2014 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference - GIS and Water Resources VIII
Preliminary Program


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Welcome to the AWRA's 2014 Spring Specialty Conference on GIS & Water Resources VIII - Data to Decisions! Our Conference Planning Committee has put together a program sure to encourage the exchange of new ideas and information as well as develop new partnerships in the ever expanding world of GIS and water resources.

Why This Conference is Important

Adequate fresh water is critical to sustain both societies and natural systems. However, when poorly managed, extreme events pose tremendous potential to destroy both life and property. The difference between good water resources management decisions and catastrophe is often the proper information flow available to the right people at the right time and in the right context. This conference explores the ability of GIS to provide exactly this kind of information.

Discover New Solutions

Snowbird  LiftGeographic Information Systems (GIS) are an indispensable tool in providing timely and accurate information necessary for making excellent water resources decisions. Emerging technologies in data collection, information management, web and cloud services, and visualization have opened up significant new avenues for sharing solutions across local, state, federal, and international levels. Come and discover new solutions for your organization.

Monday morning's Opening Plenary Session keynote will be given by Dr. Jeff de la Beaujardiere from NOAA in Silver Spring, Maryland. Dr. de la Beaujardiere has been with NOAA since 1994 having worked previously at NASA. He recently received the Open Geospatial Consortium's (OGC) "prestigious Kenneth D. Gardels Award…….awarded each year to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to advance OGC's vision of geospatial information fully integrated into the world's information systems."

Two workshops will be offered:

The technical program will cover a variety of topics assembled under three tracks:

  • GIS for Data Acquisition and Handling
  • GIS for Process Modeling
  • GIS for Decision Support (Applications)

Spanning three days are thirty-seven sessions within the three topic tracks covering a variety of topics including:
disaster response; geoprocessing, scripting and workflows; water supply optimization; stormwater management innovations; ecosystem monitoring and restoration; NHD and NED; world water online-global data sharing standards; evacuation planning and hazard mapping. A Poster session is also planned for Monday and Tuesday.

The Snowbird Resort in Salt Lake City, Utah will serve as the location for the conference ~ one of the top ranked and award winning winter and summer mountain venues in the country. Located in the heart of the Wasatch Mountain range, just 45 minutes from Salt Lake City's international airport, the resort has been committed to sound environmental stewardship and water resources management since its founding. In addition to the terrific technical program, there will be a walking tour of the facility where participants will learn about the resort's unique water management features.

We look forward to see you at Snowbird to share in the wealth of new information and technology as we face the water resources challenges of a new century.

Reasons to Attend
Rob Wallace
Robert Wallace
General Conference Chair
US Army Engineer Research and Development Center
Vicksburg, MS
Norman B. Jones
Technical Program Chair
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT