Past Events

Study Abroad Scholarship Applications Due

Feb. 1, 2018

The SC CSC International Studies Scholarship was created to assist OU students pursuing a summer 2018 study abroad program. The scholarship amount awarded is $5,000.

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Scholarships are awarded on a demonstrated basis of need to qualified undergraduate students participating in an OU summer study abroad program.

Scholarship applicants must meet the following specific criteria:
• Full-time, regularly enrolled undergraduate student at OU
• Must be enrolled in a University-approved study abroad program
• Open to any field of study
• Must have an interest in (1) weather and climate impacts on society or (2) environmental problem solving
• Must have a demonstrated financial need
• Must not be a contributor to the scholarship fund or an immediate family member of a contributor

Preference will be given to female students or students from underrepresented minorities. Recipients of the award will be expected to complete a small project as selected by the scholarship committee following the completion of the study abroad program.

IMPORTANT NOTE
Any student unable to complete the program will be required to return the full amount of the award to the College of International Studies.


Scholarship for DGES Majors Applications Due

Feb. 1, 2018

Three $1000 scholarships are available for undergraduates enrolled in the OU Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. Students must be enrolled full-time and maintain a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale in order to qualify.

Preference will be given to female students or students from underrepresented minorities.

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Applicants will need to submit a personal statement limited to 500 words that can include such things as educational and career goals, honors and awards, student leadership activities and/or other academic and community involvement, and need for financial assistance.


[Webinar] Exploring Water Availability with the Hydrology Futures Portal

Jan. 17, 2018

Presenters: Lauren Hay and Andy Bock

January 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM MST | 10:00 am CST | 11:00 AM EST

During our January partners call, SC CSC researchers Lauren Hay and Andy Bock will present on their recently completed project Monthly Water Balance Model Hydrology Futures Portal. This portal allows uses to explore water availability in any region of the continental US.

Call-In Via Phone:
703-648-4848
code: 59928229#

WebEx Meeting number: 714 824 698


Webinar: Modeling Water and River Management Strategies in the Rio Grande/Bravo Basin

Oct. 23, 2017

DATE: Monday, October 23, 2017
TIME: 1:00 PM Pacific / 2:00 PM Mountain / 3:00 PM Central / 4:00 PM Eastern
PRESENTERS: Jennifer Koch, Sophie Plassin (University of Oklahoma, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability)

In the water-scarce Rio Grande/Bravo (RGB) Basin, climate change and population growth call for a more sustainable management of water resources, ecosystems, and livelihoods. Models that draw from different disciplines to represent social and ecological dynamics across space and time can improve our understanding of this complex system and allow us to explore alternative future scenarios to improve the resilience of the Basin.

The SC CSC-supported work described in this webinar draws on interviews with water managers and stakeholders in the RGB Basin to 1) build a spatially explicit Agent-Based-Model of the whole Rio Grande/Bravo Basin that helps understand how different management strategies and human uses of the river might affect social, ecological and hydrological outcomes; and 2) compare existing approaches and develop new methods for conceptual model development, from an interdisciplinary collaboration among environmental anthropologists, geographers, hydrologist, and modelers. This research project has led to: 1) the design of a concept map combined with a text analysis and a typology of actors that capture key relationships between the social and the ecological components of the RGB system; 2) a geodatabase of water governance and socio-eco-hydrological data for the whole basin; and 3) a draft version of the spatio-temporal ENVISION simulation model for the RGB. Next steps of this research will focus on the refinement of the simulation model implemented with the ENVISION platform and analysis of the simulation results.

WEBINAR ACCESS:

We will be using WebEx for these webinar series (this is the last webinar in this series). Please find the call-in information below:

Meeting Link: https://wwfus.webex.com/wwfus/j.php?MTID=m9479fed5c05a2735ca8dc0d53082c480
Meeting number/access code: 213 532 592
Join by phone:
1-866-469-3239     US/Canada toll-free call-in number
1-650-429-3300 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
001-800-514-3550 Mexico toll-free call-in number
Global call-in numbers |  Toll-free calling restrictions


Webinar: The Natural Flow Regime of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo

Oct. 10, 2017

TIME: 1:00 PM Pacific / 2:00 PM Mountain / 3:00 PM Central / 4:00 PM Eastern

Presenters: John Schmidt and Todd Blythe (Utah State University)
Sam Sandoval Solis and J. Pablo Ortiz Partida (University of California, Davis)

Because diversions of stream flow in the Rio Grande watershed predate stream gaging, there are no historical data that describe the natural flow regime of the river. South Central CSC researchers will present the results of their work to define the natural flow regime of the northern branch of the river upstream from Presido/Ojinaga and of the Rio Conchos. They demonstrate that more than 90% of the natural flow is not used for upstream agriculture and municipal uses or is lost due to reservoir evaporation and riparian zine evapotranspiration. Although it is impossible to restore the natural flow regime, estimates of this regime provide essential information about the environmental cues and disturbances that provided habitat to the native fauna and flora. Understanding the natural flow regime also helps set in context present management activities in the watershed. The magnitude of change to the natural flow regime is so large that watershed stakeholders are forced to consider what kind of future river is desirable. Additionally, the researchers will discuss the geomorphic and management implications of these flow regime changes.

How to Join the Webinar

Meeting Link: https://wwfus.webex.com/wwfus/j.php?MTID=mc3f431e3922cfd8b0ae90a771dc9e26e
Meeting number/access code: 797 560 704
Join by phone:

1-866-469-3239     US/Canada toll-free call-in number
1-650-429-3300 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
001-800-514-3550 Mexico toll-free call-in number
Global call-in numbers |  Toll-free calling restrictions


[Webinar] Snowpack to River Flow Model Evaluation & Snowpack Modeling

Sep. 25, 2017

TIME: 1:00 PM Pacific / 2:00 PM Mountain / 3:00 PM Central / 4:00 PM Eastern

The Rio Grande River is a critical source of freshwater for 13 million people in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. More than half of the Rio Grande’s streamflow originates as snowmelt in Colorado’s mountains, and changes in the amount of snowmelt can impact the water supply for communities along the entire river.

In this webinar, Dr. David Clow (USGS Colorado Water Science Center) and Dr. David Gutzler (University of New Mexico) will discuss SC CSC supported research on the role of snowpack on water quality and quantity in the Rio Grande Basin. Dr. Clow will share progress on improving runoff forecast models for the upper Rio Grande. Dr. Gutlzer will demonstrate how his project combines historical data and climate model projections to assess and enhance seasonal prediction models relating winter snowpack to subsequent runoff in the upper Rio Grande. Both projects will ultimately provide water managers will decision-making tools to improve water quantity and quality in the Rio Grande Basin.

Call-In Information

Meeting Link: https://wwfus.webex.com/wwfus/j.php?MTID=m014f9c8dc70051465cb94081c9243f37
Meeting number/access code: 793 206 306
Join by phone:
1-866-469-3239 US/Canada toll-free call-in number
1-650-429-3300 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
001-800-514-3550 Mexico toll-free call-in number

Be sure to check out the other webinars in this series:

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September Partners Call

Sep. 20, 2017

TIME: 10 am CT

Everyone is welcome to attend our monthly partners calls to get the latest updates on South Central CSC science and events.

This month, we are pleased to have OU Graduate Student, Darrian Bertrand of the South Central Climate Science Center present ​her thesis research on future drought and heavy rainfall events in the Red River Basin.

Call-In Information

Teleconference: 703-648-4848
code: 59928229#

WebEx: Meeting number: 714 824 698
Meeting link: https://usgs.webex.com/usgs/j.php?MTID=mea5168e3c18242b308ee3ba221444bfc


GPLCC Webinar: Distribution and Occupancy Models for Great Plains Reptiles

Sep. 13, 2017

To Join Webex Meeting Click Here
Meeting number: 747 562 38
Meeting password: PmRwJn?2
Call-in Number:
888-404-9893
Participant passcode: 24862790#

Title:
Species Distribution and Occupancy Models for Great Plains Reptiles

Presenters:
Danny Martin (Colorado State University) and Dan Manier (USGS)

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 2:00 pm Mountain Daylight Time (3:00 pm Central)

Summary: Researchers Martin and Manier will provide a description of their project focused on improving inventory and monitoring techniques and information for reptiles across the Great Plains. This includes development and testing of methodology for low-budget (volunteer-based), regional reptile monitoring to better enable systematic and accurate collection of data representing the distribution and abundance of reptiles, their habitats, and associated species in priority conservation areas and the development of geospatial data sets (location data and species distribution models) to be used in current and future landscape conservation design efforts and/or spatially explicit decision support tools.

Questions? Contact GP LCC Coordinator Jon Hayes at Jonathan_hayes@fws.gov.


Fall Journal Club Kick-Off Meeting

Sep. 12, 2017

Join us in kicking off our Journal Club for the Fall 2017 semester!

Undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and faculty interested in diving into literature related to climatology and the impacts of our climate system on natural resources are welcome to join us for our bi-weekly Journal Club. The Club meets every other Tuesday at 1:30 PM in Room 2106 on the second floor of Five Partners Place (located on the University of Oklahoma’s Research Campus). If you have questions or would like to receive email notifications about Journal Club, please contact Adrienne Wootten at amwootte@ou.edu


Exploring the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Basin Webinar Series

Aug. 29, 2017 - Oct. 23, 2017

Please check this page prior to the next webinar for call-in information and a Webex link!

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