On November 12, 2015 Michael spoke at the Workshop: Implications of a Changing Arctic on Water Resources and Agriculture in the Central U.S. hosted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Innovation Campus. His talk focused on the last five years of the Platte Basin Timelapse Project, a long term effort he co-founded in partnership with the University of Nebraska that is leveraging the power of of photography to observe change over time and tells the story of water across a major watershed.
Significant climate and environmental changes are occurring in the Arctic and the pace of these changes have exceeded expectations. The implications of these changes on agriculture, water resources, ecosystem health and other sectors for the Great Plains and Midwest regions of the U.S. could be profound given the importance of these regions as a breadbasket of the world. It is the goal of this workshop to explore both the science associated with changes in the Arctic region and the implications of these changes on the frequency of extreme weather and climate events (e.g., severe weather, droughts, floods, heat waves) in the Central U.S. This workshop is timely in that it coincides with the U.S. assuming chairmanship of the Arctic Council in April 2015. This workshop will provide an opportunity to identify possible adaptation and mitigation measures in response to these changes in severe weather patterns as well as a framework for future research, management decisions and policy options.
To read more about this workshop, click here.