"In the U.S., drought has been viewed largely as a natural hazard, eliciting a reactive response that may be characterized as a 'hydro-illogical' model," said Donald A. Wilhite, Director, National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and technical program chair of the conference. "What we're looking to accomplish is a shift from crisis management to risk management."
According to Wilhite, a driving force behind the meeting is the need to ensure adequate water resources for future generations when drought periods and their impacts are expected to increase. Drought is a nationwide issue, as reflected by conference registration which spans states from California to Florida and Arizona to New Jersey.
Wilhite notes that other countries have developed forward-looking drought policies and practices. International research and experience will be shared by attendees from Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, India, and Iran.
Conference outcomes will include recommendations for changes in policy and practice. A document will be developed after the meeting for use in supporting congressional visits, letter-writing campaigns, and other efforts to accomplish policy change.
The program consists of invited talks, volunteered posters, field trips, and discussion sessions. Topics include:
View the program at http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2006DRO/finalprogram/.
American Meteorological Society
American Water Resources Association
American Water Works Association
Colorado State University
Desert Research Institute
Ecological Society of America
National Center for Atmospheric Research
National Drought Mitigation Center
National Ground Water Association
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Water Research Institute
National Institutes for Water Resources
Natural Hazards Center
Society for Range Management
Soil Science Society of America
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Geological Survey
Western Rural Development Center
Western Water Assessment
Interested media are invited to attend. Eligibility for complimentary media registration is as follows:
Representatives of the business side of news media, publishing houses, and for-profit corporations must register at the main registration desk and pay the appropriate fees.
Interested journalists unable to attend are encouraged to view the technical program online and contact participating scientists on presentations of interest.
Presentations are not under embargo and abstracts may be accessed via http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2006DRO/finalprogram/. Please reference the meeting and the Geological Society of America in articles written.
Media-related questions before, during, and after the meeting may be directed to Ann Cairns, Director of Communications at the Geological Society of America (+1-303-357-1056 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
For additional information on the conference see http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/06drought/index.htm.
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