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2019 Arizona Dust Storm Workshop Agenda (preliminary)

Goal: Bring together a wide and diverse group of vested partners for the 8th annual Arizona Dust Storm Workshop. This workshop will provide an opportunity to evaluate and discuss recent successes, while also developing future endeavors and goals. The workshop is also designed to strengthen existing relationships and developing new relationships to mitigate the dust problem.


Date: Tuesday, March 5,  2019

Time: 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Location: Central Arizona College, Signal Peak Campus, Gloria R. Sheldon University Center T Building, Room T-116. 8470 N Overfield Rd, Coolidge, AZ 85128 [google map]

Parking: North side, close to building T [campus map]




Social Media: Send social media status updates using #azdust19



8:00-8:15 AM: Registration


Session 1: Observation, Forecasting and Response (Part 1)


8:15-8:30 AM: Introductions


8:30-8:45 AM: Where does the Dust Come from?

          Presenter: Peter Hyde, Arizona State University


8:45-9:00 AM: Friction Velocities Picacho Peak area

           Presenter: Ruby O’Brien-Metzger, University of Arizona


9:00-9:15 AM: Satellite-aided regional dust forecasting for Valley fever  

surveillance, highway accident prevention, and air quality management in the Southwestern United States  

          Presenter: Daniel Tong, George Mason University



9:15-9:30 AM:  The Naval Research Laboratory’s Marine Meteorology Division Dust Forecasting Capabilities

Presenter: Annette Walker, Naval Research Laboratory


9:30-9:45 AM: Polygon Warning Implementation

           Presenter: Ken Waters, National Weather Service Phoenix.


9:45-10:00 AM: I-10 Dust Detection and Warning Project

           Presenters: Martin Lauber, Arizona Department of Transportation, and Ken Waters, National Weather Service Phoenix



Break: 10:00-10:30 AM


Session 2: Response (Part 2) and Mitigation


10:30-10:45 AM: Dust: A Perspective from Trucking

        Presenter: Arizona Trucking Association


10:45-11:00 AM: Pathfinder Coordination and Public Messaging

          Presenter: Scott Jensen, Weathernet


11:00-11:15 AM: I-10 Dust Mitigation/Stabilization Projects

        Presenter: Heather Colson, ADEQ


11:15-11:30 AM: Testing organic - and microbial-based strategies for soil stabilization and dust mitigation in barren lands of the Sonoran Desert

          Presenter: Joey Blankinship, University of Arizona

11:30-11:45 AM: Dust Mitigation Handbook

          Presenter: Steve Smarik, USDA-NRCS


11:45-12:00 PM: Update on NMDOT Lordsburg Playa Mitigation Project

          Presenter: Trent Botkin, NMDOT


Session 3: Overall Discussion Session

General Discussion, All topics: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM


Open group discussion regarding objective(s) or problem(s) as given during earlier sessions or other applicable topics to come up with new ideas and action items.


12:30 PM: End of Dust Workshop.


12:30 PM-1:00 PM: Media Interview Availability.









2018 Workshop - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Central Arizona College - Coolidge, AZ


2018 Workshop Agenda & Information


Last Workshop

8:45-9:05 AM​: Updates on I-10 Dust Corridor Project

Presenter: John Kissinger, Kimley-Horn


9:05-9:20 AM​: NWS Dust Polygon Warnings

Presenter: Ken Waters, National Weather Service Phoenix, AZ


9:20-9:40 AM​: NMDOT Dust Mitigation Projects

Presenter: Trent Botkin, New Mexico Department of Transportation


9:40-10:10 AM​: Dust Mitigation Team Update

Presenters: Jamie Abbott, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Michael Sundblom, Pinal County Air Quality


10:35-10:55 AM​: Mitigation on Agricultural Lands

Presenter: Heather Dial, USDA Plant Materials Center


10:55-11:15 AM​: Informing Travelers Before and During Dust Storms Through Pathfinder

Presenter: Mark Trennepohl, Arizona Department of Transportation


11:30-12:30 PM: Conference Notes


Previous Workshops
2017 Workshop Presentations

8:45-9:15 AM: Detection, Prediction, and Warnings 
Ken Waters, National Weather Service
9:15-9:45 AM: Active Response 
Reza Karimvand, Arizona Department of Transportation
9:45-10:15 AM: Mitigation 
Leonard Drago and Jamie Abbott, 
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

2016 Workshop Presentations

8:45-9:00 AM: Dust Storms: Quantifying Their Sources
Peter Hyde, Arizona State University
9:00-9:15 AM: Blowing Dust and Highway Safety in Texas,

New Mexico and Oklahoma: Identifying Dust Emission "Hot Spots"
Tom Gill, University of Texas, El Paso
9:15-9:30 AM: Mexican Perspective of Dust Issue on Highway 45 
(similar to dust issue seen on I-10)

Miguel Dominguez Acosta, Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez
9:30-9:45 AM: Dust Detection Network Deployment Update
Ken Waters, NOAA National Weather Service Phoenix
9:45-10:00 AM: Evaluation of a Dust Detection and Communication

Dianne Kresich, Arizona Department of Transportation
10:30-10:45 AM: Media Perspectives on Blowing Dust
Amber Sullins, ABC 15 (KNXV) Phoenix
10:45-11:00 AM: Measurements of Threshold Friction Velocities on 
Abandoned Agriculture Fields near Picacho Peak using a Portable Dust

Kyle Rine, University of Arizona
11:00-11:15 AM: Dust Mitigation Overview
Steve Smarik, USDA-NRCS
11:15-11:30 AM: Dust Mitigation Using Holistic Management
Ricardo Aguirre, Holistic Engineering and Land Management

2015 Workshop Presentations

9:15-9:30 AM: Update on dust forecasting using high resolution
WRF model
Eduardo Saez, University of Arizona 
9:30-9:45 AM: Use of Remote Sensing to Detect and Monitor Landscape Vulnerability to Wind Erosion and Dust Emission

with connections to Climate and Air Quality 
Pat Chavez, Northern Arizona University
9:45-10:00 AM: Dust Detection Network
Ken Waters, NOAA National Weather Service, Phoenix AZ
10:00-10:15 AM: Research Study on Communication for Winblown

Tim Tait and Diane Kresich, Arizona Department of Transportation 
10:45-11:00 AM: Public Notification Tools, Capabilities, Limitations 
and Challenges from an Emergency Management Perspective

Pete Weaver, Maricopa County Emergency Management
11:00-11:15 AM: Fatal Accident on I-10 near AZ/NM border
John Fausett, NOAA National Weather Service El Paso 
11:15-11:30 AM: Traffic Management of a Dust Event 
Sergeant John Paul Cartier, Department of Public Safety
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM: Soil Conditions and Dust Production
James Walworth, University of Arizona
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Dust Mitigation Conservation Practices and

EQIP Air Quality Incentive Program
Jamilah McCoy, Natural Resources Conservation Service 
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM: Dust in Arizona: Potentials for Design 
Improvements in the Sonoran Desert

Danika Cooper, Harvard University 


2014 Workshop Presentations

8:45-9:10 AM: Strategic Highway Safety Plan and Operational 
Rod Lane, Arizona Department of Transportation
9:10-9:25 AM: Communication Plan for Windblown Dust
Dianne Kresich, Arizona Department of Transportation
9:25-9:45 AM: Dust Detection Network
Ken Waters, NOAA National Weather Service, Phoenix AZ
9:45-9:55 AM: ADOT Safford District Dust Warning System
Arizona Department of Transportation
9:55-10:10 AM: Dust Storm Convective Index 
Joshua White, Arizona State University
10:30-10:45 AM: Valley Fever and the link to weather/climate
Heidi Brown, University of Arizona
10:45-11:00 AM: Update on the Pinal County AQ Exceedance 
PM10 Nonattainment Group and Emission Inventory
Bryan Paris, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
11:00-11:15 AM: Holistic Approach to Dust Mitigation: 
Vegetating Fallow Lands in Arid Regions Without Irrigation

Nathan Allan, Biosphere 2


2013 Workshop Presentations

9:20 AM: Review of ADOT accident data (2000-2011) for all 
dust-related accidents and discussion of dust origins projec
Ken Waters, NOAA National Weather Service Phoenix, AZ
9:45 AM: Health local studies 
Graham Briggs, Pinal County Health
10:00 AM: Update on the Pinal County AQ Exceedance PM10 
Nonattainment Group

Steve Calderon, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
10:10 AM: Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA): An Overview of
WEA, successes and pitfalls. Where does it go from here?

Ken Waters, NOAA National Weather Service Phoenix, AZ

10:45 AM: Executive Summary of Prevention ideas. 
Successes (or failures), Upcoming initiatives, Action 
Items from 2012 workshop.

Anthony Cox, Arizona Department of Emergency Management 
& Farzania Yasmin, Arizona Department of Transporation

2:10 PM: Shortened version of Executive Reviews 
given earlier

Glen Sampson, NOAA National Weather Service Tucson, AZ

2012 Workshop Presentations

9:15 AM: Dust Storms Described & 2011 in Review
Paul Iñiguez, NOAA National Weather Service Phoenix, AZ
9:35 AM - Air Traffic Impacts
Scott Maxwell, Sky Harbor Operations

9:55 AM - Health Impacts
Dr. Thomas E. Gill, Department of Geological Sciences, 
University of Texas at El Paso

10:30 AM - Detecting Dust Storms 
John Brost, NOAA National Weather Service Tucson, AZ
10:50 AM - Predicting Dust Storms
Mike Leuthold, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, 
University of Arizona

11:10 AM - Responding to Dust Storms
Bill Harmon, Arizona Department of Transportation

Small Group Solutions Discussions
Prevention (i.e. surface treatments, wind/dust breaks, 
land purchasing, legislation, etc.)

Facilitators: Glen Sampson & Ken Drozd
Detection and Prediction (i.e. modeling, research, 
observing systems, spotter info, etc.)

Facilitators: Paul Iñiguez, JJ Brost, and Ken Waters
Education and Response (i.e. emergency management, PIOs, 
operational responses, etc.)

Facilitators: Glenn Lader and Gary Woodall