AWRA 2011 Spring Conference
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On behalf of the AWRA Conference Planning Team we welcome you to the American Water Resources Association’s 2011 Spring Specialty Conference and to the City of Baltimore, MD – “Charm City” and its famous Inner Harbor. The Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, our conference hotel, is located within easy walking distance of many of downtown Baltimore’s best attractions. Decision-makers, water managers and technical professionals from federal, state, and local agencies, academia, non-governmental organizations and the private sector will come together to focus on the following key questions:

  • What climate adaptation strategies, decision-making approaches, planning and evaluation methods do water managers and water professionals need to prepare for climate change impacts on water resources?
  • What kinds of assessment and planning approaches do we need, what kind of solutions may be available, how much will they cost, what kinds of institutional adaptation may be necessary, and what might be the environmental and socioeconomic impacts and considerations that need to be taken into account?

The conference planning team has assembled an action-packed program including:

  • 34 technical sessions providing useful information for addressing critical climate change management issues: enabling informed decision making under heightened uncertainty; assessing climate change impacts; and developing robust and flexible adaptive management approaches.
  • A dynamic keynote speaker, Steven L. Stockton, Director of Civil Works, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC who will speak on "Challenges and Opportunities of Managing Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources".
  • An opening plenary panel of senior-level professionals from the federal sector, state government, local government, and the consulting/academia sectors will provide a broad perspective on the challenges faced and initiatives being undertaken to address climate change impacts.
  • Facilitated sessions have been designed to discuss and exchange views and lessons learned on key climate-change related water management issues identified by participants.
  • A workshop is being planned on “Application of Adaptive Management to Address Climate Change Related Challenges,” where participants will learn about transitioning from “adaptation planning” to “adaptive management,” applying adaptive management principles across various scales and planning horizons and addressing uncertainty.
Who Should Attend?

AWRA conferences always provide ample opportunities for networking and interaction, and the 2011 Spring Specialty Conference is no exception. Our exhibitor room will be the site of breaks and Monday evening’s networking reception. We are also employing an “Ask Me About” program which invites attendees to discuss with other attendees topics they are interested in.

We look forward to meeting each of you in Baltimore as we continue AWRA’s venerable tradition of building “Community, Conversation and Connections” between and among professionals working in the emerging water resources related field of climate change adaptation.


Mark Dunning JR Olsen J Sehlke
Mark Dunning
Conference Chair
J. Rolf Olsen
Conference Technical Program Co-Chair
Jerry Sehlke
Conference Technical Program Co-Chair