2016 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference: GIS and Water Resources IX



Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment (AGWA) Tool: An Introduction and Hands-On Training

Sunday, July 10, 2016 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Cost $59.00

Registration Deadline - 6/20/16


(Minimum of 8, with limit 30; conference registration not required)

David C. Goodrich, USDA-ARS
Jane Barlow, University of Arizona
Scott Sheppard, University of Arizona
Phil Guertin, University of Arizona
Shea Burns, University of Arizona

Objective: To introduce AGWA and educate and train watershed, water resource, land use, and resource managers, scientists, and professionals on using AGWA to investigate the hydrologic impacts of land-cover/land-use change and/or perform watershed assessments, planning, or change analysis.

Background: AGWA was designed to provide qualitative estimates of runoff and erosion relative to landscape change in both gaged and ungaged basins. It has been used for watershed analysis and modeling in a variety of project types, including but not limited to: wildfire impacts; green infrastructure; impacts on watershed response of coal bed methane extraction; supporting management assessments of impacts from military training activities; model setup for real-time flash flood forecasting; future development scenarios; aid in development of watershed protection plans; and, evaluation of relative non-point source pollution.

Planned activities: Introductory and background presentations; hands-on tutorials covering change analysis including post-fire, urban development, land cover change, BMPs, and green infrastructure.

Takeaways: At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees should have an understanding of the strengths and limitations of the AGWA tool and its models, and the fundamental skills to use the tool for watershed analysis. Attendees should also have a conceptual idea of how AGWA can be incorporated into their own work.


08:00 - 08:30 Room opens, get settled, welcome and introductions, etc.
08:30 - 09:30 Presentation 1: Introduction to AGWA, applications, and tool features
09:30 - 09:40 Break
09:40 - 11:30 Hands-on Tutorial 1 (multiple tutorials to choose from)
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 01:30 Presentation 2: Strengths, limitations, and model theory/fundamentals
01:30 - 03:20 Hands-on Tutorial 2 (multiple tutorials to choose from)
03:20 - 03:30 Break
03:30 - 05:00 Hands-on Tutorial 3 (multiple tutorials to choose from)

Attendees' Requirements: Basic familiarity with and or comfort using ArcMap. Laptop with ArcGIS for Desktop 10.0 (ArcMap) or newer and Spatial Analyst extension already installed.

CPU Speed 2.2 GHz minimum
Platform x86 or x64 with SSE2 extensions
Memory/RAM 2 GB minimum
Display properties 24-bit color depth
Screen resolution 1024 x 768 recommended minimum at normal size (96 dpi)
Disk space ~3.5 GB to load all tutorial data (portable or flash drive is OK)
Video/Graphics card 64 MB RAM minimum