Joint Panel Disscussion 5 Decision-Making by Water Utilities: Using Climate/Weather Information in Short- and Long-Term Planning

Wednesday, 10 January 2018: 2:45 PM-3:45 PM
Room 18A (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Hosts: (Joint between the 32nd Conference on Hydrology; and the 13th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice )
Nancy Kay Beller-Simms, NOAA, Climate Program Office, Silver Spring, MD
W. Joshua Weiss, Hazen and Sawyer, Baltimore, MD; Katherine Zitsch, Atlanta Regional Commission, Atlanta, GA; Yanan Duan, Auburn Univ., Crop, Soil & Environmental Science, Auburn, AL and Marisa Gonzalez, Austin Water Utility, Austin, TX

With the changing risk exposure to extreme events, there is heightened awareness among water utilities that they need to plan for future extremes. The goal of this session is to demonstrate how water utilities are incorporating weather and climate information in their short- and long-term planning. A panel of water utility managers/operators as well as researchers will focus on NOAA data, applications and activities such as the NOAA Water Initiative, NOAA Water Resources Dashboard (, and regional activities (e.g., the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISAs), River Forecast Centers, etc.). Panelists will share how they are currently engaging and using climate information to address their operational challenges, and their critical information gaps. Panel members will be chosen from submitted abstracts; those not chosen will be part of a poster session.

2:45 PM
Panel Discussion
3:45 PM
Utility Climate Resiliency Study - Danny Johnson
4:00 PM
Developing Climate-Based Reservoir Inflow Forecasts Using Machine Learning Methods - Yanan Duan
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