International Symposium on Synergistic Approaches to Food and Water Security

Meeting Report

October 17

Opening Session 1 Session 2.1 Session 2.2 Session 2.3 Session 2.4 Poster

October 18

Session 3 Session 4 Session 5

October 19

Session 6

International Symposium on Synergistic Approaches to Food and Water Security

October 17, 2012

Opening Session, Chair: Vikas Chandhoke

Time Program Speaker
09:00 Welcoming Address John Qu , and Vikas Chandhoke , George Mason University
09:10 Welcome Robert Stefanski, World Meteorological Organization
09:15 Welcome Byong Lee, President, WMO Commission for Agricultural Meteorology
09:20 Welcome Comments James Turner, NOAA
09:30 Introductory Speech Jack Kaye, Associate Director of Earth Science Division, NASA
09:45 Group Photo  
09:50 Coffee Break  

Session 1 (Pelenary 1), Chair: Ray Motha

Time Program Speaker
10:15 Food & Water Security: Leadership & International Collaboration Roger Stough, Vice-President for Research and Economic Development, GMU
10:35 Global Agricultural Marketing Perspectives Gerald Bange, Chairperson, World Agricultural Outlook Board, USDA
10:55 Biodiversity & Ecology Tom Lovejoy , GMU
11:15 Information and Technology Fred Branski, President, WMO Commission for Basic Services and NOAA Office of the Chief Information Officer
11:35 Water, Food, Climate, & Energy Jerad Bales , Chief Scientist for Water, USGS
11:55 NOAA Overview: Food & Water Security James Turner, Director, NOAA Office of International Affairs
12:30 Lunch  

Session 2.1 -- Climate and Natural Hazards, Chair: Harlan Shannon

Time Speaker Title
14:00 - 14:15 David Fleisher Predicting Effects of Climate Change on Food Security - How Good are Crop Models?
14:15 - 14:30 Brad Rippey The U.S. Drought of 2012: Once-in-a-Generation Crop Calamity
14:30 - 14:45 Mark Brusberg Assessing the Impacts of ENSO on South American Agriculture
14:45 - 15:00 Robert Stefanski Climate and Drought Management
15:00 - 15:15 Wassila Thiaw Applications of Climate Models for Improved International Decision Support Services
15:15 - 15:30 Di Wu Assessing drought in agricultural areas of central U.S. with the MODIS sensor
15:30 - 15:45   General discussion

Session 2.2 -- Remote Sensing Technology, Chair: Al Powell, Co-Chair: Jerry Zhan

Time Speaker Title
14:00 - 14:15 Scott Rudlosky Spaceborne Precipitation Estimates - Past, Present, and Future
14:15 - 14:30 Jerry Zhan Soil Moisture Data Products from Satellite Observations
14:30 - 14:45 Martha Anderson Thermal Remote Sensing of Agricultural Drought
14:45 - 15:00 Xiaoyang Zhang Monitoring Crop Phenology from Satellite Remote Sensing
15:00 - 15:15 David Miskus Use of Remotely-Sensed Products in Operational U.S. Drought Monitoring and Prediction
15:15 - 15:30 Felix Kogan Drought and Crop Losses from Space
15:30 - 15:45 Raushan Bokusheva Insuring against Drought Events by means of Satellite
15:45 - 16:00   Coffee Break

Session 2.3 -- Applications and Out-Reach, Chair: Keith Ingram

Time Speaker Title
16:00 - 16:15 Robert Stefanski Weather and Climate Seminars for Farmers around the World
16:15 - 16:30 Roger Stone Climate Education
16:30 - 16:45 Clyde Fraisse AgroClimate - Climate Decision Support Systems for Extension Agents and Farmers
16:45 - 17:00 Pai-Yei Whung The Scope of AgroWx Ex-ante Risk Management
17:00 - 17:15 Chad McNutt NIDIS: National Integrated Drought Information System
17:15 - 17:30   General discussion

Session 2.4 -- Water Security, Chair: George Smith

Time Speaker Title
16:00-16:15 David Toll Use of NASA Earth Science Data, Models, Model Products and other Capabilities into their Decision Support Tools to Enhance Problem Solving for Societal Benefit.
16:15 - 16:30 Bill Cunningham The U.S. Geological Survey Ground-Water Climate Response Network
16:30 - 16:45 David Green NOAA Collaborations in the International Water and Climate Arena
16:45 - 17:00 Yongqiang Liu Hydrological Threats to Ecosystem Services Provided by USDA Forest Services
17:00 - 17:15 Christian Holmes Linkages: Water, Health and Food Security
17:15 - 17:30 Tim Martin Experiences with Climate, Drought, and Water Security on the Stability of Food Supplies and Societies

Poster Session, Chair: William Sommers

Time: 18:00 - 20:00 (Reception hosted by Riverside Technology, Inc.)

October 18, 2012

Session 3 (Plenary 2) -- International Perspectives on Food and Water Security, Chair: Federica Rossi

Time Speaker Title
08:30   Hydrological Information and Forecasting in China
08:55 Sue Walker Perspectives on Food and Water Security in South Africa
09:20 Mannava V.K. Sivakumar Promoting Research and Excellence in Agricultural Meteorology for Global Food and Water Security
09:45 Kamalesh Kumar Singh Perspectives of Agricultural Sustainability and Food Security in India
10:10 Zhiqiu Gao Asymmetric and heterogeneous frequency of in high and low record breaking temperatures in China during past and future half century
    Coffee Break
10:40 Kwang-Soo Kim Pending Issues on Food Security in the Korean Peninsula
11:05 Orivaldo Brunini Crop Zoning to Support Food and Water Security in a Changing Climate Regime
11:30 Roger Stone Perspectives on Food and Water Security in Australia
11:55 Simone Orlandini Water and Food Security in Europe: Current Situation and Future Perspectives
12:30   Lunch

Session 4 (Plenary 3) -- Institutional Perspectives on Food and Water Security, Chair: Al Powell

Time Speaker Title
14:00 Robert Stefanski WMO Perspectives on Food and Water Security
14:20 Federica Rossi Federica Rossi, WMO: INSAM and WAMIS: Tools for Food and Water Security Applications
14:40 Keith Ingram SECC Perspectives on Food and Water Security

Session 5 -- Plenary Meeting (invitation only), Chair: Chair: M.V.K. Sivakumar

Time Program Speaker
15:30 - 17:30 Meeting  

October 19, 2012

Session 6 -- Global Institute, Chair: Chair: Robert Stefanski

Time Program Speaker
09:00 GMU/COS Institute Vision Vikas Chandhoke
09:30 GMU/COS/Global Institute Ray Motha/John Qu
10:15 Implementation: Next Steps Robert Stefanski
10:45 Closing Remarks: George Mason University