AGU Fall Meeting 2021

AGU Fall Meeting 2021

New Orleans, LA - December 13-17

CUAHSI Staff Schedule of Presentations and Sessions​

Jerad Bales, Director

Deanna McCay, Deputy Director

Anthony Castronova, Senior Research Hydrologist​

Julia Masterman, Science Education & Outreach Specialist

Emily Clark, Project Manager

2022 Frontiers in Hydrology Meeting

Frontiers in Hydrology meeting will test innovative approaches to convene the water community, communicate science and its integration in other disciplines, and design engaging conference experiences. Leveraging collaborations between co-sponsors, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc.), the conference will include engineering, urban planning, social science, and affiliated science communities.

Please visit the meeting website for more details.

It's time to submit abstracts for discussion and poster sessions, roundtable/panels and innovative sessions. Below are the sessions that CUAHSI staff are co-convening. Abstracts will be accepted until 26 January 2022.

Session Title: Creating collaborators: A Spontaneous Research Brainstorming Session 

Session ID: 143222

Theme: Developing the next generation

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Convener’s: Caitlin Grady (Primary), Jason H Davison, Maribeth Kniffin, Deanna McCay

Session Purpose: This session will encompass an exciting mix of speed networking, future visioning, and communicating science. We will facilitate small group discussions, with participants across all career stages, around frontiers in hydrology, particularly surrounding themes emergent to climate change, justice and equity, and engaged scholarship. By attending this session you will have the opportunity to meet other conference participants, brainstorm a convergent research topic, and test out your ideas with other colleagues. At the end of this session, you will create a new team of connections with the potential ability to apply your work for collaborations, future publications, or research grants. This is no ordinary session!


Session Title: Communication Skills for Cultivating Professional Relationships

Session ID: 143237

Theme: Developing the next generation

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Convener’s: Aditi Bhaskar (primary), Deanna McCay, Margaret A Zimmer, Veronica Sosa Gonzalez

Session Purpose: This highly interactive session will provide early-career researchers (students and postdoctoral fellows) with skills to cultivate professional relationships (e.g., mentoring up, getting the most out of mentors and advisors and developing a mentoring map) and to match early-career researchers with mentors.  These skills can be used to build professional networks and navigate the FIHM and beyond.  The development of professional networks contributes to a sense of belonging to the water science community and is important to persistence and success in water science professions, but some groups have been traditionally excluded from these networks.  Therefore, this session will particularly focus on early-career researchers who self-identify as a member of a group traditionally excluded from hydrology (based on race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, language, caste, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, socioeconomic status, etc.), and will draw on session convener’s local connections.  


Session Title: Frontiers in Critical Zone Science – Shared goals and opportunities

Session ID: 143528

Theme: Learning from observations

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Convener’s: Bhavna Arora (primary), Pamela Sullivan, Jerad Bales

Session Purpose: Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs) are instrumented field sites used for monitoring hydrological fluxes, energy matter, and biogeochemical cycles – from bedrock to canopy, across terrestrial and aquatic interfaces, and across climatic and hydrobiogeochemical gradients. Critical zone science has benefited immensely from the establishment of these CZOs across the world, studying a wide variety of places within the regional setting. However, work thus far has been characteristically independent across these sites. As climate change is increasingly changing the structure and function of our critical zones, there is a significant need for cross-site synthesis, cross-disciplinary integration, and standardized sharing of information and data to enable new scientific discoveries beyond what we have today. This session aims to create a space to discuss the next frontiers in critical zone science, to establish and nurture best practices for open science and discussions, and to encourage international collaborations


Session Title: Advancing the State-of-the-Science of Water Resources Modeling - Community Development at the Intersection of Domain, Data, and Computer Sciences

Session ID: 142579

Theme: Simulating complex systems

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Convener’s: Trey Flowers (primary), Patrick Burke, Gaurav Savant, Austin Raney

Session Purpose:Creating skillful and useful water prediction models remains a challenge. Societal needs require modeling at larger spatial domains (i.e. continental) and unification of freshwater, saltwater, and atmospheric modeling systems. Solving these challenges requires creating new software frameworks, leveraging domain, computer, and data sciences, and using open-source best practices to foster a dynamic community of developers and practitioners. Advances are needed in a broad range of subject areas, such as process representation across differing landscape and anthropogenic conditions; coupled inland and coastal processes; data assimilation; representation of geomorphic and bathymetric conditions; parameterization and calibration with a focus on machine/deep learning approaches; and performance evaluation. This session seeks submissions on topics aimed at improving the skill of water resources models and invites contributions from those making community advances in all aspects of this challenge.