Peter H. Gleick (//; born 1956) is an American scientist working on issues related to the environment, economic development, international security, and scientific ethics and integrity, with a focus on global freshwater challenges. He works at the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California, which he co-founded in 1987. In 2003 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for his work on water resources. Among the issues he has addressed are conflicts over water resources, the impacts of climate change on water resources, the human right to water, and the problems of the billions of people without safe, affordable, and reliable water and sanitation. In 2006 he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. In 2011, Gleick was the launch Chairman of the "new task force on scientific ethics and integrity" of the American Geophysical Union. Gleick received the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) Ven Te Chow Memorial Award in 2011, and that same year he and the Pacific Institute were awarded the first U.S. Water Prize. In February 2012, Gleick admitted to unauthorized distribution of documents obtained from The Heartland Institute under someone else's name, and took a voluntary leave of absence from the Pacific Institute; he was reinstated following an investigation. In April 2012, Gleick presented the Oxford Amnesty Lecture on the human right to water at Oxford University.
Gleick received a B.S. from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on hydroclimatology. His dissertation was the first to model the regional impacts of climate change on water resources. Gleick produced some of the earliest work on the links between environmental issues, especially water and climate change, and international security, identifying a long history of conflicts over water resources and the use of water as both a weapon and target of war. He also pioneered the concepts of the soft water path, and peak water. In 1987, with two colleagues, Gleick started the Pacific Institute, a non-profit policy research center currently located in Oakland, California. The mission of the Institute is to "create a healthier planet and sustainable communities. We conduct interdisciplinary research and partner with stakeholders to produce solutions that advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity — in California, nationally, and internationally.". Gleick serves as the Institute's President.
Gleick is the editor of the biennial series on the state of the world's water, called The World's Water, published by Island Press, Washington, D.C., regularly provides testimony to the United States Congress and state legislatures, and has published many scientific articles. He serves as a major source of information on water and climate issues for the media, and has been featured on CNBC, CNN, Fox Business, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, NPR, in articles in The New Yorker, and many other outlets. He has also been featured in a wide range of water-related documentary films, including Jim Thebaut's documentary "Running Dry", the 2004 German documentary series "Der durstige Planet," Irena Salina's feature documentary Flow: For Love of Water, accepted for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, the ABC News documentary "Earth2100," and Jessica Yu and Elise Pearlstein's 2011 feature documentary Last Call at the Oasis from Participant Media. His 2010 book Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water, published by Island Press, won the Nautilus Book Award.  He served on the scientific advisory boards of Thirst, Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk, and other water-related films.
Gleick lectures dozens of times a year on global water resource challenges and solutions, climate science and policy, and the integrity of science. In 2008, he presented the Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecture at the United States National Academy of Sciences. He was a 2009 Keynote Lecturer at the Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College. In 2011, Gleick received the IWRA Ven Te Chow Memorial Award. Also in 2011, Dr. Gleick and the Pacific Institute were awarded the first U.S. Water Prize. In April 2012, Gleick presented the Oxford Amnesty Lecture on the human right to water at Oxford University. In 2012, Oxford University Press published a book written by Gleick and colleagues: "A 21st Century U.S. Water Policy."
Heartland Institute incident
On February 20, 2012, Gleick announced he was responsible for the unauthorized distribution of documents from The Heartland Institute in mid-February. Gleick claimed he had received "an anonymous document in the mail describing what appeared to be details of the Heartland Institute's climate program strategy", and in trying to verify the authenticity of the document, had "solicited and received additional materials directly from the Heartland Institute under someone else's name". Responding to the leak, The Heartland Institute said one of the documents released, a two-page 'Strategy Memo', had been forged. Gleick denied forging the document. Gleick described his actions as "a serious lapse of my own and professional judgment and ethics" and said that he "deeply regret[ted his] own actions in this case" and "offer[ed his] personal apologies to all those affected". He stated that "My judgment was blinded by my frustration with the ongoing efforts – often anonymous, well-funded, and coordinated – to attack climate science and scientists and prevent this debate, and by the lack of transparency of the organizations involved." On February 24 he wrote to the board of the Pacific Institute requesting a "temporary short-term leave of absence" from the Institute. The Board of Directors stated it was "deeply concerned regarding recent events" involving Gleick and the Heartland documents, and appointed a new Acting Executive Director on February 27. He was reinstated following an investigation.
Gleick is the brother of author James Gleick and editor Elizabeth Gleick.
- 1999 Elected Academician of the International Water Academy, Oslo, Norway
- 2001 Named by the BBC as a "Visionary on the Environment" in its Essential Guide to the 21st Century
- 2001 Appointed to Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
- 2003 MacArthur Fellow "Genius Award"
- 2005 Elected Fellow of the International Water Resources Association
- 2006 Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
- 2006 Elected Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences
- 2008 Selected to Present the Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecture at the United States National Academy of Sciences, April 23, 2008, Washington, D.C.
- 2008 Named by Wired Magazine's Smart List as one of "15 people the next President should listen to"
- 2009 Keynote Lecturer at the Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota
- 2010 Named "Visionary: A Catalyst for an Enlightened Future" in the Los Angeles Times Magazine Section, January 3, 2010
- 2011 Winner, along with the Pacific Institute of the first U.S. Water Prize
- 2011 Winner of the IWRA Ven Te Chow Memorial Award
- 2012 Named one of 25 "Water Heroes" by Xylem.
- 2013 Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards, March 21, 2013
- "Full CV for Dr. Peter H. Gleick". Pacific Institute. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
- "The World's Water". Pacific Institute. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- "Volunteers", AGU Annual Report.
- Gleick, Peter; Randy Townsend (2011-11-22). "AGU's new task force on scientific ethics and integrity begins work". Eos 92 (47): 433. Bibcode:2011EOSTr..92..433G. doi:10.1029/2011EO470009. Retrieved 2012-02-25.
- "Ven Te Chow Memorial Lecture Award". International Water Resources Association. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- "US Water Prize". Clean Water America Alliance. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
- "2012 Oxford Amnesty Lectures". Oxford Amnesty Lectures. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- Gleick, P.H. (1986). "Methods for evaluating the regional hydrologic impacts of global climatic changes". Journal of Hydrology 88: 97–116. Bibcode:1986JHyd...88...97G. doi:10.1016/0022-1694(86)90199-X.
- Gleick, P.H. (1986). "The development and testing of a water balance model for climate impact assessment: Modeling the Sacramento Basin". Water Resources Research 23 (6): 1049–1061.
- Gleick, P.H. (1986). "Regional hydrologic consequences of increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide and other trace gases". Climatic Change 10 (2): 137–161.
- Gleick, P.H. (1989). "Greenhouse warming and international politics: Problems facing developing countries". Ambio 18 (6): 333–339.
- Gleick, P.H. (1989). "The implications of global climatic changes for international security". Climatic Change 15 (1/2): 309–325. doi:10.1007/BF00138857.
- Gleick, P.H. (1993). "Water and conflict". International Security 18 (1): 79–112. doi:10.2307/2539033.
- Gleick, P.H. (2002). "Soft water paths". Nature 418 (6896): 373. Bibcode:2002Natur.418..373G. doi:10.1038/418373a.
- Palaniappan, M.; Palaniappan, M. (2010). "Peak Water: Conceptual and Practical Limits to Freshwater Withdrawal and Use". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107 (25): 11155–11162. Bibcode:2010PNAS..10711155G. doi:10.1073/pnas.1004812107.
- "Peter Gleick on Peak Water", YouTube.
- "Pacific Institute Mission". Pacific Institute. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
- "CV for Dr. Peter H. Gleick". Pacific Institute. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- "Peter Gleick Reports on a Looming Water Crisis". Fresh Air. NPR. November 27, 2007. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- Specter, Michael (October 23, 2006). "The Last Drop". The New Yorker. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- "Welcome". Runningdry.org. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- Der durstige Planet, IMDb page.
- Flow: For Love of Water, IMDb page.
- Earth2100, IMDb page.
- "Last Call at the Oasis". Participant Media. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- "Praise for Bottled and Sold". Island Press. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
- "Nautilus 2011 Silver Book Awards". Nautilus Book Awards. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- "Wolman Lectures". US National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- Christian-Smith, Juliet; Gleick, Peter (2012). A 21st Century U.S. Water Policy (first ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. p. 334. ISBN 9780199859443.
- "National Geographic ScienceBlogs "Significant Figures by Peter Gleick"". National Geographic ScienceBlogs. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
- "Huffington Post Green Peter Gleick". Huffington Post. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
- Gleick, P.H., "The Origin of the Heartland Documents", 2012-02-20, Huffington Post.
- Gillis, Justin; Kaufman, Leslie (February 15, 2012). "Leak Offers Glimpse of Campaign Against Climate Science". The New York Times.
- "Activist Says He Lied to Obtain Climate Papers", New York Times, published February 20, 2012.
- Goldenberg, Suzanne (2012-02-25). "Peter Gleick on leave from Pacific Institute over Heartland leak". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-02-25.
- "Peter Gleick requests short-term leave of absence from Oakland's Pacific Institute", San Jose Mercury News, Feb 24, 2012
- Pacific Institute Board of Directors statement, Feb 27, 2012. The Board Statement posted on Feb 22, 2012 stated it was "deeply concerned and is actively reviewing information about the recent events" involving Gleick and the Heartland documents. It was subsequently replaced by the Feb 27, 2012 statement.
- Goldenberg, Suzanne (2012-06-07). "Peter Gleick reinstated by Pacific Institute following Heartland exposé". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-06-07.
- Power, Matthew (September 22, 2008). "Peter Gleick: Deal With the Water Crisis Now". Wired.
- Thomas, Matt (October 9, 2009). "Nobel Conference Lectures Archived Online". Gustavus Adolphus College. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- "Xylem 25 water Heroes". Xylem Magazine. August 3, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
- Peter H. Gleick (editor), Water in Crisis: A Guide to the World's Fresh Water Resources. Oxford University Press, New York, 1993. ISBN 978-0-19-507628-8
- Peter H. Gleick, The World's Water 1998–1999 (Volume 1): The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources. Island Press, Washington D.C., 1998.
- Peter H. Gleick, The World's Water 2000–2001 (Volume 2): The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources. Island Press, Washington D.C., 2000.
- Peter H. Gleick and associates, The World's Water 2002–2003 (Volume 3): The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources. Island Press, Washington D.C., 2002.
- Peter H. Gleick and associates, The World's Water 2004–2005 (Volume 4): The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources. Island Press, Washington D.C., 2004.
- Peter H. Gleick and associates, The World's Water 2006–2007 (Volume 5): The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources. Island Press, Washington D.C., 2006.
- Peter H. Gleick and associates, The World's Water 2008–2009 (Volume 6); The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources. Island Press, Washington D.C., 2008.
- Peter H. Gleick and associates, The World's Water (Volume 7): The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources. Island Press, Washington D.C., 2011.
- Peter H. Gleick, Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water. Island Press, Washington D.C., 2010. Website: Bottled and Sold
- Juliet Christian-Smith and Peter H. Gleick (editors), A 21st Century U.S. Water Policy. Oxford University Press, New York, 2012. ISBN 978-0-19-985944-3. Oxford University Press catalog webpage
- Pacific Institute
- Peter Gleick's website, Biography, CV, publications, photos
- The World's Water; Peter Gleick's water site