This conference is an excellent opportunity to describe your work in Yosemite National Park as well as the greater Sierra Nevada region. After the record-breaking WY2017, the suggested conference theme is "Recovery from extended drought after a wet year – what systems recover?" Forest and aquatic ecosystems have long memories, and variability appears to be increasing. How do we respond as researchers, ecosystem monitors, and managers?
Additionally, wet years can cause many types of damage – collapsed buildings, delayed recreation seasons, stream bank erosion, abundant vegetation leading to enhanced fire danger – many impacts are far from positive. And this past winter also showed what future warm winters may be like – heavy rain at high elevations and more rain than snow for part of the winter, leading to high midwinter flows in streams that normally don’t get high flow until snowmelt runoff. All of these topics are worthy of presentations and discussion.
However, as usual, the conference is always a forum to present a broad range of water- and climate-related topics from meteorology to mammal and bird populations. If you would like to contribute a talk, please send the organizers a title and a 250-word abstract summarizing your presentation by July 30. As in the past, most of the talks will be scheduled for 20 min. and additional time for will be allocated for discussion (questions, research or management implications) at the end of some talks, or at the end of the session. The organizers will attempt to accommodate requests for additional time or pairing of talks, as feasible.
As was done last year, the first 60 or 90 minutes on Friday morning will be allocated to a roundtable discussing updates and changes to instruments and monitoring networks. The focus will be on keeping Park staff informed, allowing them to share resources and opportunities, and focus their thinking, interpretations, and research goals.
An agenda for the conference will be distributed by Sept. 15. Please contact either of the event organizers if you have any questions or suggestions.
Bruce McGurk, email@example.com, 925-698-4683
Mike Dettinger, firstname.lastname@example.org, 858-822-1507