Laurna Kaatz | AIChE

Laurna Kaatz

Climate Scientist
Denver Water

Laurna Kaatz directs Denver Water’s climate science, policy, and adaptation program. Her primary responsibility is to lead climate investigations and implement findings to inform planning, policy, and research. Laurna’s work incorporates many areas of water resource planning, including climate and drought planning, operational and water rights analysis, and long range integrated resource planning. As the most recent chair of the Water Utility Climate Alliance and lead practitioner of the Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty Society, Laurna is extensively engaged in climate adaptation, resilience, and long-range planning. Before her career at Denver Water, Laurna was a Professor of Physics at Sweet Briar College and went on to work as a climate scientist with Aurora Water. Laurna has a Master’s degree in physics and a Bachelor’s in physics and mathematics.