Spring Conference

POSTPONED: 2020 Geospatial Water Technology Conference: Complex Systems. Symposium in honor of David Maidment: GIS in Water Resources and more

AWRA 2020 Spring Conference – Coronavirus Update (COVID-19)

After extensive deliberation and careful consideration, AWRA has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Spring Conference scheduled to take place on March 23 – 26, due to the spread of and health concerns associated with COVID-19.

AWRA has been closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as state and local governments. In the last week, we've also learned of the increasing number of travel advisories and restrictions being placed on health care providers and hospitals, corporations, and other institutions in the U.S. and globally. We have concluded that it is inadvisable to hold this conference at this time.

This is not a decision made lightly, and we are disappointed to delay an event that will provide enormous collaborative value and serve as a platform to launch future work. Our highest priority, however, is to proactively take all precautions regarding the health and safety of everyone in attendance and the community at large. Added to this is the growing number of presenters who have become subject to travel restrictions, thereby limiting our ability to provide the high-quality type of in-person experience this conference has been known for over the last two decades.

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AWRA will see you in the Live Music Capital of the World when we take the AWRA 2020 Geospatial Water Technology Conference to Austin, TX! Join us to explore complex systems related to water, including ecological webs, water infrastructure, transportation networks and water-energy-food nexus among others. Program at-a-glance now available! Download the concurrent session descriptions and see the speakers.

Need your organization's support to participate? Customize our Justification to Attend Letter template. If you are traveling outside the United States and need to request a Letter of Invitation, download this form and email it to [email protected].Some invisible text



Doubletree by Hilton, Austin
6505 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78752, USA

Deadlines & Schedule

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February 21: SOLD OUT! Rooms are selling $15 dollars above negotiated rate. Hotel room block deadline. Book your reservation with the Doubletree to receive the conference rate of $159/night plus taxes/fees (single/double). Reservations made after this deadline are not guaranteed the AWRA negotiated rate. March 16: Last day to register online before the conference. After this date, only onsite registrations will be accepted. March 22Pre-conference workshops and field trips March 23 - 25: Plenary and Technical Sessions March 24: FREE Student-only Personal Success Workshop March 26: Symposium in honor of David Maidment: GIS in Water Resources and more. Separate registration required. See registration page for details. Some invisible text

Why Attend?

In recognition of new, exciting technologies in geospatial analysis of water systems, our biennial conference has changed its name. The AWRA Geospatial Water Technology Conference starts its second decade of existence by continuing to embrace, but also moving beyond GIS in Water Resources. We welcome participants who work in a wide array of water technologies. The Special Theme of this Conference is Complex Systems. 

Centuries of experience in water resources management have taught us that water is a complex, multi-layered system that involves flows in the natural environment and built infrastructure. Components of this system include surface and groundwater, sewerage and drinking water systems, storm water flows and green infrastructure. We must embrace this complexity to manage water sustainably. Together we will explore complex systems related to water, including ecological webs, water and transportation networks, urban infrastructure, the water-energy nexus and water sustainability. Complexity manifests itself on multiple temporal, spatial and contextual scales, and ranges from ecosystem dynamics to nexus systems such as energy, food and water. We invite presentations on this wide spectrum of topics, as well as on analytical, simulation, and visualization tools that can be used for decision-making in such systems. 

The conference will also introduce a new approach to managing and sharing geospatial information related to water. The USGS, along with partners, is leading the design of the National Hydrography Infrastructure (NHI). The NHI is based on the NHDPlus High Resolution dataset framework, web-based Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and geoprocessing services for addressing data to the hydrographic network; as well as cataloging and network-based search and discovery of the addressed data. The NHI will support the development of connected tools, systems, and applications, including artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) solutions. It is collaborative, open, and valuable for a broad user group, including government, tribes, industry, and citizens, and will form the core spatial framework for the Internet of Water.

This is an opportunity to share your research and experiences with colleagues who are actively working in the fields of complexity and sustainability in the context of water. We particularly encourage students, postdoctoral associates and early career researchers to join us to learn about cutting edge technologies in the analysis of complex hydrologic systems, and to participate in a variety of specially planned activities.

This AWRA Spring Specialty Conference will also pay tribute to David Maidment for his outstanding contributions to the water resources community. A full day Maidment Symposium sponsored by CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc) will immediately follow the main conference.


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