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The AGU Frontiers in Hydrology Meeting has joined with CUAHSI to form a new conference, the Water Science Conference (WaterSciCon) – using the Catalyzing Collaborations theme, which will take place in Saint Paul, MN from June 24 – 27. There are several sessions for the 2024 WaterSciCon related to water quality, including “FCS-01 – Actionable science through water forecasts” “LO-01 – Advances in Cold Regions Hydrology and Water Quality” and a session that several Technical Committee members are convening “LO-02 – AI Innovations for Water Quality Assessment in Diverse Watersheds”. See Session Descriptions below.
The abstract submission deadline is January 24th. Please consider submitting an abstract!
Decisions are fundamentally about what we think is going to happen in the future. Probabilistic forecasts offer extremely useful, although imperfect, information to help make these decisions. This type of actionable science, particularly in the realm of forecasting water quantity and quality, is becoming increasingly indispensable as we confront growing socioeconomic and environmental challenges that are exacerbated by global changes. In this session, we extend an invitation to presenters who can illustrate various aspects of using water forecasts, e.g., coastal flooding, water supply, and noxious algal blooms, in decision support applications. Use cases that demonstrate the practical application of water forecasts, innovative improvements to existing forecast methodologies, and research that contributes to our understanding of water forecasts’ role in decision-making processes are highly desired. Join us as we explore the evolving landscape of water forecasts as actionable science and its significance in addressing complex water challenges.
Jacob Zwart, U.S. Geological Survey, email@example.com
Freya Olsson, Virginia Tech
Christopher Brown, University of Maryland
Lauren Fry, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Here is the session description for the AI in water quality session : Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly emerging as a transformative approach for extracting invaluable knowledge and insights from datasets. Within the realm of hydrology, AI methods, such as machine learning, have emerged as indispensable tools for modeling complex, non-linear dynamics and providing real-world decision-making insights. This session welcomes contributions from researchers, experts, and practitioners who are leveraging AI tools to advance our understanding of water quality patterns, processes, and management strategies across diverse watersheds. This session aims to foster a multidisciplinary dialogue among hydrologists, data scientists, and policymakers. We invite abstract submissions that are not limited to only: Water Quality Monitoring; Predictive Modeling; Decision Support Systems; Sustainable Watershed Management; Case Studies. In this session we will explore how AI is revolutionizing our approach to understanding, managing, and preserving water quality. Share your innovative research and practical insights to contribute to the collective knowledge needed to address pressing global water quality challenges
We welcome submissions to this session CCS.117 Thermal imaging and visible to shortwave imaging spectroscopy for aquatic resources in the context of SDGs: 2, 6, 14, 15
Description: Enhanced understanding of the water cycle and water management practices are of critical importance for achieving multiple sustainable development goals (SDGs), in particular zero hunger (SDG 2), clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), life below water (SDG 14), and life on land (SDG 15). Remote sensing earth observations (EO) are poised to play a pivotal role in attaining these SDGs by facilitating the science, monitoring, and progress reporting required to meet these goals. In the 2017 Decadal Survey, the Surface Biology and Geology (SBG) mission concept was identified as necessary for addressing both scientific and applications across Earth systems. This forthcoming mission will consist of a visible to shortwave infrared (VSWIR) imaging spectrometer and a multispectral thermal infrared (TIR) imager, offering transformative insights into aquatic ecosystems and hydrology, which are essential for meeting SDGs. We welcome work that leverages the capabilities of VSWIR and TIR technology to advance the realization of these four key SDGs related to water resources and aquatic applications. Example research topics may include imaging processing, validation and calibration processes, water quality analysis, and habitat protection and restoration, and drought assessment across cryospheric and agricultural domains. In addition, we invite works centered on practical applications that explore how managers could utilize the combined capabilities of optical and thermal sensing to support aquatic ecosystem management and monitoring. These works should demonstrate the potential of integrating a variety of sensors, including, but not limited to imaging spectrometers (e.g., AVIRIS-NGs, EMIT, DESIS, PRISM), thermal imagers (e.g., ECOSTRESS, Landsat-TIRS), and visible multispectral sensors (e.g., Sentinel-2, Landsat).
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Apply your experience with climate and environmental analysis to help our Living Atlas of the World team build new and dynamic content. The Living Atlas is the largest geospatial data collection in the world, is widely used across the ArcGIS platform, and is fast becoming the backbone of web GIS. You will help identify key datasets and derived analysis products to help develop a more sustainable planet. You’ll also be part of teaching users how to integrate this content in new ways supporting resilience planning practices with local to national governments, community organizations, and industries.
In this role, you will work with content development and product engineer leads who are designing and developing production solutions, applications, and blogs and creating geospatial learning opportunities. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a project team leading the development of complex, state-of-the-art content systems that support climate action around the world.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), based in Paris, France, is seeking a motivated intern to work on water quality and chemicals within the Water Team of the Environment Directorate. Find out more about the opportunity here .
The candidate would primarily help with research on new methods for water quality monitoring, and with setting up an OECD Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Water Quality Monitoring. Research, data analysis and drafting, tasks could include: • Set up a survey, market analysis and/or patent analysis on water quality monitoring trends, gaps and needs in OECD countries; • Draft case studies on water quality monitoring methods in OECD countries; • Prepare background documents for the OECD Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Water Quality Monitoring; • Draft policy highlights or brief on Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Communication and outreach, tasks could include: • Support the establishment of an OECD Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Water Quality Monitoring; • Prepare presentations and meeting documentation; • Prepare communications material; • Participate in meetings and seminars.
Ideal Candidate Profile : Academic • Full time student in a discipline related to biology, ecotoxicology, chemistry, health sciences, environmental sciences, environmental economics or a related discipline; • Enrolment in a Master’s or Doctoral degree is desirable. Professional experience and skills • Experience or training in a subject relevant to water quality monitoring; and/or chemicals assessment; and/or water policy (preferably water quality policy); and/or chemical policy; • Excellent writing skills and ability to expressing ideas in English: proven ability to draft short and long pieces is essential. • Knowledge about endocrine disruption is desirable. Languages • Written and spoken fluency in English; • Knowledge of other OECD languages would be an asset.
For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: achievement focus, drafting skills, analytical thinking, teamwork and organisational skills.
This offer is for a full-time position for 6 months, ideally starting in March 2023. Applicants need to be enrolled in university for the full duration of the internship. • The internship will take place at the OECD office in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris (France). Part-time remote working arrangements can be considered. • Interns at the OECD do not receive a salary. However, the OECD grants a contribution to living expenses of around 1,000 Euros per calendar month worked. • Interested candidates are invited to send their CV and a short motivation email including their potential start date to Marijn Korndewal (firstname.lastname@example.org). •
The deadline for applications is 11 January 2024 at 23:59 pm Central European Time. Online interviews are expected to take place on 18 and 19 January. More information about internships at the OECD can also be found at the following link: https://www.oecd.org/careers/internship-programme/