.

Office 648 Sutardja Dai Hall

Office Hours:

  • By appointment


Roger Bales is an Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley and a Distinguished Professor of Engineering at UC Merced. Bales' research focus contributes to California’s efforts to raise awareness and policy implementation dealing with the state’s water supplies, critical ecosystems, and economy directly correlated to the impacts of climate change. He has published research in over 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals and works with leaders in state agencies, elected officials, federal land managers, water leaders, non-governmental organizations, and other integral decision-makers to develop climate solutions for California. Bales is also a fellow of several professional organizations, including the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Ph.D. 1985 Environmental Engineering Science, California Institute of Technology
M.S. 1984 Social Science, California Institute of Technology
M.S. 1975 Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
B.S. 1974 Civil Engineering, Purdue University