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Texas and Oklahoma Climate Extremes Workshop: Learning from the Recent Four-year Drought and Spring Flooding Events

Event Date & Time

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 (All day) to Wednesday, October 14, 2015 (All day)
Fort Worth, Texas

This interagency workshop targeted decision makers responsible for policy and management of drought and flood mitigation and response in Texas and Oklahoma. Topics included the challenges, successes, lessons and climate resource needs experienced during the recent drought and flood events. Emphasis was on opportunities for future interagency collaboration.

Purpose of the workshop:
• Initiate discussion on how drought warning, planning and resiliency can be strengthened on an interagency level and inform Federal policy and the Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System (DEWS)
• Provide a forum for state and federal agencies to discuss the challenges, successes and lessons learned during the recent drought and flood events.
• Provide an opportunity to discuss current examples and future opportunities for future interagency collaboration on proactive mitigation activities and response.

Desired outcomes:
• Learn from colleagues on how other agencies have approached and addressed flood and drought extremes in both Texas and Oklahoma.
• Identify potential opportunities for future collaboration and establish relationships with others who could be of future collaborative benefit.
• Identify services and products that were useful during the recent flood and drought and new resources that could be developed for future benefit.
• Distribute a report that informs the work plan for the Southern Plain DEWS. This will address 1) the challenges, successes and lessons learned from the recent drought and flood events; 2) areas where collaboration can be improved; and 3) future climate resource needs.

Participant list

Agenda 

Presentations

Introduction to the Southern Plains DEWS – Courtney Black, NIDIS

Drought Status & Climate Outlook – Brian Hoeth, NWS Southern Region Headquarters

Dipole Events – Historical Shifts From Dry to Wet – Leah Kos and Mark Shafer, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP)

Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) Activities 2011-15 – Mark Svoboda, National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) and Mark Shafer, SCIPP

The Drought Risk Atlas – Mark Svoboda, NDMC

Challenges of Seasonal Forecasting – Victor Murphy, National Weather Service and Mark Shafer, SCIPP

Teleconnections: How Patterns Far Away Can Influence Our Weather – Victor Murphy, National Weather Service and Mark Shafer, SCIPP

 

DEWS Regions

Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System