EPN Breakfast - March 17, 2020 Exploring the Interactions between Water, Climate and Communication

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Co-hosted with: Water Management Association of Ohio, Ohio Water Resources Center, and TerrAqua 


The EPN is teaming up with the Water Management Association of Ohio (WMAO), the Ohio Water Resources Center, and TerrAqua (a multi-disciplinary student organization at Ohio State) to host a breakfast and extended educational program focused on non-regional and regional climate change effects on water resources, as well as how to communicate about changing weather and climate to water resource managers.

Numerous research agencies, including the U.S. Global Change Research Program, find that in the U.S. Midwest a variety of weather-related challenges are currently, and will increasingly, impact our local communities through such issues as extreme precipitation events and flooding, decreases in lake ice and snow cover, and increases in urban heat islands and drought nca2018.globalchange.gov/chapter/21/). These water-climate relationships are complex, dynamic and can be challenging to communicate. 

Join this full morning program as we learn about the interactions between the water cycle, changing weather patterns, and how to understand and communicate these issues in natural resource management.  This program is in alignment with the March 22, 2020 World Water Day theme, which is “about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked.” (learn more at worldwaterday.org). Thanks to our colleagues at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State for helping to frame this program’s agenda.

Participants have the option to register for just the breakfast and first presentation or select the full morning agenda including breakfast, expanded program, and an offering of 3 CEUs.


7:15 a.m. Doors open at Ohio State 4-H Center; coffee served

7:40 a.m. Breakfast buffet served

8:10 a.m. Jeff Sharp, PhD. director, School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) provides welcome remarks.

8:15 a.m. Hannah Comune, president, TerrAqua, and Eugene Braig, program director of aquatic ecosystems (SENR) and board president (WMAO), provide program introduction.  

8:25 a.m. Bryan Mark, Ph.D., professor, Department of Geography and State Climatologist of Ohio, and Michael Durand, Ph.D., professor, School of Earth Sciences, present on the changing cryosphere in Earth's water cycle. 

9:10 a.m. Audience Q & A

9:25 a.m. Dr. Sharp concludes EPN Breakfast program component, Break 1

9:40 a.m. Linda Weavers, Ph.D., co-director, Ohio Water Resources Center and professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering, provides program comments and speaker introduction.

9:45 a.m. Kim Channell, climatologist, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) presents on the goals of building climate literacy, precipitation trends in the U.S. Midwest, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tools for stormwater management, and expanding the climate knowledge network in our region.  

10:25 a.m. Audience Q & A

10:40 a.m. Break 2

11:00 a.m. Heather Raymond, director, CFAES Water Quality Initiative, provides program comments and speaker introduction.

11:05 a.m. Robyn Wilson, Ph.D., professor, SENR, presents on communicating climate change and promoting adaptation in the Great Lakes

11:45 a.m. Audience Q & A

12:00 p.m. Concluding remarks by Comune and Braig.


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Kim Channell, climatologist, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments

Kim Channell is a climatologist for the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) at the University of Michigan. In this role, she supports various GLISA projects and products for their partners and stakeholders throughout the Great Lakes region. Her recent work includes the development of an annual climate summary under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, a sustained assessment of lake levels, and ongoing collaborations with Great Lakes cities to incorporate climate information into their municipal planning and decision-making. She is also engaged in research broadly focused on the impacts of climate change on Great Lakes water levels. Prior to joining GLISA, Kim worked as a Summer Fellow for the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGRL) and completed her master’s research with the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), where her work primarily focused on regional climate modeling and hydrologic forecasting.  She received an M.Eng. in Applied Climate and a B.S.E. in Earth System Science and Engineering, both from the University of Michigan’s Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering Department.

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Michael Durand, Ph.D., professor, School of Earth Sciences at Ohio State

Dr. Michael Durand and his research group study land surface hydrology processes, with a focus on utilizing data assimilation methodologies and spaceborne remote sensing measurements to answer open science questions in snow hydrology and in fluvial hydrology. Dr. Durand’s research questions include: What are the process-level connections between observed changes in snowmelt runoff patterns and physiographic controllers for mid-latitude, seasonal snow? How does snow microstructure, grain size, and spatial variability affect spaceborne measurements of snow? How could spaceborne measurements of river elevation be used to estimate river discharge? Funding for exploring these questions comes from the Hydrological Sciences program at the National Science Foundation, the Terrestrial Hydrology Program and the Physical Oceanography Program at NASA, the USGS through the Ohio Water Resources Center, and the Climate, Water, and Carbon program at Ohio State. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Bryan Mark, Ph.D., professor, Department of Geography at Ohio State and State Climatologist of Ohio

Dr. Bryan Mark is interested in climate-glacier-hydrologic dynamics over different time scales, with a focus on the coupled human-natural systems of water resources of the tropical Andes.  Dr. Mark’s Glacier Environmental Change research group affiliated with the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State addresses physical and human dimensions of environmental change in glacierized landscapes in sites all along the American Cordillera, as well as Africa and Asia. His team collaborates with researchers in different institutions internationally, and use multiple methods from paleoclimatology, geomorphology, embedded instrumentation, hydrology, GIS, remote sensing, and biogeochemistry. Dr. Mark received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University from the Department of Earth Sciences, M.A. from Ohio State’s Department of Geography and his B.A. from Brown University.

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Robyn Wilson, Ph.D., professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State

Dr. Wilson is a behavioral decision scientist studying individual decisions under risk. She is also interested in the development of strategic communication efforts, as well as the design of decision support tools that assist individuals in making more informed choices. Her current research focus is on adaptation to climate-exacerbated hazards, and what motivates and constrains different land use and land management decisions on private and public lands. She is the incoming President of the Society for Risk Analysis, member of the National Academies Board on Environmental Change and Society, and former member of the US EPA’s Chartered Science Advisory Board. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from Ohio State’s SENR and her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Denison University.


1. What if l selected "Pay at Door" option for payment? Please bring exact cash or a check written out to 'The Ohio State University'. 

2. Who do I mail my check to?

Checks should be mailed to the following address: 

Environmental Professionals Network 

ATTN: Nicole Jackson, EPN Program Coordinator 

210 Kottman Hall 

2021 Coffey Road 

Columbus, OH 43210

3. Where do I park for events at the Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center?

When driving to our events, you will need to display an EPN Parking Permit (click the link to download and print) OR have an OSU A, B or C parking pass. You can either park in the lot to the west of the building (following the driveway to the north of the 4-H Center) or in either of the two lots on the east side of Fred Taylor Drive. When parking in either of these locations you will need to use one of the aforementioned parking passes.  

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5.Who is the caterer for the breakfasts? In Good Taste Catering is our breakfast provider. If you have comments or concerns about your meal, please contact Nicole Jackson (jackson.1457@osu.edu) and she will pass the message along to the catering team.