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Meeting Briefs: CPASW, May 2018

Who attended: Dennis OjimaGabriel SenayImtiaz RangwalaCandida DewesDarin Schulte

NC CASC scientists recently got to attend the 2018 annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW), a workshop that brings together climate researchers, information producers, and users to share both research developments and applications.

A few insights from the workshop: Much of the climate research in the North Central region focuses on short-term climate and weather predictability, including drought, which impacts many in our water-scarce region. Scientists are trying to provide timely and accessible information to help cities, resource planners, and others prepare for extreme weather. However, there remain significant challenges to predicting weather, particularly precipitation, beyond two weeks. The topic of changing temperature regimes in North Dakota came up as well – farmers are having to change cropping systems to deal with higher temperatures and longer growing seasons. Crops like corn and soybean, rather than cold-weather crops like wheat, have become more viable.

NC CASC scientists gave presentations about drought research and assessment efforts in the North Central region, including an introduction to a new experimental drought indicator tool, called the Landscape Evaporative Response Index (LERI) – stay tuned to hear more about this tool in the coming months. Two of the NC CASC's presentations are available online: