Agenda, Participants, and Presentations Water Resources in a Changing Climate:
Hydrologic Scenario Development for Long-range Planning

The Water Resources in a Changing Climate workshop was open to technically oriented water resources planning staff, managers, and consulting engineers who are interested in learning more about integrating climate change into long-range water resources planning.

Participant List

Seventy-five people attended the Water Resources in a Changing Climate workshop. For a list of participants, click here (pdf).

Final Agenda (also available in pdf format)
Includes links to PowerPoint presentations where available. Please note that some files are large and may take a few minutes to download.

8:00-8:30 am Registration
8:30-8:40 am IntroductionEdward Miles (University of Washington)
8:40-9:00 am Background: A brief history of climate change sensitivity work (3.5 MB) - Dennis Lettenmaier (University of Washington)
9:00-9:20 am 20th century climate change in the West and its hydrological consequences (large file! 30.2 MB) - Dan Cayan (University of California, San Diego)
9:20-9:40 am Climate models: Performance, descriptions of future climate, and the unimportance of choosing emissions scenarios (1.1 MB) - Philip Mote (University of Washington)
9:40-10:00 am Discussion
10:00- 10:15 am Break
10:15-10:45 am Summary of Accelerated Climate Prediction Initiative (ACPI) study results (2.7 MB) - Bill Pennell (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
10:45-11:05 am Considerations in using climate change information in hydrologic models and water resource assessment (346k) - Dennis Lettenmaier (University of Washington)
11:05-11:35 pm Integration tools: A web-based tool for incorporating climate change in water resources planning (1.1 MB) - Alan Hamlet (University of Washington)
11:35-11:45 pm Discussion
11:45-1:00 pm Lunch (box lunch or on your own)
1:00-3:00 pm Integration approaches: Stakeholder examples of integrating climate change in long-range planning
  1:00-1:15 Northwest Power Planning Council (576k) - John Fazio, Senior Systems Analyst
  1:20-1:35 CALFED (5.5 MB) - Dan Cayan (University of California, San Diego)
  1:40-1:55 California Department of Water Resources (5.8 MB) - Francis Chung, Chief of Modeling Support Branch
  2:00-2:15 Seattle Public Utilities - Joan Kersnar, Water System Planning Supervisor, Resource Management Branch

2:20-2:35 Climate change scenario applications in British Columbia

  2:40-2:45 General Q&A for case studies
2:45-3:00 pm Break
3:00-4:15 pm

Breakout sessions
A discussion with the user community on the principals and technical needs of incorporating climate change into water resource planning. Discussion groups will be broken into the following topic areas:

- Hydropower
- Municipal water supplies
- Irrigated agriculture

Each group will be given a set of guiding questions to address. Breakout groups will be responsible for summarizing key issues and technical needs into a one page summary to be reported back to the group at large in the report to plenary.

4:15-4:30 pm Break
4:30-4:55 pm Report to plenary and discussion – Presented by designated representative(s) from each group
4:55-5:00 pm Wrap-up and next steps – Dennis Lettenmaier and Edward Miles, University of Washington
5:00 pm Meeting adjourns

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Lara Whitely Binder
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University of Washington