The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

AWRA 2017 Summer Specialty Conference on Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management

In this sixth installment of its Climate Change Conference Series, the American Water Resources Associations (AWRA) continues the dialogue from previous meetings to address the challenges we face as a Nation in understanding and responding to climate change. The Nation's capital, Washington, DC, will serve as the backdrop for the 2017 conference. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for water resources professionals working in research, management, policy and education to gather, discuss and collaborate as they shape the future of sustainable water management. It promises to be an engaging week of water resources community, conversation and connections.

The theme of this year's meeting is Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management.

When: 25-28 June 2017
Where: Tysons, Virginia, USA
How to Register: Click here to register
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Responding to climate change is complicated by the scale, complexity and inherent uncertainty of the problem. Climate change adaptation must use the best available science while managing uncertainty. Challenges remain in developing the scientific information necessary to support water resources adaptation planning. Managers and policy makers also often struggle with translating information produced by the scientific community for use in decision-making. Collaborative solutions involving scientists, managers and other stakeholders are essential to ensure management and policy decisions are informed by the best available science, and that the scientific community in turn has a strong awareness of managers' and policy makers' highest priority needs.

Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has been invited to be the conference Keynote speaker to be followed by a plenary panel including Manu Lall, Director of the Water Center at the Earth Institute, Columbia University and Water Chapter lead of the National Climate Assessment (NCA4); Zoe Johnson, Climate Change Coordinator, Chesapeake Bay Program; Erica Brown, Chief Sustainability Officer at the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA); and Jordan Fischbach, Policy Researcher and Codirector, Water and Climate Resilience Center at RAND Corporation. This will be followed by 24 technical concurrent sessions highlighting federal, state, local and international issues and responses; vulnerability and adaptation assessments; data and tools to support decision making; stakeholder collaboration, outreach and education; and facility and watershed scale resiliency.