Past Meetings and Workshops

Filling the Gaps: Climate and Weather Information for Small to Medium Sized Water Utilities

  • Date: July 13, 2020
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Location:

    Virtual

  • Description of Event:

    A summary of the workshop is available here.

    The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) teamed up with the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) at Louisiana State University (LSU) to host a 1-day regional meeting to access and understand the information needs of small- to medium-scale water utilities, improve on existing tools, and build additional resources to meet water sector needs at different scales. The meeting was hosted virtually.

    The purpose of the meeting was to bring together NOAA and small and medium size water utilities to:

    1) Provide weather and climate information and raise regional-scale awareness of the National Water Model (NWM), the Water Resources Dashboard, and other NOAA water tools and resources,

    2) Improve our understanding of the information needs from the small- and medium size water utilities’ perspectives,

    3) Build regional connections that support small-scale utility decision making, and

    4) Identify gaps to expand and improve NOAA climate and weather-related tools and information resources useful for small- and medium size water utilities’ decision making.


    Agenda:

    8:15 am: Welcome and Introductions (15 minutes).

    Dr. Nancy Beller-Simms (NOAA Climate Program Office)


    8:30 am: State of the Science Overview (45 minutes).

    Dr. Barry Keim (Louisiana State Climatologist & Professor at Louisiana State University): “Climate across Louisiana: Historical Trends and Drivers of Variability”
    Dr. Vincent Brown (Assistant Professor-Research Louisiana State University): “Climate Change and Precipitation”
    Amanda Lewis (Research Climatologist): “An Overview of Projected Climatic Changes”


    9:15 am: Overview of NOAA’s Common Tools (45 minutes).

    Tool 1: Water Resources Dashboard
    Tool 2: NOAA Atlas 14
    Tool 3: Climate Explorer
    Tool 4: Tropical Weather Outlooks, Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts


    10: 05 Break


    10:15 am: Setting the Stage: Water Utility Perspectives (30 minutes)

    Michael Sobert (General Manager, Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Water Works)
    Tyler Antrup (Director of Planning + Strategy, SWBNO)
    Ghassan Korban (Director, SWBNO)


    10:45 pm: Breakout Session on Critical Thresholds


    11:15 pm: Planning for Resilience.

    Jessica Dandridge (Director, Water Collaborative)
    Andrew Woodruff (Digital Engineering)


    11:45 pm: Breakout Session on Planning for Resilience


    12:15 pm: Questionnaire (15 minutes)


    12:30 pm: Closing Thoughts/Next Steps. (15 minutes)


    12:45 pm: Meeting Adjourns




Southern Plains Climate Science Seminar

Arkansas Natural Hazards Resilience Workshop II: Debut of a New Climate Hazard Planning Tool

  • Date: September 28, 2018
  • Time: 12:30pm to 3:15pm
  • Location:

    Siloam Springs Public Library
    205 E Jefferson Street
    Siloam Springs, AR 72761

  • Registration Information:

    Registration is now closed.

  • Description of Event:

    Thank you to all of our participants for attending the workshop, creating lively discussions and providing helpful suggestions!

    The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP), in collaboration with the Arkansas Chapter of the American Planning Association, hosted the second Arkansas Natural Hazards Resilience Workshop on September 28, 2018 in Siloam Springs, AR. This meeting was convened as a result of discussions with emergency manager and planning professionals in Arkansas over the past 2 years and follows an introductory hazard resilience meeting held in September 2017. The event focused on how emergency managers and planners can increase their awareness and use of climate data in hazard planning and adaptation efforts in Arkansas, specifically through the debut of a new climate tool titled the Simple Planning Tool for Arkansas Climate Hazards.

    To view the agenda, please click here

    Presentation

    Arkansas Natural Hazards Resilience Workshop II: Debut of the Simple Planning Tool

    If you have any questions or comments, please contact Rachel Riley at rriley@ocs.ou.edu.

Weather and Climate Impacts on Military Operations Workshop

  • Date: September 10, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
  • Location:

    National Weather Center
    120 David L. Boren Blvd
    Norman, OK 73072

  • Registration Information:

    Registration is now closed.

  • Description of Event:

    The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) and various entities at OU and the National Weather Center hosted an Oklahoma Military Installations Meeting on Monday, September 10th. This interactive meeting focused on addressing weather-related concerns among Oklahoma’s military installations and identifying opportunities on how to increase resiliency to severe weather, weather extremes and climate change. Topics of this meeting included identifying routine weather events that have adverse impacts and/or are disruptive to normal operations, exploring how forecasting improvements can improve preparedness and operations, examining how climate change may affect future risks, and identifying opportunities that can help address weather-related concerns and assist in missions and operations.

    The agenda can be found here.

    A list of participants can be found here.

    The meeting presentations and brochures are provided below:

    Military Operations & Weather Risks

    1. Altus Air Force Base: Presentation

    2. Tinker Air Force Base: Presentation

    3. Vance Air Force Base: Presentation Brochure

    4. Fort Sill Army Base: Presentation

    5. McAlester Army Ammunition Plant

    6. Oklahoma National Guard: Presentation

    Weather & Climate Programs

    1. Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS): Presentation Brochure

    2. NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory: Presentation Brochure

    3. NOAA Storm Prediction Center: Brochure

    4. College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences: Presentation Brochure

    5. College of Engineering: Presentation Brochure

    6. College of Architecture: Presentation Brochure

    7. Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms: Presentation Brochure

    8. Advanced Radar Research Center: Brochure

    9. Oklahoma Climatological Survey: Presentation Mesonet Brochure OKFirst Brochure

    10. South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center: Presentation Brochure

    11. National Weather Center: Brochure

    If you have any questions or comments, please contact Margret Boone at mboone@ocs.ou.edu.

Oklahoma Drought Plan Advisory Meeting

  • Date: June 06, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Location:

    National Weather Center
    120 David L. Boren Blvd.
    Norman, OK 73072

  • Registration Information:

    Registration is now closed.

  • Description of Event:

    Thank you to all of our speakers and participants for attending the workshop and for creating lively discussions!

    The Oklahoma Climatological Survey hosted an Oklahoma Drought Plan Advisory Meeting on Wednesday, June 6. This meeting acted as an opportunity for collaborating agencies to discuss strategies for updating the 1997 Oklahoma Drought Response Plan. We welcomed discussion and input from all participants in hopes of reflecting the most up-to-date practices. Some topics of interest that were discussed included monitoring techniques, communication, agency collaboration, and response, as well as what should be altered or included in the updated plan.

    A summary report is now available, and can be found here.

2018 Southern Plains Wildfire Forum

Oklahoma Natural Hazards Resilience Working Group Meeting

  • Date: November 02, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Location:

    National Weather Center
    120 David L. Boren Blvd. Room 3910
    Norman, OK 73072
    *Please park in the visitor section of the lot which is located in the 1st row.

  • Registration Information:

    Registration is now closed.

  • Description of Event:

    Thank you to all of our participants for attending the workshop, creating lively discussions and providing helpful suggestions!

    The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) hosted the first meeting of the newly formed Oklahoma Natural Hazards Resilience Working Group on November 2, 2017, in Norman, OK. This group was formed as a result of discussions with emergency manager and planning professionals in Oklahoma, as well as at an introductory workshop held in March 2017. This one-day meeting will focus on how emergency managers and planners can increase their awareness and use of climate data in hazard planning and adaptation efforts in Oklahoma.

    To view the agenda, please click here.

    Presentations:

    1. Why Should Emergency Managers and Planners Care About Climate Data?

    2. Examples of Using Climate Data in Hazard Planning

    If you have any questions or comments, please contact Leah Kos at leah.kos@ou.edu

Arkansas Natural Hazards Resilience Discussion

  • Date: September 29, 2017
  • Time: 12:30-3:00 pm
  • Location:

    The Record Downtown
    104 SW A Street
    Bentonville, AR 72712

  • Registration Information:

    Registration is now closed.

  • Description of Event:

    Thank you to all of our speakers and participants for attending the workshop and creating lively discussions!

    The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP), in collaboration with the Arkansas Chapter of the American Planning Association, hosted the first Arkansas Natural Hazards Resilience Discussion on September 29, 2017 in Bentonville, AR. The motivation behind this meeting was formed as a result of discussions with emergency manager and planning professionals in Arkansas at state conferences and an introductory webinar in March of 2017. This meeting continued the conversation for how emergency managers and planners can collaborate as well as to increase awareness of how local climate data can be utilized in planning and hazard mitigation efforts in Arkansas.

    To view the agenda, please click here.

    Presentation:

    Arkansas Natural Hazards Resilience Discussion

    If you have any questions or comments, please contact Leah Kos at leah.kos@ou.edu.

Arkansas Collaboration between Planner and Emergency Managers Webinar

Oklahoma Collaboration between Planner and Emergency Managers Workshop