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Teresa Matteson

Apr 11, 2022, 12:13:28 PMApr 11
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From: Britt Parker (NIDIS) <britt....@noaa.gov>
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2022 9:02 AM
To: Teresa Matteson <tmat...@bentonswcd.org>
Subject: Register for the April 25 Pacific Northwest DEWS Webinar


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Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System April Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar

Monday, April 25, 2022 at 11 am - 12 pm PT


According to the April 5, 2022 U.S. Drought Monitor, 70.7% of the Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) is in drought, with 23.3% of the region in Extreme/Exceptional Drought (D3/D4). While water availability in some areas of Washington and Idaho has improved over the winter months, much of southern and eastern Oregon and portions of Idaho recorded their driest 3-month January-March on record. This webinar will provide more information on the current conditions and outlooks, as well as a presentation on "Linking Drought Drivers to Response Strategies: A Montana Application of the EcoDIVA Tool."


These webinars provide the region's stakeholders and interested parties with timely information on current and developing drought conditions, as well as climatic events like El Niño and La Niña. Speakers will also discuss the impacts of these conditions on things such as wildfires, floods, disruption to water supply and ecosystems, as well as impacts to affected industries like agriculture, tourism, and public health. 


Featured Presentations


Climate Recap & Current Conditions

Zach Hoylman | Montana Climate Office


Seasonal Conditions & Climate Outlook

Henry Pai | Northwest River Forecast Center


Linking Drought Drivers to Response Strategies: A Montana Application of the EcoDIVA Tool

Kim Hall | The Nature Conservancy

Ann Schwend | Montana Department of Natural Resources



For additional information, contact Britt Parker, NOAA/NIDIS




Other News & Upcoming Events


EPA Webinar Series for the Northwest Water Sector on Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Change


EPA's Creating Resilient Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative is providing a series of free webinars for the Northwest in April and May for water sector utility owners and operators, as well as other water sector stakeholders. The webinars will focus on identification and implementation of climate change adaptation options, applying for specific funding for its resilience and adaptation projects, and training overviews and details on five Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) Modules.



Defining Ecological Drought for the Twenty-First Century


This research paper from 2017 is the basis for the EcoDIVA Tool that will be discussed in the April 25 webinar. The research team developed a novel, integrated framework for ecological drought that is organized along two dimensions—the components of vulnerability (exposure + sensitivity/adaptive capacity) and a continuum from human to natural factors. The purpose of this framework is to help guide drought researchers and decision-makers to understand (1) the roles that both people and nature play as drivers of ecosystem vulnerability, (2) that ecological drought’s impacts are transferred to human communities via ecosystem services, and (3) these ecological and ecosystem service impacts will feed back to both natural and human systems.



Climate Change Impacts on Atmospheric Rivers


California, Oregon and Washington are highly dependent on atmospheric rivers (ARs) for their water supply. When ARs fail to materialize, droughts often follow. Now, a new NOAA study suggests that climate change will likely alter ARs in ways that will make managing water more difficult. High-resolution climate simulations showed decreased future precipitation amounts across many mountainous regions of the western United States. The study was completed by a team from NOAA’s Physical Sciences Laboratory, University of Colorado Boulder's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Learn more >



In Case You Missed it: Snow Drought Update


Snow drought conditions remain widespread across the West and have generally become more severe over the past month. Snow drought currently is most extreme in the Sierra Nevada, northwestern California, southern and eastern Oregon, and the Great Basin, where snow water equivalent (SWE) currently is around 30%–60% of median. SWE in the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming, southwestern Montana, and southeastern Idaho is currently around 65%–80% of median. SWE in the Cascade Range in northern Oregon and Washington is below normal (75%–90% of median). Except at the highest elevations, the start of April is typically associated with peak snowpack and the start of the snowmelt season, making recovery from snow drought difficult if not impossible. Learn more >








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