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AWRA will continue to hold this conference in-person as planned with strict safety and health protocols in place to continue our commitment to keep conference participates and AWRA safe. We cannot confirm there will be a hybrid component to this conference at this time. When submitting a Call for Topical Sessions and Workshops, please submit these knowing you are making a commitment to be in-person. If circumstances change in the local area (i.e. similar to the overwhelming spread of COVID-19 in Orlando and the health crisis that followed), the AWRA Board of Directors will assess the situation as it unfolds and may choose to make different choices at this time.
In the world we live in today, there is an inherent and permanent risk of being exposed to COVID-19 in your daily life. Trips to the grocery store, getting gas, picking up your children from school, and seeing family and friends are among the risks we take daily to live a normal and productive life. AWRA seeks to normalize how the AWRA community can gather in-person to fulfill our mission of community, conversation, and connection in the water resources community. Our safe and healthy protocols in place are the best practices of in-person gatherings today. The restrictions that are in place are the current standards, and protocols may change closer to the conference date. UPDATED: February 24, 2022
Conference Dates, Location & Hotel
April 25-27, 2022
The conference will take place at the Bryant Conference Center at the University of Alabama
240 Paul W Bryant Dr
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 | USA
Attendees may book a room at the official conference hotel, Hotel Capstone.
Transportation shuttle from Tuscaloosa airport:
320 Paul Bryant Dr
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 | USA
The room rate is $125.00 single/double occupancy and the room block ends April 8, 2022. Click here to reserve your room as early as possible as rates cannot be guaranteed once the block sells out. You may also book you room by calling the hotel at 205-752-3200 and referencing the room block name "AWRA Conference 2022."
Hotel perks: Plenty of free on-site parking, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, 24 hour business center, outdoor pool, fitness center, G&L Market, Capstone Rewards, Legends Bistro and Bar, steps away from the Conference site: Bryant Conference Center, walking distance to most athletic facilities, and less than 2 miles to downtown dining, nightlife, shopping & attractions.
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featured collection and Water Resources IMPACT
- April 10, 2022: Field trip to the National Water Center registration deadline.
- CLOSED: Early bird registration ends.
- CLOSED: Call for Abstracts
- CLOSED: Call for Topical Sessions
The 2022 Spring Conference Program is now available. Click here for the program at-a-glance, session schedule, speakers, and gain access to the abstracts.
Water risk is an on-going concern due to rapid population growth, urbanization, increased frequency of extreme climate events, long-term trends on sea level rise and melting glaciers, degraded landscape, aging infrastructure, and unequitable access to clean drinking water. Here, the term risk is used in its broadest sense to reflect its multidimensional nature and includes both risks from natural disasters such as flooding and drought, and the consequent landslide, water scarcity, and further infrastructure failure and public health issues. The COVID-19 pandemic raises public awareness of the importance of universal and equitable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene as a critical public health issue. Wildfires in the western coast and the dams’ failure in central Michigan in 2020 are other examples of the emergency to better evaluate and adapt to climate and water risks. It is imperative that water professionals from various sections collaborate and share cutting-edge solutions to future risks.
The conference seeks to bring together a diverse multi-disciplinary group of water professionals - both thought leaders and on-the-ground implementers to disseminate, share and learn about cutting-edge solutions aimed at evaluating future water risks and improving human adaptation to those risks. Topics will range from actionable science, to evaluation and planning methods, to design and implementation of specific infrastructure projects, and design and implementation of programs and policies. As with other AWRA conferences, the conference seeks to present excellent networking opportunities and build an exciting conversation around future water risks. Other proposed highlights include - multidisciplinary workshops focused on understanding future risks and proactive adaptation, field trips touring the National Water Center (NWC) and local water bodies, as well as opportunities for students to present their research and network with water professionals in the field.
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JAWRA Featured Collection
JAWRA, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, is planning a Featured Collection to highlight and build upon contributions from the AWRA Spring 2022 Specialty Conference on Water Risk Under a Rapidly Changing World - Evaluation & Adaptation. Manuscripts will be considered on research related to any of the conference themes. Authors who plan to submit a manuscript to the Featured Collection issue of JAWRA are encouraged to present their work at the conference. The Featured Collection is planned to be published in June 2023 and below is the schedule. Learn more.
- May 1- July 31, 2022: Submission window for full JAWRA manuscripts.
- June 2023: Publication of Featured Collections in JAWRA.
Water Resources IMPACT Magazine
This special companion issue of Water Resources IMPACT magazine will bring together articles from across the sector to discuss novel solutions that address urgent water risks in a changing world - the theme of the 2022 Spring Conference. Articles should range between 800 and 1500 words, include non-technical content that appeals to a broad audience, and reflect the breadth of topics addressed at the conference.
- CLOSED: Provide a 150 word summary with title to Michael Campana, AWRA IMPACT Editor-in-Chief. You will receive a response in seven business days.
- CLOSED: Final articles due for special IMPACT issue.