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Irvine 20-22 April 2015

California Drought : Causes, Impacts, and Policy

Chapman Conference

Chapman Conference on California Drought : Causes, Impacts, and Policy

Lieu et date : Irvine 20-22 April 2015

Organisation  : American Geophysical Union (AGU)


Currently, California is facing one of its most severe 3-year droughts in the instrumental record. Concerns have been raised, whether the current drought represents a “new reality” for California, and whether the past is a useful guidepost for the future. It is thus timely to assemble a wide collection of experts, students, and interested parties to examine the broad issues associated with California drought. A meaningful exploration of the drought problem must transcend supply issues, but also address demand. The conference, therefore, embraces a broad definition of drought – a condition in which demand for water exceeds available supply.

In this framework, vanishing water and surging demand are synonymous indicators for drought. The question whether the state may need to adjust to less rainfall must therefore go hand-in-hand with the issue of whether an adjustment is required in the characterization of available water resources even if precipitation doesn’t change.

The primary objective of the conference will be exploring the progress, challenges, and opportunities to improve drought monitoring and prediction as well as policy and management solutions to enhance California’s resilience to droughts.


The conference will have six main thematic sessions and a large discussion session. Each thematic session is related to a leading scientific question. These questions are :
1. What are the factors responsible for California drought ?
2. How are California drought conditions monitored and assessed ?
3. What is the capability to predict California drought ?
4. How does drought impact California water supply and ecosystems ?
5. What are operational decision-making processes regarding California drought ?
6. What are management practices and policies regarding California drought ?

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