California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System Partners Meeting

November 18-19, 2019
Capitol Event Center, Main Floor
1020 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
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This meeting will bring together federal, state, local, tribal, academic, private sector, and non-governmental partners to:<p

  • Provide an opportunity for regional partners to network and share ongoing drought activities.
  • Learn about new and innovative drought data, information, and resources.
  • Explore emerging drought issues and opportunities.
  • Discuss ways to improve drought impact reporting, the U.S. Drought Monitor feedback process, and coordination of drought information.
  • Identify collaborative paths forward for the CA-NV DEWS Network to continue to help the region monitor, forecast, plan for, and cope with the impacts of drought.
  • Outcomes will be integrated into the CA-NV DEWS Regional Implementation Plan.

Monday, November 18

California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System (CA-NV DEWS) & NOAA National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Update
Amanda Sheffield (NOAA/NIDIS)

Drought & Climate Update & Outlook Session: Explore current conditions and forecasts as well as innovative tools.

Drought & Climate Update & Outlook
Michael Anderson (CA State Climatologist, CA Dept of Water Resources)

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Forecast Rodeo II
Ken Nowak (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation) (remote)

Experimental Ridging Forecasts for Water Resource Applications
Peter Gibson (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Snow Drought Tracker
Dan McEvoy (Western Regional Climate Center)

Update on the Redesign &amp State/DEWS Data & Resources
Kat Bevington (NOAA/NIDIS) (remote)

Regional CA-NV DEWS Partner Updates: Round table updates from California and Nevada and other state, local, federal, tribal, academic, and private sectors partners.

Joaquin Esquivel, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board
Adam Sullivan, Nevada Division of Water Resources (remote)

Updates from Partners

Emile Elias, USDA Southwest Climate Hub Director
Mike Anderson, California State Climatologist
Steph McAfee, Nevada State Climatologist
Steve Ostoja, USDA California Climate Hub Director
Alva Escriva-Bou, Public Policy Institute of California
Justin Huntington, DRI/Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC)
Chris Moreno, Nevada Dept of Agriculture
Dan Cayan, California Nevada Applications Program (CNAP)
Antonios Mamalakis, UC Irvine

Tuesday, November 19

Headwater Hydrology in Context of Climate Change, Severe Droughts and Wildfire

Panel session focused on understanding approaches and data applications for assessing how snow and snowpack ‘behave’ under current contexts vs future projections with increased fire and climate change and what potential exists for management to ameliorate climate related stressors that might otherwise benefits to headwater hydrology.

Moderator: Steve Ostoja, California U.S. Dept of Agr Climate Hub Director
Safeeq Khan, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, Water and Watershed Sciences
Danny Marks, USDA-ARS Boise watershed management lab scientist


Drought & Impact Monitoring in California-Nevada Session

Discussion of the successes and challenges of drought monitoring, including impacts, in California-Nevada and ways to improve drought impact reporting, the U.S. Drought Monitor feedback process, and coordination of drought information.

U.S. Drought Monitor Process & Successes & Challenges in California-Nevada
Dave Simeral (U.S. Drought Monitor Author, Western Regional Climate Center); Part 1Part 2, Part 3
Peter Fickenscher (National Weather Service)
Recent Advancements in Drought Impact Reporting
Kelly Smith, National Drought Mitigation Center
UC Rangelands & Recent Drought Impact Reporting
Leslie Roche (UC Davis, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist)

Advancing Drought Early Warning in California-Nevada

Amanda Sheffield (NOAA/NIDIS)