While Riverside employees often travel to industry conferences as presenters, sometimes we just go for fun – and to keep learning, of course! This week, Riverside Water Resources Engineer James Halgren is in Shepherdstown, West Virginia attending the Biennel Symposium put on by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI). The symposium, titled Finding Your Place in Big Data: Using Observations to Understand Hydrologic Processes for Predicting a Changing World, is part of CUAHSI’s mission to shape the future of hydrologic science by strengthening multidisciplinary collaboration, developing and operating research infrastructure, and promoting water education and training. CUAHSI was founded in 2001 and is a 501(c)3 research organization comprised of more than 130 U.S. universities and international water science-related organizations.
Changing climate patterns, rapidly rising resource demands, and deteriorating ecosystems mean that every year, we are more and more vulnerable to natural disasters and long-term adverse environmental changes. 2015 was the warmest year on record and brought 10 weather, water, and climate disaster events, including flooding, coastal inundation, ecosystem degradation, public health crises, and drought, with losses each exceeding $1 billion, putting America’s prosperity at risk.
Riverside was asked to join in an invitation-only event which will include experts from U.S. federal agencies, major companies, civil society, and universities in Washington, D.C. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of the Interior, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (OASACW), and other U.S. federal agencies, with support from the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), are holding this event from July 12-14.
Brian Ashe, Riverside’s Director of Business Development and Water Information Products, will join three others in a rountable panel discussion on “Water Partnerships: Collaborating to Create and Use Water Information” on Wednesday, July 13.
We are honored to participate in this important event that will inform decision makers about how to best keep communities safe, resilient, and prosperous.
Since 2013, Riverside has been working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service, helping them toward their goal of maintaining and protecting marine wildlife while working with and supporting the fishing industry. The NMFS oversees the coastal fisheries, which are run by eight regional councils, including the Gulf Council, which includes Southeast Fisheries Science Center Through two contracts with the SEFSC, Riverside provides fisheries data collection and management, estuarine sampling, protected species surveys and studies, laboratory support, special research studies, remote sensing, data analysis, and outreach and public education program support.
Two Riverside employees were recent recipients of NOAA’s prestigious Team Member of the Year awards. They were awarded their honors in the Program Management, Scientific and Technical category. Congratulations to Michael Enzenauer, SEFSC Observer Coordinator with the Panama City Observer Program, and Adam G. Pollack, SEFSC Fisheries Biologist III with the Data Analysis Unit, Pascagoula Lab. We’re proud of you!