SPREAD Workshop Attendance
SPREAD workshop in Ft. Collins, Colorado
HyDROS students Jessica Erlingis and Jill Hardy participated in the Studies of Precipitation, flooding, and Rainfall Extremes Across Disciplines (SPREAD) workshop at Colorado State University from June 16-21. The workshop participants included 27 students and young professionals from fields ranging from economics and cognitive psychology to meteorology and hydrology. SPREAD students attended lectures from scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the National Science Foundation, the American Meteorological Society, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, the National Weather Service, the city of Fort Collins, and HyDROS’s own Dr. JJ Gourley of the National Severe Storms Laboratory. The workshop also included a field trip to sites affected by the 1997 Fort Collins flood, the 1976 Big Thompson Canyon flood, and the 1982 dam break at Lawn Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Over the course of the year, the students will work on interdisciplinary projects related to multi-hazard events and assessing flood severity and will reconvene next year to present their findings.