Sharing Technical and Scientific Knowledge About Extreme Precipitation

2017 Symposium

Registration Now Open
Date:  Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Place:  UC Davis Conference Center
Map — Directions — Parking Instructions
Draft theme:  2017 Water Year: What Happened and Historical Context
Registration fee includes continental breakfast, morning break, lunch, afternoon break, and parking permit.
Early Bird registration (on or before June 30): $100
Late registration (on or after July 1): $150
Full-time students (any time): $10
Online registration closes: July 5

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What is CEPSYM?

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

Each year, CEPSYM presentations focus on a specific theme. Almost every paper or presentation given since starting in 1994 is available under Speaker Presentations.

Preliminary Agenda

Time Title Speaker
8:30 - 9:00 Welcome

Presentation of Special Recognition Award to David Ford, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE

Gary Estes
Symposium Coordinator
9:00 - 9:30 Historical and Future Relations Between Large Storms and Droughts in California Mike Dettinger, Ph.D.
Research Hydrologist
National Research Program
U.S. Geological Survey
Carson City, NV
9:30 - 10:00 Perspectives on California's Wet and Wild 2016-17 Dave Curtis, Ph.D., F.EWRI
Vice President
WEST Consultants
Folsom, CA
10:00 - 10:20 BREAK
10:20 - 10:50 Putting the Record-Breaking Wet 2017 Water Year into Historical Context Victoria Sankovich Bahls

Brian R. Crow

Fort Collins, CO
10:50 - 11:20 The 2016/2017 California Pluvial Benjamin Hatchett, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Desert Research Institute
Reno, NV
11:20 - 11:50 Operational perspective on forecasting and communicating extreme precipitation events in Northern CA during the 2016-2017 Winter Season Michelle Mead
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Weather Forecast Office
National Weather Service, NOAA
Sacramento, CA
11:50 - 12:50 LUNCH
12:50 - 1:20 Real-Time Modeling During Flood Control Operations Wes Monier
Strategic Issues and Planning Dept.
Turlock Irrigation District
Turlock, CA
1:20 - 1:50 FIRO Field Campaign: Description and Preliminary Results from a Unique Observing Period in the Russian River Watershed in Northern California during Jan - Mar 2017 Anna Wilson, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar
Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA
1:50 - 2:20 Ensemble Flow Forecasts for Risk Based Reservoir Operations of Lake Mendocino in Mendocino County, CA Chris Delaney, P.E.
Senior Engineer
Sonoma County Water Agency
Santa Rosa, CA
2:20 - 2:40 BREAK
2:40 - 3:10 How the California Atmospheric River Events of Winter 2016/2017 Compare to Normal Jonathan Rutz, Ph.D.
Western Region Science Division
National Weather Service, NOAA
Salt Lake City, UT
3:10 - 3:40 Reviewing Historical Context of Extreme Events through the Lens of Modern Understanding of Atmospheric Rivers Michael Anderson, Ph.D, P.E.
State Climatologist
California Dept. of Water Resources
Sacramento, CA
3:40 - 4:40 Panel Discussion with Speakers

Topic: TBD

Dave Curtis, Ph.D., F.EWRI
Vice President
WEST Consultants
Folsom, CA

Speaker Presentations

Speaker presentations from each Symposium are available on this website. Presentations may be posted in one or more formats: abstracts, printable slides from the presenters, and/or audio of the sessions.

More Information

Interested? Are you interested in talking on a technical or scientific topic related to the Symposium's purpose? Would you like to attend the next symposium? Contact the Coordinator, Gary Estes, to be notified via email of the next Symposium.


Rain Sponsors — $500+

MBK Engineers
West Consultants, Inc.
Wood Rodgers
Balance Hydrologics, Inc.
Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
Alert Users Group
John Muir Institute of the Environment
Center for Watershed Sciences

Shower Sponsors — $250+

David Ford Consulting Engineers
NHC - Northwest Hydraulic Consultants