American Water Resources Association Introduces National Open Water Data Initiative

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The American Water Resources Association (AWRA)--in coordination with The White House Climate Data Initiative; the Federal Geographic Data Committee; and the Advisory Committee on Water Information--will introduce a national Open Water Data Initiative during its Annual Water Resources Conference and 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel,Tysons Corner, VA, Thursday, November 6, 2014.

AWRA 50th Anniversary

AWRA Celebrates 50 Years of leadership in water resources management, 1964-2014.

Meeting the challenges of the future will involve a collective effort at the national, regional and local level to succeed, and that is the idea behind the Open Water Data Initiative. --David Maidment, Professor of Civil Engineering, UT Austin

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA)--the premiere multidisciplinary association for water resource managers, scholars and students--and its Technology Committee, in coordination with The White House Climate Data Initiative; the Federal Geographic Data Committee; and the Advisory Committee on Water Information, will introduce a national discussion titled "The Open Water Data Initiative - Unifying Water Data for the Nation" during its Annual Water Resources Conference and 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel, Tysons Corner, VA, Thursday, November 6, 2014.

The AWRA Technology Committee has organized an entire track surrounding the Open Water Data Initiative on Thursday, November 6, from 8:30am-5:00pm. Sessions in the track include:

Session 61: Open Water Data 1 - Assessment of National Priorities. Moderator: David Maidment, Professor of Civil Engineering, UT Austin. A panel of high-level federal decision makers discusses the priorities for a national water data infrastructure. Panelists include: Jerad Bales, Chief Hydrologist, US Geological Survey; Tom Graziano, Chief of Staff, National Weather Service; James Dalton, Chief, Engineering and Construction, US Army Corps of Engineers; Joseph Nimmich, Deputy Administrator of FEMA, Dept. of Homeland Security.

Session 67: Open Water Data 2 - Lightning Talks - Data Access and Analytics. Moderator: David Blodgett, U.S. Geological Survey. Lightning talks on recent critical advances in data provision, access, processing and analysis.

Session 73: Open Water Data 3 - Lightning Talks - Modeling and Integration. Moderator: Dan Ames, Brigham Young University. Lightning talks highlighting innovative and proven models, as well as analytic and integrative applications that rely on ever-growing data stores and data streams.

Session 79: Open Water Data 4 - Panel on Digital Infrastructure Futures. Moderator: Jack Hampson, Atkins. Federal, regional, university and private partners envision what is possible with highly-available and reliable water and climate information. What can help each community find the best path to sustainable growth and resilience in the face of natural disasters? Panelists include: Al Rea, Co-Manager, National Hydrography Dataset, USGS; Kenneth Ashe, Deputy Director, NC Floodplain Mapping Program; Carey Johnston, Office of Compliance, EPA; Steve Kopp, Program Manager, Esri; David Maidment, Professor of Civil Engineering, UT Austin.

One day and full registration are available onsite. Visit the conference website for registration rates.

Download the AWRA 2014 Conference App for a detailed program and speaker list. You can also follow real-time social media and conference updates through the app. Download the App by searching in the App Store™ and Google Play™ using keywords: AWRA 2014 Annual Conference.

Following the conference, several sessions - including the entire Open Water Data Initiative track - will be available for online viewing. Visit the AWRA website after the conference for a complete list of sessions.

About AWRA
Since 1964, American Water Resources Association has been dedicated to the advancement of water resources management, research and education, as well as a balanced approach toward solving water resources challenges. AWRA’s membership is comprised of professionals who share a common interest in working and learning across a wide range of disciplines focused on water resources policy, practice and education. For more information visit http://www.awra.org.

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