Welcome to the event schedule and directory for the 13th Annual Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium, November 20-21, 2019. Free and open to all, the Symposium encourages a comprehensive review of the current state of our watershed while creating learning and networking opportunities for a broad array of stakeholders. Sessions cover a broad range of topics on water quality and watershed issues with local, regional, and national relevance. Hosted by Salt Lake County Watershed Planning & Restoration.

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Thursday, November 21 • 11:40am - 12:20pm
Resilience of the Great Salt Lake with Historical Climate Variability

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Resilience of the Great Salt Lake with Historical Climate Variability

This presentation covers the application of the Integrated Water Resources Model of the Great Salt Lake and analysis of the resilience of lake levels due to climate variability. The analysis and results will show different drivers that may impact lake levels and quantify the resilience of lake level against climate variability.

Full Abstract:
The Great Salt Lake is the largest saline terminal lake in the western hemisphere and the eighth-largest in the world. The lake supports a very diverse and unique ecosystem of wetlands, a huge population of migratory birds, and other terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. Historical records of lake levels show the lowest lake level in 1963 and the highest in 1986. The recent decadal observations indicate declining trends in lake level. The objective of this study was to analyze resilience of lake levels against observed climate variability. The resilience in this presentation refers to intrinsic characteristics of the lake to regain its lake level. This presentation includes main features of the Integrated Water Resources Model of the Great Salt Lake, the concept of resilience and the resilience of lake levels, and findings on the total lake level variability due to climate extremes. The analysis and results will help to better understand different drivers that have direct and indirect impact on change in lake levels and quantify the resilience of the lake level to climate variability.


Krishna Khatri

Water Resources Engineer, DNR
Krishna is working for the Utah Division of Water Resources. He is also associated (adjunct Asst. Professor) with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah. Krishna holds a PhD degree in Water Resources Engineering, MSc in Water Resources Engineering... Read More →

Thursday November 21, 2019 11:40am - 12:20pm MST
Lower Level - Ballroom A/B