Planning for the Future of the Great Basin
April 5th, 2016 - DRI 2215 Raggio Parkway, Reno NV
Morning Session: 9 am. - 12pm. & Afternoon Session 1pm. - 4pm.
This year the Great Basin Climate Forum will be a little different from past years. In the morning, we will have our usual set of discussions that focus on current climate conditions and how those will impact natural resources and other sectors in 2016. In the afternoon, we will be kicking of a three-part series to identify key areas of the northwestern Great Basin that are vulnerable to climate variability and climate change, understanding the drivers of that change, and developing a spatially-explicit set of scenario sets to inform decision making on federal, state, county, city, and private lands in the region.
9:00am - 12:00pm
Kelly Redmond, Regional Climatologist, Western Regional Climate Center/DRI, Winter 2015-16 Climate And Hydro Recap, Present Conditions, Spring & Summer Outlooks
Dan McEvoy, Postdoctoral Fellow, Western Regional Climate Center/DRI, Understanding Hydrologic and Rangeland Drought in the Great Basin
Benjamin Hatchett, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada State Climate Office, A 4000-Year Perspective of Historical Western Great Basin Droughts and Pluvials
Gina McGuire, Great Basin Predictive Services Meteorologist, BLM, The Affects of Drought and Recent Precipitation for the 2016 Great Basin Fire Season
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Our afternoon will focus on discussing what are the current and future issues of concern in the northwestern region of the Great Basin, kicking off the first of three 1/2 day workshops that focus on developing a set of map-based scenarios that will serve as a useful road map for landscape conservation in the Great Basin Region and considering adaptation actions.
Kelly Redmond, Regional Climatologist, Western Regional Climate Center, Future Climate Conditions in the Great Basin—what do we know and what don’t we know?
Michael Flaxman, Geodesign Technologies, What is Spatial Scenario Planning in the Great Basin?
Tamara Wall, Research Scientist, Division of Atmospheric Sciences/DRI, Discussion facilitator: What are the Current and Future Issues of Concern in the Northwestern Region of the Great Basin?