Idaho Climate and Water Resource Forecasts for the 2006 Water Year

October 13, 2005
10:30am - 4:30 pm
Boise, Idaho

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The Climate Impacts Group Annual Fall Forecast Meetings

Every fall, the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington hosts workshops highlighting the seasonal climate forecast and water resource outlook for the Pacific Northwest (PNW) for the upcoming water year.

The information presented at these meetings provides public and private resource managers the opportunity to consider how projected seasonal streamflow levels may affect operational decisions in the Pacific Northwest.

The meetings also provide the opportunity to learn about new water resource forecasting techniques and tools.







General Meeting Information

The Climate Impacts Group's (CIG's) Idaho fall forecast meeting provided an opportunity to hear how forecasted climate conditions for the winter 2005-2006 may affect regional climate and streamflow conditions in the Columbia and Snake River Basins in 2006. The meeting also provided a forum for sharing the latest research on climate impacts and climate forecasting in the Pacific Northwest (PNW).

The Idaho fall forecast meeting was held on October 13, 2005 at the Idaho Department of Water Resources in Boise (map).

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The fall forecast meetings are open to the public.
Past meeting participants have included:

- federal, state, and local level water resource managers,
- public and private electric utility managers,
- consultants,
- public lands managers,
- agricultural specialists,
- non-profit organizations,
- tribal members and technical staff, and
- researchers.

A list of this year's meeting participants is available here (pdf). The Idaho fall forecast meeting was sponsored by the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington and the Idaho Department of Water Resources.

Agenda and Presentations

A copy of the agenda is available here. Presentations are posted below.




Welcome and introductions Hal Anderson, IDWR (presentation) and Philip Mote, UW


Winter 2004-05 climate recap and outlook for winter 2005-06 (pdf) Philip Mote, UW


Overview of the 2005 water year in Idaho (pdf) Liz Robbins, IDWR


** Lunch (on your own) **


Seasonal outlooks for hydrology and water resources: Streamflow forecasts for major western U.S. river systems (with emphasis on the Columbia and Snake River basins ) and reservoir forecasts for the Snake Alan Hamlet, UW


Season volume forecasts using ensemble streamflow predictions for 2006 water year - Kevin Berghoff, National Weather Service Northwest River Forecast Center


The role of temperature in the WY 2005 drought (pdf) Philip Mote, UW


* Break **


Hydrologic trends in the western U.S. from 1916-2003 Alan Hamlet, UW


New climate change projections for the Pacific Northwest (pdf) Philip Mote, UW


Meeting wrap-up - Hal Anderson, IDWR and Lara Whitely Binder, UW


** Meeting adjourns**

Other Meetings of Interest

Climate and Water Forecasts for the 2006 Water Year - October 26, 2005 (Seattle Washington)

The Seattle Climate and Water Forecasts meeting will provide forecast information for the Columbia River Basin and western Washington and Oregon. A draft agenda and other information on the meeting is available on the meeting web site.

The Future Ain't What It Used to Be: Planning for Climate Disruption - October 27, 2005 (Seattle, Washington)

Join the CIG and hundreds of other representatives from the PNW in a major conference on planning for climate change. Conference objectives include understanding the degree of climate change predicted in 20, 50, and 100 years in Washington State; identifying resource and information needs for impacted sectors; and identifying approaches for improving sector-specific plans to adapt to climate change including risk assessment and response. More information is available on the meeting website.

Climate and Fisheries: Impacts, Uncertainty and Responses of Ecosystems and Communities - October 26-28, 2005 (Victoria, B.C.)

Join the Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network and other sponsors for a 3 day meeting exploring emerging issues about the impacts of climate and climate change on marine and freshwater ecosystems, aquatic and fisheries resources, and communities in British Columbia, Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

The Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington
Questions? Contact Lara Whitely Binder, 206-616-5349