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In-Kind Sponsors

AWRA would like to thank the in-kind sponsors of the 2009 Spring Specialtyl Conference for their generous support in putting this conference together.


Interagency Hydrology Committee for Alaska
Anchorage, AK

Alaska Climate Change StrategyAnchorage, AK

J.A. Munter Consulting, Inc.
Anchorage, AK


  Conference Information

AWRA’s 2009 Spring Specialty Conference

Managing Water Resources and Development in a Changing Climate
Anchorage, AK / May 4-6, 2009

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) is pleased to announce its Spring Specialty Conference "Managing Water Resources and Development in a Changing Climate". The Conference will be held May 4-6, 2009 in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Organizing Committee, AWRA staff, and Alaskans welcome you to Anchorage this spring to take part in the second specialty conference covering a wide-range of climate change and water resource topics.

Ten years ago, the AWRA helped lead the water resources discussion associated with the U.S. National Assessment on the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change. A lot has changed in the last ten years. We have gone from debating the potential of changing climate conditions, to trying to understand how to address climate change in engineering design, management and policy, and scientific methods.

Ten Reasons to Attend This Conference
  1. Learn about water management challenges during climate change including how floods and droughts may be co-managed
  2. Discuss ecosystem effects of climate change and their impacts on water resources
  3. Listen to experts discuss the potential for increased flooding and coastal erosion related to climate change
  4. Gain an understanding of the potential worldwide impacts of melting sea ice, glaciers and permafrost in Alaska and other arctic areas
  5. Explore the relationship between energy needs and water resources under changing climatic conditions
  6. Examine how climate change-induced irrigation needs may lead to aquifer depletion
  7. Determine the impacts of climate change on our fragile water resources infrastructure
  8. Discover how present communities can be sustained by understanding, managing and conserving their water resources under changing conditions
  9. Improve your ability to evaluate system operations to facilitate immediate and accurate decision making
  10. Participate in and learn from the Oral and Poster Sessions, commercial exhibits and network with other water resources experts

With over 200 abstracts submitted for the meeting, we have added additional tracks to include all the outstanding papers accepted. The meeting will provide a wealth of information for attendees with over 35 oral sessions and poster presentations from a broad range of topics including watershed responses, policy and management, international boundary management, and ecosystem responses.

Benefits of Attending & Who Should Attend
AWRA’s 2009 Spring Specialty Conference is designed to provide a multidisciplinary overview of potential impacts on water resources by changing climate conditions.  Oral and poster technical presentations will bring a valuable, rewarding experience to water resources researchers and practitioners faced with future water supply management needs, ecosystem impacts, and drought and flood management.   Networking opportunities with fellow water resources professionals will be unparalleled.  Those in the water resources community both nationally and internationally who will benefit from the Conference include:
  • Agronomists
  • Climatologists
  • Consultants
  • Ecologists
  • Economists
  • Educators
  • Engineers
  • Hydrologists and Hydrogeologists
  • Information Technology Specialists
  • Legislative Staff
  • Local, State, Regional and Federal Government Representatives
  • Natural Resources Managers
  • NGO’s and Community Based Organizations
  • Physical Scientists
  • Planners
  • Policy Makers
  • Regulators
  • Researchers
  • Sociologists
  • Soil Scientists
  • Students
  • Utility Managers
  • Water Law Practitioners

In addition to the range of climate and water resource presentations and technical content, we also will have an excellent field trip showing off some of the classic beauty of Alaska, taking attendees from coastal mountain ranges to glaciers. Several workshops will cover topics from design of hydrologic data stations and analysis tools to GIS tools for decision making. We will also have networking breaks, “dine-around” conversation groups, and other excellent opportunities to network, make connections, and learn from a diverse group of water resource professionals.

We look forward to seeing you in Anchorage in May and know you will have exciting learning opportunities and a great time in our great state!

M Lilly

Conference Chairperson

H Toniolo

Conference Technical Program Chairperson