The Climate Program Office's Roger S. Pulwarty spoke at the Southern California Water Forum at California State Polytechnic in Pomona, California, on August 27, 2015. The Forum was hosted by Congresswoman Grace Napolitano.
Pulwarty spoke on the state of water in the West, with special emphasis on potential ENSO impacts on drought in California, and resilience planning in a changing climate. His talk was developed with input from PSD, NWS, MAPP, NASA, WRCC, the RISA California-Nevada Applications Program and the California Department of Water Resources.
The Forum addressed near-and long-term climate and weather risks to surface and groundwater supplies, the California Water Action Plan, and innovations by local communities for managing water resources demand (for water supply, Ag, aquifer recharge) and enhancing (desal, efficiency, landscape planning) water supply.
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.
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