NW CSC Ecological Drought Workshops
Ecological drought can be defined as an episodic deficit in water availability that drives ecosystems beyond thresholds of vulnerability, impacts ecosystem services, and triggers feedbacks in natural and human systems. As global temperatures continue to rise, the intensity and frequency of droughts in North America are expected to increase, leading to a wide range of social and ecological impacts.
The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) hosted two 1-day workshops on Ecological Drought in the Northwest in Portland, OR and Boise, ID. The workshop goals were to identify key values and drought-related threats that are unique to the Northwest. Specific workshop goals were to:
- Assess the state of knowledge on ecological drought for the Northwest
- Discuss feedbacks of ecological drought to and from human communities and explore solutions that benefit both nature and people
- Identify emergent science needs to address gaps in knowledge and management tools
- Develop a newsletter that will aid in communicating Northwest drought issues to CSC stakeholders, natural and cultural resource managers, and Congress