A symposium is in the early planning stages for April 2016. For additional information please contact Jessica Smith.
Water Forum III: Drought Symposium, October 14-15, 2013
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CIESS hosted the third annual drought symposium, Water Forum III: Droughts and Other Extreme Weather Events, on October 14–15, 2013 with a focus on the latest research and provided a forum for discussion of trends, problems and future directions.
The themes included, but were not limited to, impacts and mitigation, observations and monitoring, modeling and prediction, decision support systems, and causes and mechanisms.
For additional information on this and future drought symposiums, please contact: Jessica Smith, CIESS Program Coordinator
October Presentation Highlights:
Current Information on the Texas Drought can be found at Texas Drought and Resources Updates: http://www.texasdroughtinfo.org/
Water Forum: Texas Drought 2012
October 22-23, 2012
CIESS hosts a series of Water Forums to share the latest water research and provide a forum for discussion of trends, problems and future directions. Presentation highlights from the most recent forum participants are shown below with contact information included in the file. For additional information contact: Jessica Smith, CIESS Program Coordinator
Final Agenda: TexasWaterForum_Drought_final
October Presentation Highlights:
Water Forum: Texas Drought 2012, are we prepared?
When: Monday, February 13, 2012. 8am – 5pm.
Description: This forum will gather scientists and stakeholders to explore the various dimensions of 1) How much water do we have? 2) How much are we using? and 3) How much do we need? We ask that each Texas institution be represented by one speaker who will summarize the challenges it faces against a potential 2012 drought in a 15-minute talk during the morning session. Faculty members and scientists of the University of Texas will present their work in the afternoon session, focusing on their ability to observe and model Texas water resources on a day by day basis and on how they can support management in the state if the drought continues in 2012.
- 7:30 – 8:00 Registration (all). Upload presentations on computer before 8:00 (speakers). Coffee available for purchase from Starbucks on the first floor
Morning Session Challenges Related to Texas Droughts 8:00AM–12:00PM
Part 1 – Chaired by David Maidment
- 8:00 – 8:03 Dean Sharon Mosher, Jackson School of Geosciences, Opening Remarks
- 8:03 – 8:06 Dean Gregory Fenves, Cockrell School of Engineering, Opening Remarks
- 8:06 – 8:10 David Maidment, Professor, Cockrell School of Engineering, Opening Statement
- 8:10 – 8:25 John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University, Texas Drought Status and Current Outlook
- 8:25 – 8:40 Brenner Brown, Management Analyst, Water Science and Conservation, Texas Water Development Board, The Texas Water Development Board: A Legislative Response to Drought
- 8:40 – 8:55 Kellye Rila, Director, Water Availability Division, Texas Commission for Environmental Quality, Drought Planning: A TCEQ Perspective
- 8:55 – 9:10 Cindy Loeffler, Chief, Water Resources Branch, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Impacts to Texas Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Resources
- 9:10 – 9:25 Gabriela Stermolle, Planner, Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Drought 2010-2011
- 9:25 – 9:40 Ron Anderson, Chief Engineer, Lower Colorado River Authority, Ripe Research Areas for LCRA Water Supply
- 9:40 – 9:55 Steve Raabe, Director of Technical Services, San Antonio River Authority, Impact of Drought on the San Antonio River Basin
- 9:55 – 10:10 Todd Votteler, Executive Manager, Intergovernmental Relations & Policy, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Extended Chronology of Drought in South Central, Southeastern and West Texas
- 10:10 – 10:30 Coffee and Cookies Break (complimentary)
Part 2 – Chaired by Cédric David
- 10:30 – 10:45 James Lee Murphy, Executive Manager, Water Resources and Utility Operations, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, 2011 Exceptional Drought
- 10:45 – 11:00 Kelley Neumann, Senior VP of Engineering, San Antonio Water System, San Antonio and Drought: Here we Go Again
- 11:00 – 11:15 Mike Personett, Assistant Director, Environmental Resource Management, Watershed Protection Department, City of Austin, Impacts of Drought on Environmental Resources
- 11:15 – 11:30 Jorge Arroyo, Engineer, Texas Water Development Board, Texas Water Development Board-Innovative Water Technologies Programs
- 11:30 – 12:00 Discussion
Lunch (complimentary) 12:00PM–1:00PM
Afternoon Session Hydrology and Discussion 1:00PM–5:00PM
Hydrology Chaired by Zong-Liang Yang
- 12:55 – 1:00 Danny Reible, Professor, Cockrell School of Engineering, Texas Water Summit
- 1:00 – 1:15 Zong-Liang Yang, Professor, Jackson School of Geosciences, Introduction of CIESS & Potential for Seasonal Hydrologic Forecast in Texas
- 1:15 – 1:30 Cédric David, Postdoctoral Fellow, Jackson School of Geosciences, River Modeling as Big as Texas
- 1:30 – 1:45 Gordon Wells, Program Manager, Center for Space Research, Satellite Remote Sensing of Vegetation Conditions and Dust Storms in the Current Drought
- 1:45 – 2:00 Byron Tapley, Professor, Cockrell School of Engineering, GRACE Measurement of Total Water Storage Variations Over Texas
- 2:00 – 2:15 Bridget Scanlon, Senior Research Scientist, Jackson School of Geosciences, Groundwater as a Buffer for Drought
- 2:15 – 2:30 M. Bayani Cardenas, Associate Professor, Jackson School of Geosciences, Surface Water-Groundwater Connectivity Under Dam Operations and Potential Trajectories Under Drought
- 2:30 – 2:45 Jay Banner, Professor, Jackson School of Geosciences, The Potential for Reconstruction of Past Climate of Texas
- 2:45 – 3:00 Rong Fu, Professor, Jackson School of Geosciences, Reducing uncertainty of the drought prediction using observations and ultra-high resolution climate model
- 3:00 – 3:15 David Allen, Professor, Cockrell School of Engineering, Drought and Regional Air Quality
- 3:15 – 3:30 Wendy Gordon, Research Coordinator, Environmental Science Institute, Transcending the Hydro-Illogical Cycle
- 3:30 – 3:45 David Maidment, Professor, Cockrell School of Engineering, Bringing it all together
- 3:45 – 4:00 Coffee and Cookies Break (complimentary)
Discussion Chaired by David Maidment
- 4:00 – 5:00 Discussion
Texas Stream Flow Animation
Click here for an animation showing stream flow in the Texas Gulf Coast Hydrologic Region, USA, over four months (between 2004-03-01 and 2004-06-30). The animation was produced using RAPID (Routing Application for Parallel computation of Discharge), a river routing model developed by Cedric David as part of his Ph.D. research. Given surface and groundwater inflow to rivers, this model can compute flow and volume of water everywhere in river networks made out of many thousands of reaches. The design of RAPID allows it to be adapted to any river network, if given basic connectivity information.