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 and the return to a drier WY2018, the suggested conference theme is "Persistent dry years leading to a new/drier normal and its implications?" Forest and aquatic ecosystems have adapted to changing climates before. How do we respond as researchers, ecosystem monitors, and managers?
The string of recent dry years has primed the forest ecosystem to burn more frequently, hotter, and more easily, and the abundance of dead trees is changing fire behavior and risks associated with firefighting. And recent winters have showed what warm winters look like - rain at higher elevations and more rain than snow for part of the winter, leading to shifts in storm flows and seasonal runoff patterns. 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 us a title and a 250-word abstract summarizing your presentation by August 24. 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. We will attempt to accommodate requests for additional time or pairing of talks, as feasible.