General Meeting Information

The Climate Impacts Group's (CIG's) fall forecast meeting provided an opportunity to hear how forecasted climate conditions for winter 2007-2008 may affect regional climate and streamflow conditions in the Columbia River Basin and western Washington and Oregon in summer 2008. The meeting also provided a forum for sharing the latest research on climate impacts and climate forecasting in the Pacific Northwest (PNW).

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

Review the list of this year's meeting participants (pdf).

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Agenda and Presentations

All presentations are in PPT format unless noted otherwise.


** Registration **


Welcome and introductions Alan Hamlet, CIG


Winter 2006-07 climate recap and outlook for winter 2007-08 Philip Mote, CIG


Hydrologic outlook for Water Year 2008 in the Pacific Northwest (Wood, Hamlet presentations) Andrew Wood and Alan Hamlet, CIG


** Break **


Seasonal volume forecasts using Ensemble Streamflow Prediction for the 2008 water year Stephen King, NWS River Forecast Center


Calibrating week-2 precipitation and temperature forecasts for hydrological applications using "reforecasts" Tom Hamill, NOAA


Updates from the NRCS National Water and Climate Center Tom Pagano, USDA NRCS National Water and Climate Center


** Lunch (provided) **


Weather Service forecast errors for the November-December 2006 warm, wet storms Todd Mitchell, UW Center for Science in the Earth System

1:30-1:45 Hydro-climate reconstructions for Columbia Basin and Cascades water supplies (note: 18 MB file) Jeremy Littell, CIG


Trends in 20th century snowpack in the Washington and Oregon Cascades (pdf) Philip Mote, CIG


Regional climate change water supply planning tools for Central Puget Sound - Austin Polebitski, CIG


** Break **


Generating a climate change streamflow scenarios data base for the Columbia River basin, and extension to multi-sectoral climate change research needs in WA state (Hamlet, McGuire Elsner presentations) Alan Hamlet and Marketa McGuire Elsner, CIG


Updates on Washington State climate change adaptation efforts in the water sector - Kurt Unger, Washington Department of Ecology


Meeting wrap-up Lara Whitely Binder, CIG



The Climate and Water Forecast meeting was held at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia, Washington.

Red Lion Hotel
2300 Evergreen Park Drive
Olympia, WA 98052
Phone: (360) 943-4000

(map and driving directions)

Other Climate Meetings of Interest

Idaho Climate and Water Forecasts for the 2008 Water Year - October 17, 2007 (Boise, Idaho)

The Idaho Climate and Water Forecasts meeting provides the opportunity to hear how forecasted climate conditions for the winter 2007-2008 may affect regional climate and streamflow conditions in the Columbia and Snake River Basins in 2008. Information on the Idaho meeting will be coming soon.