The University of Colorado Western Water Assessment (WWA), the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), Colorado Basin River Forecast Center (CBRFC), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Colorado Snow Survey, and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) convened a one-day workshop focused on improving the usability of snowpack monitoring information for runoff forecasting, drought early warning and planning, and other applications. [Broomfield, Colorado]
Over 75 water managers, forecasters, researchers, and others who rely on snow-monitoring products and/or runoff forecasts participated in the workshop.
The presentation titles are linked to the PDF.
Objectives and overview of the day - Jeff Lukas (WWA)
Results of pre-workshop survey - Elizabeth McNie (WWA)
The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) - Alicia Marrs (NIDIS)
The Upper Colorado River Basin Drought Early Warning System - Nolan Doesken (Colorado Climate Center)
Measuring and modeling our snow-water resource - Jeff Deems and Noah Molotch (WWA and U. of Colorado)
NRCS snowpack monitoring for water supply forecasting and drought planning - Brian Domonkos (CO NRCS)
Snow-related measurements in operational streamflow forecasting at NOAA/CBRFC - Stacie Bender (CBRFC)
How Denver Water uses snowpack monitoring and runoff forecasting - Bob Steger (Denver Water)
MODIS-based, real-time SWE product - Noah Molotch (WWA and U. of Colorado)
NASA Airborne Snow Observatory (ASO) - Jeff Deems (WWA and U. of Colorado).
Rio Grande Basin Forecasting Project - Dave Gochis (NCAR), Joe Busto (Co DNR/CWCB), and Craig Cotten (CO DNR/SEO)
We've put together a set of annotated links to online resources for Colorado snow monitoring, drought early warning, and runoff forecasts.
Similar snowpack-monitoring workshops were held in West Jordan, Utah (August 11) and Lander, Wyoming (August 27).