2020 Spring Conference

Geospatial Water Technology Conference: Complex Systems.
Tribute to David Maidment

March 23-26, 2020

Join us in Austin, TX for the AWRA 2020 Geospatial Water Technology Conference and explore complex systems related to water, including ecological webs, water infrastructure, transportation networks and water-energy-food nexus among others.

Conference Location

Doubletree by Hilton, Austin

6505 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78752, USA

Conference Deadlines

September 18, 2019: Topical Session and Workshop Submissions Due
October 18, 2019: Abstract Submissions Due
February 21, 2020: Hotel Room Block - Book your reservation with the Doubletree to receive the conference rate of $159/night plus taxes/fees (single/double).
March 1, 2020: Early Registration Due

Need your organization's support to participate? Customize our Justification to Attend Letter template. If you are traveling outside the United States and need to request a Letter of Invitation, download this form and email it to dresden@awra.org.

Conference Description

In recognition of new, exciting technologies in geospatial analysis of water systems, our biennial conference has changed its name. The AWRA Geospatial Water Technology Conference starts its second decade of existence by continuing to embrace, but also moving beyond GIS in Water Resources. We welcome participants who work in a wide array of water technologies. The Special Theme of this Conference is Complex Systems. 

Centuries of experience in water resources management have taught us that water is a complex, multi-layered system that involves flows in the natural environment and built infrastructure. Components of this system include surface and groundwater, sewerage and drinking water systems, storm water flows and green infrastructure. We must embrace this complexity to manage water sustainably. Together we will explore complex systems related to water, including ecological webs, water and transportation networks, urban infrastructure, the water-energy nexus and water sustainability. Complexity manifests itself on multiple temporal, spatial and contextual scales, and ranges from ecosystem dynamics to nexus systems such as energy, food and water. We invite presentations on this wide spectrum of topics, as well as on analytical, simulation, and visualization tools that can be used for decision-making in such systems. 

The conference will also introduce a new approach to managing and sharing geospatial information related to water. The USGS, along with partners, is leading the design of the National Hydrography Infrastructure (NHI). The NHI is based on the NHDPlus High Resolution dataset framework, web-based Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and geoprocessing services for addressing data to the hydrographic network; as well as cataloging and network-based search and discovery of the addressed data. The NHI will support the development of connected tools, systems, and applications, including artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) solutions. It is collaborative, open, and valuable for a broad user group, including government, tribes, industry, and citizens, and will form the core spatial framework for the Internet of Water.

This is an opportunity to share your research and experiences with colleagues who are actively working in the fields of complexity and sustainability in the context of water. We particularly encourage students, postdoctoral associates and early career researchers to join us to learn about cutting edge technologies in the analysis of complex hydrologic systems, and to participate in a variety of specially planned activities.

This AWRA Spring Specialty Conference will also pay tribute to David Maidment for his outstanding contributions to the water resources community. A full day Maidment Symposium sponsored by CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc) will immediately follow the main conference.


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