Fall 2021 CUAHSI Cyberseminar Series

Perspectives on Urban Flood Resilience: How Different Fields Tackle One of the World’s Most Prevalent Disasters

Flooding is a “wicked problem” that is complex and difficult to solve. Incomplete knowledge coupled with the large number of people and systems that are impacted add additional complexity to this challenge. Urban flooding is of particular concern as human populations concentrate in urban areas, which are often located in coastal or flood prone areas. This Cyberseminar series brings together scholars from a variety of perspectives and fields to share their research on urban flooding, recommendations for how to lessen future impacts or approach challenges, and highlight areas of needed research and collaboration. Hosted by CUAHSI, this series seeks to reach scientists at all stages of their careers, policy makers, and urban flood practitioners to establish connections between members of different fields, shed light on interdisciplinary research and methodologies, and to define calls to action for both research and practice.  Join us Wednesdays this fall for Perspectives on urban flood resilience: How different fields tackle one of the world’s most prevalent disasters, a Cyberseminar series that seeks to bring together individuals from different backgrounds who are addressing the complex problem of urban flooding.

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World Rivers Day

World Rivers Day takes place on the fourth Sunday of September. While it is important to take that day and celebrate local rivers, it is also important to work for their protection throughout the year.

Waterkeeper Alliance: Get involved with your local waterkeeper organization, or streamkeeper group, to protect your stream or river (https://waterkeeper.org/get-involved/). If none are in your area, please consider starting your own group. Look at ways you can clean up the river channel, plant vegetation to secure eroded banks, and work with local government to protect and preserve streams in your area.

Storm Drains: Most storm drains are linked to local waterways and so it is important to avoid washing your car near these drains and to avoid putting any kind of chemical, soap or other pollutant in the drains.

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AIH MN Water New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Please plan to join members of AIH’s leadership team at the outdoor patio of Groveland Tap for Happy Hour as we celebrate the upcoming Water New Year!

What are we celebrating? A Water Year (also called hydrological year) is a term commonly used in hydrology to describe a time period of 12 months for which precipitation totals are measured. In the Northern Hemisphere, Water Year 2021 started on October 1, 2020 and ends on September 30, 2021.

Drinks and snacks will be provided. This event is free to AIH members and those interested in AIH membership.

Note that all local and CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 will be followed. Additionally, we will be requesting that all attendees be prepared to show proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test (taken within 72 hours), upon joining the event.

AIH NorCal Water New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Save the Date

Please plan to join members of AIH’s leadership team at Drake’s The Barn in West Sacramento as we celebrate the upcoming Water New Year! Request all interested in joining for this in-person event to register so that we may plan accordingly.

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What are we celebrating? A Water Year (also called hydrological year) is a term commonly used in hydrology to describe a time period of 12 months for which precipitation totals are measured. In California (and, generally, in the Northern Hemisphere) Water Year 2021 started on October 1, 2020 and ends on September 30, 2021.

Drinks and snacks will be provided. This event is free to AIH members and those interested in AIH membership.

Please note that all local and CDC guidelines re COVID-19 will be followed. Additionally, we will be requesting that all attendees be prepared to show proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test (taken within 72 hours) upon joining the event.

Imagine a Day Without Water

No water to drink, or wash your hands with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn’t put out fires and farmers couldn’t water their crops. Disease would spread.

This year, we want to help you learn more about where your water comes from and where your water goes. We’ll take a deeper dive into the impact drinking water and wastewater providers have within your community. Many Americans take water for granted every day. But what would a day be like without water? Imagine a Day Without Water 2021 will be the seventh annual day to raise awareness and educate America about the value of water.

AIH Meet & Greet

The American Institute of Hydrology (AIH) is planning an informal Meet and Greet virtual event on March 16, 2022, 4:00 to 5:00 pm (Pacific). The event will introduce AIH’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee members and initiatives. The finalized DEI initiatives will be presented formally at a future webinar. We would love to hear your ideas and feed-back during this interactive virtual event to help us advance and implement them. If you plan to attend, please register using the link below by Monday, March 14, 2022. Please note that the event is open to all, AIH members and non-members alike. We look forward to seeing you there!

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World Water Day

Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere.

Out of sight, under our feet, groundwater is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives.

Almost all of the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater.

As climate change gets worse, groundwater will become more and more critical.

We need to work together to sustainably manage this precious resource.

Groundwater may be out of sight, but it must not be out of mind.

Introduction to the National Science Foundation’s Hydrologic Sciences Program: A Virtual Town Hall Meeting

The U.S. National Science Foundation’s Hydrologic Sciences Program supports fundamental research about water on and beneath the Earth’s surface, as well as relationships of water with material and living components of the environment. This virtual Town Hall meeting will introduce the Program’s scope, highlighting recent updates to the solicitation. Program Directors will discuss new research opportunities related to climate change and technological innovation, as well as steps NSF is taking to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the research community. Topics will also include how to contact Program Directors, the types of awards made through the program, the merit review process, expectations for data management and project reporting, and guidance on submitting disciplinary or interdisciplinary proposals. There will be time for questions and discussion following the presentation.

Program Solicitation: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2022/nsf22540/nsf22540.htm

Register Here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5016432146876/WN_OCX6ACsCT8-YYSK0pzQbcw

AIH Webinar – A Novel Approach To Quantify Streamflow Properties – Richard Koehler, PhD, PH

Presented is a novel approach using autocorrelation lag (k) plots and sequence summations to quantify the streamflow properties of magnitude, frequency, duration, timing and rate of change. The resulting products are a combination of visualizations and tables providing streamflow information across all flow levels and address a fundamental hydrologic property – the temporal configuration of streamflow.

Multiple regional case studies are presented to show the utility of this technique in different riverine environments.

Webinar learning objectives

  • Identify the additional information available in autocorrelation lag (k) plots.
  • Recognize the advantages of a temporal-based approach.
  • Describe ecohydrology effects based on information presented.

Speaker Bio

Richard Koehler, PhD, PH

CEO of Visual Data Analytics, Certified Professional Hydrologist

Richard is the CEO of Visual Data Analytics and a certified professional hydrologist with over 40-years’ experience. Before retiring, he was the National Hydrologic and Geospatial Sciences Training Coordinator for NOAA’s National Weather Service. He is also a retired NOAA Corps lieutenant commander where he served aboard NOAA oceanographic research ships. Past assignments include river forecaster at two NWS River Forecast Centers. While at the Northwest River Forecast Center, he oversaw the implementation of an operational dynamic wave model for Lower Columbia River stage forecasts for shipping interests.

Other positions include Director of Water Resources for an Arizona consulting company and Water Resources Hydrologist for Cochise County, Arizona. Richard has a PhD, MS and BS in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona and an additional MS in Hydrographic Sciences from the US Naval Postgraduate School. The focus of his research are alternate methods of analyzing environmental time-series data along with novel data visualizations.

Register Here: https://sma.regfox.com/aih-webinar

AWRA and AIH | Introduction to the GroundwaterU Video Public Library – a new and free educational resource.

DESCRIPTION
The GroundwaterU Video Library is a free, online catalogue of high-quality educational videos for all things groundwater – from science and engineering to law and policy, in multiple languages and from around the world. An educational platform that serves to make groundwater knowledge accessible globally by way of high-quality and engaging educational videos. This presentation will describe the goals and value of the GroundwaterU education initiative, how to use the website, and how volunteers can share their own expertise with a global audience via customized videos at no cost.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Advocate the use of the GroundwaterU Video Library to help facilitate the spreading of groundwater knowledge.
  • Give attendees the knowledge about the need for global groundwater education.
  • Prepare attendees with the necessary directions for using the online library.

WEBINAR RECORDING & PDH CERTIFICATE
Included with your webinar registration is access to a recording of the program and a fillable certificate to self-report your Professional Development Hour (PDH)/Continuing Education Credit (CEU). Your certificate will be available to download and a link to the recording of this webinar will be sent within a week of the live program from membership@awra.org. The recording is exclusively for you, the registrant of the webinar. They are not to be shared or forwarded.

Promo codes AIH members (and non-members) should use to register for the webinar are as follows:
AIHM22 – AIH Members to pay $0.00
AIHNON22 – AIH nonmembers to pay $25.00 (used for tracking purposes only as this is the same price as AWRA nonmembers)

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SPEAKER BIO

Andrew Cohen is a hydrogeologist located in New Jersey, USA. He received a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. His focus is hydrogeologic investigations, contaminant fate and transport, conceptual site models, and groundwater education. Prior to his current roles in the environmental consulting industry and Adjunct Professor of Contaminant Hydrogeology at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, he was a Research Associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he focused on hydrogeologic characterization and modeling of groundwater in fractured and faulted bedrock. He is now focused on the development of a free, online library of groundwater educational videos called the GroundwaterU Video Library, which he founded in January of this year.