You may have heard that the state of Washington Water Research Center is a collaborator on behalf of WSU in a USAID project to develop the Egyptian Center of Excellence for Water, now named the Alexandria Water Resilience Center of Excellence. Julie Padowski (SoE, CEREO, WRC) and I are leading this effort.
WSU water faculty and students (you!) have two opportunities by virtue of WSU’s involvement in this project. These include:
1) An upcoming call for proposals for research funding available only to US faculty (and their students) of consortium members (including WSU). Proposal awards are for up to $500,000 and Egyptian-US partnerships are a requirement for these funding programs. We will send the call for proposals when it is released (expect sometime this Fall 2022).
2) The AWR-COE is hosting The Alexandria University International Water Symposium: Sustainable Water Solutions. This is coming up soon — September 6-7, 2022. The draft agenda is here. We have funding to send one (perhaps two) representatives from WSU to this symposium. All travel and lodging would be paid. While you will not have an opportunity to give a formal presentation at the symposium, this would be an excellent opportunity to meet Egyptian water researchers who could become collaborators on upcoming COE funded research.
Please contact me at email@example.com soon If you are potentially interested in attending this symposium in Alexandria, Egypt next month. Note that funding is not guaranteed for any given individual, especially if we receive several interested faculty.
Every five years, the WRC works with the Washington State Department of Ecology and researchers from WSU and other universities to produce a Columbia River Basin Long-Term Water Supply & Demand Forecast. The 2021 forecast was released on August 1 2022. The WSU press release is available here. For more information including an Executive Summary, the full technical report (due out in late August), and a data repository, visit the WRC CRB Long-Term Water Supply and Demand Forecast Project page.
The final product is this Story Map Series website, a synthesis of published science and technical knowledge of the Skagit hydrologic system. Virtually all maps and graphics on the website are interactive to provide multiple perspectives on data. Check it out!
The Montana Water Center (another of the National Institutes for Water Resources along with the WRC) is excited to co-sponsor Water in the West: Toward Convergent Solutions to Water Security, an interdisciplinary regional workshop to be held in Bozeman, Montana in May 2022. The workshop with bring together individuals working across a wide variety of water-focused disciplines to consider the challenges of fostering convergent research (collaborative transdisciplinary research for social benefit) to protect our regional water resources.
The workshop format will include interactive facilitated sessions, lightning talks by participants, keynote speakers and public events. Keynote speakers will include John Doyle (Crow Tribal member with 35 years of experience working on water and health issues for Crow Reservation) and Dr. Faith Kearns (California Water Institute, UC Berkeley).
Travel support will be provided for participants and applications will be accepted through January 24th, 2022.
The WRC is partnering with the American University in Cairo, five Egyptian universities, four other U.S.-based universities, and industry partners to create the Alexandria Water Resilience Center of Excellence (AWR-COE). » More …
Sponsored by The Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach
Throughout history, humans have relied on rivers for a variety of uses including transportation, food, water for drinking and irrigation, renewable energy, and recreation. River channels also form the physical basis for riparian ecosystems with flow and sediment processes in the channel coevolving with flora and fauna. This process often leads to a state of dynamic equilibrium where the channel is essentially stable in form. Both anthropogenic activities and natural events may alter flow and sediment dynamics in the channel, disrupting this equilibrium. Disruptions may be due to direct or indirect impacts and often have significant environmental effects. Direct impacts occur within the channel and include channelization, instream structures, and gravel mining. Indirect impacts occur outside of the channel and alter the magnitude and timing of water and sediment delivery to streams. Examples of indirect impacts include changes in land use or climate. Hydraulic geometry, or regime equations, is a tool to relate hydrologic variables to channel form. While this concept is more than 50 years old, regional regime equations now form the basis of many stream restoration projects. This presentation revisits the concept of hydraulic geometry and investigates new applications. Using example data, it is demonstrated how hydraulic geometry clarifies the physics underlying fluvial processes as well as predicts generalized changes in channel form.
Dr. Petrie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at WSU. His research focuses on rivers and sediment transport and the impact of hydropower operations on river morphology and ecology.