A Live Learning Event: Assessing the Vulnerability of Water and Watersheds to Climate Change

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What is this: series of webinars on Watershed Vulnerability Assessment based on the Pilot WVA work done on 12 US National Forests. Three seminars, 2-hours each.

Earth scientists and biologists from 12 Pilot National Forests will present results from a pilot project developed to assess the relative vulnerability of water resources to climate-based hydrologic change. Representatives from 12 Forests in all 9 Forest Service Regions are scheduled to give a 20-minute presentation on the results of recently completed watershed vulnerability assessments. Each national forest presentation will demonstrate how available information was used to provide managers with a relative rating of water resource vulnerability to climate change and how the results of the assessments can be used to develop recommendations on the responses each forest might take to best respond to predicted climate-based hydrologic change. Forests evaluated a variety of resource issues in their assessments, including numerous aquatic species, water diversions, and infrastructure.

Watershed Vulnerability Assessment #1
Archived Session from January 19, 2012.  Features a Full-Length Introduction & Background to the Watershed Vulnerability Assessment Pilot Project by Michael Furniss, Pacific Northwest Research Station and presentations from the following Pilot National Forests (NF) and members: Helena NF, Laura Jungst (Hydrologist); Umatilla NF, Caty Clifton (Hydrologist); White River NF, Mark Weinhold (Hydrologist); Chugach NF, Ken Hodges (Fisheries Biologist).

Watershed Vulnerability Assessment #2
Archived Session from January 26, 2012.  Features an Abridged Introduction & Background to the Watershed Vulnerability Assessment Pilot Project by Michael Furniss, Pacific Northwest Research Station and presentations from the following Pilot National Forests (NF) and members: Gallatin NF, Joan Louie (Region 1 Regional Office GIS Analyst and former Fisheries Biologist); GMUG NF, Carol Howe (GIS Analyst); Shasta-Trinity NF, Christine Mai (Hydrologist); Ouachita NF, Alan Clingenpeel (Hyrdrologist).

Watershed Vulnerability Assessment #3
Archived Session from February, 2 2012.  Features an Abridged Introduction & Background to the Watershed Vulnerability Assessment Pilot Project by Michael Furniss, Pacific Northwest Research Station and presentations from the following Pilot National Forests (NF) and members: Chequamegon-Nicolet NF, Dale Higgens (Hydrologist); Coconino NF, Ken Roby (retired - former USFS Fisheries Biologist and Hydrologist, current member of WVA Steering Committee); Sawtooth NF, John Chatel (Acquatics Program Manager); Shoshone NF, Janine Rice (postdoctoral research associate, University of Colorado, Western Water Assessment Group) and Linda Joyce (Quantitative Ecologist, Rocky Mountain Research Station).