SE CASC Researchers to Present in National Ecological Drought Webinar Series

This large sink hole is in Grady County, Georgia is normally full of water. During a lengthy drought it was reduced to a small mud hole.
Image Credit: Alan Cressler

The series is co-hosted by the USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center and NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) program, with expert speakers from the research community, Tribal nations, and government agencies. The series includes presentations by SE CASC supported researchers, Jennifer Cartwright and Michael Osland. This announcement was originally posted on the NCASC website and can be viewed here

This large sink hole is in Grady County, Georgia is normally full of water. During a lengthy drought it was reduced to a small mud hole.
Image Credit: Alan Cressler

This four-part webinar series, taking place in February and March, seeks to raise awareness of ecological drought, share actions that strengthen ecosystem resilience and mitigate the impacts of droughts, and discuss research and management needs for future drought planning and preparedness. The series is co-hosted by NIDIS and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Adaptation Science Center, with expert speakers from the research community, tribal nations, and government agencies.


Ecological Drought: An Introduction

Wed, Feb 3, 2021 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Introducing ecological drought as a scientific concept distinct from other definitions of drought, this webinar explores recent research on the topic, including transformational drought impacts and ecological tipping points.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Shelley Crausbay, Senior Scientist, Conservation Science Partners
  • Dr. Amanda Cravens, Research Social Scientist, USGS

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Ecological Drought: Planning for Resilience

Wed, Feb 17, 2021 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST

This webinar focuses on planning, restoration, and recovery actions that strengthen ecosystem resilience, mitigate the impacts of natural disasters, and realize co-benefits.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Jennifer Cartwright, Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center, USGS
  • Rachel M. Gregg, Senior Scientist, EcoAdapt
  • Hannah Panci, Climate Change Scientist and Robert Croll, Climate Change Program Coordinator, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

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Ecological Drought: Drought, Wildfire, and Recovery

Wed, Mar 3, 2021 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Drought can exacerbate wildfire frequency, intensity, and severity. This webinar will explore wildfire management approaches based on ecological principles, including those that embed traditional ecological knowledge.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Jeremy Littell, Research Ecologist, Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center, Department of Interior
  • Bill Tripp, Director of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy for the Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources

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Ecological Drought: Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems

Wed, Mar 17, 2021 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

This webinar will share recent research on drought impacts to coastal ecosystems and services.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Kirsten Lackstrom, Research Associate, Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (a NOAA RISA)
  • Dr. Beth Middleton, Research Ecologist, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, USGS
  • Dr. Michael Osland, Research Ecologist, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, USGS

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For additional information, please contact NIDIS.