(2014) Hydroclimate Monitoring Systems and Measurement Needs Workshop

Workshop on Hydroclimate Monitoring Systems and Measurement Needs

The Western States Water Council and the California Department of Water Resources are cosponsoring a workshop to discuss strategies for supporting and improving key observing systems, to be held in San Diego on June 23-25, 2014.  The workshop will begin Monday, June 23 at 1:00 pm and conclude Wednesday, June 25 by 12 noon.  Topics to be covered include an overview of the funding status of key federal monitoring programs, development of a 21st century observing system for extreme precipitation in the West, emerging opportunities for supplementing ground-based observations with remote sensing, and strategic planning for sustaining long-term observing records.

LOCATION/LODGING: A block of rooms has been reserved and will be held through June 2, 2014. Please contact the Doubletree San Diego Downtown reservations department directly at ( 619) 239-6800, or central reservations at (800) 222-TREE, and announce the Western States Water Council room block. You may also make reservations online at:  http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/S/SANDWDT-WSW-20140620/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG. Reservations are subject to availability at the time of booking. Room rates will apply three (3) days before and after the meeting, subject to availability. Reservations received after the cutoff date of June 2, 2014 will be confirmed on a room availability basis at the rate in effect at the time of the request. Reservations must be made by the June 2nd deadline to obtain the rate of $110 single or double occupancy.

Please note:  The Hotel maintains a forty-eight (48) hour cancellation policy for individual guest room reservations.

COMPLIMENTARY AIRPORT SHUTTLE: The Doubletree San Diego Downtown offers complimentary airport shuttle.  Call the hotel directly at 619-239-6800 from the airport after luggage pick up, or confirm airline and arrival time in advance.  To return to the airport, make a reservation with the Concierge or Front Desk.  the airport shuttle arrives at the front entrance and departs every thirty (30) minutes.

Agenda CDWR-WSWC Hydroclimate Monitoring Workshop

Powerpoint Presentations

Monday – June 23rd

USGS Surface and Groundwater Monitoring Networks – Jerad Bales – USGS Chief Scientist for Water

External Perspectives on USGS Budget & Fiscal Constraints – Sue Lowry (Prezi Presentation) – Wyoming State Engineer’s Office, Interstate Streams Administrator

State Surface and Groundwater Monitoring Networks – Brian Dunnigan – Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, Director

State Surface and Groundwater Monitoring Networks – Ken Stahr – Oregon Water Resources Department, Hydrographics Manager

USDA NRCS Snotel Network – Mike Strobel – National Water & Climate Center, Director

CDWR Perspective on Use of Remote Sensing for Snow Measurement – Frank Gehrke – CDWR, Chief, Cooperative Snow Surveys

Unmet Monitoring Needs in the Upper Midwest/Missouri River Basin – Dennis Todey – South Dakota State Climatologist (remote presentation)


Tuesday – June 24th

Overview of NOAA Observing Systems and Budgets

  • Hilawe Semunegus – NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
  • John Murphy – National Weather Service (NWS) Observing Systems Portfolio
  • Howard Diamond – NESDIS Climate Reference Network
  • Matthew Menne – NESDIS Global Historical Climatology Network-Daily
  • Chris Sabine – Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)

Perspectives on Precipitation Observations

Synthesizing Observations: A Western Observing Systems Vision

  • Marty Ralph – Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Director, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E)
  • Mike Anderson – CDWR, State Climatologist
  • Scott Sellars – University of California, Irvine, Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing, Ph.D. Candidate

Landsat & Follow-On Missions:  Water Use Applications and Their Value

  • Tony Freeman – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Manager, Innovation Foundry
  • Tim Newman – USGS Land Remote Sensing Program Coordinator (remote presentation)
  • Lee Johnson – CSUMB/NASA Ames Research Center, Senior Research Scientist
  • Tony Morse – Retired, Idaho Department of Water Resources
  • Sue Lowry – Wyoming State Engineer’s Office, Interstate Streams Administrator

Wednesday, June 25th

Strategic Planning for Maintaining Long-Term Observing Records

  • Tony Willardson – WSWC, Executive Director
  • Jonathan Kennen – USGS, National Water Census
  • Dwane Young – EPA Senior Data Advisor/WestFAST Water Data Work Group Lead (remote presentation)
  • Chris Lowry – Hach Hydromet, Director of Sales & Service


Jun 23 - 25 2014


8:00 am - 6:00 pm


Doubletree by Hilton San Diego Downtown
1646 Front Street, San Diego, California, USA

The event is finished.