Session 2 Reducing Risk and Building Resilience through Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Agroecosystem Networks. Part II

Monday, 7 January 2019: 2:00 PM-3:15 PM
North 224A (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Host: 24th Conference on Applied Climatology
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 the 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 to ensure 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.

2:00 PM
Utilizing Collaborative Networks to Advance Drought Science and Preparedness across the Nation
Molly Woloszyn, NOAA, Urbana, IL; and E. Weight, A. M. Sheffield, and B. A. A. Parker
2:15 PM
Rain Gauges for Range Monitoring: Codeveloping Tools and Best Practices for Ranch-Scale Drought Detection
Michael Crimmins, The Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; and M. McClaran, A. Hall, and A. Brischke
2:30 PM
Stronger Together: Leveraging Established Network Tools and Resources to Support Climate Change Adaptation
Dawn M. Browning, USDA, Las Cruces, NM; and E. Elias and T. M. Crimmins

2:45 PM
Building Extension Capacity around Climate: The North Central Climate Collaborative
Hans Schmitz, Purdue Extension, Mount Vernon, IN; and L. M. Edwards, T. Williams, P. Tomlinson, A. S. Mase, K. A. Gehl, and R. L. Power
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