Advancing Sub-Seasonal to Seasonal Precipitation Forecasting for Water Resources

The Western States Water Council (WSWC), the California Department of Water Resources, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) cosponsored a workshop on advancing seasonal prediction for western water resources. This workshop brought together WSWC members, representatives from water management agencies and federal agencies to address opportunities for and challenges to advancing forecasting capabilities and improving predictive skill with respect to seasonal forecasting.

The workshop was held October 21-22, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


National Weather Service Western Region – Grant Cooper, Western Regional Director, National Weather Service, NOAA

NOAA WSWC Workshop – Opening – Kevin Werner, Western Regional Climate Services Director, NOAA and Jeanine Jones, Interstate Resources Manager, California Department of Water Resources

Water Agency Perspective on Seasonal Precipitation Forecasting – Jeanine Jones, Interstate Resources Manager, California Department of Water Resources

Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project Overview – Fred Toepfer, Physical Scientist, Office of Science and Technology Integration, NOAA

Seasonal Precipitation Forecast Improvement Project – David DeWitt, Director, Climate Prediction Center, NOAA

Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting Reports – Julie Suhr Pierce, Great Basin Socioeconomic Specialist, Bureau of Land Management

Navigating the Budget Process – Aria Remondi, Budget Analyst, NOAA


Science Panel Presentations:

NOAA/OAR Climate Program Office – Dan Barrie

NNWS/NCEP/Climate Prediction Center – Jon Gottschalck and Dave DeWitt

NOAA/ESRL/PSD – Andy Hoell

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory/NOAA – Sarah Kapnick

NCAR Research Applications Laboratory (Boulder, CO) – Andy Wood

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD – Marty Ralph

NWS/WR/STID – Mike Staudenmaier, Andy Edman