Water Scarcity in the West: Past, Present, Future
Monday, April 6th, 5:00pm-8:00pm / Tuesday, April 7th, 8am-4:30pm
Corcoran California, August 27, 2014: A tractor tills dry land near the Tulare Lake basin. © Matt Black.
UC Davis Conference Center
Program available: water_scarcity_schedule_final
Videos of talks from the conference: available here
Abstracts of posters: Poster Abstracts_updated
Human existence in the American West has always been challenged by water scarcity. Drought and climate change, coupled with inefficiencies in use and increasing demand, have exacerbated the issues facing water users today. How do scientific, political, and historical perspectives inform our understanding of water scarcity in the West? What is our role in adapting to water scarcity in a changing climate?
Monday, April 6th -- 5:30pm-8pm "The Faces of Water Scarcity"
- contributed poster session
- exhibit by documentary photographer Matt Black
- keynote presentation by John Laird, California Secretary of Natural Resources
Tuesday, April 7th -- 8am-5pm
- Characterizing water scarcity over time: historian Louis Warren, climate scientist David Easterling, and paleoclimate scientist Frances Malamud-Roam
- Characterizing water scarcity in different sectors: economist Richard Howitt, ecologist Peter Moyle, water manager Pat Mulroy
- Coping with water scarcity, social science perspectives: geographer Richard Walker, historian Mark Fiege, economist David Sunding
- Coping with water scarcity, natural science perspectives: hydrologist Reed Maxwell, climate scientist Daniel Swain, rangeland scientist Ken Tate
Advance registration of $10 is required prior to the registration deadline, 31 March 2015, with capacity limited to the first 150 registrants. The registration fee includes attendance, the conference brochure, the reception with two drink vouchers, and lunch. The poster session will provide a great opportunity to showcase research, agency outreach, or stakeholder perspectives at this event.
For more information, contact Carole Hom, firstname.lastname@example.org.