2017 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference on Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management


Tools for Water Data Discovery, Publication, and Collaboration

Instructors: L. Brazil, J. Pollak, A. Castronova,
The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI)
Date: June 25, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Tysons Hotel
Cost: Free
Class Size: Limited to first 40 students.
Registration Deadline: 6/5/17

Objective: To train academic professionals, graduate students, educators, citizen scientists, and other individuals seeking tools that enable:

1. Discovery, analysis, and publication of water data and models
2. Collaboration with others around water data and models through a free open-source platform

Background: The process of locating, downloading, and re-formatting water data needed to address a particular problem or for an identified region can be difficult and time-consuming. In this short course, participants will learn about free open-source tools for discovery, publication, and analysis of water data and models. These tools, developed and supported by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) can be incorporated into teaching, research, and water management activities.

Topics: The short course will train participants in the successful application of CUAHSI-supported tools for publication, discovery, and analysis of data and models with focus on one particular case study that uses these tools for investigating the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on water resources throughout Pennsylvania. Promotion of collaboration will be emphasized through the use of an open-source cyberinfrastructure that is incorporated into the case study activity.

Take Aways: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants should be able understand how to use CUAHSI-supported tools to publish, discover, and analyze data and models, and to collaborate with others through the presented platforms. Participants will gain knowledge on the topic of hydraulic fracturing as they are guided through the hands-on case study activity that uses the presented tools to assess the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on water resources throughout Pennsylvania. Course instructors will solicit input from participants on how these tools might be improved for future applications.

Number of Students: The number of students will be limited to 40. Students will be enrolled in the order in which their registration is received. The course will be canceled if the number of students enrolled by June 5th, 2017 is less than 10.

Requirements: Each student should bring a fully charged laptop.

Schedule: (Subject to modification)

8:30 AM Welcome and introductions
8:45 AM Introduction and overview of CUAHSI-supported tools
10:15 AM Break with coffee, tea, and snacks
10:30 AM Publish sample water quality data set to be used in hands-on activity
11:15 AM Hands-on activity for discovering and analyzing data that assesses the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on water resources throughout Pennsylvania. The hands-on activity will rely on a free collaborative platform that enables researchers, educators, and students to share and analyze data and models with each other.
12:15 PM Wrap up and survey
12:30 PM Goodbyes