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Southern Plains Drought Assessment & Outlook Forum, November 2011

Event Date & Time

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 7:00am
Fort Worth, Texas




  • Welcome – David Brown, Regional Climate Services Director, NOAA/NCDC Southern Region and Bill Proenza, Regional Director, NOAA/NWS Southern Region
  • Recap of July 2011 Austin Forum – Mark Shafer, Principal Investigator, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program
  • Status and Evolution of the 2011 Southern Plains Drought – Kevin Robbins, Director, Southern Regional Climate Center
  • Long-Term Trends in Southern Plains Drought – John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist, Texas A&M University
  • Winter Season Outlook – Victor Murphy, Climate Services Program Manager, NOAA/NWS Southern Region
  • The Role of La Niña in Southern Plains Drought – Klaus Wolter, Research Associate, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
  • Panel Session: remarks from Jim Reese, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture
    • ​ Impacts of the 2011 Southern Plains Drought: Agriculture
      • Amy Roeder, Risk Management Specialist, USDA Risk Management Agency
      • Larry Redmon, State Forage Specialist and Professor, Texas A&M University
      • Eldon White, Executive Vice President, Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Moderator: Doug Kluck, Regional Climate Services Dir., NOAA/NCDC Central Region
    • Impacts of the 2011 Southern Plains Drought – Water
      • Jerry Cotter, Chief of Reservoir Control, USACE Fort Worth District
      • Susan Stover, High Plains Unit Manager, Kansas Water Office
      • Courtney Jalbert, Meteorologist, Tarrant Regional Water District
      • Moderator: Mike Hayes, Director, National Drought Mitigation Center
    • Impacts of the 2011 Southern Plains Drought – Wildfire and Ecosystems
      • Brad Smith, Fire Behavior Analyst, Texas Forest Service
      • Doug Slack, Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Regents Professor, Texas A&M University
      • Tom Cloud, Field Supervisor, US Fish and Wildlife Service
      • Moderator: Chad McNutt, NOAA National Integrated Drought Information System
  • Forum Summary – Improving Coordination and Delivery of Drought Information. Moderators: David Brown and Mark Shafer

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Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System