The travel funding support from ESPP allowed me to attend the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) 1st Climate Change Symposium: Adaptation and Mitigation. Held in Chicago, IL from May 3-5, the conference gathered experts to discuss solutions related to the impacts of global climate change on agriculture, water resources, and ecosystems. Here, I presented my research “Development of a comprehensive framework to assess the impacts of climate change on stream health” in the form of an oral presentation.
The keynote speakers at the conference were of great interest to me. They prompted discussion throughout the conference regarding the use of models in climate change impacts and adaptation assessments, specifically in hydrology and crop modeling. By stressing consideration of uncertainty and limitations of hydrological and crop models, they highlighted an ongoing and critical concern in the climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability assessment process. These discussions spurred me to think about new ways to improve my own research.