State water officials, researchers provide latest drought data, strategies

21 April 2015

Joint Release

*Media Advisory*

WHAT: Four top experts on California’s increasingly scarce water resources will present the latest precipitation and supply data for the state, including southern coastal and desert areas and the Colorado River basin. State climatologist Michael Anderson, Department of Water Resources Interstate Resources Manager Jeanine Jones, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologist Martin Hoerling, and Water UCI director David Feldman will participate in the media briefing. It’s part of the 2015 AGU Chapman Conference on California Drought: Causes, Impacts and Policy that includes findings on critical research gaps, emerging technologies in drought prediction, the urgent need to use treated wastewater and how wildflowers are faring.

WHERE:Arnold & Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering (bldg. 80, grid C4 on campus map). Free parking is available on-site.

This media briefing will also be web streamed at:

WHEN: 10:00  – 11:00 AM PST, Tuesday, 21 April 2015

INFORMATION: Media planning to attend the media briefing should contact Janet Wilson at 949-824-3969, 213-880-8948 or [email protected].

A live web stream of the briefing can be accessed at:

Remote reporters accessing the briefing via web stream may ask questions by emailing their questions to [email protected] and [email protected].

BACKGROUND: At this conference, national researchers and state water managers will explore drought monitoring and prediction, seek to better understand the drought’s impacts on the water supply and ecosystems, discuss possible links to climate change, and identify policy and management solutions to enhance California’s resilience. The conference aims to highlight key research gaps and produce a road map for future work. Visit the Chapman Conference on California Drought website for the full program. For a list of highlighted speakers and more information about the conference topics, please see this previous media advisory:


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AGU Contact:

Peter Weiss, +1 (202) 777-7507, [email protected]

UC Irvine Contact (on-site media contact):
Janet Wilson, office: +1 (949) 824-3969 or cell: +1 (213) 880-8948, [email protected]