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Subject: CIMR Symposium UPDATE: Abstract Deadline Extended to MARCH 1, 2008

CIMR Symposium UPDATE: Abstract Deadline Extended to MARCH 1, 2008

The abstract submission deadline for the CIMR Symposium has been extended to MARCH 1, 2008. We trust this allows you a little more time to submit abstracts and participate in this important endeavor. Make your plans now to attend.

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CIMR -- Climate Information for Managing Risks
Partnerships and Solutions for Agriculture and Natural Resources
June 10-13, 2008
St. Pete Beach, Florida

CIMR is an international symposium that will provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge, experiences, and ideas among diverse participants from universities, agriculture and natural resource managers, and other decision makers that might use climate information.  Participants in CIMR will help to identify priorities and plan strategies for climate research, education, and outreach that are needed to assure that decision makers have relevant and valuable climate information.  An important element of the CIMR Symposium will be to explore opportunities and needs for applying global climate information at the local and regional levels, with local and regional examples coming from throughout the nation and world.

1.            Abstract submission deadline extended
2.            Tentative list of speakers
3.            Other CIMR information


The program will consist of invited speakers, as well as poster presentations selected from abstract submissions. Poster presentations will provide a valuable format for dialogue outside the structured plenary and facilitated breakout discussion sessions, and thus will be a significant component of this symposium. You are invited to submit abstracts on all topics relevant to climate information for managing risks to agriculture and natural resources. Topics for abstract submission include but are not limited to the following:

*         State of knowledge on climate variability and climate change at seasonal, decadal, and multi-decadal time scales

*         Impacts of climate variability and climate change on agriculture and natural resources

*         Stakeholder needs for climate information related to agriculture and natural resources

*         Success stories: Integrated approaches that combine research, extension, and education in the application of climate information

*         Extension and application of climate information for agriculture and natural resources

*         Short- and long-term needs and opportunities for education to ensure the effective use of climate information by decision makers

*         Other - allows you to indicate another category if your work does not fit in one of the above topics

Posters will be displayed during a formal poster session and reception with authors available for discussion. Abstracts submitted will also be published in the electronic book of abstracts on CD-ROM. Student poster authors will be eligible to compete for "Best Poster" awards based on the quality of the abstract, poster, and discussion. Poster presenter winners will be announced during the closing session on Friday morning.

Submit an abstract via the symposium website BY MARCH 1, 2008:

Below is a preview of the symposium opening and plenary speakers. Please visit the website to view the full agenda.

Gale Buchanan, Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, USDA

PLENARY SESSION: Impacts of Climate Variability and Climate Change on Agriculture and Natural Resources
Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist, Goddard Institutes for Space Studies, NASA
James O'Brien, Emeritus Robert 0. Lawton Distinguished Professor, Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction, FSU
(Invited) Thomas Crisman, Professor, Dept. of Biology, USF
Jerry Hatfield, President, American Society of Agronomy

PLENARY SESSION: Stakeholder Needs for Climate Information Related to Agriculture and Natural Resources
(Invited) Alex Sink, Chief Financial Officer, State of Florida
Allison Adams, Hydrologist, Tampa Bay Water
Jerry Pennick, Federation of Southern Cooperatives
Virginia Guzman, Partnership Manager, Risk Management Agency, USDA
Pat Cockrell, Executive Director, Organization & Programs, Florida Farm Bureau Federation

PLENARY SESSION: Integrated Approaches that Combine Research, Extension, and Education in the Application of Climate Information
Roger Pulwarty, Director, National Integrated Drought Information System, NOAA
Kenneth Crawford, Director, Oklahoma Climatological Survey, College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences, University of Oklahoma
Jim Jones, Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, IFAS, UF
John Antle, Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Economics, Montana State University

PLENARY SESSION: Extension and Application of Climate Information for Agriculture and Natural Resources
(Invited) Heidi Cullen, Climatologist, The Weather Channel
Victor Murphy, Climate Services Program Manager, Southern Region Headquarters, National Weather Service, NOAA
Louise Jackson, Professor, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC - Davis
Clyde Fraisse, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, IFAS, UF

PLENARY SESSION: Short- and Long-term Needs and Opportunities for Education to Promote the Use of Climate Information by Decision Makers
Mark Cane, G. Unger Vetlesen Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
(Invited) Susan Avery, President and Director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Paul Ruscher, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, Meteorology Department, FSU

Anyone concerned with or interested in the applications of climate information at local and regional levels to manage risks to agriculture and natural resources, including:

*          Research, teaching, and extension faculty, administrators, staff, and students, including those participating in Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Centers (RISAs), climate centers, and others involved with improving the use of climate information for agriculture and natural resource management.

*          Representatives from federal, state, and local agencies conducting climate research or offering climate services, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), state departments of environmental protection, state departments of agriculture, and water management districts.

*          Non-governmental and private-voluntary organizations (NGOs and PVOs) such as Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SAWG), and others.

*          Intermediaries or representatives of potential climate information users from the private sector, for example, state Farm Bureaus, crop consultants, commodity associations, producer organizations, environmental consulting firms, agricultural and natural resources media, and others

We invite you to visit the website to learn of further symposium details such as the Symposium Objectives, Expected Outcomes, Breakout and Poster Session Topics, Abstract Submission Details, Sponsorship Opportunities, and Registration and Reservation details. The website is the main informational source and will be updated regularly as symposium events progress.<>

March 1, 2008 - abstract submission deadline EXTENDED
March 14, 2008 - early registration deadline
April 28, 2008 - hotel reservation deadline

If you manage any list serves and group email lists or have access to email addresses of colleagues who may be interested in attending the CIMR Symposium, please forward this email, along with a link to the CIMR web site where updates are posted periodically.  Thank you.<>

Please contact me should you have any questions.

Mandy Stage
Symposium Coordinator

Submitted on behalf of the symposium organizing committee:

Mandy Stage, CMP | Conference Coordinator | University of Florida | IFAS
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