New Waves January 2008

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Effects of climate change on Texas water resources conference set

The River Systems Institute is hosting "Forecast: Climate Change Impacts on Texas Water," April 28-30, 2008, at the Texas State Capitol Extension in Austin.

The conference is being co-hosted by Texas Water Resources Institute, an entity of Texas A&M AgriLife, and Environmental Sciences Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. Co-sponsors include Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Lower Colorado River Authority, Magnolia Charitable Trust, the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Geological Survey.

The conference will take a comprehensive look at what is known about climate change and what needs to be known to prepare for the local impact on Texas water resources and on the communities, both natural and human, that depend on them.

The conference will feature national climate change scientists who have conducted cutting-edge work in the prediction of global warming and the impending changes on the earth's climate and state scientists who are working to understand the impact on Texas and its water resources.

Speakers include Drs. Warren Washington, National Center for Atmospheric Research; Connie Woodhouse, University of Arizona's Department of Geography and Regional Development; Gerald North, Texas A&M University's Department of Atmospheric Sciences; Bruce McCarl, Texas A&M's Department of Agricultural Economics, and Nobel Prize winner for his participation in the International Panel on Climate Change; and Ruby Leung of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories.

Early registration continues until Feb. 15 and is $150. General registration, from Jan. 12-March 30, 2008, is $175, and late general registration, from April 1-28, 2008 is $200. Student registration is $35 a day.

The conference will also have a poster session for professionals and students (see next story).

For more information, visit the conference Web site or contact Annette Paulin, conference coordinator, at 512.754.9179 or

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