2014 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference - GIS and Water Resources VIII
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"Ask Me About…" Program

Monday / May 12 - Wednesday / May 14

What is the "Ask Me About…" program?

  • "Ask Me About…" is AWRA's way of encouraging fun and informal networking between conference attendees.

How does the "Ask Me About…" program work?

  • Conference attendees wear "Ask Me About…" ribbons on their nametags. During conference breaks, lunches, and networking sessions, attendees are encouraged to initiate conversation with anyone wearing "Ask Me About…" ribbons. The "Ask Me About…" ribbons function as conversation icebreakers, resulting in interesting and fun discussion among conference attendees.

How do I participate in the "Ask Me About…" program?

  • Pick up an "Ask Me About…" ribbon at the conference registration desk. Fill in the blank on your ribbon with a word(s) that provides a clue to your work, background, or professional interests. Attention-grabbing, witty, interesting, yet professional ribbon content is highly encouraged.
  • Wear your "Ask Me About…" ribbon on your nametag throughout the conference.
  • Engage in conversation with conference attendees by explaining your "Ask Me About…" ribbon.
  • For the benefit of the novice conference attendees, experienced attendees should share conference tips, provide professional advice, and facilitate networking with others.

Student Presenter Competition
Monday / May 12 - Wednesday / May 14

Through the "Outstanding Student Presentation Award," AWRA recognizes exceptional student contributions to this Conference. Conference presentations are an important aspect of professional development and AWRA seeks to encourage and support student participation at its meetings, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Significance and originality of the material will be fundamental in evaluating the student presentations, which will be judged by the session attendees. There will be an Oral and a Poster winner. Each winner will have their biographical sketch and photo published in an upcoming issue of AWRA's Water Resources IMPACT magazine and put on the AWRA website.

Opening Networking Reception

Monday / May 12
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

This event is included in the Registration Fee. All registered conference participants are invited to attend the Opening Networking Reception. Come greet old colleagues and make new acquaintances. Also, the Poster Session participants will be at their posters to answer any questions during the reception.

Additional tickets may be purchased on site at the AWRA Registration Desk. The cost of an additional ticket is $35.00.

Tuesday Evening Networking Dinner
Tuesday / May 13
6:45 PM to 9:00 PM


On Tuesday join us for a relaxing evening with live music and food at Snowbird's quaint El Chanate Restaurant and Arcade. Enjoy a bounty of authentic Mexican and non-Mexican flare cuisine offered at several food stations including a fresh salad station, chips, salsa and guacamole, a variety of quesadillas, and personal sized nacho plates, assorted tacos and hot queso dip. Other items will include wings, chicken tenders and ribs. Wet your whistle in the Cantina and experience the finest of tequila selections and other beverages. The Arcade provides pool tables, air hockey, video games and more for those with a competitive spirit. Weather permitting, there will be seating on the outdoor patio of the restaurant with flaming fire pits to keep you warm in the crisp spring mountain air. For your listening enjoyment, wander by the foyer for some live music by The Ricochets, an acoustic duo offering a medley of familiar folk, bluegrass and Americana favorites.

The cost of this event is $30.00.

AWRA Conference Luncheon

Wednesday / May 14
12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM

"3DNHD - The Plan for the Future"
A panel moderated by David Maidment, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Come join your colleagues for a delicious lunch and listen to panelists, led by Dr. David Maidment, as they discuss the future of 3D NHD. LIDAR data describing the land surface elevation are available for about one third of the United States and the USGS has a plan for national coverage. The existing NHD and NHDPlus datasets contain 2D features having (x,y) coordinates and some elevation attributes. The emergence of LIDAR creates the potential for producing a true 3DNHD with features having (x,y,z) coordinates describing the shape of the river channel and its floodplains or riparian zones. There are many benefits that would flow from a 3DNHD, including better definition of flood risk, and greater understanding of environmental flows. There are also significant technical challenges in producing a 3DNHD. This panel will discuss the need for a 3DNHD and how a plan might be evolved for creating such a dataset.

This event is included in the Registration Fee. Additional tickets may be purchased on site at the AWRA Registration Desk. The cost for each additional ticket is $40.00.