RISA 2016 Annual Meeting

23-25 February 2016
23 February 2016 to 25 February 2016
Tucson, AZ


There is no registration fee, but we are asking you to register so that we can ensure that we have enough space for everyone.

Registration is closed.


Final Agenda - 2/17/16

Schedule at a glance


Tuesday Feb. 23

Wednesday Feb. 24

Thursday Feb. 25

8:30 – 10am

Welcome & Introductory Remarks

Responding to Extreme Events


RISA-NIDIS Discussion

10am – 12pm

Evaluation of Climate Adaptation

Concurrent Breakout Discussions

11:30-12pm Concluding Remarks

12pm – 1pm

Lunch on your own

Working Lunch

End Meeting (12pm)

1pm – 3pm

Evaluation of Climate Adaptation


Emerging Research Themes & Partnerships

Space for side meetings

Responding to Extreme Events

3pm – 5pm

Emerging Research Themes & Partnerships

(concurrent sessions)

Optional Field Trip (Tucson Mountain Park)


5:30pm – 7:00pm

Poster/Visual Media Session & Networking (rooftop terrace)

No-Host/Informal Dinner



Session Themes and Abstracts

The themes for this meeting will be:
Responding to Extreme Events
Emerging Themes and Partnerships
Evaluation of Climate Adaptation

Abstracts - 2/17/16

Meeting Location

University of Arizona
Institute of the Environment
Agnese Nelms Haury Lecture Hall (Room S107)

The Institute of the Environment is located in the ENR2 Building, 1064 E. Lowell Street. The ENR2 building is located just north of Sixth Street and immediately to the west of the Sixth Street Parking Garage.

Campus Map

Parking on Campus: Nearby visitor parking is available in the Sixth Street Parking Garage. Prices for the garages are $2 for the first hour, $4 for two hours, and $1 for every additional hour. More parking information can be found at http://parking.arizona.edu/.

Parking Map

**Attention Session Leaders: For your planning convenience, below are links to the plenary room and breakout rooms.

Agnese Nelms Haury Lecture Hall

Medium Seminar Room C, S225

Medium Seminar Room B, S215


880 E. Second St.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: 520-792-4100
Rate: $185 + tax per night

**If UCAR will be supporting your travel, Melanie Russ will make your hotel reservation for you. If you are not a Federal Employee and would like to make a reservation, please contact Melanie with your arrival and departure information by January 22nd. If you are a Federal Employee, please contact Chelsea Combest-Friedman by January 18th to make your reservation. There are only a few rooms available at the GSA per diem rate, so if you require that rate, please make your reservation as soon as possible.**

For a list of alternative hotels at or below the government rate, please click here.

For a list of hotels near campus, please click here.

Walking Directions

A map showing the walk between the hotel and the ENR2 building can be found here


Transportation to the Hotel

The hotel does not offer shuttle service to and from the airport. You may use taxi services or other shared ground transportation options if you won't have a rental car. Options along with pricing can be found here.

The hotel is within walking distance of the Institute of the Environment.

Federal Meals

A working lunch will be provided on Wednesday, Feb. 24th. It is assumed that all meeting participants will participate in this unless you send an email to me at melanie@ucar.edu indicating that you will not attend. (Vegetarian options will be available.)

Federal attendees: Please note, UCAR cannot provide meals for Federal employees. This regulation comes from OMB and OMB circulars and Federal agency regulations. It is NOT a UCAR regulation but must be followed due to funding terms and conditions. Therefore, it is requested that Federal employees contribute $15 toward the lunch. The amount is calculated by using the specific meal portion of M&IE for Tucson, AZ.

UCAR–supported Attendees: $15 will be deducted from your travel voucher for lunch. The amount deducted is calculated using the same data used for the Federal employees.

To make your payment:

  1. Proceed to https://www.fin.ucar.edu/epayment/startEpayments.do
  2. Under "Payment Select," click on "Other Items" and then from the drop-down menu, choose "RISA – 23-25 February 2016 – Meal Fees" and then click on the "Next" button.
  3. On the following screen, enter the amount 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.

If you prefer to pay by check, please make it payable to "UCAR" and mail to: UCAR/JOSS, Attn: Melanie Russ, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307. (Or you can give it to Melanie onsite during the meeting.)