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Managing for Extremes

October 28-29, 2015
Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO
University Center - Meyer Ballroom

Presenter Bios & Abstracts


Wed, October 28

Morning Keynote: Extreme Conditions Across the West Kevin V. Werner, NOAA Western Region Climate Services Director

Panel of State Climatologists: Extreme Weather in the Colorado River Basin

  • Robert Davies, UT Climate Center, Utah State University
  • Nolan Doesken, CO Climate Center, Colorado State University
  • David Dubois, NM State Climatologist, New Mexico State University
  • Nancy Selover, AZ State Climatologist, University of Arizona

Strange weather: what does it mean for our future?

Managing for Multiple Purposes under Challenging Conditions

Managing for Multiple Purposes: Case Studies

Communicating Water Challenges and Solutions

  • Storytelling to address Water Conflicts (no slides shown)

    Constance Holland, Storyteller

Afternoon Keynote:

Delta Dawn short film by Peter McBride, followed by remarks by Taylor Hawes of The Nature Conservancy


Thurs, October 29

Morning Keynote: Colorado Climate Plan Taryn Finnessey, Colorado Water Conservation Board (full plan available here)

Alternative Water Allocation & Governance Strategies

Adaptation Strategies in Storage and Urban Land Use

10:50 - Adaptation Strategies in Agriculture

  • Young farmers at the helm: New findings on adaptation and stewardship Kate Greenberg, National Young Farmers Coalition

Renegotiating the Interim Guidelines for Managing Lakes Powell and Mead (panel)

Extremes, Averages, or Both: Where Do the Risks Lie?

(no slides shown) Doug Kenney, Chair, Colorado River Research Group