Event

Drought Summit

This meeting will bring together experts and water/drought planners and drought information users to discuss current experiences and develop recommendations for improving the access to and use of drought products, tools, and best practices in order to better address the drought planning needs of North American regional and local decision-makers.

Meeting Objectives:

  1. Convene and connect drought practitioners across Canada, Mexico, and the United States who are tasked with preparing, planning, and managing drought.
  2. Share experiences, challenges, and innovations in drought monitoring across North America.
  3. Formulate recommendations to address information gaps and barriers in access to national and international drought resources and tools, and to improve coordination and communication to better monitor, plan for and respond to drought in North America.

Where:

Online

When:

From 29 September to 1 October, 2020

Participation:

Semi-Private

Contact:

Orlando Cabrera-Rivera
Head of Unit for Environmental Quality
(514) 350-4323

Recorded Webcast

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Day 1: “Realities, barriers and challenges”
Welcoming remarks, introductions and objectives by Orlando Cabrera-Rivera and Christopher Carter

“Three countries, one environment: Trilateral collaboration on drought”
Orlando Cabrera-Rivera

High level insights from the Assessment of North American Drought Information Products and Tools
Ernest Cooper

Trinational Panel: Perspectives from Canada, Mexico, and the United States
Trevor Hadwen, Reynaldo Pascual and Richard Heim

Our Stories, Session 1: Current realities and practices
Viki Zoltay, Ana Ortiz Ángeles, Roger Pulwarty

Participant Consultation: Using the North American Drought Monitor (NADM)
Ernest Cooper

Day 2: “From knowledge to action”
Day 1 Recap and introductions by Christopher Carter

Our Stories, Session 2: Innovation using drought planning resources
Shanny Spang Gion, Selso Villegas, Michael Downey, Sol Ortiz, Ashlee Jollymore

Participant consultation: Action and Planning
Ernest Cooper

Participant consultation: Using the North American Drought Monitor (NADM) Tools
Ernest Cooper

Day 3: “A Shared path forward”

Agenda

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

“Realities, barriers and challenges”

11:30

Virtual meeting log-in

11:40-12:15

Welcoming remarks, introductions and objectives

Orlando Cabrera-Rivera
Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Christopher Carter
E.Cooper Environmental Consulting


“Three countries, one environment: Trilateral collaboration on drought”:
CEC initiative on Improving Resilience to Extreme Events and Climate Impacts

Orlando Cabrera-Rivera
Commission for Environmental Cooperation
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12:15-1:15

High level insights from the Assessment of North American Drought Information Products and Tools.

Ernest Cooper
E.Cooper Environmental Consulting


Trinational Panel: Perspectives from Canada, Mexico, and the United States

Trevor Hadwen
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Barrie Bonsal, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Canada
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Reynaldo Pascual
Comisión Nacional del Agua-Servicio Meteorológico Nacional
Mexico
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Richard Heim
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Centers for Environmental Information and Brian Fuchs, National Drought Mitigation Center
United States
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1:15-1:20

Breakout introduction & room transition

1:20-1:50

Breakout rooms

Meet and get to know fellow practitioners from Canada, Mexico, and the United States, for an afternoon tea or coffee. Please turn on your video for this session.

In round table introductions please share:

  1. Your name
  2. Your role in drought
  3. What you value most about your work on drought

Three rooms will be available in two languages, one in Spanish and one in English.

  1. Breakout Room 1: Transboundary Canada & USA (English Language)
    Facilitators: Trevor Hadwen & Ernie Cooper
  2. Breakout Room 2: General USA (English Language)
    Facilitators: Elizabeth Weight & Christopher Carter
  3. Breakout Room 3: General Mexico & Transboundary (Spanish Language) (Sala de grupo 3: México general y transfronterizo (idioma español))
    Facilitators: Sol Ortiz & Alejandra Pena

A contact list will be available to conference participants for future networking opportunities.

1:50-2:00

10-minute break

2:00-3:00

Our Stories, Session 1: Current realities and practices

The Massachusetts drought story, a changing experience
Viki Zoltay
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
United States
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Drought at the community level
Ana Ortiz Ángeles
Grupo Semilla, Coahuila, Mexico
Gustavo Sánchez, Red Mexicana de Organizaciones Campesinas Forestales, A. C., Mexico
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Modernizing our view of drought: From risk to resilience
Roger Pulwarty
United States
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3:00-3:12

12-minute break

3:12-5:00

Participant Consultation: Using the North American Drought Monitor (NADM)

1. Report back on the North American Drought Monitor (NADM) use Assessment survey: on the Assessment of North American Drought Information Products and Tools survey: What we heard from you about your use of the NADM.

Ernest Cooper
E.Cooper Environmental Consulting


2. Let’s Discuss:

  1. Which barriers and realities do we need to understand in the use of NADM in your work?
  2. Do you have thoughts about the accuracy, applicability, relevance, or scale covered by the NADM tools?
  3. What additional information would assist you in monitoring drought in your local region or sector?
  4. Is there information that could be added to the NADM sites that could increase their value for planning, preparing or responding to drought?

Format: Questions and comments can be posted using the chat utility in Zoom; participant responses will be limited to 3 minutes.

5:00-5:15

Closing
Christopher Carter

  • Day 1 wrap up
  • Introduction to Day 2

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

“From knowledge to action”

11:30

Virtual meeting log-in

11:40-12:15

Day 1 Recap and introductions

Christopher Carter
E.Cooper Environmental Consulting


Keynote: “Minding the gap: From science to drought action and policy”

Mark Svoboda
National Drought Mitigation Center
United States
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12:15-1:15

Our Stories, Session 2: Innovation using drought planning resources

Our Climate Change and Drought Plans
Shanny Spang Gion, Northern Cheyenne Nation,
United States and Marissa Spang, Northern Cheyenne Nation,
United States
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Emergency Drought Management and Range Conservation
Selso Villegas,
Tohono O'odham Nation,
United States
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Innovations in Drought Monitoring in Montana
Michael Downey,
Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation,
United States
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The nexus of drought and agriculture in Mexico
Sol Ortiz,
Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development,
Mexico
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Provincial river forecasting and drought in British Columbia
Ashlee Jollymore,
River Forecast Centre BC Ministry of Forests,
Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development,
Canada
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Format: Q&A Session will follow the last speaker. Questions and comments can be posted using the chat utility in Zoom.

1:15-1:30

15-minute break

1:30-3:00

Participant consultation: Action and Planning

1. Report back on the Assessment of North American Drought Information Products and Tools survey: What we heard from you about what you are using for drought decision support and policymaking.

Ernest Cooper
E.Cooper Environmental Consulting


2. Let’s discuss:

  1. What are your current drought monitoring needs?
  2. What kind of timelines do you face in your operations?
  3. What analyses are most useful to you for dealing with short and long-term drought?
  4. How can you best be supported as you inform decision makers and prepare forecasts, policies and plans?

Format: Questions and comments can be posted using the chat utility in Zoom; participant responses will be limited to 3 minutes.

3:00-3:20

20-minute break

3:20-5:00

Participant consultation: Using the North American Drought Monitor (NADM) Tools

1. Report back on the North American Drought Monitor (NADM) use Assessment survey: What we heard from you about your use of the NADM.

Ernest Cooper
E.Cooper Environmental Consulting


2. Let’s discuss:

  1. How do you use your national drought monitors?
  2. What is the role of national drought monitors in managing drought?
  3. Do you feel these products are accurate and consistent?  Why or why not?
  4. What resource for monitoring drought is missing in your context?

Format: Questions and comments can be posted using the chat utility in Zoom; participant responses will be limited to 3 minutes.

5:00-5:15

Closing
Christopher Carter, E.Cooper Environmental Consulting

  • Day 2 Wrap Up
  • Introduction to Day 3

Thursday, October 1, 2020

“A Shared path forward”

11:30

Virtual meeting log-in

11:40-12:40

Day 2 Recap and panel introduction

Christopher Carter
E.Cooper Environmental Consulting


Drought tool bootcamp
Join us to learn about new resources, including a demonstration of emerging North American online drought tools and coordination platforms.

Canada’s new CDM Data Products, ESI and 1-month drought forecast
Trevor Hadwen,
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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Mexico’s Mexican Drought Monitor (Comisión Nacional del Agua-Sistema Meteorológico Nacional)
Reynaldo Pascual,
Mexican Drought Monitor
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Mesoamerican Drought Monitor (Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología del Agua)
Mauricio Osorio González,
Mesoamerican Drought Monitor & Reynaldo Pascual, Mexican Drought Monitor
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United States’ www.drought.gov and www.climateengine.org.
Justin Huntington, Desert Research Institute
Rocky Bilotta, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Centers
for Environmental Information
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12:40-1:00

20-minute break

1:00–2:15

Participant consultation: Forms of drought

1. Report back on the North American Drought Monitor (NADM) use Assessment survey: What we heard from you about the types of drought that most concern you.

Ernest Cooper
E.Cooper Environmental Consulting


2. Let’s discuss:

  1. We have learned that many are very concerned with agricultural and meteorological drought. However, drought also comes in ecological, hydrological and socioeconomic forms, and drought types can interact. How can North American drought tools and resources better support you in responding to all types of drought?
  2. What reports and information from online and other resources would afford new insights to help address the drought types & interaction with other systems? For short term drought? For long term drought?

Format: Questions and comments can be posted using the chat utility in Zoom; participant responses will be limited to 3 minutes.

2:15-2:30

15-minute break

2:30–3:30

Our Stories, Session 3: Leading practices and the future of drought monitoring, planning and response

Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer Drought Contingency Plan & The Chickasaw Nation
Barney Austin, Chickasaw Nation,
United States
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Drought Monitoring and Planning in South Dakota
Laura Edwards,
South Dakota State University Extension,
United States
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Rain Gauges for Range Monitoring: Codeveloping Tools and Best Practices for Ranch-Scale Drought Detection
Mike Crimmins,
University of Arizona,
United States
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Transboundary drought and the Drought Learning Network
Emile Elias,
US Department of Agriculture Southwest Climate Hub,
United States
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Hydrological crisis from a conservation perspective
Mauricio de la Maza
PRONATURA, Mexico
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Format: Q&A Session for all will follow the last speaker. Questions and comments can be posted using the chat utility in Zoom.

3:30-3:45

15-minute break

3:45-5:00

Participant consultation: Online resources of the future

1. Report back on the North American Drought Monitor (NADM) use Assessment survey: What we heard from you about the types of online drought management resources you use.

Ernest Cooper
E.Cooper Environmental Consulting


2. Let’s discuss:

  1. Most practitioners interact with NADM resources by email subscription or via websites. How can we improve your navigation experience of online resources and coordination for drought monitoring and management?
  2. A few official supplementary or secondary websites exist alongside national drought monitor websites for each nation. How can we improve you connecting with these resources and the analyses and reports you desire?
  3. For practitioners using secondary websites, many turned to geospatial reports & visualizations. How can we improve these?
  4. What data products or tools are missing from main and supplementary NADM websites?
  5. How else can we improve online drought monitoring & early warning resources in North America?

Format: Questions and comments can be posted using the chat utility in Zoom; participant responses will be limited to 3 minutes.

5:00-5:15

Summit Closing
Christopher Carter, E.Cooper Environmental Consulting
Orlando Cabrera and Nayheli Alliu, Commission for Environmental Cooperation

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