Drought Research Initiative

DRI Precipitation and Drought Indices Workshop

April 30 2009

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers who have an interest in the use or development of precipitation and/or drought indices datasets to share and exchange experiences, results and ideas in working with these datasets. The goals of the workshops are:

(1)   to promote awareness amongst workshop participants regarding the availability of existing and upcoming precipitation and drought index datasets and the inherent limitations and associated positive and negative attributes of using such datasets in drought research

(2)   to share experiences and results among workshop participants in conducting research involving the use of these datasets, and

(3)   to identify and discuss major issues in the development of future improved precipitation and drought indices datasets, including cross-national border datasets, from various data sources (e.g. station, remote-sensing, model, etc.) and their implications for drought monitoring, trend analyses, process studies and related activities, as well as to foster collaborations between DRI investigators and potential partners to address the issues.

The workshop will consist of invited overview talks, presentations by DRI participants and partners and breakout sessions to discuss the key issues and to recommend future actions.

Meeting Location

The Workshop will be held in the McTaggart-Cowan Auditorium at Environment Canada, 4905 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario Canada. Breakfasts, refreshments at breaks and lunches will be provided courtesy of DRI.

Getting to the EC Building by public transit from the Novotel Hotel:

Take the northbound train on the Yonge subway line at the North York Centre subway station. Get off at the final station (Finch station). Go up-stairs to take the Steeles Ave West (number 60) bus (fare already included in the subway ticket) to Dufferin Street. The MSC/Environment Canada building is just 5 minutes walk southbound along Dufferin Street. You will need to report to the security front desk and get a day pass to the building.

Local Accommodation

Hotel Novotel Toronto North York
3 Park Home Avenue, North York, Telephone: (416) 733-2929, Fax: (416) 733-3403
Additional info: http://www.toronto.com/hotels/listing/369354
This hotel is reasonably close (< 30 minutes) to the EC building by public transit, car or taxi, and is close to restaurants, shops, subway stations and the Toronto Centre for the Arts. A block booking has been made under the name “DRI Workshop”. The cost is $135/night + taxes for single and double rooms. The cut-off date for bookings is April 1.