Growing Importance of Extremes: The Example of Drought in California and the West

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
126BC (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Hosts: (Joint between the 27th Conference on Climate Variability and Change; and the 29th Conference on Hydrology )
Cochairs:  Veva Deheza, National Integrated Drought Information System, Boulder, CO and Kristen Averyt, Western Water Assessment, CIRES/Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO

With the potential for more frequent and more intense extreme events in parts of the world as a consequence of climate change, there is increasing focus on science in the context of minimizing risk and vulnerability. This session will showcase the scientific advances, impacts, and lessons learned through the lens of Western drought events. Topics of interest include predictability of US drought on multiple scales, climate change attribution of drought, lessons gleaned from the applied science community, planning and processes for drought, and cascading impacts of drought on both the ecological and urban environments. Papers addressing social and economic impacts are particularly encouraged. Note that papers do not have to directly relate to Western US drought, but can also discuss impacts and response to other extreme events in other parts of the US and the world from which transferable lessons might be shared.

  4:00 PM
  4:15 PM
CalWater 2—Precipitation, Aerosols, and Pacific Atmospheric Rivers Experiment
F. Martin Ralph, SIO, La Jolla, CA; and J. R. Spackman, K. A. Prather, D. Cayan, P. J. DeMott, M. D. Dettinger, C. W. Fairall, L. R. Leung, D. Rosenfeld, S. Rutledge, D. Waliser, and A. White
  4:30 PM
  4:45 PM
Improving the Utility of Seasonal Outlooks of Anomalous Precipitation for California
Lance E. Watkins, NASA DEVELOP National Program, Hampton, VA; and E. J. Davis, A. Nothdurft, and A. Mendenhall

  5:15 PM
The National Extreme Events Data and Research Center (NEED)
Dale Kaiser, ORNL, Oak Ridge, TN; and T. Wilbanks, T. Boden, R. Devarakonda, and J. Gulledge