Here are links to conferences, meetings, and other
events related to tribes and climate change. Do you know of an upcoming event not listed here? Please send information
about it to Sue Wotkyns at Susan.Wotkyns@nau.edu.
- Conference: California Adaptation Forum
August 19-20, Sacramento, CA. Organized by the Local Government Commission. This forum will build off a successful
National Adaptation Forum that was held in Colorado in 2013. The attendance of many California leaders emphasized the need for
a California-focused event, which will be held every other year to compliment the biennial National Forum.
- Symposium: First Stewards Symposium
July 21-23, Washington, DC. First Stewards will hold their 2nd annual symposium at the National Museum of the American
Indian. This year's theme is "United Indigenous Voices Address Sustainability: Climate Change and Traditional Places".
This annual event aims to bring together coastal indigenous tribal elders, leaders, scientists, witnesses, and other scientists
and policy leaders from around the nation to discuss traditional ecological knowledge and what it can teach us about past, present,
and future adaptation to climate change. Regional panels of tribal leaders and tribal and Western scientists will examine how
native people and their cultures have adapted to climate change for hundreds to thousands of years, and what their future — and
that of the nation — may hold as the impacts of climate change continue.
- Conference: 2014 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference
April 30-May 2, Seattle, WA. The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference is the largest most comprehensive event of its kind in the
region. The purpose of the conference is to assemble scientists, First Nations and tribal government representatives, resource
managers, community/business leaders, policy makers, educators and students to present the latest scientific research on the state
of the ecosystem, and to guide future actions for protecting and restoring the Salish Sea Ecosystem. To accomplish its purpose,
the conference will feature plenary sessions with keynote speakers, concurrent sessions featuring oral presentations, poster
presentations, workshops, frequent opportunities for informal networking, and related off-program events.
- Symposium: March 2014 Tri-national Symposium Celebrating the Sonoran Desert
March 18-22, Ajo, AZ. This tri-national symposium will address successes and continuing challenges of conserving the
Sonoran Desert, focusing on cultural and natural resource issues, Native American tribal perspectives, environmental concerns,
and border issues.
- Symposium: 40th Annual Center for Great Plains Studies Symposium
April 1-4, Lincoln, NE. The symposium is a collaboration of the University of Nebraska Center for Great
Plains Studies, the National Drought Mitigation Center and the Daugherty Water for Food Institute. The topic is "Drought
in the Life Cultures, and Landscapes of the Great Plains." Scientists and scholars from across the full spectrum of
disciplines are invited to share their expertise and perspectives as the symposium explores all aspects, causes, impacts,
projections, social and cultural consequences, and ramifications of drought. Call for papers deadline: 11/1/13.
- Webinar: Threshold Analysis to Support Decision Making
March 14. This webinar will present a third option for making decisions under conditions of uncertainty: bottom-up
threshold analysis. This approach emphasizes the analysis of different thresholds of risk to inform and support decisions.
Those that have developed and applied this method will provide their insights and experiences conducting threshold analyses
for water utilities.
- Conference: Nexus 2014: Water, Climate, Food, and Energy Conference
March 3-7, Chapel Hill, NC. Hosted by the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The conference
will bring together researchers and practitioners working in government, civil society, and business. Building on the Water, Food,
and Energy Nexus Conference held in Bonn, Germany in 2011, this conference aims to address the connected, but distinct, relationships
between water, food, climate, energy, security, sustainability, and development.
- Workshop: Fostering Resilience in Southwestern Ecosystems: A problem solving workshop
February 25-27, Tucson, AZ. The Southwest Fire Science Consortium is organizing a workshop, to help fire and ecosystem
managers and scientists in the Southwest understand and address ecosystem resilience under changing conditions.
- Conference: 2014 Climate Leadership Conference
February 24-26, San Diego, CA. The Climate Leadership Conference is your annual exchange for addressing global climate
change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. Forward-thinking leaders from business, government, academia, and
the non-profit community gather to explore energy and climate related solutions, introduce new opportunities, and provide support
for those addressing climate change in their operations.
- Training: Earth to Sky VI: Communicating Climate Change
February 24-28, Shepherdstown, WV. Offered by National Conservation Training Center. When treasured landscapes change,
visitors ask, "Why?" When the answer includes climate change, educators, interpreters and others face many communication
challenges. To help meet this challenge, Earth to Sky VI will draw upon the expertise of NASA, FWS, NPS and others to present
accurate, up-to-date science and effective communication techniques; NASA scientists will present on global climate change basics
and illustrate their latest findings; and Earth to Sky alumni will show how to incorporate NASA content into interpretive/educational
products in the field.
- Conference: 2014 Tamarisk Coalition's Research and Management Conference
February 18-20, Grand Junction, CO. Theme: Riparian Restoration in the Western US. Tamarisk Coalition will be teaming up
with The Water Center at Colorado Mesa University to host two days of interactive sessions, presentations, and panels
highlighting recent advancements and emerging issues in riparian invasive plant management and restoration.
- Meeting: American Meteorological Society 94th Annual Meeting
February 2-6, Atlanta, GA. Theme: Extreme Weather—Climate and the Built Environment: New Perspectives Opportunities, and Tools.
- Online Training: Decision Analysis for Climate Change
January 20-March 10. Offered by the USFWS National Conservation Training Center. Natural resource managers are increasingly
tasked with understanding climate change impacts and using this knowledge in making decisions. Yet the uncertainty inherent in
evaluating climate impacts often impedes action. This online course provides participants with skills to address climate change
impacts in making decisions about natural resource management.
- Conference: Building Climate Solutions
January 28-30, Washington, DC. The release of the IPCC report on September 27th highlights critical issues to be addressed
at the Conference. The conference will be organized around two areas:  The Built Environment; and,  Agriculture and
- Webinar: Decision making into local/regional planning
January 16, 2014; 1-2 ET. NOAA Program office webinar. Speakers: Latham Stack (Syntectic International) and Michael
Simpson (Antioch University – New England), et al. - Stakeholder ¬Driven Decision¬ Making for Adaptation: Design and
Implementation of a Water Infrastructure Adaptation Plan; Vikram Mehta (Center for Research on the Changing Earth System)-
Interannual to Decadal Climate Variability Information for Risk Assessment, Urban Water Policy, and Decision Support: Case
Studies of Kansas City, Lincoln, and Great Falls Urban Areas within the Missouri River Basin.
- Webinar: Projecting and Detecting Species-Level Responses to Variation in Weather and Changes in Climate
December 19, 12-1 pm MST. Southwest Climate Science Center Webinar Series.
Erica Fleishman, SW CSC Investigator/University of California Davis.
- Webinar: Sea Level Rise and Impacts to Coastal Habitats
December 5, 12-1 pm MST. Southwest Climate Science Center Webinar Series. Glen MacDonald, SW CSC Principal
Investigator/University of California Los Angeles
- Webinar: Climate Scenarios and Vulnerabilities in the Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands
December 10, 10 am AKDT. Hosted by Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy. Presenter: John Walsh (UAF) and Nick
Bond (NOAA) in association with the Alaska Climate Science Center. John Walsh and Nick Bond will discuss work assessing the
vulnerabilities of key resources and ecosystem services across future climate scenarios in the Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands
- Webinar: Robust Planning to Support Decision Making
December 4. Part of USEPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) Webinar Series
This webinar will present another option for strategic long-term planning, robust decision making, which assesses the trade-offs
between different approaches and helps identify the most 'robust' solution. Utility representatives that have used robust decision
making techniques will share their insights and experiences.
- Webinar: A Focus on Groundwater
November 21, 1- 2 pm ET. NOAA Program Office webinar. Speakers: Ruth Langridge (University of CA – Santa Cruz) - Climate
Change and Water Supply Security: Developing a Strategic Groundwater Reserve to Reduce Vulnerability to Extreme Droughts;
Sharon Medgal (U Arizona) and Eylon Shamir (Hydrologic Research Center) – Incorporating Climate Information and Stakeholder
Engagement in Groundwater Resources Planning and Management.
- Webinar: Creating and Expanding Funding Streams for Adaptation Planning and Implementation
November 21, 1-2 pm EST. National Adaptation Forum Webinar Series. Cities and communities are confronted with planning
and implementing climate adaptation with very few resources available to help pay for the help they need. Adaptation funding is
competing against already limited funding for schools, police, and libraries from scarce local resources. So, while adaptation
is a responsible long-term investment for communities, it is usually very difficult to secure adequate funding for planning and
implementation. During this webinar we will explore ways to use existing mandates for implementing adaptation, give an example
of how adaptation is moving forward in the City of Cleveland, and provide a forum for discussion on challenges and creative ways
to move adaptation forward.
- Webinar: Modeling Southwestern Forest Vulnerability
November 21, 12-1 pm MST. Southwest Climate Science Center Webinar Series. Mark Schwartz, SW CSC Principal
Investigator/University of California Davis.
- Webinar: Conservation in the face of climate change: How can decision makers use the best available science in preparation for extreme events?
November 20, 3:30 pm ET. Northeast Climate Science Center webinar. Presenter: Michael Runge, USGS.
- Webinar: Conservation in the face of climate change: How can decision makers use the best available science in preparation for extreme events?
November 20, 3:30pm EST. Northeast Climate Science Center webinar. Presenter: Michael Runge, Research Ecologist at the
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.
- Webinar: Predicted Climate Change Effects on Fisheries Habitat and Production in the Great Lakes
November 19, 3:00 pm ET. National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center--Climate Science and Management webinar
series. David "Bo" Bunnell, USGS Great Lakes Science Center. Great Lakes fishery managers and stakeholders have
little information regarding how climate change could affect the management of recreationally and commercially important fisheries,
which have been valued at more than $7 billion USD annually. Our research has focused on how climate change could influence fish
habitat (including water temperature, ice cover, and water levels) and ultimately fish production.
- Webinar: Climate Change & Harmful Algal Blooms
November 19, 12-1 ET. Ohio State University webinar. Harmful algal blooms continue to be a problem for the Lake Erie
ecosystem and lakeshore communities, and predicted climate change impacts like increased heavy precipitation and higher
temperatures have the potential to worsen these problems in the future. This webinar will provide information about: Historical
climate and potential future impacts of climate change in the Lake Erie basin; How climate change could impact nutrient levels
that drive harmful algal blooms; The potential effects of reduced lake ice and higher temperatures on algal blooms’ length
- Conference: Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference
Nov 18-20, Sacramento, CA. This conference focuses on understanding human behavior and decision-making with respect to
energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and sustainability.
- Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series
The DOE Office of Indian Energy, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tribal Energy Program, and
Western Area Power Administration sponsor a series of free webinars on tribal renewable energy. The webinars are
designed for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing commercial-scale projects, responding to
utility offered requests for proposals, and/or learning more about the competitive power market. The webinars are
held the last Wednesday of every month from January-October 2013 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain time. There
is no cost to attend, but you must register in advance. Download the webinar series flyer.
- Webinar Series: Managing Drought in the Southern Plains
2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 11:00 a.m. Central Time. Webinar series hosted by the Southern Climate Impacts
Planning Program (SCIPP). With La Niña strengthening drought conditions will likely persist and intensify in some regions,
combining with widespread extreme and exceptional drought to increase drought impacts. To stay informed of drought,
climate, and impacts information, you are invited to a join webinars every other week to discuss current conditions,
impacts, and resources available to help manage drought in the Southern Plains. Webinar series will focus on NM, TX,
and OK, but the content will extend beyond those boundaries. The content is geared for a general audience - anyone who
manages and/or assists others in managing drought and its related impacts. Registration is required; go to SCIPP website
or send email to email@example.com.
- Webinar Series: Safeguarding Wildlife from Climate Change Web Conference Series
The USFWS and National Wildlife Federation (NWF) have developed a series of web conferences to increase communication and transfer
of technical information between conservation professionals regarding the increasing challenges from climate change. This program
is being facilitated by the USFWS's National Conservation Training Center (NCTC). A key to the success of the web series will be
improved collaboration and shared learning of rapidly developing tools and processes for evaluating future effects to fish and
wildlife species and ecosystems. See website for more information.