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Home2011 Conference Agenda--Thursday

Thursday Detailed Agenda (May 12, 2011)
-subject to change-



(See Registration Page for more information)

                TIME                                                 SESSION & ROOM
      6:30 am -  8:00 am        CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
                                               Location:  Exhibition Pavillion
                                               Sponsored by Sutron, Inc.                
     7:00 am -   11:00 am        REGISTRATION
                                                Location:  Foyer
                                                Registration Coordinator:  Sue Seawalt 
      8:00 am -  2:00 pm        EXHIBITION HALL OPEN
                                                Location:  Exhibition Pavillion
                                                Exhibition Coordinators:  John Joiner & Andy Knaak
     8:00 am - 12:00 pm        NESDIS Tri-Agency GOES Meeting
                                                 Room:  Portofino
                                                 Moderator:  Kay Metcalf (NESDIS)
      8:00 am - 10:00 am        CONCURRENT SESSION 13:  Breaking Through the Noise
                                                Making Use of Stakeholder Feedback
                                                    Sponsored by NHWC Hazard Communications & 
                                                    Public Awareness Sub-Committee

                                                    Room:  St. Tropez
                                                    Moderator:  Scott Morlock
"Stakeholders:  Who Are They and What Do They Want?"
Kevin Werner, NOAA-National Weather Service

"Synthesizing Diverse Stakeholder Needs for a Drought Early
Warning Information System in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-
Flint River Basin"

    Lisa Darby, NOAA National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)

"Grassroots Strategies to Improve Flood Risk Communications"
Kim Floyd, Kim Floyd Communications

"100-year floods - 1 % chance floods - No wonder the public
is confused"
    Alan Lulloff, Association of State Floodplain Managers
      8:00 am - 10:00 am        CONCURRENT SESSION 14:  Understanding Global Connections
                                                New Data Delivery and Warning Techniques
                                                    Room:  Monte Carlo
                                                    Moderator:  Kevin Stewart
"Utility for Presenting Real-Time Hydrometeorologic Data from
HEC-DSS to Web-Enabled Smart Phones"
William Charley, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

"NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS) Web Pages:
Status and Plans"

    Dan Matusiewicz, NOAA-National Weather Service

"Using Hydroacoustics, Radar, and Information Entropy to Improve
Real-Time Streamflow Data Delivery"
John Fulton, U.S. Geological Survey

"The Final Step in the Emergency Warning Process:  Audible
Warning Systems"
Randall Gawtry, Timewave Technology, Inc.
      8:00 am - 10:00 am        CONCURRENT SESSION 15:  Hydrologic Hazards:  What's
                                                Happening Now?
                                                New Hazard Technologies and Outreach Methods
                                                    Room:  Riviera
                                                    Moderator:  Bill Hazell
"Safe to Proceed:  Roadway Flooding Solution"
Frank Guiterrez
, High Sierra, Inc.

"Development and Execution of Emergency Monitoring at a
Scour-Critical Bridge"

    J.S. Conaway, U.S. Geological Survey

"Reservoir Operation During the James River 2009 Snowmelt
Flood Event"
Brian Twombly, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

"From Flood to Drought:  Getting Out the Message"
Todd Hamill, NOAA-National Weather Service
      8:00 am - 10:00 am        CONCURRENT SESSION 16:  Adapting to Change
                                                Flood Forecasting--Then and Now
                                                    Room:  Marseilles/Las Palmas
                                                    Moderator:  Andy Knaak
"Use of Velocity Data for Flood Forecasting"
    Mike Cook, SonTek-YSI

"Colorado's Flood Decision Support System"
    Amy Volckens, Riverside Technology, Inc.

"Flash Flood Risk Analysis in Designing a Warning
    Zach Callaway, University of Arkansas
    Danielle Freschette, University of Arkansas
    Clark Trapp, University of Arkansas
"Emergency Reservior Inflow Forecasting for the Sheyenne
River, ND in March 2010"
Adam Schneider, David Ford Consulting Engineers
      8:00 am - 10:00 am        CONCURRENT SESSION 17:  Training for Field Personnel
                                                Advanced Field Applications & Data Computational Methods
                                                    Room:  Marbella
                                                    Moderator:  Chris Smith
"Installation and Operation of Web Cams for Flood Awareness"
Eric Frantz, U.S. Geological Survey

"Proper Stage Measurement Techniques"
    Mike Nelson, Design Analysis-YSI

"General Acoustics - Use of Acoustics to Measure Water
Velocities and Flow"
    Dan Murphy, RDI, Inc.

"Greatest Challenges of Field Staff-A Panel Discussion"
     David Haynes & others
      8:00 am - 10:00 am        CONCURRENT SESSION 18:  Understanding Global Connections
                                                Analysis of Precipitation Data, Part I
                                                    Room:  Terrazza Ballroom
                                                    Moderator:  Ray Nickless
"Gauge Verfication of Radar Rainfall Datasets"
Jim Moffit, OneRain, Inc.

"Use of High Resolution Gauge Adjusted Precipitation in the
Verification of Numerical Quantitative Precipitation
Forecasts for West Coast Atmospheric River Events"

    Douglas Hultstrand, Metstat, Inc.

"Gage Network Design for Radar-Rainfall Estimation"
David Curtis, WEST Consultants, Inc.

"Improving Hydrologic Analysis Using Quality Controlled Weather
Radar data and the Storm Precipitation Analysis Systems (SPAS)
-California Examples"
    Ed Tomlison, Applied Weather Associaties
    10:00 am - 10:30 am        BREAK in Exhibition Pavillion
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm        CONCURRENT SESSION 19:  Breaking Through the Noise  
                                                Emergency Action Plans
                                                    Sponsored by NHWC Hazard Communications & Public
                                                      Awareness Sub-Committee

                                                    Room:  St. Tropez
                                                    Moderator:  Mariana Leckner
"A Flood Response Plan for an Indiana Community"
Scott Morlock, U.S. Geological Survey

"Electronic Flood Response Plans-Faster Response, More
Information--Saves Lives!"
    Mike McMahon, HDR, Inc.

"Time Sensitive Emergency Action Plans"
    Paul Shannon, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm        CONCURRENT SESSION 20:  Understanding Global Connections  
                                                International Approaches
Room:  Monte Carlo
                                                    Moderator:  Josh McSwain
"USACE Reachback Experiences in Providing Support for
International Hydrologic Emergencies"
 M.R. Jourdan
, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

"Building Human Forecaster Capacity for Generating Flash
Flood Warnings and Communicating with Disaster
Managers Worldwide"
    Eylon Shamir, Hydrologic Research Center

"Evaluation of the Haiti Flash Flood Guidance System
During Hurricane Tomas"

    Eylon Shamir, Hydrologic Research Center
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm        CONCURRENT SESSION 21:  Hydrologic Hazards:  What's
                                            Happening Now?  Western US Experiences
Room:  Riviera
                                                    Moderator:  Tony Gotvald
"Mapping the Extent of the January 2009 Flood in Western
 Mark Mastin
, U.S. Geological Survey

"Chehalis Flood Warning
    David Curtis, WEST Consultants, Inc.

"Warning From the Past:  Lessons from the Catastrophic
West Coast Flooding during the Winter of 1861-1862"

    Larry Schick, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm        CONCURRENT SESSION 22:  Adapting to Change
                                                Change Happens-Deal With It
Room:  Marseilles/Las Palmas
                                                    Moderator:  Brian Iserman
"NWS Flash Flood Program:  Next Generation Tools and

Edward Clark, NOAA-National Weather Service

"Multi-Agency Coordination
Tom Ogden, High Sierra, Inc.

"Simple Flood Forecast Protocols and Tools"
    Mark Boucher, Contra Costa County FCWCD
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm        CONCURRENT SESSION 23:  Training for Field Personnel
                                                Streamgaging Basics
Room:  Marbella
                                                    Moderator:  George Wilkins
"Proper Location of Streamgages"
 Christopher Smith
, U.S. Geological Survey

"Quality Assurance of Current Meters Used by the USGS
to Measure Streamflow"
    David Lairson, U.S. Geological Survey

"Complex Discharge Ratings 101"
    Larry Bohman, U.S. Geological Survey
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm        CONCURRENT SESSION 24:  Breaking Through the Noise
                                                Inundation Mapping Principles, Part I
Room:  Terrazza Ballroom
                                                    Moderator:  Ilse Gayl
"Two-Dimensional Hydraulic Modeling of Urban Flood
Inundation:  Strategies for Simulation Efficiency"
 Brett Sanders
, University of California-Irvine

"A Floodplain Analysis Using HEC-RAS and GIS:
Implications for Sustainable Urban Development"

    M. Reza Ghanbarpour, Trinity College

"Mapping Expected Changes in Flood Inundation Due
to Expected Climate Change"
    Eric Fontenot, DHI Water and Environment, Inc.
    Timothy Hazlett, DHI Water and Environment, Inc.
    12:00 pm -  1:00 pm        LUNCH w/ guest speaker
                                            Location:  International Ballroom-Capri/San Marino/Sorrento
                                            Moderator:  Chris Crompton


 "The ARkStorm Emergency Preparedness Scenario for California"

    Dr. Martin Ralph, Branch Chief
    PSD Water Cycle Branch-NOAA Earth System 
    Research Laboratory
      1:00 pm -  1:30 pm        NHWC Business Meeting, including Director Election Results
                                            Location:  International Ballroom-Capri/San Marino/Sorrento
                                            Facilitator:  Kevin Stewart, NHWC President
      1:30 pm -  2:00 pm        NHWC VENDOR LAST BLAST!

                                            Your last chance to complete your vendor bingo card and win prizes!

                                            Location:  Exhibition Pavillion
                                            Exhibitor Coordinators:  John Joiner and Andy Knaak
     2:00 pm -   5:00 pm        U.S. Army Corps of Engineers GOES Meeting
                                                 Room:  Portofino
                                                 Moderator:  Richard Engstrom
      2:00 pm -  3:30 pm        CONCURRENT SESSION 25:  Breaking Through the Noise
                                                Decision Support Tools
                                                    Room:  St. Tropez
                                                    Moderator:  Marie Peppler
"After the Flood:  Accurate Economic Assessment of Flood
Losses Using the "Flood Loss Estimator"
    Roham Abtahi
, NOAA-National Weather Service

"A Web-Based HAZUS-MH Flood Loss Estimator Module
for Albany, Georgia"
    Paul Hearn, U.S. Geological Survey

"Automated Data Collection and Forecast System for
Emergency Operations and Public Viewing"

David Leader, HydroLynx, Inc.
       2:00 pm -  3:30 pm        CONCURRENT SESSION 26:  Understanding Global Connections  
                                                Focus on Dam & Levee Safety
                                                    Sponsored by NHWC Dam & Levee Safety Technical 
                                                      Working Group

                                                    Room:  Monte Carlo
                                                    Moderator:  Gail Heath
"U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dam Failure Inundation
Map Standard--Current Status and Future Plans"
 Jason Sheeley
, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

"Development of a Database to Aid Development of
Rainfall-Runoff Models Using Hydrologic and
Meteorological Parameters"
    Ed Beadenkopf, URS, Inc.

"USACE Modeling, Mapping, and Consequence Center:
Bluestone Dam Failure Analysis Methods and Lessons

    Edward Stowasser, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
       2:00 pm -  3:30 pm        CONCURRENT SESSION 27:  Hydrologic Hazards:  What's
                                            Happening Now? 
                                                  Extreme Events, Part III
                                                    Room:  Riviera
                                                    Moderator:  Rand Allan
"Lessons Learned from the May 1-3, 2010 Historic
Flooding in Middle Tennessee"
    James LaRosa
, NOAA-National Weather Service

"Extreme Drought To Extreme Floods:  Summary of
Hydrologic Conditions in Georgia, 2009"
    Andrew Knaak, U.S. Geological Survey

"Analyzing Extreme Rainfall in South Texas and
Challenges with the Prediction of High Impact Events"

Alexander Tardy, NOAA-National Weather Service
       2:00 pm -  3:30 pm        CONCURRENT SESSION 28:  Understanding Global Connections
                                                Analysis of Precipitation Data, Part II
                                                    Room:  Marseilles/Las Palmas
                                                    Moderator:  David Haynes
"Analysis of Extreme Precipitation in the Watershed
Impacted by the Fourmile Canyon Fire in Boulder
County, Colorado"
  Markus Ritsch, Water & Earth Technologies, Inc.

"Assessing the Recurrence Interval for Arizona's
January 2010 Heavy Precipitation Event"
    Mike McLane, NOAA-National Weather Service

"Average Recurrence Interval of Precipitation in Near

    Tye Parzybok, Metstat, Inc.
       2:00 pm -  3:30 pm        CONCURRENT SESSION 29:  Training for Field Personnel
                                                 Training Potpourri
                                                    Sponsored by NHWC Training & Professional Development
Room:  Marbella
                                                    Moderator:  Terry Colgan
"Cutting the Cable:  Improving Site Infrastructure Using
Wireless Sensor Networks"
    Sam Utley
, Campbell Scientific, Inc.

"Etiquette for Mountain Tops and Base Stations
    Brian Iserman, J.E. Fuller, Inc.

"Passing Institutional Knowledge to the Next Generation:
SCADA Operator Training for the Central Arizona

    Chuck Davis
, WEST Consultants, Inc.
       3:30 pm -  3:45 pm       BREAK in Foyer 
       3:45 pm -  5:15 pm       CONCURRENT SESSION 30:  Breaking Through the Noise
                                                 Web-based Hazard Applications
                                                    Room:  St. Tropez
                                                    Moderator:  Mike Griffin
"Hosted Webpages for Disseminating Critical Hazard
Warning Data"
    Terry Colgan
, Sutron, Inc.

"Implementation of a Hydrologic Information Data
Server in the DFW Metroplex"
    John McEnery, University of Texas at Arlington

"Recent Changes Made in the Hydrometeorological Analysis
and Support Function at the NWS West Gulf River Forecast Center"
    Greg Story, National Weather Service
       3:45 pm -  5:15 pm        CONCURRENT SESSION 31:  Understanding Global Connections
                                                 New Flood Forecasting Tools
                                                    Room:  Monte Carlo
                                                    Moderator:  Larry Bohman
"Cradle-to-Grave Modeling through the Adaptive
Hydraulics (AdH) Modeling System"
    Gaurav Savant
, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

"Real-Time Flood Forecasting for the Santa Ana River
Watershed in Southern California Using the Corps
Water Management System (CWMS)"
    Darren Bertrand, WEST Consultants, Inc.

"Implementing WSR-88D Dual-Pol Radar Algorithms"
    Beth Clarke, Weather Decisions Technologies, Inc.
       3:45 pm -  5:15 pm        CONCURRENT SESSION 32:  Hydrologic Hazards:  What's
                                            Happening Now?
                                                 National & Regional Initiatives
                                                    Room:  Riviera
                                                    Moderator:  Curt Barrett
"NWS National Internet Services Delivery of Water
Resource Information:  Status and Plans"
    Dan Matusiewicz
, NOAA-National Weather Service

"Establishing an Improved National Capability for
Collection of Extreme Storm and Flood Data
    Robert Mason, U.S. Geological Survey

"A Cooperative Pilot Project on Weather and
Emergency Management Decision Support"

    Glenn Austin
, NHWC Executive Director
       3:45 pm -  5:15 pm        CONCURRENT SESSION 33:  Adapting to Change
                                                 Flood Inundation Mapping Standards & Protocols
                                                    Room:  Marseilles/Las Palmas
                                                    Moderator:  Bill Hazell
"NOAA & USGS Technical Procedures and Standards
 for Flood Forecast Inundation Mapping"
    Victor Hom, NOAA-National Weather Service
    Scott Morlock, U.S. Geological Survey

"Enhancing NWS Flood Mapping Guidelines to Convey
Forecast Flood Risks"
    Stuart Geiger, Dewberry, Inc.

"Flood Inundation Mapping Project for Fort Kent, Maine:
Lessons Learned"
    Pamela Lombard, USGS
       3:45 pm -  5:15 pm        CONCURRENT SESSION 34:  Training of Field Personnel
                                                 Basics of Troubleshooting & Calibration of Instrumentation 
                                                 and Sensors
Sponsored by NHWC Training & Professional Development

Room:  Marbella
                                                    Moderator:  Sue Seawalt
A roundtable hands-on training covering the basics of
troubleshooting field instrumentation and telemetry systems,
along with the proper calibration techniques for various
hydrometeorological sensors.  Training hosted by:
    George Wilkins, PacificREMS, Inc.

    Ron Marotto, Ventura County Watershe Protection District
      6:30 pm -  9:00 pm

                    NHWC AWARDS BANQUET

    Join NHWC in celebrating your colleagues achievements
from the past two years.  Awards include Best Newsletter
    article, Superior Service Award, and Outstanding
    Hydrologic Warning System.

The conference grand prize drawings (two $500 gift cards)
     will also be drawn during the banquet.  Must be present to win.

     Coat & Tie suggested

     Banquet wine courtesy of Water & Earth Technologies, Inc


      9:00 pm - 12:00 pm HOSPITALITY SUITE OPEN
    Sponsored by HydroLynx, Inc.






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