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Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System

2016 USDA-NCAR Workshop

Event Application - USDA

NCAR FL2 training room

July 12-15, 2016 | National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado

The USDA-sponsored 4-day workshop will provide an opportunity for the participants to learn about climate change, food security, and food systems in the context of the recent USDA  Climate Change and Global Food Security report for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. 

The workshop features lectures from domain experts, hands-on GIS exercises, a poster session, and a field trip.  Participants will gain knowledge of a broader framework for interdisciplinary science, research tools, and data sources that they can incorporate into specific projects at their home institutions as well as in their communities.  The GIS training will focus on integrating spatial information about climate change, agriculture, and food security in a meaningful and innovative way. The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to share their knowledge and experience to promote collaborations among the participants and NCAR researchers. All participants are encouraged to present a poster about their research.

The USDA report highlights how climate change is likely to diminish continued progress on global food security.   This would occur through production disruptions that lead to local availability limitations and price increases, interrupted transport conduits, and diminished food safety, among other causes. Climate change can also affect food availability, access, utilization, and the stability of each of these over time.  Constrictions at any point can cause food insecurity through the activities of the food system, including food production, transportation, and storage.  

Addressing these complex and challenging problems requires an integrated, interdisciplinary research as well as broad participation of researchers and decision-makers, especially from traditionally underrepresented populations and communities.  Students and early-career researchers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, and Hispanic-Serving Institutions are encouraged to apply.  

Application deadline is June 1st, 2016. Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance by June 7th, 2016. All selected participants will receive travel support and per diem. Poster printing fees will be covered by the workshop.

Questions can be addressed to the workshop organizers:

Proj Scientist IV

Sr GIS Coordinator
An NCAR BRIGHTE (BRoadening Participation in the Interdisciplinary Geosciences) Workshop: gis.ucar.edu/projects/brighte

Workshop participation

Workshop application deadline is June 1st 2016.
Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance by June 7th. 

Meeting Location

NCAR Foothills Laboratory Building 2
3450 Mitchell Lane, Boulder, CO 80301

Lodging and Transportation to Workshop Venue

We have rooms reserved for 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, checking out 16 July at the Holiday Inn Express.
We will make your hotel reservation. No need to call the hotel.

Bus service will be provided between the hotel and NCAR Foothills Lab


Meals per diem will be provided to all participants. Light refreshments and lunch will be available at NCAR Foothills Lab.

Workshop reimbursement information

  • Cost of airfare, ground transportation, lodging, and per diem will be covered by the workshop.
  • We will be making your flight arrangements. 

Airport and Transportation To and From DIA

The Denver International Airport (DIA) is located north east of Denver and approximately 45 miles from Boulder. The Baggage claim is on Level 5 at the main terminal of the airport. Sales counters for most means of ground transportation are on that level also. We recommend using the shuttle services; either the Supershuttle or The GreenRide that run between DIA and Boulder, making stops at various Boulder hotels and other sites. The shuttles run typically every hour. There is no need to make an advanced reservation for the trip to Boulder from DIA. For the return trip to the airport after the workshop, call them directly for pick-up.

Ground Transportation

  • Travelers are responsible for making their own ground transportation (details above) arrangements between DIA and Boulder. Save receipts!
  • We cannot support rental cars.

Please contact Karen Griggs (griggs at ucar.edu) with questions about workshop logistics.

Proj Scientist IV

Sr GIS Coordinator

July 12, 2016 to July 15, 2016 | NCAR FL2 training room

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