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April Seminar: Integrating Agricultural Water Use into Climate Change Impact Assessments

Thursday, April 18, 2024, 12:00-1:00
Integrating Agricultural Water Use into Climate Change Impact Assessments

Kirti Rajagopalan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Dr. Rajagopalan and her research team worked to advance the climate change impacts assessment model, CropSyst, by integrating agricultural water use associated with managing extreme weather events (e.g., watering to control sunburn in apples) into modeling.  The work helps provide a more accurate picture of water demand during extreme temperatures and increases understanding of how projected changes in these demands might impact instream flows. Dr. Rajagopalan will explain the team’s efforts and how the new assessment capabilities can help regional water resources planning considerations.

Dr. Rajagopalan is a faculty member in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Washington State University.  She works in the Agricultural, Natural and Human Systems Modeling Lab to develop and utilize a variety of modeling approaches to better understand and manage water and agricultural resources.

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Please note: You must be logged into a Zoom account to access the webinar on the day of the presentation.

March Seminar: Using Drone-based Technologies to Map Stream Characteristics and Salmon Spawning Habitat

Please join the Water Research Center in the second presentation of the spring seminar series.  Attendance is free but registration is required.

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 12:00-1:00
Using Drone-based Technologies to Map Stream Characteristics and Salmon Spawning Habitat

Alex Fremier, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Dr. Fremier and Co-PI Daniel Auerbach developed drone-based technologies to measure stream velocity, temperature, and morphology.  These measurements help identify and quantify salmon spawning habitat and offer new methodologies for environmental monitoring.  Dr. Fremier will share the details of their study and work with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in the Wenatchee River.

Dr. Fremier is an Associate Professor in the School of the Environment at Washington State University.  His research explores how abiotic processes structure ecosystems, how organisms alter the abiotic process, and how the linked systems alter landscape trajectories – from immediate to geological timescales.  He specializes in river-floodplain systems.

Dr. Auerbach earned his Ph.D. from Washington State University in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences.  His research focuses on the use of remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs, drones) at the meso-scale.  His specific area of focus is on the integration of RPVs in fisheries science, revolving around the riverine setting and salmonids

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Please note: You must be logged into a Zoom account to access the webinar on the day of the presentation.

February Seminar: Building Tribal-Academic Partnerships to Protect Pacific Salmon from Toxic Urban Stormwater

Please join the Water Research Center in the first presentation of the spring seminar series.  Attendance is free but registration is required.

Thursday, February 22, 2024, 12:00-1:00
Building Tribal-Academic Partnerships to Protect Pacific Salmon from Toxic Urban Stormwater

Stephanie Blair, Ph.D. Candidate

Stephanie Blair and her Advisor, Dr. Jenifer McIntyre, have been investigating the toxicity of urban stormwater, particularly the tire chemical 6PPD-Quinone, to Pacific Salmon. Stephanie will discuss how this chemical affects Coho and Chinook salmon. She will also touch on her collaborative work on the issue.

Stephanie Blair is a Ph.D. Candidate in WSU’s School of the Environment. She is studying the toxic effects of urban stormwater runoff on Pacific salmon. Stephanie is an enrolled member of Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan and Nome Eskimo Community in Alaska. She is an affiliate of WSU’s Center for Native American Research and Collaboration (CNRC). Through her work, Stephanie aims to center tribal sovereignty, cultural resilience and building tribal-academic partnerships in stormwater toxicology.

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WRC 2024 Spring Seminar Series

Bring your lunch and learn about water resource issues and research in Washington State. The Water Research Center is hosting a virtual lunchtime seminar series this spring. We’ll hear from the Center’s 2022-23 seed grant recipients and learn how their research is informing some of Washington State’s water-related challenges.

Please note, a Zoom account is required to login on the day of the event.  If you are having difficulty registering, please try entering an email address associated with a Zoom account.  Please email cindy.fabbri@wsu.edu if you require registration assistance.  We look forward to seeing you!

Upcoming Webinars:
Thursday, April 18, 2024, 12:00-1:00
Integrating Agricultural Water Use into Climate Change Impact Assessments

Kirti Rajagopalan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Dr. Rajagopalan and her research team worked to advance the climate change impacts assessment model, CropSyst, by integrating agricultural water use associated with managing extreme weather events (e.g., watering to control sunburn in apples) into modeling. Dr. Rajagopalan will explain the team’s efforts and how the new assessment capabilities can help regional water resources planning considerations.

Learn more and register here

Past Webinars:
Thursday, February 22, 2024, 12:00-1:00
Building Tribal-Academic Partnerships to Protect Pacific Salmon from Toxic Urban Stormwater

Stephanie Blair, Ph.D. Candidate

Stephanie Blair and her Advisor, Dr. Jenifer McIntyre, have been investigating the toxicity of urban stormwater, particularly the tire chemical 6PPD-Quinone, to Pacific Salmon. Stephanie will discuss how this chemical affects Coho and Chinook salmon. She will also touch on her collaborative work on the issue.

Learn more here

See the recording here

 

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 12:00-1:00
Using Drone-Based Technologies to Map Stream Characteristics and Salmon Spawning Habitat

Alex Fremier, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Dr. Fremier and Co-PI Daniel Auerbach developed drone-based technologies to measure stream velocity, temperature, and morphology. These measurements help identify and quantify salmon spawning habitat and offer new methodologies for environmental monitoring. Dr. Fremier will share the details of their study and work with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in the Wenatchee River.

Learn more here

Call for Topical Sessions for the NIWR/UCOWR/AWRA Joint Conference

AWRA, UCOWR, NIWR 60th Anniversaries Joint Water Resources Conference
Celebrating the Past and Planning for the Future of Water
September 30 – October 2, 2024
St. Louis, MO
Hyatt Regency St. Louis Arch

Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) and National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) are joining together with the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) for a joint conference in 2024 to celebrate their 60 year anniversaries.

Submit your Topical Session Proposal by February 25, 2024.

A topical session organizer’s role is to propose a relevant and timely topic, recruit speakers to submit abstracts to the session, and moderate the session during the conference.

Topical sessions can be in the form of a panel discussion, group of 4, 5, or 6 oral presentations on a specific topic, or participatory in nature (e.g., workshop or hands-on training). Multiple session track proposals are welcome. Those interested in organizing and hosting a topical session should provide the information in the online form.

Learn More Here