Events

  • Planning for Fire: Wildfire, Water Quality, and Local Preparedness in the West

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    Webinar

    WWA-supported graduate students Natalie Bennett and Carli Brucker discuss local fire risk reduction planning and water quality planning in the face of wildfire risk.

  • Extreme Heat in the West

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    Webinar

    Western Water Assessment's Seth Arens and Katie Clifford, along with WWA graduate student Nels Bjarke (Engineering), shared how a changing climate is impacting the frequency and severity of extreme heat events. This webinar provided an overview and synthesis of the science on extreme heat in our region and new WWA research improving our estimates of the likelihood of extreme heat events. It finished with heat impacts on health and frontline communities as well as an overview of some strategies to protect communities.

  • Climate Change and Flooding in Colorado

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    Workshop

    WWA partnered with the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) to offer a workshop on Climate Change and Flooding in Colorado. This workshop was an opportunity for planners to gain free continuing education credit needed to maintain their certification, learn about how climate change may impact flooding in the state, and share perspectives and experiences amongst each other. WWA’s Liz Payton synthesized the state of the science on changes to extreme precipitation and applied that to flooding.

  • Mini Film Festival at Aztec Public Library

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    Workshop

    We are Water's Mini Film Festival hosted at the Aztec Public Library included Western Water Assessment's Ethan Knight and guest speakers Andy Bleckinger from the San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District and Crystal Tulley-Cordova from the Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources. This event included a screening of short New Mexico-focused water films and a speaker panel. The event focused on water quality, access, and scarcity challenges in the region and New Mexicos’s water future.

  • Snowtography: Snowpack & Soil Moisture Monitoring Handbook

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    Webinar

    Western Water Assessment, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, has produced Snowtography: Snowpack & Soil Moisture Monitoring Handbook to support resource managers, researchers, and practitioners studying forest structure impacts on snowpack persistence and soil moisture availability.

  • Utah Hazard Planning Tool Workshop

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    Workshop

    Western Water Assessment convened an online workshop with Utah stakeholders on January 19th to introduce the Utah Hazard Planning Tool and to discuss hazard and climate adaptation planning. The online workshop drew over 30 Utah stakeholders representing local government, state and federal agencies. The Utah Hazard Planning Tool, developed in collaboration with the Southern Climate Impacts Program, is a resource that provides information about past, present and future hazard risk specific to Utah.

  • What’s up with the weather? A summer of extremes in the Intermountain West

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    Webinar

    Summer 2021 was a year of extreme weather events in the Intermountain West. Drought conditions that were building since 2019 covered vast areas of the region with extreme and exceptional drought. A very strong North American Monsoon, especially in Utah and western Colorado broke rainfall records and caused flash flooding. Heavy monsoonal rainfall on the burn scars from the 2020 Cameron Peak and Grizzly Gulch Fires in Colorado caused the tragic loss of life and destruction of parts of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon.

  • Adapting to Climate with NOAA RISA in the Intermountain West (CO,WY,UT)

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    Webinar

    The NOAA Climate Program Office's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program invests in research and engagement that expands regional capacity to adapt to climate change in the U.S. RISA's regional teams build sustained relationships between decision makers and researchers that support collaborative and equitable adaptation to climate risks. In Fiscal Year 2021, the RISA program launched 9 new 5-year RISA teams.

  • The Impacts of Climate Change on Snowpack and Streamflow in the Western U.S. Webinar

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    Webinar

    Learn about the impacts of climate change on snowpack and streamflow in the western U.S. with WWA researchers Dr. Noah Molotch and Dr. Ben Livneh. Dr. Molotch presents his research mapping snow water equivalent in real time using satellite data, models, and ground stations. His presentation drew on collaborations with water resource stakeholders from across the western U.S. Dr. Livneh examined “snow drought” in the Colorado River Basin over the past century. He evaluated the importance of how snow drought is defined, its historical variability, as well as its role in modulating streamflow.

  • Snowpack Monitoring in the Rocky Mountain West Webinar, Part 2: Applications

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    Webinar

    Part 2 of our two-part webinar in which we share Snowpack Monitoring in the Rocky Mountain West: A User Guide. Guest speakers Gus Goodbody (NRCS) and Patrick Kormos (CBRFC) covered applications of snowpack information, particularly runoff forecasting.

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