Session 1 Reducing Risk and Building Resilience through Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Agroecosystem Networks

Monday, 7 January 2019: 10:30 AM-11:45 AM
North 224A (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Host: 24th Conference on Applied Climatology
Emile Elias, USDA, Las Cruces, NM; David P. Brown, USDA, Southern Plains Climate Hub, El Reno, OK; Mark D. Brusberg, USDA, Office of the Chief Economist / World Agricultural Outlook Board, Washington, DC; William Gould, USDA, Las Cruces, NM; Caitriana Steele, USDA, Jornada Experimental Range, Las Cruces, NM; Rachel Steele, USDA, Washington, DC and Julian J Reyes, Washington State Univ., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pullman, WA
Mark D. Brusberg, USDA, Office of the Chief Economist / World Agricultural Outlook Board, Washington, DC

The past decade has seen pronounced growth in climate-focused collaborative networks aimed at providing decision-relevant, region-specific, and stakeholder-centered research and information. Collaborative networks, and the interdisciplinary actions they promote at federal, state, and local levels, offer approaches to enhance resilience and adaptive capacity on agricultural and forested landscapes. These networks serve a variety of climate services, ranging from facilitating citizen science to collecting local agrometeorological data to engaging federal programs with broad missions related to response and adaptation to climate drivers.

The objective of this session is to offer perspectives on how climate-focused networks utilize interdisciplinary approaches and provide services to support agroecosystem resilience and adaptive capacity, thereby reducing climate risk. A common thread that often links these efforts is ensuring that agricultural and natural resource professionals have the tools, resources, and knowledge they need to manage their land given changing environmental conditions and increasingly extreme weather and climate events. We invite participants to learn more about how these collaborative networks and organizations are reducing climate risk on agricultural and forested landscapes by sharing examples of research, application needs, challenges, and solutions.

10:30 AM

11:00 AM
San Diego County Ecosystems: Ecological Impacts of Climate Change on a Biodiveristy Hotspot
Megan Jennings, San Diego Sate Univ., San Diego, CA; and D. Cayan, J. Kalansky, A. Pairis, D. M. Lawson, A. D. Syphard, U. Abeysekera, R. E. S. Clemesha, K. Guirguis, A. Gershunov, J. M. Randall, E. D. Stein, and S. Vanderplank
11:15 AM
Identifying the Impact of 2016–17 Southern Great Plains Wildfires and Their Antecedent Conditions on Ecological Health and Recovery
Shelby Robertson, Grazinglands Research Laboratory, USDA, El Reno, OK; and D. P. Brown, J. Steiner, S. Teet, J. Wang, J. Wetter, X. Wu, and X. Xiao

11:30 AM
Assessing and Responding to the Impact of 2016–18 Wildfires on Agricultural Systems in the Southern Great Plains
David P. Brown, USDA, El Reno, OK; and L. Kos, M. O. Mattox, C. Pope, S. Pope, S. Robertson, M. A. Shafer, J. Steiner, S. Teet, J. Wang, J. Wetter, and X. Xiao
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