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Managing Drought and Water Scarcity in Vulnerable Environments: Creating a Roadmap for Change in the U.S., 1820 September 2006 Boulder, Colorado

Drought-related impacts can be expected to increase in intensity in the twenty-first century as human population increases and land uses change. To evaluate current drought-related problems and anticipate future issues, GSA and its partners announce a participatory conference to be held 1820 September 2006 near Boulder, Colorado. While broad in scope, the meeting will focus on identifying successful strategies for drought and water scarcity management and on developing a clear and decisive action plan.  The goals of this meeting are to create an integrated, interactive, future-oriented forum for understanding and improving our management of drought and water scarcity in the United States and to stimulate national debate through the publication and wide distribution of a science- and policy-based discussion document.

This meeting is designed to promote collaboration between the policy and science communities. Through a combination of plenary and invited talks, interactive roundtable and breakout group discussions, and poster presentations of case studies and innovative research and outreach efforts, participants will derive key lessons learned from national and relevant international experience and current policies and practices (e.g., factors involved in decision making, facilitators and barriers to implementing action, and treatment of underlying causes versus symptoms).

Registration limited to 250 people. Abstracts may be submitted 1 April 2006 through 26 June 2006. Click here for details, including abstract submission, registration, and lodging. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Deborah Nelson, 303-357-1014, dnelson@geosociety.org.