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Webinar: Pacific Northwest Drought and Climate Outlook

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Monday, 22 October 2018, 2:00

 

Monday, October 22, 2018. 2:00 PM. Webinar: Pacific Northwest Drought and Climate Outlook. Phil Mote, Oregon State Climatologist; Emily York, CIRC; Kris Ray, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Sponsored by NOAA. More information.


The Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System (PNW DEWS) October 2018 Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar is part of a series of regular drought and climate outlook webinars designed to provide stakeholders and other interested parties in the region with timely information on current drought status and impacts, as well as a preview of current and developing climatic events (i.e. El Niño and La Niña).

 

 

Climate Recap and Current Conditions
Phil Mote | Oregon State Climatologist

Seasonal Conditions & Climate Outlook
Dan Collins | NWS Climate Prediction Center

Health Effects of Drought and Wildfire in the Northwest
Emily York | CIRC

An Introduction to Smoke Ready Communities
Kris Ray | Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

About the Speakers:

Phil Mote is a professor of atmospheric sciences at Oregon State University and heads CIRC’s (a NOAA RISA) Climate Science activity. Along with co-leading CIRC, Phil directs the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) and the Oregon Climate Service, and has helped co-lead several long-term research projects looking into the impacts of climate change. You might also find him rowing along the Northwest’s scenic waterways.

Emily York leads the Oregon Climate and Health program and is an author of the Northwest Chapter of the forthcoming U.S. National Climate Assessment. She chairs the Healthy Environments section of the Oregon Public Health Association, co-chairs the NW Climate and Health Network and a steering committee member of the International Transformational Resilience Coalition. She has graduate degrees in public health and sustainability from Portland State University and undergraduate degrees in planning and visual communications from the University of Washington. Before joining the State, Emily led local policy initiatives at the City of Portland and worked with the Coalition for a Livable Future.

Kris Ray has worked for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation for many years and now manages the Air Quality Program for the last 9.5 years. Currently the program is developing the concept of smoke ready communities to provide practical methods to minimize health related problems due to wood smoke. The program also instigated the Okanogan River Airshed Partnership to look at the many sources of emissions on and off the Reservation and then develop strategies for decreasing exposure. The program operates three PM 2.5 BAM 1020 monitors, an E-BAM, a pesticide deposition monitor and multiple sensors. The program also conducts yearly emissions inventories, participates in compliance and permitting activates, issues agricultural burn permits, determines burn bans and has delegation for several parts of the Federal Air Rules for Reservations. Kris is an EPA credentialed inspector for air quality.   

 

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