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Engagement and Impact through Themed Joint Sessions

We are expecting, with your participation and involvement, these themed joint sessions will serve as a catalyst for focusing the attention of the research and operational communities (and also those who are involved in accelerating the transition of research results into operations) on the exciting possibilities related to advancing predictive capabilities across many fields and applications.
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Water, Food Security, and Human Health

Papers in this session broadly focus on how water (its presence, lack, or quality) affects food security and human health decisions in the United States and internationally. In particular, we are seeking to gain an appreciation for how hydrological data feeds into public health models and decisions. In a learning partnership between those who utilize hydrological data for agriculture and health, our community can advance in understanding the associations between the physical and biological microcosms. In addition, we can work to increase the prediction value and application of our data for societal and socio-economic benefits. From considerations like drought on agriculture, moisture and vector-borne diseases, water quality and temperature on vibrio diseases (like cholera), to water quality and access for direct consumption, we expect to understand through these and similar scenarios a few key points: (1) the time frames that decision-makers in these communities require or need, (2) the data sources they use, and (3) the information that would be useful, but isn’t presently available. With our meeting place being Austin, TX, we are also interested in papers that address how Texas, in particular, and the southwest, in general, is handling the persistent drought that has already forced the closure of livestock ranches and uprooted people.

Host Conference(s)

4th Environment and Health
Contact(s): Wendy Marie Thomas: wthomas@ametsoc.org

Partnering Conference(s)

27th Conference on Hydrology
Contact(s): Andy Wood, andy.wood@noaa.gov