General Meeting Information

The Climate Impacts Group's (CIG's) fall forecast meeting provided an opportunity to hear how forecasted climate conditions for winter 2009-2010 may affect regional climate and streamflow conditions in the Columbia and Snake River Basins in summer 2010. The meeting also provided a forum for sharing the latest research on climate impacts and climate forecasting in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). This year's meeting was hosted at the IDWR and co-sponsored by the University of Idaho.

Meeting participants

A few of the universities and agencies represented at this year's fall forecast meeting in Boise, ID are the following:

Agenda and Presentations


** Registration **


Welcome and introductions Hal Anderson, IDWR


Pacific Northwest winter 2008-09 climate recap and outlook for 2009-10 - John Abatzoglou, University of Idaho

9:40-10:05 The 2009 water supply summary - Liz Cresto, IDWR
10:05-10:35 Review of 2009 streamflow forecasts & Snow Advisory Team information - Ron Abramovich, USDA


** Break **


Seasonal outlooks for hydrology and water resources in the Columbia and Snake River basins - Francisco Munoz-Arriola, UW


Seasonal volume forecasts using Ensemble Streamflow Prediction for the 2010 water year - Stephen King, NWS River Forecast Center


Drought monitoring: Challenges in the western US - Brian Fuchs, NDMC


1:00-2:30 Overview of the NFS EPSCoR "Water Resources in a Changing Climate" - Von Walden, University of Idaho
1:00-1:20 Progress in downscaling climate change scenarios for Idaho (EPSCoR) - Brandon Moore, University of Idaho


Progress in hydroclimatology research (EPSCoR) - Venkat Sridhar, Boise State


Progress in ecological research (EPSCoR) - Colden Baxter, Idaho State


Progress in economics and policy research (EPSCoR) - Siân Mooney, Boise State




Climatic indices: Predictors of Idaho's snowfall - Mel Kunkel, Boise State
3:15-3:40 Adaptation: Moving water between users and uses - Richard Slaughter and Don Reading, CIG
3:40-4:00 Preliminary tree-ring reconstructions of stream flow in the Pacific Northwest: CIG NOAA SARP project updateJeremy Littell, CIG
3:40-4:00 The Columbia Basin Climate Change Scenarios Project - Alan Hamlet, CIG
3:40-4:00 Update on the Idaho Comprehensive Aquifer Management and Planning Program - Helen Harrington, IDWR
4:00-4:15 Meeting wrap-up – Alan Hamlet, CIG

Other Climate Meetings of Interest

Workshop on Scenarios of Future Climate - October 28-29, Portland, OR

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG), the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) and the University of Idaho's Water Resources in a Changing Climate program (WRCC) team up to sponsor a workshop on future climate scenarios. This meeting is intended to enhance the understanding and application of future climate scenarios for researchers and agency managers.

Water and Land Use in the Pacific Northwest - November 4-6, 2009 (Stevenson, Washington)

Washington State University supports this conference on the complex interaction of water management and land use in the Pacific Northwest. The conference provides an opportunity to open discussion among planners, engineers and scientists about the sustainable development of these resources.