2022 Geospatial Water Technology Conference Keynotes

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Opening Keynote | Monday, May 9

Dr. Tamlin Pavelsky
Professor of Global Hydrology
Department of Earth, Marine and Environmental
Sciences University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Session: The SWOT Mission: A Satellite to Advance Global Hydrology

Tamlin Pavelsky is a professor of global hydrology in the Department of Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He earned his bachelor’s degree in geography from Middlebury College in 2001. In 2004, he earned a master’s degree in geography from UCLA, which resulted in publication of the first paper to use satellite remote sensing to track the springtime breakup of river ice in large Arctic rivers. Dr. Pavelsky earned his PhD, also in geography, from UCLA in 2008. His dissertation focused on using remote sensing, field measurements, and large datasets to understand how the water cycle in northern environments varies in space and time.

In 2009, Dr. Pavelsky was hired as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina. His teaching has focused on remote sensing, water resources, and hydroclimatology, while his research has focused on understanding the global distribution of water in rivers, lakes, and mountain snowpack using satellite imagery, field measurements, and regional climate models. He has published nearly 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals to date. Since 2013, Dr. Pavelsky has served as the hydrology science principal investigator for the NASA Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite mission. For his work leading the surface water community towards solutions for measuring river flow from space, Dr. Pavelsky was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest award given by the U.S. government to early career researchers.

Closing Keynote | Wednesday, May 11

Allen Carroll
Program Manager for Storytelling

Session: The Magic of Maps and Stories: Past, Present, and Future

Allen Carroll is Program Manager for Storytelling at Esri. He founded Esri’s StoryMaps effort, which has enabled hundreds of thousands of individuals and organizations to tell place-based stories on the web combining interactive maps and multimedia content. He leads an Editorial team that publishes StoryMaps and supports a global community of storytellers. Allen came to Esri after 27 years at the National Geographic Society. In his latter years as the Society’s chief cartographer, he was deeply involved in the creation of the Society’s renowned reference and wall maps, globes, and atlases. He spearheaded the publication of many new maps and websites, ranging from large-format supplements to National Geographic magazine, to special projects featuring biodiversity and indigenous cultures.

Awards Luncheon Keynote | Wednesday, May 11

Edward Clark
Director, National Water Center & Deputy Director, Office of Water Prediction

Session: NextGen Water Resources Framework

Edward Clark is the director of the NOAA National Water Center (NWC) in Tuscaloosa, AL, and deputy director of the National Weather Service Office of Water Prediction. Clark oversees operations, supports the management and strategic direction of the Office of Water Prediction, and facilitates collaborative efforts to evolve NOAA’s water prediction capabilities with federal, academic and private partners, the National Science Foundation, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, among others.

For the past 6 years, Clark has led the National Water Center's Innovator's Program, working closely with National Science Foundation, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc, and federal partners including the US Geological Survey, to explore and develop next generation national flood forecasting and emergency response operations. Before becoming director, Clark served as the director of Office of Water Prediction's Geo-Intelligence Division. He worked closely with multiple federal agency partners, including USGS, USACE and FEMA, on a variety of projects associated with the Integrated Water Resources Science and Services consortium.


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