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Robert S. Webb. NOAA in the Colorado River Basin. Linking Research and Decision Making. Planning. Planning. Planning. Planning. Planning. Hydropower Decision Calendars. Municipal & Industrial Decision Calendars. Aquatic Ecosystems Decision Calendars. data. data. data. data. data.

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Robert s webb

Robert S. Webb

NOAA in the Colorado River Basin


Linking research and decision making
Linking Research and Decision Making

Planning

Planning

Planning

Planning

Planning

Hydropower Decision Calendars

Municipal & Industrial Decision Calendars

Aquatic Ecosystems Decision Calendars

data

data

data

data

data

Outdoor Recreation Decision Calendars

decisions

decisions

decisions

decisions

decisions

Agriculture Production Decision Calendars

tion planning

tion planning

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gmentation

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Climate attribution
Climate Attribution

  • Attribution is the scientific process of establishing the physical causes or physical explanation for observed climate conditions.

  • Attribution, by scientifically ascertaining mechanisms responsible for climate conditions, informs predictability and prediction science.

  • Explain persistent drought conditions in the West


Reconciling projections of co river flows
Reconciling Projections of CO River Flows

  • ISSUES

  • Topography & resolution matter

  • Physical processes are not well observed or represented in models

  • Communication matters

  • Wide range of 2050 projections

  • NOAA PSD, WWA, Scripps, U. Arizona, U. Washington, Reclamation, CBRFC, USGS


Hydroclimate testbed soil moisture monitoring
Hydroclimate Testbed Soil Moisture Monitoring

  • Five sites have been deployed in the San Pedro Basin in AZ (a sixth later this Spring)

  • One site deployed near Granby, CO, and a second later this spring near Gunnison.

  • Measurements include soil moisture and temperature at 5 depths, surface air temperature, relative humidity, and precipitation.

  • Monitoring supports model verification, surface water and energy balance studies to understand snowpack, runoff and ET processes


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