NIDIS Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System Kick-off Meeting

NIDIS Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System Kickoff Meeting
February 2-3, 2016
2 February, 2016 to 3 February, 2016
Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center, 550 SW Oak St.
Portland, OR 97204


1/4/16 - Workshop venue, Hotel reservation information, Transportation from/to Portland Airport, Driving directions and Parking information
1/14/16 - Meals
1/15/16 - Draft agenda, Summary of the PNW DEWS planning process
1/27/16 - Draft agenda
1/28/16 - Draft agenda
1/29/16 - Final agenda
2/1/16 - Final agenda



There is no fee to register. 

Registration is closed.

The Workshop will be held in the Park Ballroom of the Courtyard by Marriott City Portland City Center, located at 550 SW Oak Street, in Portland.  Please click here to visit the hotel's website.  Please click here for a map showing the hotel's location in the downtown area. 


A block of 30 guest rooms is currently being held for our group at the special, discounted rate of $139.00 plus 14.5% tax ($159.16) per night for the nights of 1-2 February 2016. 

To make your hotel reservation for the nights of 1-2 February, please click here. 
If you plan to stay for additional nights, please call the hotel directly at 1-503-505-5000 to make your reservation.  Reservations for additional dates will be made on a space- and rate- availabie basis only.

If you prefer to make your reservation by phone, you may call the hotel directly 24 hours a day at 1-503-505-5000, or you may also call Marriott central reservations at 1-800-606-3717.  Be sure to reference the NIDIS Pacific NW Drought Early Warning System Meeting rate when making your reservation.  And, be sure to include your Marriott Rewards number when booking your reservation.

TEL: 312.726.7500

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TEL: 312.726.7500

Toll Free Reservations


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Our Group rate includes complimentary internet service in your guest room.

The cut-off date for making your reservations is Friday, 15 January 2015.  Reservations made after the cut-off will be on a space- and rate-available basis only.

Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 p.m.


The hotel does not offer airport shuttle service.  The easiest way to get from the Portland airport to the hotel is via the MAX Light Rail system:

  1. At the Portland Airport, follow signage to the MAX Station.
  2. Board the MAX Red Line to City Center & Beaverton
  3. Get off at Oak/SW 1st Ave MAX Station
  4. Walk or taxi 0.3 miles fo the Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center hotel located at 550 SW Oak Street.
  5. Approximate fare:  $2.50



Please click here for driving directions to the Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center hotel.

The hotel offers valet parking only at $38.00 per day.


A light continental breakfast and a working lunch will be provided each day.

NOTE:  Federal attendees and those on federal travel orders - Please note that NOAA regulations prohibit UCAR from providing meals to federal employees, except NSF employees. Therefore, it is requested that federal employees contribute $16.00 for lunch both days;  this amount is the lunch portion of the FY2016 GSA CONUS M&IE for Portland. 

Please note that UCAR accepts Visa and MasterCard only; see PAYMENT INFORMATION below.
Also, please note that some US government credit cards and travel credit cards have restrictions placed on them by your agency regarding which merchant ID number categories they may be used for.  Such restrictions may prohibit you from paying online, due to UCAR's merchant ID number category, which is "educational establishment."


It is now possible to pay UCAR via the Internet!  Please note that UCAR accepts only Visa and MasterCard:

1. Proceed to

2. Under "Payment Select", click on "Other Items" and then from the drop-down menu, choose "NIDIS Pacific NW DEWS Meeting - February 2-3, 2016 - Meal Fee," and then click on the "Next" button.

3. On the following screen, enter the amount (32) and fill in your billing information. When you are ready, click on the "Start Process" button.

4. You will receive an e-mail confirming your payment and the amount paid.

It is also possible to pay by check on the day of the event.  Please make your check payable to "UCAR," and bring it with you to the meeting.  If you prefer to pay by check in advance, please mail your check to Brian Jackson UCAR-JOSS, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307.

If you have questions about the meeting, please contact:

Alicia Marrs

Kathie Dello