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Brainstorming Workshop

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
The Director of the DOI North Central Climate Science Center will be attending and presenting on various monitoring activities in the North Central Region including phenocams and remote sensing products.
About the Workshop

The workshop will be the starting point for the development of a climate change monitoring strategy that will incorporate the concerns of tribal programs across the region. There is a need for guidance in the design of tribal monitoring programs that will capture relevant and consistent data across the region with respect to climate change. However, there are important factors and climate change effects specific to tribal needs which are not often considered in larger regional or national efforts such as TEK, Wild Rice, Phenology, and earlier detection of change. It is our intent to begin the process by both establishing the most useful methods for regional climate change monitoring and determining the tribal specific monitoring needs. The intended long term outcome of this project will be a monitoring strategy endorsed by EPA with a menu of potential climate change monitoring methods along a range of costs and levels of expertise to encourage consistency across tribal and state programs. This monitoring strategy will serve as a basis for the development of a regional strategy incorporating state programs and other partners.
Summary of Goals
What should the monitoring strategy look like?
What will make it useful to Region 5 Tribes?
Workshop Format
Our proposed format is to bring in climate change monitoring specialists to present their work briefly and to discuss how it might fit in with tribal monitoring programs. Following each presentation, brief discussions to brainstorm about potential monitoring methods and parameters could take place for a few minutes. After all presentations are completed, a more extended brainstorming session (about an hour) would occur. After this, Shane Bowe, Kyle Whyte, and Pete Jackson (along with any other willing working group members) would summarize the results for presentation to the larger group. At the end, we hope to have enough information to begin to assemble a draft of the monitoring strategy which would then be reviewed and edited by a working group of Tribal representatives.