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Climate Outlooks and Webinars. KT Ingram NIDIS Drought Early Warning System Pilot Review and Future Directions 1-2 December 2011, Lake Lanier Islands, Georgia. Outline. Why we do webinars and outlooks Accomplishments over the past year Future needs and opportunities.

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Climate outlooks and webinars

Climate Outlooks and Webinars

KT Ingram

NIDIS Drought Early Warning System

Pilot Review and Future Directions

1-2 December 2011, Lake Lanier Islands, Georgia


Outline
Outline

  • Why we do webinars and outlooks

  • Accomplishments over the past year

  • Future needs and opportunities


Why webinars and outlooks
Why webinars and outlooks

  • NIDIS conducted a series of workshops beginning in April 2010

    • Apalachicola, FL; Pine Mountain, GA; Stone Mountain, GA; Lake Blackshear, GA

  • NIDIS also held an outlook forum in Albany, GA in November 2010

  • As ENSO was entering a La Niña phase, participants in these events agreed that we should alert stakeholders to the potential for drought through webinars


Webinar history and accomplishments
Webinar History and Accomplishments

  • November 2010: Form committee to design webinars

  • Learning from the Upper Colorado NIDIS Pilot

  • Series of prototypes

  • Dry runs

  • First webinar 21 January 2011

US Drought Monitor, 1 Dec 2011


Webinar format
Webinar format

28-day streamflow, Flint at Bainbridge

  • Introduction

  • Current drought status

  • Conditions that led up to the current status

  • Projections

  • Discussion of impacts

  • Summary


Webinar evolution and summary
Webinar evolution and summary

  • Based on inputs from committee members, webinar participants, and communications experts, we have tried to develop a body of information that both gives a full context of the basin, and focuses specifically on the basin

Ground water depth, Mitchell Co, GA

USGA 1 Dec 2011


Who has been involved
Who has been involved?

  • The design committee included many in the room today and others

  • Webinar standard content providers include:

    • Florida Climate Center

    • US Geological Survey

    • Army Corps of Engineers

    • SE River Forecast Center

  • Special content:

    • UCO-Boulder/CIRES

    • Tallahassee NWS

    • FL DEP

Sea surface temperature anomalies

NOAA NESDIS, 1 Dec 2011


Future needs and opportunities
Future needs and opportunities

  • Sustaining the process

    • Rely on teams, not individuals

    • Institutionalize webinars

    • Automate slide production

  • Inputs to drought monitor

  • Enlarge participation

  • Include media

8-14 day Precipitation Outlook, 1 Dec 2011

NOAA CPC


Thanks!Especially to everyone who has provided content and feedback, and to those who have participated in the webinars


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