Watershed Vegetation Impacts under Climate Change (WVICC)
A CCAWWG Workshop for Researchers and Resource Managers in
Water, Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
USGS Fort Collins Science Center
WHY: Bring together researchers and resource managers in the fields of water, agriculture, natural resources and the environment to learn how to scope, conduct, and document an assessment of climate change impacts on watershed vegetation and land cover. Key assessment ingredients include:
Selecting an impacts assessment model: Identify a watershed hydrology model that can span large basins and simulate joint vegetation and hydrologic response to climate change and variability.
Assembling historical vegetation and hydrological basin information: Basin information includes data on hydro-climate and vegetation, which may be available as wall-to-wall temporal “snapshots” or as time-series for limited areas within the basin.
Assembling projected basin information: Setup the impacts assessment model to simulate coupled vegetation and hydrological conditions under any climate scenario, utilizing historical estimates of land cover and vegetation for model validation.
Assembling projected future climate information: Develop future scenarios of climate change and associated basin hydro-climatic inputs for the impacts assessment simulations.
USGS North Central Climate Science (nccsc.colostate.edu) and CCAWWG (www.ccawwg.us) will co-host this workshop at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center (FORT).
HOW: Contrasting from past training courses in this professional development series, this training experience will feature a workshop format rather than an instructor-led, hands-on training. This contrast was motivated by the recognition that, compared with those for other training topics addressed to-date (e.g., hydrology, crop irrigation requirements, water temperature), the impacts assessment tools and methods that might be used for vegetation/land cover are still more research-grade and have yet to be frequently applied in the realm of resource planning and management.
This workshop will feature presentations and focused discussions about:
land surface models that simulate joint hydrology and vegetation dynamics that handle and respond to a changing climate
role of remote sensing for acquiring spatially explicit basin information
integration of independently-generated projected basin information for modeling, validation and interpretation
WHO: Federal and non-federal participants who produce or use eco-hydro-climatic inputs for resource management themes in water, agriculture, natural resources and the environment are invited attend. Expert presenters will be invited from different government and university research institutions. For logistics, please RSVP your intent to attend by April 17 2016; attendance will be capped at 30.