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November 2022 e-Newsletter

Letter from the Executive Director 

Jerad Bales, Executive Director, CUAHSI

Dear Friends of Water Science,

I will be stepping down from the CUAHSI Executive Director position in early 2023.

The CUAHSI Board of Directors and I are very pleased to announce that Dr. Jordan Read will be serving as the CUAHSI Executive Director beginning January 9, 2023. Jordan established the Data Science Branch at the USGS and currently manages 16 data scientists, most of whom are working remotely.  This team produces water data science products (including models, workflows, and data visualizations) that are integrated into national scale water projects and educational materials. You can read more about that team’s recent accomplishments here.

Jordan completed his Ph.D. in environmental fluid mechanics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2012. He has more than 70 publications, with an h-index of 37. His recent research has focused on exploring new ways to integrate process constraints into machine learning approaches by using well-observed lake and stream systems as modeling testbeds. Jordan has been engaged with CUAHSI at some level for more than 10 years, including membership on the Informatics Standing Committee and leadership at CUAHSI science meetings. 

I know Jordan personally, and the Board, CUAHSI staff, and I are convinced that Jordan is the right person to lead CUAHSI in our next phase of growth and supporting the broad water community. Please give him all the support you have given me. Jordan and I will work together in early 2023 to ensure CUAHSI operations are transitioned seamlessly. 

Take care, Jerad

From Lejo Flores, 2022 Chair, CUAHSI Board of Directors: 

On behalf of the Board of Directors of CUAHSI, I would like to underscore how thrilled we are to have Dr. Read joining CUAHSI as the next Executive Director. In his time as Chief of the Data Science Branch of the USGS Water Resources Mission Area, Jordan brought innovations in telling important stories about water through data that will benefit CUAHSI immensely. The Board of Directors would also like to thank Dr. Jerad Bales for his service and leadership as CUAHSI's Executive Director and his support during this search and through the Executive Director transition. The growth in both data services and support for the water science community that CUAHSI has undergone in the past six years is truly breathtaking – and we owe Jerad tremendous gratitude for his leadership.  


Voices From The Community 

Christina (Nina) Aragon
Graduate Research Assistant, Water Resources Engineering, Oregon State University

Working towards a PhD is challenging at the best of times, and the isolation and loss of opportunities because of the COVID-19 pandemic make organizations like CUAHSI particularly impactful. I started my PhD in Water Resources Engineering at Oregon State University in 2019 and first interacted with CUAHSI in 2020 as a participant in the Snow Measurement Field School. Unfortunately, the pandemic altered the course of my PhD by canceling two winters of field work and turning the whole academic world virtual. The CUAHSI’s Pathfinder Fellowship helped to make up for some of these missed opportunities by providing funding to conduct in-person field work with out-of-state collaborators at a site I am modeling in Alaska.

Funding from the Pathfinder Fellowship allowed me to travel to southeastern Alaska where snow avalanches put human life and critical infrastructure at risk.  Snow distribution data is vital to understanding hazards such as snow avalanches, but these important data are critically lacking in Alaska. Research collaborators at the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (AK DGGS) who work on natural hazards, invited me to participate in an established field campaign in Turnagain Arm and to design my own field campaign in Turnagain Pass. In-situ and lidar data were collected across spatial and elevational gradients in Turnagain Arm and Turnagain Pass. These data allowed our research group to produce enhanced snow distribution estimates by incorporating the new data into a spatially-distributed physically-based snow model. Avalanche modeling is an important tool for avalanche hazard management, and requires accurate snow distribution information, such as the data we produced through this work.

Through this collaboration with the AK DGGS, I had the opportunity to co-produce actionable science with agency partners and other stakeholders on a key natural hazard, avalanches. This experience also allowed me to better understand the nuances and complexities that need to be captured in the model and gain a sense of place to support modeling decisions. I was able to increase my competence in snow field techniques through participation in ground-based and aerial snow surveys where I applied the skills I developed during the 2020 CUAHSI Snow School. Beyond scientific value, this experience provided me with valuable experiences in field campaign design, field techniques and the invaluable opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in-person. I learn the most in the field and on the skin track, discussing the science back-and-forth with colleagues. Community is also incredibly important to me and there is nothing like time spent together in the backcountry to build community and have important conversations about science. I’m thankful for the opportunities that CUAHSI has provided me and for the impact that they will have on completing my dissertation. 


General Announcements
Recruiting Now for the 2023 Summer Institute

Recruitment for Theme Leaders
Come engage with motivated graduate students to help advance water prediction at the 2023 CUAHSI Summer Institute. Theme Leaders will spend about two weeks in Tuscaloosa, AL, June 12 – 23, guiding students, initiating projects, building teams, and providing training. 
  • Apply here.
  • Deadline for applications is December 9, 2022.
Graduate Student Applications
The Summer Institute is a partnership between CUAHSI and NOAA that aims to engage the academic community in research to advance the mission of the National Water Center. Summer Institute participants work on projects related to water prediction and flood forecasting. Students work in small teams and are mentored by university faculty and other professionals. 
  • Apply here.
  • Deadline for applications is January 6, 2023.
Details about the Summer Institute program can be found on our website, here. Questions can be directed to Jerad Bales at
CUAHSI Member Representatives

Please plan to attend CUAHSI's Annual Membership Meeting on December 6, 2022, at 2pm ET. 2022 Membership Meeting Packets and registration links have been sent out, and can be accessed here. Contact Maddie Scranton,, with any questions.
ICRW8 Call for Abstracts

You are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 8th Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds (ICRW), “Adaptive Watershed Science and Ecosystem Management in a Changing Climate.”

Abstracts are due December 15th, 2022 at 11:59pm PST. Late abstracts will not be accepted.
Click for details and to submit your abstract.
Propose a Workshop

Is there a specialized topic or method that you want to share with the water science community? CUAHSI can help you host a workshop! CUAHSI is now accepting proposals. To learn more about CUAHSI’s past workshops, visit the website here, and reach out to with any questions about the proposal process!

Submit your proposal here by November 30th!
Funding Opportunities

CUAHSI offers funding opportunities for students and researchers in the water sciences. While these awards and fellowships may be relatively small, the impact may be large.  Get your application materials ready! The call for proposals is open now for both the Pathfinder and Hydroinformatics Innovation Fellowships. Deadline to apply for each: January 11, 2023.
You will find the links to apply in the information page for each of the Fellowships (linked above). If you have questions about any of CUAHSI fellowships, please contact Veronica Sosa Gonzalez at

Snow Measurement Field School
The call for applications will open soon!
CUAHSI and SINTER are looking forward to hosting the Snow Measurement Field School in person in March of 2023. More information will be available soon!

Attention Instructors! 

CUAHSI is seeking to understand the needs of faculty who teach water science to undergraduate students. Any college-level instructor, regardless of academic discipline, institution type, or appointment status, who teaches at least one undergraduate-level class related to water science is welcome to participate. Your feedback may inform the development of new CUAHSI programs and services.

More details, including the link to the survey, will be coming soon via social media and our general email list. If you have questions or want to be notified when the survey goes live, please reach out to Deanna McCay at

CUAHSI Receives Mini-Grant for DEI Work

CUAHSI was pleased to receive an ACCESS+ Mini-Grant to support the development of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion data collection plan. Funded by the National Science Foundation, ACCESS+ (Amplifying the Alliance to Catalyze Change for Equity in STEM Success) facilitates and supports DEI efforts in STEM professional societies. CUAHSI has been participating in a year-long community of practice facilitated by ACCESS+. Receiving this mini-grant will help us take the next step in the implementation of our DEI strategic plan. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Standing Committee
Have you been looking for a way to provide leadership on diversity, equity & inclusion in the field of water sciences? CUAHSI is seeking volunteers to serve on our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Standing Committee. Applications from individuals having a demonstrated commitment to broadening participation are especially welcome. For more information, please see our website or contact Veronica Sosa Gonzalez at

Apply here!


Upcoming Events
Conference Exhibiting

Last week, for the first time, CUAHSI participated in the National Diversity in STEM Conference organized by SACNAS that took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The conference was very well attended and participants included students, faculty, other nonprofit organizations, and exhibitors. CUAHSI staff interacted with students and faculty to learn more about how CUAHSI can serve their research needs and encourage studies in water sciences. Veronica Sosa Gonzalez, CUAHSI's Education Program Manager, was a poster judge and held student mentoring sessions. The conference was a great  success and we look forward to attending next year!

The AGU Fall Meeting is right around the corner! Be sure to plan your schedule in advance as this is sure to be a very busy and well attended conference. Here is a schedule of CUAHSI sessions and we will be exhibiting in booth 1312. Stop by and say hello, hear more about our services and pick up some SWAG!
Cyberseminar: The Food-Energy-Water Nexus: Using HydroViz to Support Undergraduate Student Learning

This two-hour workshop aims to introduce undergraduate instructors to a course module and resources developed to engage undergraduate students in visualization of data grounded in the Food-Energy-Water-Nexus (FEW-Nexus). Course instructors will guide participants on ways to develop diverse local and regionally specific scenarios for teaching and learning that would involve decision-making about socio-hydrological issues. 

Januare 30, 2023, 2pm - 4pm EST
Register here  

Cyberseminar: Making Waves in Water Science - Open Source Tools

This November the spotlight is on those in our community who are developing open source tools! In a weekly webinar over the course of November, CUAHSI will be hosting a series of lightning talks by developers of open source software across a wide range of use cases from critical zone science to hydrology. We hope that you will join us as we delve into open source software development and engage with each of these developers as they give us an overview of their exciting projects!  More details available on our website.

Register here.

The recordings for all of the seminars in this series can be found on our YouTube channel, here.

CUAHSI Biennial Colloquium

The theme for the 2023 biennial is, Discovering New Horizons in Water Science.

The broad field of Water Science is making important strides in addressing critical environmental and societal challenges in the face of growing stressors. As the connector among essentially all key systems on our planet, Water Science continues to reshape and evolve in its own unique way to address disciplinary and interdisciplinary challenges. The 2023 CUAHSI Biennial Meeting will focus on new horizons in Water Science that include: new ways of doing inclusive and collaborative research, new perspectives, new knowledge frameworks, new ways of learning, new tools, and new metrics of success. 

The symposium offers a unique opportunity and a casual environment for participants to discuss ideas and interact with colleagues from different disciplinary fields from all over the country. Students are especially encouraged to attend! Here is some of what you can expect by attending:
  • Hear the latest findings from CUAHSI community researchers
  • Attend workshops and hands-on sessions
  • Identify new opportunities and collaborations
  • Present your work during a poster session
CUAHSI Member discounts and travel support will be available. More details coming soon, check back on our website!
Hydroinformatics Blog
Advancing Technology for Understanding Residential Water Use

By: Camilo J. Bastidas Pacheco, Jeffery S. Horsburgh, Nour A. Attallah

Achieving higher efficiency in urban water management and planning requires understanding of how water is used at the household level. Daily patterns in consumption, potential for water savings and distribution of water use across end uses are essential inputs to water demand estimation, leak identification, design of programs to manage water demand, and water planning to ensure adequate supply (Giurco et al., 2008; Willis et al., 2011). In the  past, our ability to characterize water demand has been limited by the temporal resolution (typically monthly values) of residential water metering data. Higher resolution data can increase the accuracy of peak demand estimation and reduce leak volumes that can go undetected. Sub-minute resolution data can be used to record and quantify end uses of water (e.g., toilets, faucets, showers, etc.) that have short duration (Cominola et al., 2018; Nguyen et al., 2015) and is usually collected using so-called “smart” water meters. However, while commercially-available “smart” meters are capable in some instances of collecting high temporal resolution data, applications that use those data to provide actionable information are still emerging. Collecting, managing, and analyzing high temporal resolution residential water use data are all challenging due to cost and technical requirements associated with the volume and velocity of data collected. Thus, to realize the full potential of smart water metering in urban water management, robust hardware and software systems are needed to not only enable the data collection and management, but also to enable the “smart” analysis and applications of the data to aid in decision making - both by water consumers and by water providers.
Continue reading here.

HydroShare Data Spotlight

This month, we highlight an app that was recently published in HydroShare. The CUAHSI Summer Institute at the National Water Center is one of CUAHSI’s premier educational opportunities. Participants generate a variety of products, in addition to the technical report and scientific papers that are produced each summer. At the 2022 Summer Institute, Kenneth Ekpetere created the Rapid Forcing Retrieval app to support his colleagues at the Summer Institute. The app retrieves the hourly forcings required to drive hydrological models. The app was created in Google Earth Engine, which also is used to display spatially-averaged results. 
Geoconnex on HydroShare

The Related Geospatial Features metadata option in HydroShare has been developed by CUAHSI in partnership with the Internet of Water and the Geoconnex Project. Historically there have been challenges associated with linking geospatially related data. This feature will increase machine readable linkages between related resources, ease data discovery, and increase the robustness of metadata for resources with geographic coverage. Learn more about this feature and CUAHSI’s partnership with the Geoconnex project here
CyberGIS-Jupyter for Water

We are pleased to announce a new release of the CyberGIS-Jupyter for Water (CJW) platform at This release includes several new capabilities and features summarized as follows.
  • CyberGIS-Jupyter now is backed by the Cern Virtual File System (CVMFS) which drastically improves performance  and reproducibility of scientific workflows on the platform.
  • CyberGIS-Compute’s interface is enhanced to support viewing and downloading outputs of completed jobs.
  • CyberGIS-Compute now supports the Anvil high-performance computer  for running models and workflows.
For full details and examples please refer to CJW 2022-Q3 Release Notes.
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