Midwest Climate Outlook and Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) Planning Workshop Ohio Valley Agenda

Midwest Climate Outlook and Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) Planning Workshop Ohio Valley Agenda
November 3, 2015
3 November, 2015
The Henry Clay Building
604 S. 3rd St., Louisville, KY 40202
Louisville, KY, USA

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Purpose of the Midwest DEWs Planning Process:

  • Provide a forum for a diverse group of federal, state, tribal and local stakeholders that represent the water and land-resource-management communities, to discuss the issues regarding the appropriate, relevant, useful and readily available drought, climate, weather and water-related information. 
  • Develop an understanding of the existing observation and monitoring networks, data, tools and other resources available for a climate extreme early drought warning system.
  •  Identify the sector specific and geographic needs for future tools and informational resources.


Desired Outcomes of the Midwest DEWS Planning Process:

The following desired outcomes will be used to inform a Work Plan for the Midwest DEWS. 

  • Increased knowledge and awareness of available data, monitoring activities and decision-support tools for climate extreme events (flood and drought).
  • Identification of sector specific and geographic informational needs.
  • Identification of communication resources that would be most effective for conveying climate extreme event information among sectors and geographic areas.
  • Recommendations for future actions, collaborative research, and decision support to improve warning of extreme climate events in the Midwest.


Session 1: Welcome and Overview

8:30–8:50       Welcome and what is NIDIS and a Drought Early Warning System (DEWS)

8:50–9:05       Background on Key Partners during the DEWS Planning

9:05–9:20       Droughts & Floods and Role of a Midwest DEWS

9:20-9:40        Introductions of those attending


Session 2: Climate, Impacts and Outlook

9:40–9:55        Midwest region and climate vulnerabilities

9:55–10:10      Drought impacts comparing 2011 and 2012

10:10–10:25    Break

10:25-10:40     High precipitation impacts                

10:40–10:55    Climate Outlook – Current Conditions and Seasonal Forecast


Session 3:  Critical Issues/Challenges and Existing Resources

10:55-11:35    Break-out Discussion               

What are the critical drought-related information issues/challenges in the region?

  • What are the critical high-precipitation information related issues/challenges in the region?
  • What resources could be used to meet these challenges?

11:35-12:15    Facilitated Discussion on Results                  

12:15-1:00      Working Lunch: Drought in the Region, A Historical Perspective


Session 4:  How can a Midwest DEWS Meet the Region’s Needs?

1:00-1:45        Break-out Discussion             

What are the major needs in your sector and region?

  • What priority activities should the DEWS be engaged in?
  • What partners are critical to include in the DEWS?

1:45-2:00        Break

2:00-3:00        Facilitated Discussion on Results

3:00-3:30        Next Steps and Closing Remarks

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