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2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference

Description:  The West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University is accepting abstracts through March 27 for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference.

Researchers from colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, private organizations, consulting firms, industry and students are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for oral and poster presentations.

Abstracts for basic and applied research papers are being solicited in all areas related to water resources including infrastructure, energy, monitoring, policy, supply, technology, water quality and others.

The conference combines exceptional educational programs with opportunities for researchers, policy makers, state and federal agencies, environmental consultants, private organizations and the public to share in the latest information, technologies and research relating to water resources in the Mid-Atlantic.

“Water science, unlike many fields, involves a wide range of disciplines including law, engineering, social sciences, policy, economics, chemistry and biology,” said Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute.

“This conference is a great opportunity to bring practitioners together to build the knowledge base needed to effectively manage our most precious resource.”

The event is being hosted by the West Virginia Water Research Institute, University of Delaware Water Resources Center, Pennsylvania Center for Water Resources Research at Pennsylvania State University, and the Virginia Water Resources Research Center at Virginia Tech.

Organizers:  WV WRI (WVU), UMD WRC (UMD), PA CWRR (PSU), VA WRRC (VA Tech)

When:  October 12-13, 2017

Where:  National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV

Theme:  “Water Research: Building Knowledge and Innovative Solutions”

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Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI) 2017 Symposium

Description:  The Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute’s Annual Symposium encourages information transfer by providing opportunities for individuals conducting water-related work (e.g., research, management, education) to discuss their activities, preliminary or final, with others interested in the waters of the Commonwealth.  

Abstracts are due January 20th.  See link to Call for Abstracts above.

Organizers:  KWRRI

When:  March 20, 2017

Where:  Marriott Griffin Gate Resort (1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, 40511)

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2018 CUAHSI Biennial Colloquium

Will be held consecutively with the Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds (ICRW) meeting.

When: July 30 - August 1, 2018

Where:  NCTC in Shepherdstown, WV.

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2016 CUAHSI Biennial Colloquium

Every two years, CUAHSI hosts a symposium to bring together the diverse fields of water science together to discuss developments in the hydrology sector of the Earth Sciences.  Under leadership from the CUAHSI Board of Directors, leading researchers present their latest research findings and developments, propose community workshops, and interact with colleagues from different disciplinary fields from all over the country. Students are especially encouraged to attend and present posters.

Description: The spatial and temporal resolution of environmental observations is increasing rapidly with advances in remote sensing, wireless in-situ sensor development, and environmental observatories. Big data, which is increasingly available to the hydrology community, has the potential to transform our approaches to address environmental problems.  How can we use big data to improve understanding of  complex interactions and feedbacks from local to global scales that are critical to understand past and predict  future response of the hydrosphere to changes in climate and human activities? The theme of the 2016 CUAHSI Biennial meeting focuses on enabling the use of big data within the hydrologic sciences toward integrated understanding of complex processes, sustainability of water resources, and assessment of change across the global hydrosphere.

Theme:  Finding Your Place in Big Data: Using Observations to Understand Hydrologic Processes for Predicting a Changing World

When:  July 24 - 27, 2016

Where:  National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV

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CUAHSI Water Data Catalog

CUAHSI maintains one of the largest catalogs of water data ever assembled, which is openly and freely accessible without any need to install software or learn advanced technical skills. New features have been added to HydroClient, which enables thousands of people in the United States and around the world to dependably discover and download water data. Over the last year, a major improvement was the addition of a Workspace, which allows users to login and save data in the cloud. This allows users to use data tools, such as the Data Series Viewer, to interact with data sets. While improvements to HydroClient were made, many new data sets were published in the CUAHSI catalog. Some examples include:

  • Global Network of Mountain Observatories (GNOMO): A data publication project that has led to four mountain observatories, and two additional related field sites, publishing data with CUAHSI.
  • IBM Service Corps in Chile: CUAHSI staff collaborated with the IBM Corporate Service Corps on a project that needed a solution for sharing data from field sites in the Atacama Desert for the local Chilean Ministry of Environment.
  • Yosemite Hydroclimate Network: A research project (from the University of Washington) that examines the impact of large scale weather and climate patterns on water quantity.

The next year should hold big changes for CUAHSI’s data services. We have developed a new search engine for our data catalog that will enable new, more precise methods for data searching. Additionally, CUAHSI is working closely with partners to create new opportunities for archiving, discovering, and collaborating around data and models.

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2017 CUAHSI Hydroinformatics Conference

Organizers:  CUAHSI

Theme: Swimming in Data without Drowning in Deluge

When: July 25 - 27, 2017

Where: University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL

 

 

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• US Fish and Wildlife Service Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance

Deadline: Rolling dates
Provides technical and financial assistance to other federal agencies, states, local governments, Native American tribes, nongovernmental organizations, citizen groups, and landowners for the conservation and management of fish and wildlife resources. This includes minimizing the establishment, spread, and impact of aquatic invasive species. Specifically, aquatic habitat conservation projects under this program must protect, restore, and enhance fish and aquatic habitats, as outlined in the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (Action Plan). Funded projects may be carried out by Fish Habitat Partnerships (FHPs) recognized by the National Fish Habitat Board (Board) or the partners of Board recognized FHPs.
Size of Grant: 70 awards of $300,000
Cost Sharing or Match – not required; however, a cost share of at least 1:1 or more is recommended to increase the competitiveness.

 

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• EPA Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms

Deadline: January 4, 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking regular and early career applications proposing innovative research on the prediction, prevention, control and mitigation of freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms as well as the drivers, life cycle patterns, and fate of and effects from less-common, less-studied, and emerging freshwater HAB species and toxins.
Size of Grant: 4 awards of $760,000
Cost Sharing or Match: No

 

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• USDA Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG)

Deadline: January 9, 2017
The purpose of the Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) to EQIP eligible producers, into NRCS technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector. CIG is used to apply or demonstrate previously proven technology in order to increase adoption, with an emphasis on opportunities to scale proven, emerging conservation strategies. CIG promotes the sharing of skills, knowledge, technologies, and facilities among communities, governments, and other institutions to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users. CIG projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research.
Size of Grant: 60 awards of $2 million
Cost Sharing or Match: Yes

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ASMR - ARRI Meeting

Description:  Joint meeting of American Society of Mining and Reclamation (ASMR), West Virginia Mine Drainage Task Force, and Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI).

Theme:  What's Next for Reclamation?

Organizers:  WV Mine Drainage Task Force

When: April 9-13, 2017

Where:  Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV

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IWSS Spring Symposium

Description:  The symposium will offer networking opportunities between the University’s water community as well as with representatives from industry, federal and state agencies, partner institutions, the private sector, and others.

“The focus of the Symposium will be the history, present conditions, and current and future needs of West Virginia’s water resources,” said Dr. Jason Hubbart, Director of the IWSS. “We anticipate an information-packed networking opportunity that will enrich attendees’ programs and initiatives, and help facilitate broad multi-disciplinary collaborations.”

Attendees, including graduate and undergraduate students, are invited to submit a proposal for the symposium’s poster session. There is no fee to present a poster at the symposium. To apply, please complete an abstract submission form (see link above) and return to Laura Tinney by Monday, December 12. Submissions will be reviewed and notifications of acceptance will be made by January 10, 2017.

Theme:  history, present conditions, and current and future needs of West Virginia’s water resources

Organizers:  WVU Institute of Water Security and Science (IWSS)

When: February 28, 2016

Where: Waterfront Plact, Morgantown, WV

 

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WVU Institute of Water Security and Science (IWSS) Spring Symposium

Tuesday, February 28, 2016 (12:00pm – 7:00pm) at WVU

The IWSS Spring Symposium, which will offer networking opportunities between the water community as well as with representatives from industry, federal and state agencies, partner institutions, the private sector, and others. Focus of the symposium will include West Virginia water resources history, present conditions, and current and future needs. We anticipate an information packed networking opportunity that will enrich attendees’ programs and initiatives, and facilitate broad multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Lunch will be provided. Registration and additional information about the symposium will be forthcoming. We encourage faculty to share this information with students that may wish to present posters.

Attendees (including graduate and undergraduate students) are invited to submit a proposal for the symposium’s poster session. To apply, please complete the application (IWSS_PosterPresentationApp.pdf) and return to Laura Tinney (laura.tinney@mail.wvu.edu) by Monday, December 12. Applications will be reviewed and notifications of acceptance will be made by January 10, 2017.

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NCAR WRF-Hydro Modeling System

The Weather Research and Forecasting Model Hydrological modeling extension package (WRF-Hydro) is a new community-based model coupling framework designed to link multi-scale process models of the atmosphere and terrestrial hydrology.  The underlying goal of WRF-Hydro development is to improve prediction skill of hydrometeorological forecasts using science-based numerical prediction tools.  To support this goal, hydrometeorological scientists at NCAR, in collaboration with university researchers and federal agencies, have built an extensible, multi-scale coupling architecture to link weather and climate models with hydrological component models (figure below).  The system provides the capability to perform coupled and uncoupled multi-physics simulations and predictions of terrestrial water cycle processes on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales.

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NOAA National Water Model

The National Water Model (NWM) is a hydrologic model that simulates observed and forecast streamflow over the entire continental United States (CONUS). The NWM simulates the water cycle with mathematical representations of the different processes and how they fit together. This complex representation of physical processes such as snowmelt and infiltration and movement of water through the soil layers varies significantly with changing elevations, soils, vegetation types and a host of other variables. Additionally, extreme variability in precipitation over short distances and times can cause the response on rivers and streams to change very quickly. Overall, the process is so complex that to simulate it with a mathematical model means that it needs a very high powered computer or super computer in order to run in the time frame needed to support decision makers when flooding is threatened.

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Cooking Hacks Open Aquarium

Open Aquarium has been designed to help you to take care of your fish by automating the control and maintenance tasks that take place in the fish tanks and ponds. Open Aquarium consists of two different and complementary kits: Basic and Aquaponics, and many several extra accessories.

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YSI

YSI's environmental products provide high quality, high resolution data to better understand and manage our water resources. They are used for wastewater process control, climate change and drought studies, flood monitoring and warning, stormwater runoff monitoring, groundwater quantification and contamination, aquaculture production and source water safety.

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Libelium Smart Water IoT Vertical Kit

Smart Water IoT Vertical Kit is equipped with multiple sensors to improve and simplify remote water quality monitoring (pH, Dissolved Oxygen, Conductivity, etc). Using this kit swimming pool conditions can be remotely controlled, and cities can benefit by monitoring the quality of tap water.

This kit is suitable also for potable water monitoring, chemical leakage detection in rivers and the sea, remote measurement of swimming pools and spas, corrosion and limescale deposit, fish tank monitoring and seawater pollution levels.

The data is sent to the Internet by the GW using Ethernet and 3G/GPRS radios.

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USGS Water Resources

Water Resources of the United States

Water is one of seven science mission areas of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Water's mission is to collect and disseminate reliable, impartial, and timely information that is needed to understand the Nation's water resources.

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GRASS GIS

GRASS GIS, commonly referred to as GRASS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System), is a free and open source Geographic Information System (GIS) software suite used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics and maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization. GRASS GIS is currently used in academic and commercial settings around the world, as well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting companies. It is a founding member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).

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Multivariate Adaptive Constructed Analogs (MACA)

 

The Multivariate Adaptive Constructed Analogs (MACA) (Abatzoglou, Brown, 2011) method is a statistical downscaling method which utilizes a training dataset (i.e. a meteorological observation dataset) to remove historical biases and match spatial patterns in climate model output. 

We have used MACA to downscale the model output from 20 global climate models (GCMs) of the Coupled Model Inter-Comparison Project 5 (CMIP5) for the historical GCM forcings (1950-2005) and the future Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) RCP 4.5 and RCP8.5 scenarios (2006-2100) from the native resolution of the GCMS to either 4-km or ~6-km. 

The MACA dataset is unique in that it downscales a large set of variables making it ideal for different kinds of modeling of future climate (i.e. hydrology, ecology, vegetation, fire, wind). We currently have data for the following variables:

  • tasmax - Maximum daily temperature near surface (2 m)
  • tasmin - Minimum daily temperature near surface (2 m)
  • rhsmax - Maximum daily relative humidity near surface (2 m)
  • rhsmin - Minimum daily relative humdity near surface (2 m)
  • huss - Average daily specific humidity near surface (2 m)
  • pr - Average daily precipitation amount at surface
  • rsds- Average daily downward shortwave radiation at surface
  • was - Average daily wind speed near surface (10 m)
  • uas - Average daily eastward component of wind near surface (10 m)
  • vas - Average daily northward component of wind near surface (10 m)

We are currently dispensing 3 data products: MACAv1-METDATA, MACAv2-METDATA and MACAv2-LIVNEH.

  • MACAv1-METDATA is available for the Western USA, while MACAv2-LIVNEH/MACAv2-METDATA are available over the entire coterminous USA.
  • MACAv2-LIVNEH/MACAv2-METDATA both use the newest version of the MACA method (version 2), while MACAv1-METDATA uses version 1. Both methods are very similar to that described by Abatzoglou and Brown, 2011.

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Innovative Environmental Monitoring Technology Symposium

Description:  The Innovative Environmental Monitoring Technology Symposium aims to bring together researchers, regulators, and practitioners in different fields of environmental monitoring who are interested in using technology to solve monitoring problems. Attendees are invited from industry, universities, NGO’s , venture capital, utilities, federal/ state regulatory agencies, cities and counties focused on enhanced quality in monitoring for air, water and terrestrial parameters.

Organizers:  Partnership for Digitally Connected Environmental Monitoring at Ohio University

Theme:  Solving Environmental Monitoring Problems with New Technology

When:  October 17-18, 2016

Where:  Ohio University, Athens, OH

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Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education (ORBCRE) Symposium

What: ORBCRE Symposium 2016

Where: Youngstown State University

When: September 27-29, 2016

Theme: Global Change and Ecological Perspective:  Water Resources Sustainability in Ohio River Basin

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WV Higher Education Technology Conference (WVHETC)

Presenting a session with Justin Chapman

Title: "Using HUBzero as a Collaboration Portal"

Abstract:  HUBzero is "a powerful, open source software platform for creating dynamic web sites that support scientific research and educational activities." This presentation will cover the basic features from the perspective of the Site User, CMS Manager, Web Developer, Tool Developer and the Site Administrator. It will then walk through a live demonstration of Aquavit, a collaboration portal being developed to support scientific research and educational activities of the Appalachian Freshwater Initiative (AFI), an NSF-funded project to monitor, model and protect the future quality of freshwater systems in West Virginia.

When:  Monday, September 26, 2016, 2:25-3:10

Where:  Waterfront Place Hotel, Wharf B (Morgantown, WV)

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