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Sunday, 17 September

0700-1600  Field Trip 1 (optional)
Water Resources of the Scenic Rocky Mountains

0730-1600  Field Trip 2 - Canceled
Bedrock Aquifer Resource Challenges in the Denver Basin

1700-1900  Pre-conference Meetings
Technical Chair and Executive Committee
Session Chairs and Rapporteurs

1900-2100  Opening Reception

Monday, 18 September

Drought Management: Past and Present

0800-0845  Conference Welcome and Introduction
Donald A. Wilhite, Technical Program Chair
Director, National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

0845-0930  Drought and Water Scarcity Management: How Can Scientists Better Meet the Needs of Policy Makers?
Keynote Speaker: Gene Whitney, Science Policy Analyst, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington, D.C.

0930-1000  What the Paleo-record Tells Us About Drought in the United States: Past and Future
Connie Woodhouse, Research Scientist, NOAA Paleoclimatology Program, University of Colorado

1000-1030  Refreshment Break

1030-1100  The Potential Impacts and Policy Implications of a Decadal-scale Drought in the U.S.: Our Changing Vulnerabilities to Drought
Kathy Jacobs, Executive Director, Arizona Water Institute
Gregg Garfin, Program Manager, CLIMAS, University of Arizona

1100-1130  Valuing Water
John Braden, Professor, Natural Resources and Environmental Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1130-1200  Australian National Drought Policy: Lessons Learned and Relevance to U.S. Drought Management and Policy
Linda Botterill, Australian National University

1200-1330  Lunch (lunch provided for participants)

Drought Risk Management: Becoming Proactive in an Institutional Environment of Crisis
Roger Pulwarty, Physical Scientist, NOAA, University of Colorado

1330-1445  Identifying Institutional Impediments to Drought Management: Implications for the Future

World Café: Interactive Session to Define Impediments

1445-1515  Refreshment Break

1515-1645  Breakout sessions:
Overcoming Institutional Impediments to Improve Drought Management

1645-1800  Reports from breakout groups and wrap-up for the day

1800-2000  Reception and Poster Session I

Tuesday, 19 September

Passage to the Future

0800-0845  Future Droughts in the Context of Climate Change
Martin Hoerling, Meteorologist, NOAA-CIRES, Climate Diagnostics Branch

0845-0915  The Impacts of Climate Change on Water Supply and Demand: Examples from the Humid East and Semi-arid West
Richard Palmer, Leader, Water Resources Management and Drought Planning Group, University of Washington

0915-0945  European Drought Policy: Current Initiatives
Marta Moren Abat , European Commission Representative

0945-1015  Refreshment Break

1015-1200  Breakout Sessions

Session 1. New Technologies for Drought Prediction and Monitoring: Improving Decision-Support for Managers and Policy Makers
Session Leaders:
Chet Koblinsky, Director, Climate Program Office, NOAA
Roger Pulwarty, Physical Scientist, NOAA, University of Colorado


Session 2. New Technologies for Water Supply and Demand Management During Drought: What's in the Toolbox
Session Leaders:
Jeff Mosher, National Water Research Institute
Kathy Jacobs, Executive Director, Arizona Water Institute


Session 3. Valuing Water: Social, Economic, and Political Challenges and Opportunities
Session Leaders:
Olga Wilhelmi, Institute for the Study of Society and Environment, National Center for Atmospheric Research
TBA


Session 4. Drought and Water Quality: Defining the Issues for Natural Resource Managers
Session Leaders:
John Warwick, Division of Hydrologic Sciences, Desert Research Institute
TBA


Session 5. Cross-cutting Issues in Public Policy and Response
Session Leaders:
Evan Vlachos, Sociology & Civil Engineering, Colorado State University
Eugene Stakhiv, Chief, Planning and Policy Studies Division, Corps of Engineers

1200-1330  Lunch (on your own)

1330-1500  Enhancing Reliability and Usability of Scientific Information

Improving Scientific Data and Analyses, Probabilistic Risk Assessments, and Improving Communication of Findings and Uncertainties Panel:
Gregg Garfin, Program Manager, CLIMAS, University of Arizona
Lisa Dilling, Visiting Fellow, Center for Science and Technology Research, University of Colorado
Christine Turner, Senior Scientist and Chief, FRAME Project, USGS

1500-1530  Refreshment Break

1530-1615  Planning for Drought and Climate Change: The Intersection of Science, Public Participation and Policy
Ane Deister, General Manager, Eldorado Irrigation District, California

1615-1700  Envisioning and Realizing Possible Futures
David Mouat, Associate Research Professor, Desert Research Institute, University of Nevada

1700-1900  Reception and Poster Session II

1900-2100  Banquet

The Science of Policy Making: Building Collaborative Partnerships for Improving Drought Management
Don Ostler, Upper Colorado River Commission

Wednesday, 20 September

Interactions of Science and Policy

0830-1000  What information do decision-makers need from scientists?
How can scientists provide information in a public policy context?
Panel:
Gene Whitney, Science Policy Analyst, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Erik Webb, Staff member, Senator Domenici
Eugene Stakhiv, Chief, Planning and Policy Studies Division, Corps of Engineers
Christine Turner, Senior Scientist and Chief, FRAME Project, USGS
Representatives from Colorado Congressional Delegation (invited)

1000-1030  Refreshment Break

1030-1200  Reports from Breakout Sessions 1-4, Day 2

Reports to be given by session leaders and/or rapporteurs

1200 Adjourn