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Floodplain Management Association
CEPSYM is a Floodplain Management Association project

Sharing Technical and Scientific Knowledge About Extreme Precipitation … since 1994

2016 Symposium

New date - in September Date:  Tuesday, September 6
New location Place:  Hyatt Regency Hotel
Sacramento, CA
Draft theme:  Future Directions of Weather Forecasting and Reservoir Operations

What is the Symposium?

The California Extreme Precipitation Symposium, in its 22nd year, is an informal day of scientific and technical presentations meant to increase our knowledge and understanding of extreme precipitation events. Goals of the Symposium are to improve flood risk management planning and increase warning time for large floods.

Each year, the Symposium presentations focus on a specific theme. Following is the draft agenda for this year's Symposium.

Preliminary Agenda

Time Title Speaker
7:45 - 8:30 Check-In and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 Welcome

Presentation of Special Recognition Award to:

Rob Hartman
Hydrologist-in-Charge
California-Nevada River Forecast Center
National Weather Service, NOAA
Sacramento
Gary Estes, Symposium Coordinator

Gary Bardini
California Department of Water Resources

Jay Jasperse
Sonoma County Water Agency

Stu Townsley
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
9:00 - 9:40 NOAA Plans for Improving Forecast Models and Computing Power Tim Schneider
Physical Scientist
Global Systems Div.
Earth System Research Lab NOAA
Boulder, CO
9:40 - 10:20 Ensemble Forecasting Replacing Deterministic Forecasting: Why is This Important? Rob Hartman
Hydrologist-in-Charge
California-Nevada River Forecast Center
National Weather Service, NOAA
Sacramento
10:20 - 10:40 BREAK
10:40 - 11:20 Research on Atmospheric Rivers to Improve West Coast Predictions Andrew Martin, Ph.D.
Assistant Project Scientist
Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
UC San Diego
11:20 - Noon Importance of Water Vapor and Wind Observations to Predicting Precipitation Allen White, Ph.D.
Research Meteorologist
Hydrometeorology Observations and Processes
Earth System Research Lab, NOAA
Boulder, CO
Noon - 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 - 1:40 Forecast-Informed Reservoir Operations at Lake Mendocino Marty Ralph, Ph.D.
Director
Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
UC San Diego
1:40 - 2:20 Integrating Weather Forecasts into Folsom Reservoir Operations Brad Moore
Hydrologist
US Army Corps of Engineers
Sacramento District
2:20 - 2:40 BREAK
2:40 - 3:20 Forecast-Coordinated Operations at New Bullards Bar and Oroville Reservoirs Boone Lek
Section Chief
Reservoir Coordinated Operations
California Dept. of Water Resources
Sacramento
3:20 - 4:25 Panel Discussion with Speakers

What other future directions are possible?

Moderator:
Mike Anderson, Ph.D., P.E.
State Climatologist
California Dept. of Water Resources
Sacramento
4:25 - 4:30 SYMPOSIUM FEEDBACK

2016 Sponsors

Rain Sponsors — $500+

MBK Engineers HDR West Consultants, Inc.
Balance Hydrologics, Inc. Wood Rodgers Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
Alert Users Group

Shower Sponsors — $250+

David Ford Consulting Engineers NHC - Northwest Hydraulic Consultants
Floodplain Management Association
CEPSYM is a Floodplain Management Association project