You are here

Midwest Climate Outlook and Drought Early Warning System Kickoff Meeting

Event Date & Time

Tuesday, 2016, February 9 - 7:30pm to Thursday, 2016, February 11 - 7:00pm
St. Louis, Missouri

This event on brought together federal, state, local, and academic partners and stakeholders for an in-depth discussion on drought in the Midwest, with attention to water, climate, land resources and emergency management. Discussions centered on improving the capacity to meet the early drought warning information needs of decision makers in the region.

  • Increased knowledge and awareness of available data, monitoring activities and decision-support tools for drought and high precipitation events.
  • Identification of economic sector specific and geographic data information needs.
  • Identification of communication resources that would be most effective for conveying drought information among sectors and geographic areas.
  • Recommendations for future actions, collaborative research, and decision support to improve early warning of drought in the Midwest.

A two-year Midwest DEWS Work Plan will be developed using input from the meeting to provide a roadmap on how the Midwest DEWS will improve early warning capacity and resilience to drought and high precipitation events.

Agenda (pdf)

List of registered attendees

Objectives and Desired Outcomes (pdf)

Find the meeting on Twitter at #MidwestDEWS


Day One – Tuesday, February 9 

Welcome and Update on NIDIS and its Priorities - Roger Pulwarty, Director, National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)

Missouri’s Challenges in Both Drought and Flooding - Todd Sampsell, Deputy Director, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

The Midwest DEWS Planning Process, Launch, and Next Steps - Courtney Black, Regional Drought Information Coordinator, NIDIS

Panel Discussion:  Decision Support in Context of Drought Early Warning:  Now What?
Moderator:  Mark Svoboda, Climatologist and Monitoring Program Area Leader, National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) - Some Thoughts on Drought Decision Support and Early Warning
▪ Midwest Drought Information - Beth Hall, Director, Midwest Regional Climate Center
▪ Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist
▪ Flash Drought Vulnerability in Missouri - Pat Guinan, Missouri State Climatologist
▪ Products and Data Available from the National Drought Mitigation Center - Brian Fuchs, Climatologist, National Drought Mitigation Center
▪ Tools for Assessing Early Signs of Drought - Mark Fuchs, Senior Service Hydrologist, St. Louis Weather Forecast Office, National Weather Service
▪ Selected USGS Drought Activities - Amy Beussink, Director, Missouri Water Science Center, USGS

Panel Discussion:  Federal Drought Perspective
Moderator:  Doug Kluck, Regional Climate Services Director, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. Panelists:
▪ Water Forecasts for the Highs and Lows - Steve Buan, Service Coordination Hydrologist, National Weather Service River Forecast Center, Minneapolis, MN 
▪ Extension: Research-based Programs that Address Local Needs - Dave Baker, Principal Consultant, University of Missouri Extension
▪ Ohio River Basin Climate Change Pilot Study Report - Tom Maier, Biologist, Pittsburgh District, Planning & Environmental Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  
▪ FEMA Resources - Beth Freeman, Region VII Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency
▪ USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Mike Wilson, National Leader for Climate Change, Natural Resources Conservation Service   
▪ Climate-Ready Process - Amy Shields, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency

Panel Discussion:  State and Local Drought Plans and Policies
Moderator:  Mark Svoboda, NDMC - Drought Risk Management: Now What?
▪ Kentucky Drought Mitigation and Response Plan - Chip Zimmer, Environmental Scientist and Bill Caldwell, Drought Coordinator, Kentucky Division of Water 
▪ The Missouri Drought Plan: Approaching a Drought - Charlie DuCharme, Senior Hydrologist, Missouri Department of Natural Resources
▪ Drought Planning In Iowa - Tim Hall, Chief of the Geological & Water Survey Bureau / Hydrology Coordinator, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Day Two - Wednesday, February 10

Midwest Climate Outlook - Ray Wolf, Science and Operations Officer, Quad Cities, Iowa Weather Forecast Office, National Weather Service

Forecasting: From Daily to Seasonal - Pat Spoden, Science and Operations Officer, Paducah, KY Weather Forecast Office, National Weather Service

The Drought of 2012: A Tale of Two Years - Brian Fuchs, Climatologist, NDMC
Drought and Flood: Unholy Matrimony -  Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist 

Drought and Human Health - Jesse Bell, Research Associate, Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, North Carolina State University, NOAA’s National

Lunchtime Keynote: Federal Drought Recovery Coordination and Approaches for Interagency Collaboration – National Disaster Recovery Framework  - Colleen Callahan, USDA Rural Development Illinois Director

Panel Discussion: Drought and High Precipitation Impacts and Vulnerabilities within Sectors
Moderator:  Brian Fuchs, Climatologist, NDMC

  • Agriculture – John Dobberstein, Senior Editor, No-Till Irrigation
  • Navigation – Paul Rohde, Vice President, Midwest Area, Waterways Council
  • Municipalities – Frank Genovese, Water Production Engineer, St. Louis Water Division
  • Rural Water – Eric Fuchs, Source Water Technician, MO Rural Water Association
  • Drought and Wildlife – Gwen White, Science Coordinator, Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative, USFWS
  • Energy – Vince Tidwell, Principle Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia Energy Labs

Day Three – Thursday, February 11

Competitive Drought Simulations: From Development to Operations - Harvey Hill, AAAS Policy Fellow, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Mississippi River Cities Town Initiative - Mayor Francis G. Slay, City of St. Louis 

Building a Coordinated National Soil Moisture Monitoring Network - Jessica Lucido, Soil Moisture Project Manager, USGS

Evaporative Stress and Soil Moisture as Early Warning Drought Indicators - Christopher Hain, Assistant Research Scientist, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland

DEWS Regions

Midwest Drought Early Warning System