W-1: Managing Water Resources at the River Basin Scale

This workshop will identify scientific and policy challenges in understanding how humans interact with food/water/energy systems and identify practical challenges to integrating human behavior and hydroclimatic models at the river basin scale.

A facilitated discussion among workshop invited thought leaders and the NCSE Conference attendees will stimulate participants from across the United States and around the world to share knowledge and experiences and to discuss what actions are needed to improve climate adaptation knowledge transfer among societies and forward technical and institutional innovation to sustain, improve, or transition agriculture, urban development, environmental protection, and energy production/ consumption in snow-fed arid lands.

Experts from academia, government, and non-governmental organizations will discuss the challenges of sustaining water supplies with changes in land-use, climate and population.

The workshop will focus on research and policy challenges at the nexus of human food/energy/water systems at the river basin scale.

There are a number of substantive examples of the immediate value and applications of workshop outcomes. Most relevant for snow-fed river basins in the Western United States is an improved understanding of the relationship between surface and groundwater, urban development, agricultural irrigation, and energy consumption.

The goals of the workshop will be to:

  • create a network of scholars active in research and policy development for communities living in snow-fed river basins;
  • identify common climate adaptation challenges; and
  • generate a collaborative report and journal article that summarizes the workshop findings.

Moderators:

  • Maureen McCarthy, Great Basin Program Director, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Dustin Garrick, Assistant Professor and Philomathia Chair of Water Policy, McMaster University, Food, Energy, Environment, Water (FE2W) Network

Speakers:

  • Michael Dettinger, Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Derek Kauneckis, Associate Professor, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University
  • Claudia Ringler, Deputy Division Director, National Resource Theme, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Loretta Singletary, Adjunct Professor, University of Nevada, Reno

Maureen McCarthy, as Great Basin Program Director at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), coordinates transdisciplinary research and outreach programs with scientists, water and natural resource managers, and tribal communities in the Great Basin and American Southwest. She serves as Director of the Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit and Chair of the Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative Steering Committee. Dr. McCarthy is also Executive Director of the Tahoe Science Consortium, where she coordinates applied research and science-based decision-making in support of environmental management in the Lake Tahoe Basin. (775-784-8262; mimccarthy@unr.edu)

Dustin Evan Garrick specializes in water allocation policy and river basin governance in water stressed regions of Western North America and Southeast Australia. He holds grants from the Canadian and Australian Research Councils to investigate adaptation to climate extremes and water allocation reform in North America and Australia. He has a special interest in interdisciplinary and science-practitioner networks that connect science and policymaking. He currently serves on the management committee of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W) Network. He recently served on the Global Water Partnership/OECD task force on Water Security and Sustainable Growth and is active on a number of international and comparative water policy projects.

Dr. Michael Dettinger is a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, Branch of Western Regional Research, and a research associate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, who researchs the hydrology, climate, and water resources of the West, focusing on regional surface water and groundwater resources, hydroclimatic variability, and climate-change impacts.

Derek Kauneckis is an associate professor at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, where he teaches in the Environmental Studies Program. He received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University at Bloomington. Dr. Kauneckis’ research focuses on governance and institutional design as applied to environmental and science/technology policy. His current work focuses on climate change adaptation and local governance, the resilience of socio-ecological systems, policy innovation and the science/policy interface. He is currently studying the climate resilience of western river systems, local government climate change policies and the emergence of local and regional green business programs.

Claudia Ringler leads the Natural Resource Theme at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) with a focus on policy analyses for enhanced resource use efficiency across water, land, and energy for more sustainable food production systems. Dr. Ringler is also a flagship co-lead of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems on Managing Resource Variability and Competing Uses, which has ongoing nexus research in various developing country river basins. Claudia is also chairing the Food, Energy, Environment and Water network (FE2W), which uses a risk-based approach to the nexus focusing on identifying solutions in six large river basins. Finally, Dr. Ringler is involved with the Sustainable Water Future’s program (under Future Earth) on the Nexus. (202-862-5600; c.ringler@cgiar.org)

Loretta Singletary, is an Applied Economist and Interdisciplinary Outreach Director for University of Nevada, Reno Cooperative Extension where she works with faculty across academic disciplines to create, implement, evaluate community-based outreach programs in Nevada and on sovereign American Indian reservations in Nevada and in the Western United States. Her research has pioneered the use of participatory modeling to address community decision-making to address water supply and demand challenges in a changing climate.

Organizers:

  • Claudia Ringler, Deputy Division Director, National Resource Theme, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Dustin Garrick, Assistant Professor and Philomathia Chair of Water Policy, McMaster University, Food,
  • Energy, Environment, Water (FE2W) NetworkDerek Kauneckis, Associate Professor, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University
  • Maureen McCarthy, Great Basin Program Director, University of Nevada, Reno

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