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Spatial Analysis of Watersheds:

Ecological, Hydrological and Societal Responses

Orlando, FL

April 22 – 25, 2018


GIS for Water Resources has come a long way!  It has been 25 years since the first AWRA GIS & Water Resources Conference and the very term “GIS” doesn’t mean the same thing as it did back then.  Data, tools, models and good cartography are still incredibly important. Many of us still perform much of our geospatial work on desktop computers.  But we have moved well beyond desktops to the cloud, to decision making and water-based applications that are integral to ecology and society, well beyond floodplain mapping.

As GIS has changed, our biennial GIS and Water Resources conference is changing too! This is the 10th in a series of conferences designed around geospatial solutions to water resources-related problems.  Innovative water resources scientists, engineers, modelers, software designers from public/government agencies, academic and private sectors convene to exchange ideas, compare challenges and identify solutions. If your aquatic research, management, and conservation involves process models, geo-referenced field data, remote sensing, or geostatistical models then this is the right conference for you.

Sandra Fox of the St. Johns River Water Management District chairs this conference with her infectious enthusiasm for community-building and real-world water resources problem-solving. Our two Technical Program Co-Chairs, Dr. Dan Ames of Brigham Young University (BYU) and Dr. Mike McManus of EPA, Office of Research and Development have worked to broaden the conference focus to include ecosystem as well as traditional water resources domains. This breadth is reflected in the topical sessions organized by Dr. Norm Jones, of BYU, which range from “Communicating Science and Technology”, “Putting NHDPlus to Work” and “Remote Sensing for the Water Industry” to “Open Science and the Monitoring of Aquatic Ecosystems” and many more. The conference workshops organized by Dr. Lilit Yeghiazarian of University of Cincinnati also cover a range of topics including GIS Support for Hydrologic & Hydraulic Modeling and Analyses and R and Spatial Data.

Our plenary speakers will showcase novel applications of geospatial analyses of wetlands, the National Water Model, and city resilience in the face of sea level rise and natural disasters.  We are excited by the program for the 10th AWRA Specialty Conference on “GIS” & Water Resources: Geospatial Analysis of Watersheds:  Ecological, Hydrological, and Societal Responses.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando in April!



Sandra Fox                                                     Daniel P. Ames                           Michael G. McManus

Conference General Chair                             Technical Program Chair           Technical Program Chair 

St. Johns River Water Management District               Brigham Young University                  US EPA

Palatka, FL                                                                  Provo, UT                                           St. Petersburg, FL