2013 Keynote speaker, Dr. Chris Field, addresses the conference at Harveys Lake Tahoe.

Topic: Social and economic damage (GPD) if policies to reduce emissions are not enacted: specifics on food shortages, wildfires and coral reef die-off. Can climate science and policy work in today’s political reality? Will lowering emissions and carbon capture technology be the answer?

Dr. Kristie L. Ebi, Director of the Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE), and Rohm and Haas Endowed Professor in Public Health Services at the University of Washington

Kristie L. Ebi has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for over twenty years, focusing on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change, and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments. She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerabilities and implementing adaptation policies and programs. She has been an author on multiple national and international climate change assessments, including the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C.  She co-chairs the International Committee On New Integrated Climate change assessment Scenarios (ICONICS) that created five scenarios of socioeconomic development over this century.  Dr. Ebi’s scientific training includes an M.S. in toxicology and a Ph.D. and a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology, and two years of postgraduate research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  She has edited fours books on aspects of climate change and has more than 200 publications.

Topic: Is the American forecast model as good, better or behind the European model? The man leading the intellectual charge on the American model, Dr. Shian-Jiann Lin is making a rare appearance for the latest update on the system and what it means for forecasting.  

Dr. Shian-Jiann Lin, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton University

TIME Magazine, Aug. 20, 2018: The U.S. Desperately Needs a Better Way to Predict Storms. One Scientist Might Have the Solution

What made Florence and Michael so different and dangerous? Urban flooding, weather-climate risk and communications.

Darone Jones, Water Prediction Operations Division National Water Center, Director


Topic: Cause and effects, what public and private sectors need to know, impact of climate change, and potential suggestions/solutions.

Addendum: Tahoe Fire Planning: network of cameras around the Lake; new fireboat for lakefront home fires

Alex Hoon, National Weather Service Reno Incident Meteorologist
Alex graduated from Texas A&M University, served in the U.S. Air Force as a weather officer, then joined the National Weather Service in Reno. His passion is fire weather, the impact of weather events in causing extreme fire behavior, and providing on-site decision support to fire leadership and personnel. Alex has been an Incident Meteorologist for 8 years, deploying to numerous large notable wildfires across the Western States, including the 2011 Wallow Fire in Arizona (largest wildfire in Arizona history), the 2013 Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park, and most recently the 2018 Carr Fire that burned over 1000 homes around Redding, California. Alex also serves as the Fire Weather Program Manager for the Eastern Sierra, Lake Tahoe, and western Nevada region.

Matt Mehle, National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area Incident Meteorologist
Matt enjoys the many aspects of weather forecasting, but has a true passion for fire weather. Over the last 10 years as an Incident Meteorologist, he has been deployed to numerous disasters providing on-site weather to first responders and incident personnel. Some of the more notable deployments include the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and several of California’s largest wildfires. Most recently, Matt was the on-site meteorologist deployed to the most destructive wildfire in California’s history, the Tubbs Fire. Over the course of his career, Matt has received numerous awards and accolades for his role as Incident Meteorologist. In addition to forecasting the weather, Matt is also a fire weather instructor teaching wildland firefighters basic meteorology and how weather influences the wildland fire environment.

Michael Reid, Aviation Safety Officer and Air Safety Investigator for the Washington Office of the United States Forest Service (USFS)
Nearly 25 years combined as a firefighter specializing in aviation has helped Michaal Reid excel in his current position as an Aviation Safety Officer and Air Safety Investigator for the Washington Office of the United States Forest Service (USFS) in Boise Idaho.

Michael grew up the son of a Forest Ranger.  In his youth he gained an appreciation for the outdoors and everything Mother Nature had to offer while walking in his father’s footsteps scouting the timbered landscape of Northern Arizona near Flagstaff. Later in life, while attending the University of Utah chasing a medical degree, Michael was reminded of his love for the great outdoors. Changing course, he went back to his roots and became a wildland firefighter. Since that time, Michael has been “boots on the ground” working on hand crews, operating engines and attacking fires from helicopters. He has worked for State Fire, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Office of Aviation Services and the USFS at all levels in their joint mission to manage the fire landscape.

Michael is an expert at identifying and mitigating risk associated with firefighting operations.  He is an accomplished and well-respected leader in aviation operations.  Highly regarded for his efforts in training and mentoring a new generation of firefighters, Michael is known for being a passionate and excellent communicator.