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New Mexico Highlighted Projects, Listening Sessions, and Webinars

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Project TitlePrimary
Funded Fiscal YearStatus Southern Plains Climate
Science Webinars
and others
Understanding New Paradigms for “Environmental Flows” and Water Allocation in the Middle Rio Grande River Basin in a Changing ClimateAli Mirchi (Oklahoma State University)2019In ProgressJune 5, 2019 – Implications of Future Climate Scenarios for Water Availability in the Middle Rio Grande Basin by Ali Mirchi, Oklahoma State University
Mapping Conservation Management Efforts to Increase Coordination in the Rio Grande BasinVictoria G Stengel (USGS Texas Water Science Center)2018CompletedNA
Assessing Climate Variability and Adaptation Strategies for the Rio Grande BasinSamuel Sandoval Solis (University of California, Davis)2018In ProgressMay 12, 2022 – Dr. Sandoval introduces the natural and regulated flow regime of the Rio Grande Rio Bravo; Explores periods of drought and water abundance; Describes how the regulated system is currently in a sustained drought; and presents some potential strategies and solutions for improving the water resources management in the basin.
The Effects of Wildfire on Snow Water Resources under Multiple Climate ConditionsC. David Moeser (New Mexico Water Science Center)2017CompletedApril 21, 2022 –Dr. David Moeser is a Hydrologist at the USGS New Mexico Water Science Center. Through funding from the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, Dr. Moeser developed and implemented novel characterizations of forest canopy as well as snow modeling tools in order to quantify the effects of canopy disturbance on snow water resources.
Wildfire Probability Mapping Based on Regional Soil Moisture ModelsTyson Ochsner (Oklahoma State University)2017CompletedJuly 7, 2022 – Wildfire Probability Mapping Based on Regional Soil Moisture Models by Dr. Matt Levi.

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New Mexico Stakeholder Listening Sessions

June 27-30, 2022 – Staff from the South Central CASC visited New Mexico to conduct stakeholder listening sessions with the goal to gain insight into the climate science needs of natural and cultural resource managers; and to discuss the impacts of climate change on water, forestry, and agriculture, which we co-hosted with the USDA Southwest Climate HUB. These sessions provided an opportunity for CASC staff and others to learn about climate adaptation challenges experienced by these resource managers, explore opportunities for collaboration with state, federal, and tribal organizations, and for participants to share information on climate-related activities and research needs throughout the state. From across these listening sessions, research themes emerged. View our captured notes from these listening sessions to learn more.

Other webinars of interest to New Mexico:

June 19, 2021: Working Together for Forest Resilience: Navigating a Path in Climate and Fire Impacted Forests – Daniel Denipah (Director of Forestry for the Pueblo of Santa Clara) and Eytan Krasilovsky (Deputy Director of the Forest Stewards Guild) speak about the partnership of the Forestry for the Pueblo of Santa Clara with local non-profit conservation organization, The Forest Stewards Guild, on a variety of projects using fire as a management tool.

September 8, 2020 – Improving Predictions of Water Supply in the Rio Grande Headquarters by Dr. David Gutzler, University of New Mexico.

June 17, 2020 – Integrating Climate Change into State and Federal Resource Management by Dr. Megan Friggens, U.S. Forest Services.

October 1, 2020 – Drought & Lessons Learned in Rio Grande/Bravo Basin by Dr. Jack Friedman, University of Oklahoma.

October 27, 2020 – Arizona & New Mexico Monsson Recap and Winter Drought Outlook by the Southwest & South Central CASCs, NIDIS, NOAA & USGS.