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PSD and U.S. Forest Service Collaborate on Western Watersheds and Climate Change Workshop

November 4, 2009

Paul Powers, USFS

NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) is collaborating with scientists from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Rocky Mountain Research Station to hold a workshop on Western Watersheds and Climate Change on November 17-19, 2009 in Boulder, CO. This workshop will bring together members of the research community and 25-30 hydrologists, fisheries, soils and other natural resources managers from across the western U.S. to 1) share knowledge and tools that are currently available to address water and climate change, and 2) identify additional tools that are needed to adequately address water and climate change issues in Forest Plan revisions, project level decisions, and partner activities. Participants include representatives from the University of Colorado's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and the Western Water Assessment (a NOAA RISA).

This workshop is part of ESRL's effort to engage with and respond to federal natural resource agencies in the Intermountain West. The USFS manages 193 million acres of public lands in national forests and grasslands, and is seeking guidance on climate change and how to incorporate its risks in long term planning.

This workshop is an opportunity to connect NOAA climate research to the needs of key land management decision makers.

Contact: Andrea Ray