Canvasback Lake Fall 2016

“Critical Data Needs in Freshwater Research” Workshop

On Thursday, October 27, 2016 we gathered to hear talks on what is important in water and learned how your skills could be used to help. In this workshop we heard from regional leaders and innovators in freshwater science and engineering, in an effort to define new opportunities, build understanding, and complement ongoing research.

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Program Overview: Click on the talk titles to view the presentation slides

Reasons for coming

To hear what is important in water. To understand how your skills might be used. To think about new problems and innovative solutions with people who can implement change. To meet your community in water, and chat about common interests.


Research with impact requires collaboration with communities external to the university. Typically, academic researchers work with agencies, governments, non-profits, foundations, and other interested parties to define problems, collect data, or provide analysis that leads toward progress and solutions for our most pressing societal problems. In this workshop, we heard from regional leaders and innovators in freshwater science and engineering. We worked together to define new opportunities for UW research to best complement ongoing efforts to understand and solve major issues in freshwater. Speakers provided their perspective on future directions and major challenges in freshwater locally, regionally, or globally so that we could understand where we might best use our expertise as academics and researchers. We heard what keeps them up at night, how research at UW can complement their institutions, and what new collaborations with UW might be possible, all while they highlighted a few key issues where new data and collaboration are needed from the academic community.

We also invited all of the speakers to bring a few key representatives from their institutions to complement and broaden our discussions around water. Following their talks, faculty, students, and other attendees had an opportunity to meet the speakers, mingle with them and related agency/institutional personnel, and think about what we need to do together in water

The Freshwater Initiative at the University of Washington began several years ago to enhance research, education, and collaboration around the important issues facing freshwater resources in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. This workshop succeeded in inspiring new ideas and developing new collaborations and insights into these critical issues in freshwater, allowing us to broaden our impact and expertise to the larger freshwater community beyond UW.

Questions? Contact?

  • Ed Kolodziej (
  • Joel Baker (
  • Daniel Schindler (