If drought affects your work and you are looking for more data, tools, or just a community of practice—we invite you to join us on February 28th for a kickoff webinar for a new drought-focused project led by San Diego State University researchers in collaboration with the Climate Science Alliance, Desert Research Institute, UC Santa Barbara Climate Hazards Center, and Western Regional Climate Center.
You’re invited to a kickoff webinar for a new drought-focused project:
Winter rains may have replenished our ecosystems this wet season, but drought is never far from our minds in southern California. Building off of our prior work on the Connecting Wildlands and Communities project, San Diego State University is leading a new project to support proactive drought decision making for southern California’s natural resource managers and land stewards in collaboration with the Climate Science Alliance, Desert Research Institute, UC Santa Barbara Climate Hazards Center, and Western Regional Climate Center. If drought affects your work and you are looking for more data, tools, or just a community of practice, we invite you to participate.
Join us on February 28, 2023, 11 AM - 12 PM for a Zoom webinar. We will give an introduction to the project and the research team and most importantly, we want to hear from you. Your feedback will help shape this project and we need your input so the work from this project can best support you in your climate resilience planning efforts in southern California.
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Southern California is an ecologically diverse region threatened by urbanization, water scarcity, and shifting wildfire frequency. As a biodiversity hotspot with a population of more than 21 million people and an economy of nearly $1.3 trillion GDP, a comprehensive drought preparedness and response strategy that considers the interrelated nature of these threats is needed.
This project will help build regional understanding of the vulnerabilities and effects of ecological drought for conservation and natural resource management. By leveraging robust science-management partnerships, San Diego State University’s Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management and the Desert Research Institute will develop regionally specific information on ecological drought and a framework that supports responsive and adaptive management to drought-related climate impacts. In collaboration with the Climate Science Alliance, which will support outreach and engagement efforts, this partnership will support local and regional decision making to promote healthy, climate-resilient ecosystems and the well-being of local communities in southern California.
This research is funded by NIDIS through the FY 2022 Coping with Drought Competition – Ecological Drought.