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A fundamental challenge that scientists and stakeholders face is that the vulnerability of water resources to climate variability and change, and associated social-ecological systems adaptations, are inherently dynamic. Therefore, assessment of vulnerability and adaptation requires: a) understanding processes that are context- and place-specific, b) defining appropriate scales of local and regional analyses, and c) identifying cross-scale linkages to national and international processes and agendas. Success in meeting these challenges will result from integrating social and natural sciences that best apply qualitative and quantitative research methods and from participatory approaches that include open and ongoing communication between scientists and stakeholders. To that end, we envision a highly engaging, interactive, and collaborative forum on adaptation science and methods to serve society. The purpose of this forum is to bring together early career faculty and researchers across the social, natural, and physical sciences with senior scientists and practitioners in water management to advance strategies for water resource adaptation science and policymaking.

New page for forum