Webinars & Workshops
The Climate 101 workshops cover a variety of topics including the basics of how the climate system works, interpretation of different climate projections and resources for decision makers and climate adaptation planning. Attendees are given a chance to participate in an optional, interactive training session that focuses on making adaptation decisions based on climate projections for a given area.
Next Workshop: August 11-12, 2020 and will be virtual.
Check out materials & presentations from previous Climate 101 Workshops.
Graduate, Post-Doc & Early Career Researcher Training Workshop
Since 2014, this one week program of workforce development introduces the cohort of early-career researchers to the goals, structure, and unqiue research challenges of the South Central CASC. As part of the program, participants engage in a series of instructional presentations that cover climate science and impacts, Indigenous knowledge, co-production of actionable science, and science communication. Additionally, participants engage in small group activities that facilitate interdisciplinary research, and field trips showcasing how scientific results are used in the decision-making process.
Next Training Workshop: the 2020 session was postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19.
The South Central CASC will continue to offer free, online short courses on climate related topics, open to anyone world-wide. The following courses are what we have planned for Fall 2020. Check back later for the Spring courses.
Next Online Course: Introduction to the Climate System
This course introduces the basics of how the climate system operates, an overview of the Earth’s energy budget, the carbon cycle, atmospheric and oceanic circulation, and natural climate variability. Course runs August 31- September 25.
Coming Soon: Climate Models, Downscaling, and Assessments
Learn the basics of climate modeling and climate assessments, including how global climate models work, why and how to do downscaling, and an overview of key assessment reports. The course runs for three weeks beginning October 3. Registration opens August 24.
The Southern Plains Climate Science Seminar is a joint initiative of the Department of Interior’s South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southern Plains Climate Hub. The Seminar features prominent scientists and researchers who are addressing key climate challenges facing the Southern Great Plains.
Check below for previous seminars.
Next Webinar: August 12, 2020 at 10 am CDT.
The U.S. Gulf Coast is no stranger to the impacts of hurricanes, storm surges, and tropical heavy rainfall. However, in the face of a changing climate, these hazards pose an even larger risk for this region. In this seminar, Dr. Barry Keim will discuss these risks and focus on storm surge impacts felt by Hurricane Katrina and the record breaking rainfall experienced with Hurricane Harvey.
January 29, 2020 – Towards Sustainable Water Management: Identifying Conservation Priorities, Data Needs and Barriers to Implementing Environmental Flows in the Red River Basinby Sean Wineland, University of Oklahoma
June 17, 2020 – Integrating Climate Change into State and Federal Resource Managementby Dr. Megan Friggens, U.S. Forest Services.
February 12, 2020 – New Insights into the Complex Drivers of Hydrometeorological and Hydroclimatological Extremes in the Great Plains of the United Statesby Dr. Jeff Basara, University of Oklahoma.
April 22, 2020 – Future Projections of Climate Change for the South Central United States by Dr. Renee McPherson, University of Oklahoma.
April 3, 2019 – Highlights from the Fourth US National Climate Assessment, and Why it Matters to the Southern Great Plains by Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University
October 9, 2019 – Whither the 100th Meridian? The Once and Future Physical and Human Geography of America’s Arid-Humidity Divideby Richard Seager, Columbia University
June 5, 2019 – Implications of Future Climate Scenarios for Water Availability in the Middle Rio Grande Basinby Ali Mirchi, Oklahoma State University
December 4, 2019 – The Conservation Conundrum of Grassland Ecosystems in a Changing World by Sam Fuhlendorf, Oklahoma State University
August 14, 2019 – Regional Climate and Soil Health Management: Delivering Science-based Climate Services at the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub by Caitlin Rottler, USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub