Hydrometeorological Extremes: Drought analysis and prediction I

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Thursday, 8 January 2015: 8:30 AM-9:45 AM
126BC (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Host: 29th Conference on Hydrology
Cochairs:  Christa Peters-Lidard, Hydrological Sciences Lagoratory, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD; Andrew W. Wood, Research Applications Laboratory, NCAR, Boulder, CO and Siegfried Schubert, Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD

This session invites papers that focus on scientific and operational, practical issues related to predicting and defining drought and reducing drought impacts. Topics of interest include the formulation and use of drought indices and definitions, and the characterization of drought impacts across the diverse climates of North America and the world. In particular, we welcome presentations spanning a range from drought analysis and prediction to management activities for high-impact drought events, on statewide to continental scales, and including applications such as drought early warning systems. Policy responses for managing drought are also of interest.

  8:30 AM
Development of a Coastal Drought Index Using Salinity Data
Paul Conrads, USGS, Columbia, SC; and L. S. Darby

  8:45 AM
Temporal changes in drought indices used to provide early warning of drought development over sub-seasonal time scales
Jason Otkin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; and M. C. Anderson, C. Hain, and M. D. Svoboda
  9:00 AM
Impact of Spatial and Temporal Index Weight Variation on Estimates of Drought Extents
Youlong Xia, NOAA/NCEP/EMC, College Park, MD; and Z. Hao, T. W. Ford, C. Peters-Lidard, and M. B. Ek
  9:15 AM
Soil Moisture and Atmospheric Evolution Across Oklahoma During the 2011 Drought
Paul X. Flanagan, Oklahoma Climatological Survey, Norman, OK; and J. B. Basara
  9:30 AM
Toward Improving Predictability of Extreme Hydrometeorological Events in the Northern High Plains: Multi-scale Climate vs Land Surface Hydrology Modeling
Francisco Munoz-Arriola, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE; and R. L. Walko, A. Mohammad Abadi, M. J. Otte, J. A. Torres-Alavez, and G. Lopez-Morteo