2020 Annual Water Resources Conference Call for Abstracts

We are excited to announce that AWRA will hold its 2020 Annual Water Resources Conference as planned this November, though with major changes due to extraordinary circumstances. We will be 'meeting' completely VIRTUALLY.

This was not an easy decision. The AWRA Board and the Florida Planning Committee worked together to assess the pros and cons of pivoting to a virtual meeting -- taking into account health experts' projections, state and federal guidelines, news reports, and myriad travel restrictions still facing many water resources professionals. Given our number one priority is the health and safety of all AWRA conference attendees, our staff, and the surrounding community, we have decided to play it safe and go virtual for 2020.

The Planning Committee, led by L. Donald Duke of Florida Gulf Coast University, and Roger Copp of Water Science Associates, seeks to present another milestone conference for others to emulate. We plan an excellent array of content and thought leadership. Our multidisciplinary approach guarantees a suite of technical presentations that will satisfy the seasoned professional and student alike. AWRA's commitment to Community, Conversation and Connection will guide our efforts.

Call for Abstracts

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Excellent oral and poster presentations are the foundation of any conference and the AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference is no exception. We rely on our attendees to provide much of the content. If you are unfamiliar with AWRA's conference format here is some salient information:

  1. Sessions are 90 minutes long, allowing for a minimum of two session slots in the morning and two in the afternoon.
  2. We accommodate four oral presentations in one session, allowing 20 minutes for each with 10 minutes left at the end for discussion or overflow.
  3. Concurrent sessions (3-5 at a time) increase the total number of session slots per day to 12, 16 or 20 and the maximum number of oral presentations per day to 48, 64, 80.
  4. Panel sessions also occupy 90-minute slots. A panel session focuses on a particular topic, with multiple brief (10 minutes or so) presentations and a moderated discussion by the panel convener. Panel sessions require just one abstract, submitted by the convener/organizer.

Abstract Submission Instructions

Abstracts are being sought on any topics dealing with, or related to, water. A list of possible topics common to our conferences is provided, including a final section on topics that we view as especially important to Florida and the surrounding region. The list is not comprehensive so feel free to use your imagination; if you need advice contact the co-chairs. Abstracts for both oral and poster presentations are sought (no papers are required). Posters are usually placed in the exhibit hall so that you can browse and talk to the authors. One important caveat: all presenters must pay a registration fee.

Before submitting your abstract, please have all the following information with you:

  1. Name, title, employer affiliation, full mailing address, email address, phone number of the main contact and the presenting author.
  2. Name, affiliation and email address of co-authors.
  3. If you are submitting an abstract for a topical session, enter the session code. The topical session codes are below.
  4. Type of presentation: (a) Oral Presentation - Individual; (b) Panel Presentation – You are submitting an abstract for the entire panel; (c) Poster Presentation - Individual; or (d) Either Poster or Oral.
  5. Abstract title.
  6. Abstract (350 words or fewer).
  7. Credit card information for payment of non-refundable abstract submittal fee ($25). Payment of the abstract fee must be made, before abstract submission can be completed.
  8. Multiple abstracts can be submitted but you will need to pay $25 per abstract. Abstract fees are nonrefundable.

Panel Sessions
If you wish to convene a panel session to promote discussion on a particular issue the convener should submit one abstract describing the session, its title, the panelists and what they will discuss, and the name, email address, title, and affiliation of each panelist.  Panel sessions are 90-minute discussions, and not a collection of individual presentations. Please advise panelists that they must pay the registration fee.

Lightning Talks
These have really caught on since we started them a few years ago. As the name suggests, these are short talks usually organized around a single or several related themes. Each talk is five minutes, limited to five PowerPoint slides. Separate abstracts are not required for lightning talks because full-length versions of lightning talks will be given in a regular session. About sixteen talks are accommodated in one 90-minute slot. If you wish to organize a Lightning Talk session, let the Technical Program Co-chairs know ASAP - Michael E. Campana, Michael.Campana@oregonstate.edu and Teresa E. Thornton teresathorntonphd@gmail.com. Presenters are still required to pay the registration fee.

Other Ideas – Workshops, etc.
If you would like to organize a workshop or field trip, please contact the Technical Program Co-chairs right away - Michael E. Campana, Michael.Campana@oregonstate.edu and Teresa E. Thornton teresathorntonphd@gmail.com. We are looking for creative, original, and compelling ideas. 

Session Codes

01 | Water quality and hydrology in small tidal streams, southwest Florida

02 | Block A: Updates on Hydrologic Model Infrastructure Development for Specific Operational Needs

03 | Block B: Block B: Pushing the Envelope: Future Direction and Needs for Continental Scale Hydrologic Prediction and Water Resources Assessment – Parameterization & Evaluation

04 | Block C: Pushing the Envelope: Future Direction and Needs for Continental Scale Hydrologic Prediction and Water Resources Assessment –Model Architecture and Integration

05 | How good are lidar/IfSAR-derived Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) for Hydrological Modeling?

06 | Environmental flows in an era of uncertainty: lessons learned from recent success stories, challenges, and progress in research and practice

07 | Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code:  Novel Applications and Latest Developments

08 | Advance your Career by Leveraging Association Membership and Certification Credentials – Strategies for Water Professionals throughout their Careers

09 | Conservation Finance for Watersheds

10 | Climate Adaptation and Resilience

11 | Flood modeling and Forecasting: Taking it to the streets

12 | Water for Agriculture: Engaging with stakeholders to find solutions

13 | Applications of Deep-Learning Technology in Water Resources Management

14 | Integrated Water Resources Management: The Potential of Rainwater Harvesting Systems

15 | Elevation-Derived Hydrography

16 | Elevation-Derived Hydrography – Project Examples

17 | The Urban Flooding Open Knowledge Network: An interactive and extensible platform for disseminating flooding information

18 | A Paradigm Shift – Culture of Mitigation and Risk Management

19 | Building Florida’s Water Future - Adapt, Replace, Innovate and Stabilize

20 | The Business Case for Resiliency

21 | Stormwater BMP Maintenance and Inspections

22 | State Water Data Activities: from Data Curation to Stakeholder Engagement

23 | Transforming Water Conflicts: East, West, and Beyond

24 | Watersheds and the geospatial distribution of adverse human health impacts

25 | Advances in Irrigation Research and Technologies

26 | Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring in Florida’s Coastal Waters: A Tool for Science and Management

27 | Constructed Treatment Wetlands

28 | Heavy Civil Solutions to Large Scale Water Challenges

29 | Florida Springs Protection and Restoration

30 | Hydrologic Restoration of the Picayune Strand State Forest in Collier County, Florida

31 | Water Resources Management in Florida Under Projected Climate Changes

32 | Groundwater Pumpage and Wetlands – Impacts, Recovery, and Planning for Future Use

33 | Beyond P3. It’s time for P4.

34 | The Impacts of Mining and Climate Change on Rising Stream Temperatures in Alaska

35 | Innovative Nutrient Management for Blue-Green Algae Control

36 | Land Conservation: A bridge between Agriculture and Communities

37 | Case Studies of Integrated Water Management Planning or Implementation

38 | The Role of Treatment Wetlands in Improving our Water Resources

39 | Offshore Aquifers: Freshwater Supply for the Future? Or Not?

40 | Engineering Effective Marine Litter Management

41 | Solving Multi-Faceted Water Resource Challenges with Integrated Thinking

42 | Innovative Public Finance Strategies for Securing the Nation’s Water Future

Review of Abstracts and Notification of Acceptance

Soon after the June 30, 2020 deadline, abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee for originality, technical merit, currency, and relevance to the Conference topics. Authors' suggestions for topic and format placement (oral, panel or poster) will be considered, but the Committee will make the final decision. The quality of the submitted abstract will be viewed as an indication of the quality of the presentation. Previous performance or failure to give timely notification of cancellation at previous annual and specialty conferences may influence the decision for acceptance.  Abstracts received after the deadline may not be considered or accepted. Acceptance notification will be made via email to the presenting author later this summer.  All conference attendees, including presenters, must pay the conference registration fee.

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Cancellation Policy

Before submitting an abstract, authors should be confident that they will have funding to pay the registration fee, attend the meeting, and make the presentation. If the presenter finds he/she can't attend, then they should attempt to find another person to make the presentation. If you must cancel your presentation, note that the cancellation fee date is September 14, 2020. If cancellation is unavoidable the presenter should notify AWRA at info@awra.org by September, 14 2020. No refunds will be made after September 14, 2020. You can, however, transfer your registration to another person.

Once the technical program is complete, we will be unable to accommodate personal schedules. Please note that the program is arranged by topics and themes, and sessions are placed where they most make sense for the flow of the entire program.


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