Nicole Hernandez Hammer was born in Guatemala and migrated to the United States at the age of 4.
She is a climate scientist and is the Project Director for the Clean Energy States Alliance, where she works on low and moderate income solar. She is a well-known climate change expert, sea-level researcher, and environmental justice advocate.
Hernandez Hammer immigrated to the United States from Guatemala as a child and earned her Master of Science in Biology from Florida Atlantic University and an MBA from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
She has held roles such as climate science and community advocate at the Union of Concerned Scientists, assistant director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University, and coordinator of Florida Climate Institute’s state university consortium. She has co-authored a series of technical papers on sea level rise projections, impacts, and preparedness. Her activism and initiative on climate change prompted First Lady Michelle Obama to invite her as special guest at the 2015 State of the Union address.
The article discusses how climate change will affect water utilities in the future. Topics discussed include issues that utilities will deal with depending on whether they are situated in the mountains, on the coast, or in interior flatlands, an increase in average annual temperatures in the U.S. since the beginning of the 20th century, and changes in rainfall patterns.
Co-written by Nicole H. Hammer.