Victoria Clark

Staff Scientist (former)


Somerville, MA
victoria.clark@sei-us.org
skype: victoriarclark
+1 (617) 627-3786 x8#

Tory was part of the climate and energy group at SEI in Somerville from 2008 until mid-2013. As an analyst she worked alongside Charlie Heaps, carrying out climate scenario analysis and aiding in LEAP training and support.

Tory has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tufts University. During her time at Tufts, she researchedg sustainable development, appropriate technologies for developing countries, and power plant engineering. In the fall of 2007, Tory presented research in Bologna, Italy, on more effective image analysis techniques for capturing movement of mitochondria in living cells. Immediately after graduating, she left for the Dominican Republic to do community development work with the organization AMIGOS de las Americas for three months.

Tory left SEI to pursue a master's degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Recent Publications by Victoria Clark

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Water for Electricity: Resource Scarcity, Climate Change and Business in a Finite World

SEI Project Report

Author(s): Fencl, A. ; Clark, V. ; Mehta, V. ; Purkey, D. ; Davis, M. ; Yates, D.
Year: 2012

Research Area(s): Water Resources ; Energy Modeling ; Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: This report, based on research conducted as part of a partnership between the business leaders' initiative 3C (Combat Climate Change) and SEI, examines the potential impact of low-carbon electricity generation technologies on water resources – and how these water considerations might shape renewable-generation choices. The need to keep climate change within safe thresholds will require rapid emission reductions, and widespread deployment of low-carbon technologies to help achieve them. Yet some low-carbon energy sources require considerable amounts of water. Given competing demands, resource depletion and projected climate impacts, sufficient water may not always be available. The authors examine the water use implications of different electricity generation pathways, as well as potential ways to reduce the water use of electricity generation technologies, and they provide a case study of water and energy considerations in California, a renewable-energy leader.
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Energy-Water-Climate Planning for Development without Carbon in Latin America and the Caribbean

SEI Report

Author(s): Escobar, M. ; Flores, F. ; Clark, V.
Year: 2011

Research Area(s): Water Resources ; Energy Modeling

Description: Energy is essential for development, but given the urgent need to mitigate climate change, developing nations are under pressure to keep their carbon emissions low. This leaves them with three options: abandon development; ignore climate concerns; or take a third path: finding energy sources that emit little or no carbon. This report focuses on the third option, which we call "development without carbon" (DWC), looking at the viability of hydroelectric power as a low-carbon energy source for Latin America and the Caribbean in a changing climate. Hydropower supplies 46% of the region's electricity, with great untapped potential, but changes in the water supply due to climate change, competing uses, and population growth could thwart further development plans.
This report is part of a package that also includes Development without Carbon: Climate and the Global Economy through the 21st Century.
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