CUAHSI's Cyberseminar Series:

2019 National Water Center Summer Institute

Host: Danielle Tijerina, CUAHSI

Next summer, CUAHSI will host the fifth National Water Center Innovators Program – Summer Institute. The Summer Institute (SI) is a collaborative research program between CUAHSI and the National Weather Service aimed at engaging the academic research community in the enhancement of the NOAA National Water Model. This webinar series will present information about the Summer Institute for prospective student participants, academic advisors, and others who want to learn about or become involved in the SI. In three Cyberseminars, we intend to give an overview of the Summer Institute experience from the participant perspective, information on the collaboration between CUAHSI and the NOAA National Water Center, examples of past research projects, and a sneak peek into the 2019 Summer Institute Themes. Presenters include past SI Fellows, National Water Center staff, Theme Leaders, and NCAR scientists.

All talks take place on Fridays at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Dates, Speakers, and Topics:

  • November 2, 2018: A Day in the Life of a Summer Institute Fellow: An Introduction to the CUAHSI National Water Center Summer Institute Experience | Danielle Tijerina, CUAHSI; Lauren Grimley, The Water Institute of the Gulf; Kelly Flint, San Diego State University
  • November 16, 2018: Introduction to the National Water Center and the National Water Model in collaboration with the CUAHSI Summer Institute | Trey Flowers, National Water Center
  • November 30, 2018: The Summer Institute Research Experience: Highlights from Past CUAHSI National Water Center Summer Institute Research and 2019 Summer Institute Themes | Fred Ogden, NWC; Ehab Meselhe, The Water Institute of the Gulf

Presentation Abstracts and Recordings

  • November 2, 2018: Danielle Tijerina, CUAHSI; Lauren Grimley, The Water Institute of the Gulf; Kelly Flint, San Diego State University

    A Day in the Life of a Summer Institute Fellow: An Introduction to the CUAHSI National Water Center Summer Institute Experience

    The National Water Center Innovators Program Summer Institute (SI) is a learning experience that encompasses research, networking, acquiring new skills, and having an exciting and fun-filled summer. The first portion of this webinar covers logistics of the SI including participant expectations, important dates for potential applicants, and what is included in the participant award. Next, we will present on the SI experience from the student participant viewpoint. This encompasses what it is like to live and work in Tuscaloosa, the process of forming a group project, the great social aspects of the SI, and the overall challenges and rewards of participating in the program. As all three speakers are past SI participants, this is a great way to get an insider’s perspective of the SI experience and how it can be beneficial for your research and career in the long-term.

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  • November 16, 2018: Trey Flowers, National Water Center

    Introduction to the National Water Center and the National Water Model in collaboration with the CUAHSI Summer Institute

    The Office of Water Prediction of the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) established the National Water Center (NWC) in 2015 on the Tuscaloosa campus of the University of Alabama to serve as the U.S. center for water forecast services, in partnership with other federal agencies. The same year the NWS, in collaboration with CUAHSI, established the National Water Center Innovators Program to engage the academic community in research to advance the mission of the National Water Center and enhance the NOAA National Water Model. This webinar will give an overview of activities at the NWC, including present and future goals, as well as address the role of the Summer Institute in exploring these goals. The second part of the webinar will be an introduction to the National Water Model (NWM), including model configuration, basic physics overview, and how the NWS and Office of Water Prediction utilize the NWM as an operational forecast tool. 

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  • November 30, 2018: Fred Ogden, NWC; Ehab Meselhe, The Water Institute of the Gulf

    The Summer Institute Research Experience: Highlights from Past CUAHSI National Water Center Summer Institute Research and 2019 Summer Institute Themes

    The Summer Institute is a collaborative program where students have the chance to work with professionals and faculty from across the hydrologic community.  One of the most important partnerships is that between student fellows and Theme Leader advisors. Theme Leaders have a unique role in that they are involved in the Summer Institute from beginning to end. They participate in the initial planning stages, help students form groups and interpret the themes during the first two training weeks of the SI, guide group research throughout the seven weeks, and assist in developing the final report and presentation.  This webinar will give insight into the Summer Institute from the Theme Leader perspective including highlights of past group projects, an overview of the project ideation process, benefits of participating in the SI, and a sneak peek into the 2019 Summer Institute themes.

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