Over several years, melt water flowing off the Greenland ice sheet carved this 60-foot deep canyon (note people standing at the right for scale). Source: Ian Joughin, Univ. of Washington

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May 31st, 2017

This is a Freshwater Quarterly update.   Freshwater at the University of Washington promotes community interaction together with Pacific Northwest, national and global partners, and generates new interdisciplinary research directions within the entire water sciences community. Learn more about Freshwater at http://freshwater.uw.edu

Contents:

  • Freshwater Projects Welcome – What will we do next to advance Freshwater science and engineering?

  • Announcing  Freshwater-eScience Hands On Water seminar: Mark your calendars for June 9

  • Application process open for Geo Hackweek 2017: Do you have research questions that need innovative geospatial tools to advance your Freshwater science?

  • STEM + Art = STEAM opportunity: Is climate change part of your Freshwater research?  Would you like to use art to communicate to the public?

  • Announcing Freshwater Runs – Get moving and get wet!

  • Postdoc Opportunity: SESYNC-Microsoft Postdoctoral Fellowship – Big Data and Socio-Environmental Sustainability

Freshwater Projects Welcome – What will we do next to advance Freshwater science and engineering?   

In 2014, the Freshwater Initiative brought four new faculty hires with joint appointments across UW colleges, departments and campuses.  In 2016, the Mountain to Sea Initiative began building a community presence with a grass-roots approach with working groups, workshops, community events, and a  website. If you are a principal investigator leading a multi-disciplinary collaborative project which you would like to include in the Freshwater network, please contact Alex Horner-Devine at  arhd@uw.edu.


Announcing  Freshwater-eScience Hands On Water seminars

Please join us for the Freshwater-eScience Hands On Water seminar.   In this quarterly speaker series we will feature state of the art innovators and the tools they are building to tackle data science and modeling challenges critical to the understanding, conservation and management of freshwater resources and ecosystems, including communicating scientific information of broad societal interest. Topics will range from local to global in scale and span physical, biogeochemical and biological disciplines as well as human impacts, infrastructure and resource management.   We are supporting a “Hands On”  approach to having participants interact with open source water data and models using online resources.

Mark your calendars for June 9

What is HydroShare?  We will have a seminar and geohack style workshop with HydroShare principal investigator Dr. David Tarboton (Utah State University) on Friday June 9 at 3:00 pm -4:30 pm.  We will give a short introduction on the cyberinfrastructure design, current features, and future development plans followed by demonstrations on how to access big water datasets, develop models, and publish your work (data, analysis, code) using HydroShare Apps and Jupyter Notebooks.  Bring your laptops and questions about how to use HydroShare in your water research. WRF Data Science Studio, UW Physics/Astronomy Tower, 6th Floor, Campus Box 351570, 3910 15th Ave NE, UW Seattle Campus.   Become a HydroShare user at  www.hydroshare.org. Contact Christina Bandaragoda at cband@uw.edu for more information.


Application process open for Geo Hackweek 2017: Do you have research questions that need innovative geospatial tools to advance your Freshwater science?

The University of Washington’s eScience Institute is hosting a Geo Hackweek, Sept 11 – 15, 2017. Join us for five days of tutorials, data exploration, software development and community networking, focused on open source tools to analyze and visualize geospatial data. The event will include instructors from academia and industry across many different geospatial disciplines.  Join Freshwater researchers and geospatial experts to build tools and collaborative projects (‘hacks’)  that connect ideas, people, and code to become more efficient with geospatial data processing and analysis.

Please visit https://geohackweek.github.io/ghw2017/ for details on how to apply.

Application deadline: June 15, 2017


STEM + Art = STEAM opportunity: Is climate change part of your Freshwater research?  Would you like to use art to communicate to the public?

Together with the Skagit Climate Science Consortium(SC2), the Museum of Northwest Art will host its third presentation of Surge in the Fall of 2018. Surge, an exhibition designed to draw attention to climate change and its impact on Northwest’s coastal communities, provides the forum for artists together with environmental researchers and educators to present the public with new perspectives on issues such as flooding, sea level rise and storm surge. The relationships between scientists, artists, educators and community leaders have only strengthened since our first display of Surge, and public

interest continues to build.  Please contact Cho Chloé Dye Sherpe, Curator

(360) 466-4446 Ext. 105, chloed@museumofnwart.org to register for the July 19, 2017 ‘speed dating’ event.  See the following flyers for more information: MoNA Surge SpeedDating Surge FAQ


Announcing Freshwater Runs – Get moving and get wet!

Freshwater Runs are a wonderful way to foster community, stay healthy, explore the Pacific Northwest, and have fun!!  If you are interested in participating in or leading future Freshwater Runs (including any not listed here!), please contact cbev@uw.edu. Family members are welcome to join!

Mark your calendars

Lake Union 10KAugust 13, 2017

Resolution Run 5K and Polar Bear DiveJanuary 1, 2018

Global 6K for Water– TBD 2018

Ski to Sea – TBD 2018- Teams of 8 will take on different legs of 7 different sports! Cross Country Ski, Downhill Ski/Snowboard, Running, Road Bike, Canoe (2 paddlers), Cyclocross Bike, and Sea Kayak.


Postdoc Opportunity: SESYNC-Microsoft Postdoctoral Fellowship – Big Data and Socio-Environmental Sustainability

Microsoft has developed two novel environmental datasets and applicants are expected to propose ideas for a data synthesis or modeling project that addresses an important environmental question that makes use of one or more of these assets:

Geospatial Socio-Environmental Research

New land cover data at high spatial and temporal resolution offers the potential to improve understanding of landscape processes and to empower local planners and managers in identifying risks and prioritizing responses. In collaboration with Microsoft, the Chesapeake Conservancy and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife have pioneered the production of high accuracy, high-resolution (1 meter) land cover datasets for the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound watersheds.

Applications are invited for a project that leverages these high-resolution land cover data to address one or more important socio-environmental research questions.

Project Premonition and Socio-Environmental Systems

Working with academic partners, Microsoft’s Project Premonition designed mosquito traps with smart cells that can identify mosquito species based on wing movements and then capture those of interest along with key environmental data including time, temperature and light levels (www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/project/project-premonition).

Applications are invited for a project that leverages these data.  Particular areas of interest include: exploration of host diversity or population dynamics as they relate to land cover and microclimates, human disturbance gradients, and other factors.    Please consider applying and share the news!   More information is posted online at sesync.us/bigdata.


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