WWA WebinarsWWA Webinars

In 2012, WWA began off a series of occasional webinars to present research by WWA team members, as well as work by others relevant to WWA's stakeholders. Below are the upcoming webinars, and the links to the presentations and audio and/or video from past webinars.

 

Past Webinars

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
WWA/NIDIS Webinar: Decision Making in the Face of Drought by Western Range Livestock Producers
William R. Travis and Trisha Shrum
Western Water Assessment and Earth Lab University of Colorado Boulder

Ranchers make a large number of time-sensitive decisions each year and can vary their choices in the face of drought throughout the production cycle. Ranchers’ drought decisions may also be affected by USDA’s new Pasture Rangeland and Forest insurance program, a rainfall-index product meant to compensate for added feed costs during drought. We use multiple ranch decision models to simulate the effectiveness of drought adaptations under different rainfall and forage conditions, and with or without range insurance. The results include annual profit and end-of-year net worth after drought responses on a typical Great Plains-Rocky Mountain cow/calf ranch. The simulations illuminate the role of adaptation costs, insurance, and drought early warning in the decision-making process. We also examine alternative drought indices and the effect of drought on cattle markets, both of which feed back to rancher decisions.

Webinar Link | Presentation Slides

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017
WWA/NIDIS Webinar: Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI): Tracking the “Atmospheric Demand” Side of Drought for Monitoring and Early Warning
Imtiaz Rangwala, Mike Hobbins, and Jeff Lukas for the EDDI Team*

EDDI is a drought indicator that examines changes in the atmospheric evaporative demand to indicate the spatial extent and severity of drought over multiple timescales. In this webinar, we will describe the physical basis of EDDI and summarize some early results that demonstrate its potential and added value in early warning and ongoing monitoring of drought. We will also describe the various resources available from the EDDI tool, and share insights gained from our engagement with a diverse set of stakeholders on its effectiveness and usability.

*Joe Barsugli1,2,4, Candida Dewes1,2, Mike Hobbins1,2, Justin Huntington3, Jeff Lukas4, Daniel McEvoy3, Charles Morton3, Imtiaz Rangwala1,2,4, Andrea Ray1, and Heather Yocum1,2

1.    NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division
2.    University of Colorado/Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
3.    Desert Research Institute
4.    Western Water Assessment

Webinar Link | Presentation Slides

 

October 23, 2015
WWA & NOAA PSD El Niño panel discussion and webinar

What does the current strong El Niño event mean for this coming snowpack and runoff season in Colorado? WWA and the NOAA ESRL Physical Science Division (PSD) are convening a panel of experts to discuss what El Niño is and what it does, past El Niño impacts across Colorado, and what kind of weather we might expect this fall, winter and spring. After an overview of a 2-page briefing document to be released the same day, the panelists will make brief remarks, followed by questions from the audience.

Panel includes Jeff Lukas (WWA), Klaus Wolter (WWA and NOAA PSD), Nezette Rydell (NOAA NWS) and Marty Hoerling (NOAA PSD).

Webinar Link

 

September 3, 2015
Seminar series from CIRES and ATOC: Reading IPCC Report

Presenter: Ben Livneh

Webinar Link

 

December 5, 2014
Water management in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia

Presenter: Tony McLeod, Ph.D., General Manager, Water Resource Planning, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, and Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Getches-Wilkinson Center, University of Colorado Boulder

Presentation with video and audio

 

February 12, 2014 (Co-sponsored with the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research)
The Energy-Water Nexus: Where Climate Adaptation and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Policies Collide

Presenter: Kristen Averyt, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and Western Water Assessment

Presentation with video and audio

 

October 24, 2013 (Co-sponsored with the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research)
Balancing Cost, Performance, and Efficiency for Complex Water Problems - A Many Objective Approach to Sustainability

Presenter: Joseph Kasprzyk, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

Webinar presentation with video and audio


May 20, 2013
Wildfire Effects on Water Supplies in Colorado

Presenters:

Tom Veblen, Geography, University of Colorado - Front Range Fire History

Presentation with video and audio

Francis Rengers, Geology, University of Colorado - Measuring Post-Fire Erosion Response with Terrestrial Lidar

Presentation with video and audio

Don Kennedy, Denver Water - Denver Water's Impacts of Past Wildfires, and the Forests to Faucets Partnership

Presentation with video and audio (pre-recorded in 2012)


November 13, 2012
Water, Energy, and Climate Change: Freshwater Use by Power Plants

Presenter: James Meldrum, WWA and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Webinar presentation with video and audio

 

June 28, 2012
Landscape Water Use Software - Demonstration & Discussion

Presenters: Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada, Dr. Roger Kjelgren , Dr. Christopher Neale, and Clay Lewis, M.E., Urban Water Conservation Research Lab, Utah State University

Webinar presentation with video and audio (can be streamed online or downloaded)


May 22, 2012

Adapting to climate change on the Shoshone National Forest: A science-management collaboration to develop planning and management tools

Presenter: Janine Rice, WWA Postdoctoral Associate and USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Webinar presentation with video and audio (can be streamed online or downloaded)


April 2, 2012

Simulating Colorado River Streamflow at Interannual and Interdecadal Time Scales and Implications for Water Resources Management

Presenters: Edith Zagona, Ken Nowak, Cameron Bracken, and Katrina Grantz – CADSWES, University of Colorado, and US Bureau of Reclamation

Streaming video file | Webinar presentations can be downloaded as PDFs at CADSWES