AWRA 2011 Annual Water Resources Conference
Special Sessions
Collaborative Modeling as a Tool to
Implement IWRM
A Symposium within the 2011 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference
The Collaborative Modeling for Decision Support Community jointly supported by the USACE's Institute for Water Resources, Sandia National Laboratories, and U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution
Tuesday / June 28, 2011

How do you implement IWRM?  Through integrated planning, involving stakeholders, and solid technical analysis … combined in an effective way.   Collaborative Modeling for Decision Support is an effective way to achieve this.  Known under various brand names and permutations as Shared Vision Planning, Computer Aided Negotiation, Mediated Modeling, Computer Aided Dispute Resolution, Group Model Building, and just good water resources planning, these methods integrate collaborative modeling with participatory processes to inform natural resource management decisions.
Join water resource planners, modelers, and conflict resolution experts from multiple government and private sector organizations from the U.S. and foreign countries as we share our experiences and deepen our knowledge during a full-day Symposium during the AWRA summer specialty conference on Collaborative Modeling as a Tool to Implement IWRM.  We will share lessons learned, including keys to success, pitfalls to avoid, and what techniques to employ when.  This symposium follows and builds on successful community building and advancing workshops held in 2007 and 2009 (proceedings are available at:

Symposium highlights include:

  • A conference plenary to encourage synthesis, debate, and broad information sharing and discussion. 
  • Presentations that will define “Collaborative Modeling for Decision Support, ” share Principles and Best Practices for Collaborative Modeling (developed through an ASCE/EWRI Task Committee), and describe current efforts toward evaluating the effectiveness of collaborative modeling, and discuss efforts to develop Guidelines for the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) IWRM series on how to use Collaborative Modeling to implement IWRM. 
  • Case study presentations where collaborative modeling has been used to implement IWRM, focused on aspects of the linkages between integrated planning processes, stakeholder involvement and technical systems analysis.   
  • A panel discussion to debate the compatibility and effectiveness of Collaborative Modeling as a means of achieving effective IWRM
  • An evening social

After the conference, work will continue on developing the UNESCO/IHP IWRM and Collaborative Modeling Guidelines, as well as through workgroups on other topics.   We seek your experiences, your ideas, and your participation.  We look forward to you joining us in Snowbird for the Symposium.

8:30 AM 10:00 AM
Collaborative Modeling - A Tool for Implementing IWRM? - Hal Cardwell, USACE Conflict Resolution & Public Participation Center, Alexandria, VA (co-authors: Bill Werick, Vince Tidwell, Stacy Langsdale, Mark Lorie, Brian Manwaring, Linda Manning, Lisa Bourget, Guillermo Mendoza)
The Ups and Downs of Integrated Water Resources Planning in the Murray-Darling Basin - Bill Young, CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country National Research Flagship, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Taking Stock of Lessons from Participatory Modeling Experiences for Integrated Water Resourcse Management in Portugal - Nuno Videira, CENSE, FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Caparica, Portugal (co-authors: Paula Antunes, Rui Santos, Rita Lopes)
Improving Collaborative Modeling Evaluating Outcomes and Establishing Best Practices - Stacy Langsdale and Bill Michaud, USACE Institute for Water Resources, Alexandria, VA and SRA International, Inc., New Hartford, CT respectively
10:30 AM 12:00 Noon
Developing a Shared Vision Decision Support System for the Connecticut River Basin – Richard Palmer, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (co-authors: Kim Lutz, Austin Polebitski)
Collaborative Modeling for Decision Support in the Upper San Pedro Basin (Arizona): What Else do We Need to Walk a Sustainable Path? - Aleix Serrat-Capdevila, ICIWaRM - University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (co-authors: Juan B. Valdes, Hoshin V. Gupta, Anne Browning-Aiken, Kevin Lansey, Timothy L. Finan)
Discussion of Lessons Learned to follow the presentations.
1:30 PM 3:00 PM
Advancing Integrated Water Resource Management in Systems With High Levels of Scientific and Social Uncertainty: Lessons From the Palouse Basin - Allyson Beall, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (co-authors: Fritz Fiedler, Jan Boll, Barbara Cosens)
Designing a Shared Vision Model with Stakeholders - William Werick, Werick Creative Solutions, Culpeper, VA
Collaborative, Stakeholder-Driven, Water-Energy-Agriculture-Ecosystems Modeling and Planning for Long-Term Resource Sustainability - Howard Passell, Sandia National Labs, Bernalillo, NM (co-authors: Jesse Roach, Marissa Reno, Vince Tidwell)
Discussion of Lessons Learned to follow the presentations.
3:30 PM 5:00 PM

(Note: Session 16 continues with a Panel Discussion from 5:00 PM 5:45 PM)

Integrated Freshwater Solutions: A Case Study of the Manawatu River, New Zealand -  Marjan van den Belt, Palmerston North, New Zealand (co-author: Heike Schiele)
IWRM through Collaborative Modeling for Decision Support The Bow River Case Study - Daniel Sheer, HydroLogics Inc., Columbia, MD
Integrating Collaborative Modeling, Structured Participation and Integrated Water Resources Management Planning in Peru: A Case Study of a new World Bank Project - Guillermo Mendoza, International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (, Alexandria, va (co-authors: Aleix Serrat-Capdevila, Hal Cardwell, Marie-Laure Lajaunie)
Panel Discussion: Collaborative Modeling Toward Effective IWRM - Vincent Tidwell, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM