The AWRA welcomes you to the 2017 Summer Specialty Conference
on Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning
for Sustainable Water Management
In this sixth installment of the AWRA Climate Change Conference
Series, we continue the dialogue from previous
meetings to address the challenges we face as a Nation in understanding
and responding to climate change. The Nation's capital, Washington,
DC, will serve as the backdrop for the 2017 conference. The conference
will provide a unique opportunity for water resources professionals
working in research, management, policy and education to gather,
discuss and collaborate as they shape the future of sustainable
water management. With the conference venue located 20 minutes from
downtown DC, we are expecting some of the Nation's foremost policy
and decision makers to participate in the dialogue. Please join
us for an engaging week of water resources community, conversation
The theme of this year's meeting is Climate Change Solutions:
Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water
Management. Responding to climate change is complicated by the
scale, complexity and inherent uncertainty of the problem. Climate
change adaptation must use the best available science while managing
uncertainty. Challenges remain in developing the scientific information
necessary to support water resources adaptation planning. Managers
and policy makers also often struggle with translating information
produced by the scientific community for use in decision-making.
Collaborative solutions involving scientists, managers and other
stakeholders are essential to ensure management and policy decisions
are informed by the best available science, and that the scientific
community in turn has a strong awareness of managers' and policy
makers' highest priority needs.
Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS) has been invited to be the conference Keynote
speaker to be followed by a plenary panel including Manu Lall, Director
of the Water Center at the Earth Institute, Columbia University
and Water Chapter lead of the National Climate Assessment (NCA4);
Zoe Johnson, Climate Change Coordinator, Chesapeake Bay Program;
Erica Brown, Chief Sustainability Officer at the Association of
Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA); and Jordan Fischbach, Policy
Researcher and Codirector, Water and Climate Resilience Center at
RAND Corporation. This will be followed by 24 technical concurrent
sessions highlighting federal, state, local and international issues
and responses; vulnerability and adaptation assessments; data and
tools to support decision making; stakeholder collaboration, outreach
and education; and facility and watershed scale resiliency.
- Foster collaborative solutions among water, climate and social
scientists, water managers, policy makers and other stakeholders
to resolve adaption challenges.
- Advance the scientific and technical foundation for understanding
and responding to climate change impacts on water quantity, quality
and aquatic ecosystems
- Advance the theory and practice of climate change and water
resources impacts, vulnerability and adaptation assessments
- Build the capacity for informing adaptation and mitigation decisions
in the face of scientific uncertainty; understand how evolving
climate science can be used in decision-making
- Identify successful instances of collaboration and areas for
Why Should You Attend
The value of an AWRA specialty conference is that water professionals
with diverse backgrounds in physical, biological and social sciences,
managers, planners, policy makers, educators, and other backgrounds
come together to discuss complex issues that cannot be solved by
any one professional sector. By participating in the conference,
your research and recommendations can inform tomorrow's actions.
Similarly, your personal and professional network also will grow
from the experience. You will walk away with new contacts (and potential
partners), a deeper understanding of these issues, and fresh perspectives.
Two workshops are offered on Sunday:
1. Informed Risk Management: Managing Risk
by Simulating Climate Uncertainty in Water Management Models.
This hands-on training session is designed for engineers and scientists
involved in modeling and decision support for water resources applications.
The focus will be on dynamic simulation and modeling techniques
for incorporating uncertainty and evaluating risk and reliability
of water resources.
2. Tools for Water Data Discovery, Publication
and Collaboration. The workshop will enable participants to
learn more about discovery, analysis, and publication of water data
and models. And from there to collaboration with others around water
data and models through a free open-source platform.
The Exhibit Hall will showcase companies with products, services,
and information water resources professionals need. It also will
host the poster session and displays from our conference sponsors.
In between the technical presentations, you will have opportunities
to interact with exhibitors, presenters, and each other, including
the opening evening reception, the AWRA conference luncheon, and
a special evening event.
The Sheraton Premier at Tysons Hotel is located conveniently at
the intersection of the Dulles Toll Road (Rte 267) and Leesburg
Pike (Rte 7), just minutes from the Capital Beltway (Rte 495) or
via complimentary shuttle service from the Silver Line Tysons West
Metro Stop, 11 miles from Dulles Airport and 11 miles from Metro
So join us in the Nation's Capital for an engaging week of water
dialogue with fellow water resource movers and shakers from throughout
the country. Take advantage of everything AWRA has to offer - several
days of community, conversation, and connections that will benefit
all water resources professionals. We look forward to seeing you
General Conference Chair
Technical Program Co-Chair
USACE Institute for Water Resources
Technical Program Co-Chair