Recordings Available: Ecological Drought National Webinar Series

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The ecological drought webinar series was co-hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA's) National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) program and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Adaptation Science Center, with expert speakers from the research community, tribal nations, and government agencies.

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This four-part webinar series, took place in February and March, 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 was 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.

Webinar Series Recordings:

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

Recording avaible here.

Ecological Drought: Planning for Resilience

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

This webinar focused 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

Recording avaible here.

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 explores 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, USGS
  • Paul Steblein, Wildland Fire Science Coordinator, USGS

Recording avaible here.

Ecological Drought: Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems

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

This webinar shares 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

Recording avaible here.

For additional information on ecological drought and this webinar series, please visit the NIDIS website.

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