Water and Society - On the Edge Session II: Panel Discussion on Addressing the Risk Tolerance and Tipping Points of Communities Faced with Extreme Lack/Surplus of Precipitation

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
126BC (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Hosts: (Joint between the 29th Conference on Hydrology; and the 10th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice )
Moderators:  Nancy Beller-Simms, Sectoral Applications Research Program, NOAA, Silver Spring, MD and Stephanie Herring, NOAA, Silver Spring, MD
Panelists:  Kathy Jacobs, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ and Mark A. Shafer, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program, Oklahoma Climatological Survey, Norman, OK

This panel discussion will further the topics discussed in the 8:30 session with the same name. In both sessions, we use the water sector as an example, to better understand how to lessen the risk associated with a changing climate. The previous talks addressed how communities assess their water supply risks and thresholds in terms of too much/too little water, what needs to be taken into consideration in determining these tipping points, and what decision support tools, methods, and approaches communities are using to prepare for and adapt to potential extreme events. This panel will discuss lessons learned from these studies, including where each community needs to make individualized decisions and where a common framework can serve everyone in their thinking. Among the questions we will ask are: (1) What is the value of using thresholds and tipping points as a framework for decision making and assessing risk? (2) What are the best practices that were learned from the session 1 talks, and how can they be adopted in other decision making contexts? and (3) How can an interdisciplinary approach bring physical and social sciences together to establish thresholds and tipping points within a specific context (i.e., users, geographic location, population, etc…)?