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The Presenter is in BOLD type immediately following the paper title. Co-authors are listed in parentheses.           Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are available.

The AWRA Conferences App will be live on March 12! Use the App to view the abstracts for these sessions, create your conference schedule and connect with other attendees.   

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Brenda Bateman
AWRA President, Oregon Water Resources Department, Salem, OR

Sandra Fox
Conference General Chair
St Johns River Water Management, Palatka, FL

Keynote Speakers
Ben DeVries
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
The Transformative Role of Open Earth Observation Data and Cloud Computing Technologies in the Hydrologic Sciences

Fernando Salas
UCAR/CPAESS, NOAA/NWS National Water Center, Tuscaloosa, AL
Expanding Forecast Capabilities and Services with the NOAA/NWS National Water Model

Pete Singhofen
 Streamline Technologies, Inc., Winter Springs, FL
Adapting National Water Model Forecast Data to Local Hyper-Resolution Models

Stephen Bourne
 Atkins, North America, Inc., Atlanta, GA
A New Modeling Framework for Developing and Quantifying City Resilience in Light of Climate Change

10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon

Lightning Round:  Rapid Demos and Big Ideas

The AWRA Technology technical committee has hosted a series of Technology Lightning Talk Sessions at each of the AWRA national meetings since 2015 – it’s time to use this exciting fast-paced format at our “home” conference.  Presentations will specifically describe and/or demonstrate new and exciting technologies. Presentations will include new models, data management systems, web services, mobile and web apps, and related tools. Nontraditional presentations that include live demonstrations are planned. Academic, agency, commercial and open source technology presentations as well as graduate student talks, will likely be included. Most of these introductory talks will refer to other sessions where more fully developed talks will cover case studies. Lightning talks are very short -- no more than 5 minute -- presentations. These talks are succinct in nature and will quickly define motivation, implications and impacts of the work. While there is no time allotted for discussion or questions during the session, participants will be encouraged to connect and converse after the session. Contact information for lightning talks speakers will be made available in the final program.

Monday / April 23 / 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4

SESSION 1  /  Salon 3:  PANEL - Exploring Options: Communicating Science and Technology
Moderator:  Sandra Fox, St. Johns River Water Management District, Palatka, FL

Richard Tankersley, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC
Debra Hydorn, Professor, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
Steve Kopp, ESRI, Redlands, CA   
Stephen Bourne, Atkins Global, Atlanta, GA 
Peter Singhofen, Streamline Technologies, Inc., Winter Springs, FL
Brenda Bateman, AWRA President, Oregon Water Resources Department, Salem, OR

As the complexity of science and technology mushrooms, the solution is not simply to convey more information:  content needs to be communicated in ways that enhance comprehension and aid in identifying the critical or actionable points.   The purpose of this session is to explore three approaches as they pertain to technology and water resources.  Dr. Richard Tankersley, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC has been leading “Presentation Boot Camps” that he developed under a National Science Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellowship.   The Boot Camps are a fun and inspirational approach to banish boring presentations while learning to communicate messages more clearly and effectively with a lasting impact on the audience.  Dr. Debra Hydorn is a professor of mathematics at Mary Washington University in Virginia, specializing in environmental statistics; she teaches seminars and workshops in developing Infographics.  These graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge are intended to present information quickly and clearly.  And what session on communication for this conference would be complete without Story Maps?  The challenge for us is not developing the geographic content but putting it all together to tell a good story.  Steve Kopp, Program Manager at ESRI and current co-chair of the AWRA Technology Technical Committee, will be on hand to discuss and explore.

SESSION 2  /  Salon 5:  Open Science and Monitoring Aquatic Ecosystems, Part A
Moderator:  Marcus Beck,
SCCWRP, Costa Mesa, CA

1.    False Starts and Half-steps at doing Open Science in the Monitoring of Aquatic Ecosystems - Michael McManus, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH (co-author: C. Stallings) 
2.    Geospatial Analyses for Emerging Contaminants Within and Among Florida’s 29 Drainage Basin Using Open-Source Software - James Silvanima, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Tallahassee, FL
3.    Mapping a Journey Towards Open Science: Lessons Learned Building a Lake Water Quality Geodatabase - Nicole Smith, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (co-authors: P. Soranno, K. Cheruveill, C. Gries, J. Stachelek)
4.    Working Across Reserves to Develop Automated Reporting Tools for the National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) System Wide Monitoring Program - Julie Padilla, LimnoTech, Ann Arbor, MI (co-authors:  D. Eslinger, D. Trueblood)

SESSION 3  /  Salon 6:  Data Collection and Geoprocessing
Moderator:  Richard Koehler,
Visual Data Analytics, LLC, Erie, CO

1.    Raster Geoprocessing in the Cloud - Arianna Robbins, Azavea, Philadelphia, PA (co-author:  A. Rottersman)
2.    GIS Techniques Applied to Time-Series Analysis: A Case Study Quantifying Baseflow Trends for the San Pedro River, Arizona - Richard Koehler, Visual Data Analytics, LLC, Erie, CO (co-author:  H. Goguen)
3.    Integrating Collector for ArcGIS and Survey 123 to Create a Custom, Mobile Data Collection Tool - Alicia Ritzenthaler, LimnoTech, Washington, DC (co-authors:  B. Udvardy, H. Bourne)
4.    Generating Bathymetry of Entire River Network at Large Watershed Scale for Hydraulic/Hydrologic Modeling - Venkatesh Merwade, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (co-authors:  S. Dey, S. Saksena)

SESSION 4  /  Salon 7:  National Hydrography Infrastructure and NHDPlus
Moderator:  Marc Weber,
US EPA, Corvallis, OR

1.    The National Hydrography Infrastructure: A Systems-Based Approach to Managing Our Nation’s Digital Waters - Becci Anderson, U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, AK
2.    Comparing the High Resolution NHDPlus to the Medium Resolution NHDPlus - Michael Tinker, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO
3.    Working Down the Pyramid with NHDPlus - Thomas Dewald, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Arlington, VA
4.    Using the NHDPlusV2 to Standardize Texas Watersheds - Stephanie Brady, Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Science at Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX

Monday / April 23 / 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 5, 6, 7, 8

SESSION 5  /  Salon 3:  Tools for Communicating Water Science
Moderator – Ed Carter,
St Johns River Water Mgmt. District, Gainesville, FL

1.    Harnessing Modern Visualization Tools for Communicating Flood Risk: Interacting with Geospatial Data on Your Browser - Sivasankkar Selvanathan, Dewberry, Fairfax, VA (co-authors:  D. Nimmala, M. Mampara)
2.    Using ESRI Story Maps to Communicate Science:  Development of an Interactive Surface Water Model Inventory - Lanie Meridth, St Johns River Water Management District, Palatka, FL (co-authors:  Y. Qi, M. Brown, S. Fox)
3.    Using GIS to Increase Outreach and Data Accuracy for the FEMA RiskMAP Program - Nick Callaghan, Wood, Topeka, KS (co-author:  D. Gwartney)
4.    HydroShare: A Platform for Collaborative Data and Model Sharing in Hydrology - David Tarboton, Utah State University, Logan, UT (co-authors:  R. Idaszak, J. S. Horsburgh, D. P. Ames, J. L. Goodall, A. Couch, R. Hooper, S. Wang, M. Clark, P. Dash, H. Yi, C. Bandaragoda, T. Castronova, T. Gan, Z. Li, M. Morsy, M. Ramirez, J. Sadle

5.    How's My Waterway? - Jesse Boorman-Padgett presenting for Michelle Thawley, EPA, Charles Town, WV 

SESSION 6  /  Salon 5:  Open Science and Monitoring Aquatic Ecosystems, Part B
Moderator:  Michael McManus,
US EPA, St. Petersburg, FL

1.    Using Open Science Tools to Convey Tampa Bay's Recovery - Ed Sherwood, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, St. Petersburg, FL (co-aurhor: H. Greening)
Use of Open Science to Inform Restoration Projects in Estuaries: A Tampa Bay Example - Marcus Beck, SCCWRP, Costa Mesa, CA (co-authors:  E. Sherwood, K. Dorans, J. R. Henkel, K. Ireland, P. Varela)
3.    Application of an International Standard for Hydrologic Features Toward More Open Hydrologic Science Data - David Blodgett, U.S. Geological Survey, Middleton, WI
 4.    Web-Based Geospatial Apps for Groundwater Management - Norm Jones, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (co-authors:  J. Fullerton, S. Pulla, T. McStraw)
5.    The Daily Erosion (and Runoff) Project - High Resolution Estimates of Hydrologic Processes in the Midwestern USA - Brian Gelder, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (co-authors:  R. Cruse, D. James, A. Herzmann, T. Sklenar, C. Sandoval-Green)

SESSION 7  /  Salon 6:  Image Analysis and Tools for Wetland Studies
Moderator:  Xiaoqing Huang,
St Johns River Water Mgmt. District, Palatka, F
1.    Is Object-based Image Analysis Superior to Pixel-based Classification: It Depends - Tedros Berhane, Pegasus Technical Services Inc, Cincinnati, OH (co-authors:  C. Lane, Q. Wu, O. Anenkhonov , V. Chepinoga, B. Autrey, H. Liu)
2.    An Advanced GIS Approach for Drainage Delineation of Riparian and Isolated Wetlands to Improve Hydrologic Modeling - Xiaoqing Huang, St Johns River Water Mgmt. Dist., Palatka, FL (co-author:  M. Dillen)
3.    Wetland Recovery in the North Tampa Bay Area Following Groundwater Cutbacks - John Hussain, VHB, University Park, FL (co-authors:  R. Van Fleet, A. Olenoski)
4.    Using Object-oriented Algorithms to Map Wetland Species on the Kissimmee River: a Potential for Quicker Maps on a Lower Budget - Lawrence Spencer, South Florida Water Mgmt. Dist., West Palm Beach, FL

SESSION 8  /  Salon 7:  NHD and Case Studies
Moderator:  Stephen Aichele,
U.S. Geological Survey, New Cumberland, PA

1.    Understanding User Needs for a National Terrain Model and 3D NHD - Stephen Aichele, U.S. Geological Survey, New Cumberland, PA
2.    USGS Hydrography Data Distribution Formats - Philip Rufe, U.S. Geological Survey, Rolla, MO (co-author:  G. Cocks)
3.    Watershed Water Resource Assessments in the Cache River Critical Groundwater Area for Future Targeting of Conjunctive-Use and Conservation Projects - Mary Yaeger, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR (co-authors:  J. Massey, M. Reba, A. Adviento-Borbe)
4.    Control of Multiplex Networks:  Application to Coupled Surface-Groundwater Systems - Lilit Yeghiazarian,  University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (co-authors:  S. Riasi, S. Saksena, S. Riasi, P. Singhoven, V. Merwade)