NOAA participates in The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting
October 18, 2010
NOAA and university partners participated in the "Wildlife Society 17th Annual Conference" October 2-6 in Snowbird, Utah. The NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), the National Weather Service Colorado Basin River Forecast Center, the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), and NOAA's Regional Integrated Science and Assessments (RISA) program sponsored a booth at the well-attended trade show. ESRL/PSD scientist Andrea Ray co-organized a symposium on "Advancing Climate Science for Wildlife Management: From Impacts and Uncertainty To Decisions", which included talks by ESRL/PSD scientists Robert Webb and Joe Barsugli, and RISA scientist Gregg Garfin. An associated poster session included more NOAA presentations. Their talks highlighted NOAA work to connect climate change to decision making in natural resource management on public lands. At the meeting, ESRL and RISA scientists agreed to collaborate in a climate workshop at next year's annual meeting.
The Wildlife Society brings together practicing land and wildlife managers from federal, state and local agencies, as well as researchers studying wildlife science and management.
NOAA researchers attending this conference engaged potential new users of NOAA ecosystem-focused climate information and formed connections with Department of Interior (DOI) and state wildlife managers and planners. NOAA has recently signed an MOU with DOI to collaborate with them on climate related activities, so this conference engaged DOI and their stakeholders in support of this interagency collaboration.
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