2010 Water & Climate Change Adaptation Symposium: From the Sierra to the Ocean

From the Sierra to the ocean, the effect of climate change on water resources will be felt throughout the watershed. The October 19-20, 2010 Water & Climate Change Adaptation Symposium: From the Sierra to the Ocean at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach highlighted linkages between freshwater and coastal impacts, and focused on adaptation planning and emerging science issues and trends. It also served as a forum for engaging federal agency partners in an ongoing coordination process.

Severe weather, a less-explored effect of climate change - and one with its implications for increased flooding and coastal inundation - was a special feature of this 1-1/2 day symposium sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources and the Water Education Foundation. The symposium, held in coordination with the Ocean Protection Council, also provided updates on impacts of climate change to Southern California water supplies.

Symposium Topics Included:

  • Adaptation Planning Actions
  • State of the Climate and Breaking Science News
  • Extreme Events/Severe Weather - What Can We Predict?
  • Green Adaptation Opportunities

Click here to view the final agenda.

The Symposium included a special reception at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, Tuesday, October 19. The Aquarium of the Pacific is the fourth largest aquarium in the nation. It displays over 11,000 animals in more than 50 exhibits that represent the diversity of the Pacific Ocean - participants toured some of these exhibits during the reception.

PowerPoint presentations by various speakers at the event are available below in PDF format.

Patrick Barnard, Coastal and Marine Geology Program, USGS
Forecasting Severe Storm Impacts on California's Coast using the Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS)

Andrew Barrett, National Snow and Ice Data Center
From the desert to the mountains: impacts of dust on snow

Tracie Billington, Chief, Financial Assistance Branch, Integrated Regional Water Management, California Department of Water Resourcse
Integrated Regional Water Management

Dan Cayan, Scripps Institution
Sea Level Extremes in California

Laura Engeman, California Ocean Protection Council
Energy from the Oceans - is the Time Here?

Brandon Goshi, Manager, Water Resource Management Group, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Incorporating Climate Change into Utility Planning: A Southern California Example

Ben Holt, Oceans-Ice Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
SCCOOS and Climate Change in Earth's Polar Regions

Jeanine Jones, Interstate Resources Manager, California Department of Water Resources
Climate Change & Water: Where We've Been, More Uncertainties

Katherine Kelly, Chief, Bay-Delta Office, California Department of Water Resources
Climate Change as an Added Stressor - State Water Project Delivery Reliability Report

Barbara Long, Vice President of Government Relations and Strategic Planning, Aquarium of the Pacific
Conservation & Education Activities at the Aquarium of the Pacific

W. Paul Miller, Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region
Hydrologic Engineer, Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region

Jeffrey Mount, Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California, Davis
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Dynamic Past, Unstable Present and Uncertain Future

Marty Ralph, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration
"CalWater" - Monitoring Aerosols and Atmospheric Rivers

Kelly Redmond, Western Regional Climate Center, Desert Research Institute
Climate Observations and Trends

David Revell, ESA PWA Environmental Hydrology
Climate Change and Coastal Hazards

David Reynolds, Meteorologist in Charge, WFO San Francisco Bay Area
Understanding and Forecasting Atmoshperic Rivers

Sam Schuchat, Secretary, Ocean Protection Council
OPC and Sea Level Rise Adaptation

Sue Sims, Chief Deputy Director, California Department of Water Resources
Our Climate of Change

James Yannotta, Assistant Director of Water Resources, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Recycled Water Program for the City of Los Angeles

Sam Ziegler, Watersheds Office, USEPA Region 9
EPA Green Grant Opportunities