It is fitting that the 2016 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference, GIS
and Water Resources IX, will convene in Sacramento, California,
also a global economic and agricultural powerhouse. Water drives
California's economy and way of life but in recent years its most
precious resource has been in short supply. The state pauses at
the proverbial crossroads, anxiously eyeing a likely future with
less precipitation, continued groundwater pumping, lower environmental
flows, agricultural uncertainty and a host of other issues requiring
decisions that will shape the state's political, social, cultural,
economic, and physical landscape for many decades. Can GIS provide
help? That's one reason why we are meeting here.
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Yes, decisions, decision, decisions - the Golden State faces a
boatload of them, but so do many other states, municipalities, counties,
industries, and regions. Management of water and related resources
requires many decisions, both long term for planning and short term
for operations management. Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
as a technology has been used in the water resources domain since
its inception. Traditionally, GIS was focused on data management
and processing to streamline development of information products
based on spatial data, and was thus a natural fit for water resources
implementations. As technology, data availability, and its utilization
have matured, GIS is more and more used not only for data acquisition
and processing, but also for implementation of decision support
systems. The "information" products are now becoming "decision"
products that are used on daily basis to support water and land
management decisions in many domains that water resources covers.
Broad utilization of Internet, wireless, and cell technology in
both professional and everyday use enables quick dissemination of
decisions and their conversion into actionable items.
The 2016 Summer Specialty Conference on GIS and Water Resources
IX will focus on the role of GIS to support better decisions across
a broad spectrum of water, land, ecological, and related resources.
Topics cover a range from data development techniques to complex
computer modeling infrastructures.
The program contains several parallel tracks focusing on:
- National datasets and data initiatives
- Big data
- Flood analyses
- Data and water resources modeling
The organization of the program into these tracks allows participants
to follow their specific area of interest without program disruptions.
Each track tries to provide a comprehensive overview of current
techniques in the context of full implementation cycle, from data
collection, process modeling, decision making, information dissemination,
and action support, as well as preview of future technology and
The Conference Planning Committee has also added some special events
to round out your conference experience. In addition to the terrific
technical sessions and poster session, on Monday, the AWRA
Technology Technical Committee is holding a luncheon meeting
and will talk about the Conference Lightning Talk sessions, 2018
GIS conference plans, etc. Tuesday evening join us on a field trip
to see the Mexican Free Tailed Bats at
the Yolo Basin - sure to be a fun experience! After the conference
there is a workshop on Getting to know NHDPlus.
Add to that great networking opportunities (Opening Networking Reception,
Conference Luncheon, Exhibit hall) and we're certain you'll be glad
you came to Sacramento for this conference!
California, here we come!