Past Events

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
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[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

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GPLCC Webinar: Distribution and Occupancy Models for Great Plains Reptiles

Sep. 13, 2017

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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.

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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

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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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NCCWSC Webinar: Developing Effective Drought Monitoring Tools for Farmers and Ranchers

Aug. 7, 2017

Please join us on Monday, August 7 at 12 pm CT for a discussion of the South Central CSC-funded project “Developing Effective Drought Monitoring Tools for Farmers and Ranchers in the South Central U.S.” This webinar is hosted by the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center as part of their Ecological Drought series.

Presenters:
Mark Shafer, University of Oklahoma
Steven Quiring, Ohio State University

Summary: The South Central U.S. is one of the main agricultural regions in North America: annual agricultural production is valued at more than $44 billion dollars. However, as climate conditions change, the region is experiencing more frequent and severe droughts, with significant impacts on agriculture and broader consequences for land management. This project investigated the information needs of farmers, ranchers, and local land managers in the South Central region to develop drought monitoring tools that are effective and responsive to their needs. Several drought indicators were evaluated for their effectiveness and compared to responses from a regional survey on commonly-used drought indicators, impacts, and management strategies. A new indicator based on soil moisture was explored as an option for drought management. All indicators were compared to crop yields to assess variability among indicators and types of applications, recognizing that a single drought indicator may not be most appropriate for all applications.

Register here!

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Abstracts Due for SC CSC-led AMS Session on Co-Production of Knowledge

Aug. 1, 2017

The South Central Climate Science Center is hosting a session titled “Transforming Communication through Co-Production of Knowledge” at the AMS 98th Annual Meeting, Sunday, 7 January 2018 - Thursday, 11 January 2018, in Austin, TX.

If you have a project that fits the session description below, we invite you to submit an abstract to the 13th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice. Abstracts are due Monday, August 1 at 11:50PM (ET). Please be sure to select the Transforming Communication through Co-Production of Knowledge session when you submit your abstract.

Topic Description: As decision makers prepare for a changing climate or weather extremes, they look to the research community for answers to local or regional questions. Boundary organizations, such as U.S. DOI Climate Science Centers, NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments programs, USDA Climate Hubs, state climate offices, and others, are positioned to address these challenges through co-production of knowledge with researchers and stakeholders. That is, researchers affiliated with these weather and climate boundary organizations are engaging decision makers directly in the research process. But co-production requires both of these groups to transform their traditional methods of communication (or lack thereof) with one another. Many of these organizations have hired communications specialists to help translate science into decisions or have developed training and outreach events that bring stakeholders and researchers together. These actions have enhanced communications between both groups, ultimately leading to long-term partnerships, more actionable research products, and better understanding of research needs. This session seeks to highlight examples of projects that have benefitted from co-production of knowledge with decision makers and boundary organizations, what methods of communication between these groups have been effective, and how to educate the next generation of leaders in co-producing knowledge.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@southcentralclimate.org.

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Introduction to Climate Change Adaptation Planning Course (An ITEP Workshop)

Jun. 6, 2017 - Jun. 8, 2017

Albuquerque, NM

This course is intended for tribal environmental and natural resource professionals who expect to be involved in climate change adaptation planning. The course will provide an introduction to planning for climate change impacts, highlighting the work of several tribes. Since the course will focus on climate change impacts in the Southwest region, environmental professionals from that region are encouraged to attend.

The course is hosted by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), whose mission is to strengthen tribal capacity and sovereignty in environmental and natural resource management through culturally relevant education, research, partnerships and policy-based services.

Register here! Applications received by Friday, April 28, 2017, will have priority consideration.

Space is limited, so please be sure to get your application in as soon as possible. ITEP will pay lodging costs and reimburse per diem for selected tribal participants specifically tribal environmental staff and tribal members. All participants are responsible for their own transportation costs (airfare, taxis, shuttle service, mileage, etc.). 

If you would prefer to receive and fill out a pdf application form, please contact Colleen Davis whose contact information is provided below.

Email Colleen.Davis@nau.edu
Phone: (928) 523-6327
Fax: (928) 523-1266
Mail: Colleen Davis, ITEP Climate Change Program; Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals; PO Box 15004; Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5004

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Building Resilience Through Actionable Science Gulf Coast Workshops

Jun. 6, 2017 - Jun. 9, 2017

A study funded collaboratively by the South Central CSC, Southeast CSC, and Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC titled Enhancing the Adaptive Capacity of Coastal Wetlands in the Face of Sea-level Rise and Coastal Development will be featured in several upcoming stakeholder workshops.

The workshops are being organized by the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (WARC) and the Nature Conservancy’s Gulf of Mexico Whole Systems Program (TNC). These discussion-based workshops are designed to introduce attendees to the findings from the WARC’s work on tidal saline wetland migration and from TNC’s work on open space protection in the Gulf area. Participants will then discuss potential applications of these findings in land use, conservation, and flood mitigation planning, and how customization of these products might make them more useful for future decision-making.

Registration is free but space is limited and registration is required. You can register for the Lake Charles, LA and Biloxi, MS workshops here.

About the Organizers

Coastal Wetland Migration – USGS
In the 21st century, accelerated sea-level rise and continued coastal development are expected to greatly alter coastal landscapes across the globe. In a recent study funded jointly by the Southeast and South Central CSCs, Dr. Michael Osland, Nicholas Enwright, and Kereen Griffith identified areas where tidal saline wetlands may adapt via landward migration along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast. These analyses provided information that can be used to identify migration corridors and develop future-focused sea-level rise adaptation strategies that will improve the potential that the ecosystem goods and services provided by these wetlands will continue to be available for future generations.

Open Space – The Nature Conservancy
TNC’s Dr. Christine Shepard partnered with Dr. Sam Brody and Dr. Wes Highfield, both of Texas A&M University, to identify which watersheds across the Gulf coast are the best targets for strategic land conservation to both reduce flood risk and conserve biodiversity. The analysis identified 421 watersheds along the Gulf of Mexico that have both high likelihood of flood damages and high conservation value.  A selection of these watersheds is being targeted for workshops devoted to a discussion of open space protection as a flood risk reduction and conservation strategy.

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