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Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources in the Pacific Northwest

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Event Location: 
The Mountaineers Program Center
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
United States

Symposium background
The Pacific Northwest is already seeing impacts from climate change, in the form of receding glaciers, faster snowmelt and milder winters. These changes have potentially devastating effects on flood regimes, water availability and aquatic ecosystems. The better we understand the changes that have already happened and those that are predicted, the better we can plan and prepare for them. This one-day symposium will feature presentations from a range of experts about observed and modelled impacts of climate change on our region's water resources, and policy responses.

For more information please visit http://sustainableseattle.org/programs/stars/246-cc-impacts-on-water

Speakers and proposed topics

Tim Abbe, PhD, PEG, PHG
Cardno ENTRIX Technical Director, Vice-President
Flood management under climate change

Christopher Magirl, PhD
U.S. Geological Survey Research Hydrogeologist
Geomorphic response of the rivers downstream from Mount Rainier: Living with rivers draining volcanoes.

Daniel Tormey, PhD, PG
Cardno ENTRIX Technical Director, Hydrogeologist
Glaciovolcanic Hazards

Gordon Grant, PhD
USDA Forest Service, Research Hydrologist
Where's Water?: Predicting Future Streamflow Regimes in the Pacific Northwest

Dennis Lettenmaier, PhD
University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean Senior Fellow
Impacts on water supply

Joanne Hedou, MS
Fluvial Geomorphologist, Writer
Flooding and the Future of Local Farms in Western Washington

Heejun Chang, PhD
Portland State University Associate Professor of Geography
An integrated approach to studying river response to climate and land use changes

Patricia Olson, PhD, LHG
Washington State Department of Ecology Hydrogeologist
Regulatory responses to changes in hydrological regimes

These are the confirmed speakers so far - we are hoping to confirm 2 or 3 more in the next few weeks.

Location

The Mountaineers Program Center
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
United States