2022 Geospatial Water Technology Conference Workshops

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AWRA will continue to hold this conference in-person as planned with strict safety and health protocols in place to continue our commitment to keep conference participates and AWRA safe. We cannot confirm there will be a hybrid component to this conference at this time. When submitting a Call for Topical Sessions and Workshops, please submit these knowing you are making a commitment to be in-person. If circumstances change in the local area (i.e. similar to the overwhelming spread of COVID-19 in Orlando and the health crisis that followed), the AWRA Board of Directors will assess the situation as it unfolds and may choose to make different choices at this time.

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R and Python Tools for Geospatial Water Applications - FREE

This session and coupled workshop will cover a suite of free and open-source geospatial water data access and manipulation tools in both the python and R programming languages. The session will provide a high-level overview of packages and their capabilities using example applications as context and background. The workshop will be a hands-on opportunity to use the packages for sample applications and to interact with the package authors.


Taher Chegini
PhD Candidate
University of Houston

Taher Chegini is a PhD candidate at the University of Houston. His main research focus is on large-scale urban hydrological modeling. Taher is the developer of an open-source software stack called HyRiver, consisting of seven Python packages for retrieving hydroclimate data via web services.



Mike Johnson
Senior Data Scientist

Mike Johnson is a Senior Data Scientist at Lynker where he serves as the technical director for the NOAA Nextgen National Water Model hydrofabric development. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he developed and taught their first “Introduction to Geoinformatics” course. He has developed and contributed to personal, USGS and NOAA R packages to support water resources research.


Marc Weber
Environmental Protection Agency

Mr. Weber is geographer working at the US EPA’s Pacific Ecological Systems Division in Corvallis, OR. He has an M.S. in geography from Portland State University and he has worked for the last decade as a geographer with the US EPA at the Pacific Ecological Systems Division. Prior to that he worked at the USFS Fire Sciences Lab on the LANDFIRE program. His work focuses on using spatial analysis in support of national scale aquatic monitoring and modeling as part of the EPA’s National Aquatic Resource Surveys and he has been programming in both R and Python, and using open source geospatial approaches in both languages, for the last fifteen years.


Using the NHDPlus High Resolution - FREE
May 8, 2022 | 9:00 - 11:30 AM CT

Only beverage service (water and coffee) will be provided.

The NHDPlus High Resolution (NHDPlus HR) provides a modern geospatial hydrologic modeling framework for the United States that will support many applications. The NHDPlus HR has been released for the conterminous United States, Hawaii, several U.S. Territories, and parts of Alaska. NHDPlus HR includes a set of Value-Added Attributes (VAAs) which greatly improve the capabilities for upstream and downstream navigation, analysis, and modeling. Examples of these enhanced capabilities include using structured queries for rapid retrieval of all NHDFlowline features and catchments upstream of a selected NHDFlowline feature; selecting stream segments (sorted in hydrologic order) for stream profile mapping, analysis, and plotting; and calculating cumulative catchment attributes. This workshop will provide a comprehensive introduction to the concepts behind the NHDPlus HR Value Added Attributes and show how the VAAs may be used in hydrologic analyses. The workshop will include in-depth examples and demonstrations. Attendees are welcome to follow along on their own laptop, but this is not a hands-on workshop.


Karen Adkins, USGS


Will Sjulstad

Annalisa Stasey
Annalisa Stasey is a Cartographer in the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) Partner Support Section with the US Geological Survey. She serves as the data product owner for NHD and the distributed data product owner for the NHDPlus High Resolution.


BEFORE REGISTERING, click here to read the COVID-19 Liability Waiver and Affirmation of Conduct Restrictions. You will be required to sign, date, and upload this into the conference verification tool. Instructions for accessing and uploading the required documents are found on the GWTC COVID-19 Protocols page.

All conference participants (presenters, moderators, panelists, etc.) must register at the appropriate registration rate. AWRA Gateway members are not eligible for discounted rates. The registration fees are the major source of funding for the Conference, and the sharing of registrations is prohibited - every person attending the conference must register. For presenters, if two or more individuals will be presenting, each individual must register for the conference. This includes all oral/technical session presenters; all panel session presenters; and all poster session presenters. All conference participants must adhere to the AWRA Code of Conduct.

Cancelations must be made in writing. We can transfer your registration to someone else by April 11, 2022. Those cancelations received by April 11, 2022 will be subject to a processing fee of 25% of total fees. No refunds will be given after April 11, 2022 - no exceptions! Abstract submission fees are nonrefundable. Refunds will be processed after the conclusion of the conference.


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