Cross-Regional Dialogue: Climate Change, Water Impacts and Indigenous People

Project Overview

Dates: October 2008—September 2010


Primary Scientists: 

Cheryl Anderson, Pacific Islands RISADan Ferguson and Gregg Garfin, Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS)Sarah Trainor, ACCAP

Stream flow in Wheatfields Creek upstream of Wheatfields Lake in April 2005.
Stream flow in Wheatfields Creek upstream of Wheatfields Lake in April 2006

The goal of this project is to use modern communication technologies to open a dialogue to plan for and reduce drought-related vulnerabilities, and avert disasters. Interdisciplinary participants hailed from Alaska, US Southwest, and Pacific Islands.  The dialogue goals are to:

  • Establish a cross-regional network of Native leaders and resource managers.

  • Share impacts and strategies for response among regions.

  • Document impacts and strategies in a report for participants and federal agencies.

  • Create a written document for federal and state agencies that outlines important insights and things to consider when working with Native people and Native Tribes on climate change and water related issues.

Regional Contact Information:


Session 1: November 13, 2008 Executive Summary (For a detailed summary, e-mail us)

Welcome and Introduction Presentation: Water Concerns: Drought and Climate Issues - Observations, Research and Information Needs Gregg Garfin, Director of Science Translation, Institute for Environment and Society, University of Arizona

Presentation: Current Climate Conditions of the Navajo NationJolene Tallsalt-Robertson, Senior Hydrologist, Water Resources Department, Navajo Nation

Drought Imact Reporter Tutorial: How to Submit A Report to the Drought Impact Reporter
National Integrated Drought Information System's Drought Impact Reporter Website

Session II: April 7, 2009 Detailed Summary

April 7 Agenda

Presentation: Climate Change Community of Practice: Building Knowledge, Guiding ResearchErik R. Stegman Carry the Kettle First Nation (Assiniboine)

Presentation: Climate Change and Water Resources: The Marshall IslandsMark Stege, Terry Keju, Moriana Phillips, and Ingrid Ahlgren

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ACCAP is a NOAA Climate Program Office Climate & Societal Interactions RISA Program.

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