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Media invited to attend Great Basin Climate Forum at DRI

DRI to host semi-annual forum Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

RENO– The Desert Research Institute (DRI) and Western Regional Climate Center will host the Great Basin Climate Forum Series in Reno, Nevada on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

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.

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When: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Time: Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Desert Research Institute (2215 Raggio Parkway, Reno, Nevada 89512)

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Interview Opportunities:

  • 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 Hachett, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada State Climate Office Historical Drought—looking at droughts from the past against current conditions
  • Gina McGuire, Great Basin Predictive Services Meteorologist, BLM The Effects of Drought and Recent Precipitation for the 2016 Great Basin Fire Season
  • 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?