Welcome to the AWRA Spring Specialty Conference on GIS and Water Resources VII !
We are living through a remarkable period of advancement in information technology -- in just a few years we have learned to take for granted the massive computing resources for geospatial searches provided by the major internet search engines. That technology first trickled down to the Water Resources community by providing us with unprecedented ease of geospatial integration with nationally available basemaps.
While the base data is becoming ever-more reliable and sophisticated, we are in the midst of the next advancement where hydrologic modeling, water data, and climate data become increasingly standardized and accessible through the same types of web-services that brought us these great basemaps. A third phase is also emerging, where the analytic processes, to make full use of these integrated platforms, are becoming increasingly easy to share and publish for collaborative research. Every type of work in Water Resources is impacted by these new developments as new sources of data and new tools come online; but, standards for data quality, statistical reliability (uncertainty), and metadata standards are still trying to catch up. Happily, the emergence of social media in parallel with all these advancements is giving us new ways to collaborate, share our experience, and seek input from a vast network of human “sensors” for everything from who felt the earthquake or which road is flooded, to where is the best restaurant.
We look forward to sharing experiences in New Orleans; meeting others who deal with the same challenges at every level of detail on the wide array of information and technologies that will help us meet the water resources challenges of the new century.
|John C. “Jack” Hampson
Conference Program Coordinator
Executive Program Chair
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