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2012 Spring Runoff Conference

The Spring Runoff Conference is held annually on the Campus of Utah State University hosted by the USU Water Initiative. It provides a forum for interdisciplinary sharing and exchange of ideas on water-related issues in Utah and the Intermountain Region extending to all aspects of water science, policy, engineering and management. Topic areas include hydrology, water resources, water policy, water and society, water quality, water use and conservation, economics, climate change, soils, groundwater, snow hydrology, ecosystems, limnology and water computation and information systems.

Dates: April 3 - 4, 2012, Tuesday & Wednesday

2012 Program

Theme: Multidisciplinary water science: Linking social, physical, computational and ecological approaches to sustainable water resources

Tuesday April 3

  • 8:30-10:20. Opeining plenary featuring 2012 Spring Runoff Forecast (McInerney), Climate Variability and Urban Development Patterns (Welty) and Community Interdisciplinary Water Science (Hooper).
  • 10:40-12:20. Parallel sessions on Climate, Stream Ecosystems, Groundwater and Water Quality.
  • 1:30-3:10. Parallel sessions on Dendro-Hydroclimatology, Urban Water, Remote Sensing and Water Quality.
  • 3:10-5:00. Poster Session. Posters on a diverse variety of topics.
  • 6:00-9:00. Reception at Logan Country Club and talk on Rivers by Gary Brierley.

Wednesday April 4

  • 9:00-12:15. Plenary featuring Brierley on River Styles framework, Ogden on Petascale modeling, Wallace on the Cloud Revolution, Larson on the Social-ecology of residential landscapes and Pataki on Los Angeles Water.
  • 1:30-3:00. Parallel sessions on Climate, Rivers and Evaporation.

An Outstanding Student Poster will be given to recognize excellence in student research. The criteria for the award will focus on research content (clear objectives/hypotheses, sound research methods, and originality) and presentaion (organization, professionalism, and effective visual aids). The winner will receive a certificate and a $50 cash prize.


Registration is $50. Student registration is Free, but required. We invite students, faculty, consulting and governmental agency professionals, environmental and citizen organizations to participate. Suggestions for sessions and volunteers to organize or host a session are welcome.

Call for Papers

We invite all (students, faculty, professionals) to submit abstracts for our oral or poster presentations at the Spring Runoff Conference. Abstracts should be 500 words or less and can be submitted by clicking on the "submit an abstract" link. Presentations should be 15 minutes long with a 5-minute question period. Posters should fit in a display board 8 feet wide by 4 feet tall.

Abstract submission is now closed.

Invited Speakers

The following are confirmed invited speakers for the 2012 Spring Runoff Conference:

Claire Welty
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Title: "Regional Climate Variability and Patterns of Urban Development - Impacts on the Urban Water Cycle and Nutrient Export"

Brian McInerney
National Weather Service, Salt Lake City, UT
Title: "2011 - 2012 Winter Snowpack and 2012 Spring Runoff Forecast"

Fred L. Ogden
University of Wyoming
Title: "Petascale hydrologic modeling - needs and challenges"

Robert Wallace
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers information Technology Lab
Title: "The Cloud Revolution, How Service Oriented Architecture and High Perfomance Computing will transform the Water Resources Community of Practice"

Gary Brierly
The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Title: "The use of the River Styles framework as a tool for River Science and Management," "How can we use theoretical understandings of rivers to inform management practices?"

Diane Pataki
University of California, Irvine
Title: "The water budget of Los Angeles: Where does all the water go?"

Kelli Larson
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and Sustainability, Arizona State University
Title: "Social-ecology of residential landscapes"

Richard Hooper
Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc.
Title: "Building Community Infrastructure in support of Interdisciplinary Water Science"


The Conference will be held in the Eccles Conference Center on campus at Utah State University.

There are several places to stay in Logan, Utah. The most convenient to the Eccles Conference Center is the University Inn. Other accommodations can be found here: Hotels in Logan

For more information contact:
David Tarboton