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George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
This past week, several SECC members visited George Mason University for the International Symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes. The SECC hosted a session at this meeting called AgroWeather and AgroClimate Tools for Food and Water Security. Presenters in this session included some from within SECC and some friends from outside:
- Clyde Fraisse, University of Florida: “AgroClimate for climate-smart agriculture”
- Adrienne Wootten, North Carolina State University: “Climate Services in the Southeast United States: Tools to Focus on the Extremes”
- Jeff Andresen, Michigan State University: “Enviro-weather: A Pest and Crop Management Information System for Michigan and the Great Lakes Region”
- Vasu Misra, Florida State University: “The conundrum of droughts and landfalling tropical cyclones in the southeastern US”
- Dick McNider, University of Alabama Huntsville: “Use of coupled crop models and hydrologic models to carry out national planning for migration of agriculture as an adaptation to climate change”
- Lee Ellenburg, University of Alabama Huntsville: “Use of real-time coupled crop and hydrologic models to delineate drought and manage water resources”
- Harvey Hill, Army Corps of Engineers AAAS Policy Fellow
The session included a lively discussion and question-and-answer sessions. Clyde Fraisse also presented a plenary presentation during the meeting (see photo below).
To learn more about the conference, visit http://www.iscefs.org/.
SRECA drew over 100 participants from 12 Southeastern states to Athens in early September. The event was hosted by Southeast Climate Extension, PINEMAP, and Animal Agriculture & Climate Change. The SRECA program was first initiated in August 2013, when the Extension leadership in the Southern region asked the coordinators from these three USDA/NIFA-funded regional climate projects to coordinate a regional professional development program. SRECA was designed to help Extension professionals who bring a variety of perspectives on climate change become leaders and facilitators in their state for appropriate and relevant programming in climate variability and change. At the Academy, individuals worked in sector groups to brainstorm, ask questions, learn about resources and programs related to climate, and report past experiences with climate programs.