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NIDIS sponsored a planning meeting on June 2, 2016, in Wilmington, North Carolina to gather stakeholder input on the development of a Coastal Carolinas DEWS Strategic Plan. The meeting convened partners to:
- Refine priorities and major tasks for the Coastal Carolinas DEWS
- Inform the content of the Coastal Carolinas DEWS Strategic Plan
- Foster an information-sharing network around coastal drought issues
NIDIS and Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) staff led the planning process for the Coastal Carolinas DEWS meeting in spring 2016. A first step was to invite and organize a meeting working committee to help with: identifying meeting invitees, formulating and refining the meeting agenda, participating in the meeting, and providing feedback on products, such as the meeting report and the Coastal Carolinas DEWS Strategic Plan.
The one-day event convened twenty-nine federal, state, and academic partners in addition to other stakeholders. Participants represented a range of interests and expertise, including drought monitoring, salinity dynamics and monitoring, fire-weather monitoring and response, coastal resources management, and agricultural and conservation land management.
The agenda was designed to facilitate information sharing and dialogue among participants. Small-group discussions centered on identifying the drought early warning information needs of decision makers, reviewing and refining priorities for the Coastal Carolinas DEWS, and generating specific activity ideas for inclusion in the Coastal Carolinas DEWS Strategic Plan.
The report summarizes information presented at the meeting and highlights the key themes that emerged through the discussions.