The term “big data” has clearly come into the limelight recently as the capacity of organizations that collect water-related data grows at an exponential rate. This conference looks at efforts, both nationally and internationally, to harness the mass of information collected in the water space and convert it to tools useful to make decisions that can efficiently manage systems, especially those that are coastal, that interconnect ecology, water resources and society. The interdisciplinary nature of this conference is intended to engage many areas of expertise as we grapple with mountains of information we are now capable of generating.
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Will Sarni, Director and Practice Leader: Water Strategy, Deloitte Consulting
Steve Bourne, Atkins
Greg van der Vink, Princeton University and Novametrics
Tuesday, December 8: Ecology and Big Data
8:00 Registration Opens
9:00 AM Welcome & Introductory Remarks - Jack Payne, VP, University of Florida IFAS
9:45 AM Using Big Data for Ecology - Moderator, Tom Frazer, Director of UF's School for Natural Resources, Speaker, Hank Loescher, Director of Special Projects, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). Live streamed at https://youtu.be/ELz0Ss7FVyw
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM Federal Perspectives on the Big Data Dilemma - Moderator, Ernie Cox, President, Family L;ands Remembered LLC, Gretchen Ehlinger, Acting Chief for Restoration and Recovery, US Army Corps of Engineers
12:00 PM Lunch with Greg van der Vink, Princeton University and Novametrics - What's all this Noise?
1:00 PM The Florida Earth Young Scholars - Integrating Data and Research from a Comprehensive Approach - Kelly Heber Dunning, Woods Hole Institute at MIT and Ann Siders, Woods Institute at Stanford University
2:00 PM Data and US Higher Education, Jay Martin, Director, OSU Global Water Institute, Kirk Hatfield, UF Engineering School for Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment
3:00 PM Breakout Groups with the question of "What do we need?"
Wednesday, December 9, Big Data and Water Management
8:00 AM Registration and Coffee
9:00 AM Keynote - Steve Bourne, Atkins - Making Data Fun. Live streamed at https://youtu.be/mqk7UPDizHA
9:30 AM An International Case Study - The Dutch Digital Delta Initiative - Joost De Haan, Delfland Water Authority. Moderated by Stan Bronson, Florida Earth. Live Streamed at https://youtu.be/mqk7UPDizHA
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Big Data and Decision Making in Practice - Akin Owosina, or Matahal Ansar, South Florida Water Management, Donna Page, Deputy Director, NOAA National Water Center, Al Karlin, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Sheri Brandt-Williams, St. Johns River Water Management District
12:00 PM Lunch with Danny Sanchez, Hotfix Earth
1:00 PM Water Data at the City Level - Karl Craig, Senior Systems Analyst, City of Tampa
2:00 PM Breakout Sessions
3:30 PM Adjourn
|Joost de Haan
City of Tampa
Ohio State Univ.
|Kelly Heber Dunning
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