The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

CRIDA Workshop at University of Idaho

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This two-day workshop at the University of Idaho will focus on a next-generation methodology for assessing and addressing climate risk in water resources management and planning. Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) is a means for implementing holistic climate-resilient water resources solutions. This workshop is designed to help participants from various disciplines to better understand the novel CRIDA approach while simultaneously exploring potential implications in terms of water governance, engineering, and ecosystems. Dr. John Matthews, a co-author of CRIDA and the Executive Director and co-founder of AGWA will lead the workshop.
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Keeping the Baby in the Bathwater: Integrating Climate Resilience in Existing Water Planning, Design and Operations

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) will host a free webinar on the new CRIDA methodology for resilient water management planning and decision making under uncertainty. The lead authors, including AGWA's Coordinator, will guide participants through CRIDA and its potential applications, while also exploring complementary methods for mainstreaming resilience into water management.

Water infrastructure and aquatic ecosystems are both exposed to potentially significant but uncertain climate impacts given their long lifetimes, but most climate risk frameworks remain separate from how we actually make water decisions. A global coalition has assembled a new approach to understanding climate risk that can be integrated within existing planning, design, and operational decision processes. CRIDA (Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis) integrates analytical and stakeholder approaches to assess impacts and risks within a quantitative framework. Decision makers can negotiate performance tradeoffs between ecological, infrastructure, and social resilience. CRIDA emphasizes a shared vision between stakeholders and decision makers to define robust, flexible solutions. CRIDA has been applied in a dozen countries for a wide range of issues. Here, the presenters will discuss the emergence of methodologies such as CRIDA for water managers, planners, investors, and decision makers, and how they can enable us to integrate and mainstream resilient perspectives into existing work streams.
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Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation

Water is critical. It grows our food, generates our energy, and ensures our prosperity. To address the challenges that stand in the way of building healthy, prosperous, and peaceful communities, we must first tackle the challenge of water insecurity. As the Wilson Center celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Environmental Change and Security Program marks water’s central role in our work at a special event highlighting innovative approaches to water, health, and security.

The Wilson Center will be hosting a day-long symposium on 28 November, where they will take stock on the 1st year of the 1st U.S. Global Water Strategy; explore new research and practice on water, peace, and conflict; and highlight the centrality of water to global prosperity. The event will also be webcast live.
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Water Resources Management using NASA Earth Science Data

NASA is hosting a webinar series comprised of five 1-hour sessions on 13, 20, 27 October and 3, 10 November 2015. Each session will be held two times a day to allow national and international participation from different time zones ( 10-11 AM and 2-3 PM Eastern US time).

Objectives:

To provide 1) information about availability and access to global freshwater data for applications in drought and agricultural management, flooding and reservoir management from NASA remote sensing observations and land-atmosphere models and 2) GIS-based analysis of regional water budget for applications in water resources management. Read More...

Climate Science to Engineering Operations for Watershed Management Workshop

In 2011 the Climate Change and Water Working Group (CCAWWG) issued the user needs report, “Addressing Climate Change in Long-Term Water Resources Planning and Management: User Needs for Improving Tools and Information Report” (www.ccawwg.us). Since then, CCAWWG agencies have engaged in multiple research and application activities to address those needs. CCAWWG will host this workshop to review that work and to help design its planned 2016 update to that 2011 assessment of its agency partners’ needs for climate science and climate change information. Read More...

Mekong sub-region Forum on Climate Change Adaptation and Water Resources Management

Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) is calling for applicants to participate in Mekong sub-region Forum on Climate Change Adaptation and Water Resources Management. The Forum aims to update the regional cooperation and disseminate the results of local research and field activity related to climate change adaptation (CCA) and water resources management (WRM) in ASEAN. The Forum results would generate key information and guidelines relating CCA and WRM that would enhance ability, understanding and knowledge of the CSOs as well as to build a regional climate change network. The forum is funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and organized by Thailand Environment Institute (TEI). Read More...

ICCG Webinar on "Changing water resources in Europe under climate change"

Climate change is affecting temperatures and precipitation across Europe. However, the observed and projected changes differ across seasons and regions. Further differentiation is necessary between mean water availability and extremes, such as droughts, heavy precipitation and floods. For example, some European regions may experience an increase in flooding even though annual precipitation is projected to decline. Read More...

Eleventh Annual Meeting of the IGWCO CoP

The 11th annual IGWCO COP meeting will be held at the ESSIC Center on the University of Maryland College Park Campus on June 10 to 12, 2015. All IGWCO COP members are invited to come as are the many more experts on water and Earth observations who are interested in the topics addressed by GEO Water and IGWCO. This meeting will be an important event for transitioning water activities from the current GEO work plan to the new GEO Work Plan. Read More...

IWA Symposium on Lake and Reservoir Management | August 2015/02

The third IWA Symposium on Lake and Reservoir Management (IWA L&RM 2015) will be held at Mountain Lake, in Pembroke, Virginia, USA from 4 to 7 August, 2015.
We will have at least 4 keynote speakers and expect over 100 national and international participants.
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University Council on Water Resources | Water is not for Gambling: Utilizing Science to Reduce Uncertainty | June 2015

Uncertainties in climate, population, land use, biodiversity, and infrastructure continue to pose enormous interdisciplinary challenges to our ability to effectively manage our water resources. UCOWR, CUAHSI, and NIWR invite you and your colleagues to join leading water managers, educators, researchers, and other professionals from across the country to the joint conference of these national organizations to address some of the most compelling and important challenges facing our profession. Read More...