Workshop Final Program


Integrated Environment Modeling for Estuarine System Management


May 21-23, 2015

Workshop Program



Wednesday May 20th, 2015 evening:

No host icebreaker: Welcome by Chris Enright – Delta Science Program; Participant Introductions

Tres Hermanas” (5:30 PM, 805 2nd Street, Davis -- 2nd St between G and I near rail depot)



Thursday May 21st, 2015 -- UC Davis Activities and Recreation Center

8:45-8:55         Peter Goodwin—Welcome and objectives of the workshop (Video)

8:55-9:05         Mark Cowin – Department of Water Resources (Video)

9:05-9:15         Will Stelle (NOAA) (Video)

9:15-9:25         Bill Cooper (NSF, INFEWS) (Video)

9:25-9:35         Randy Fiorini (Delta Stewardship Council) (Video)

9:35-9:45         Jay Lund (UC Davis) (Video)


9:45-10:10      Networking Break


I) Integrated Environmental Modeling--connecting system processes I (Jay Lund)

10:10-10:30     Robert Argent (Bureau of Meteorology Australia) (Video)

10:30-10:50     Joseph Lee (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) (Video)

10:50-11:10     Karel Heynert (Deltares) (Video)

11:10-11:30     Richard Howitt (UC Davis) (Video)

11:30-11:50     Ciaran Harman (Johns Hopkins) (Video)


11:50-12:40    Lunch (buffet provided)


II)  Integrated Environmental Modeling—connecting system processes II (Josué Medellín)

12:40-1:00       Scott Peckham (Colorado University Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research) (Presentation) (Video)

1:00-1:20         Rob Hartman (National Weather Service) (Presentation) (Video)

1:20-1:40         Daniele Tonina (University of Idaho) (Presentation) (Video)

1:40-2:00         John Bratton (Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab) (Presentation) (Video)


2:00-2:20        Networking Break


III)  Decision Support systems:  Science/Modeling Organizations that bridge the science-policy gap (Chris Enright) (Video)

2:20-2:40 Lead-in decision support talk:                   Denise Lach (Oregon State University) (Presentation) (Video)


2:40-3:30 Facilitated Panel Discussion (Video)

Integrated systems modeling can give insight into how water supply/quality, ecosystems, and economies are affected by change. The goal of this panel is to learn how technical analyses have supported (or not) management and policy decisions in this system and others. “Decisions” are typically choices among high impact alternatives that trade-off consequences for diverse stakeholder interests.


  • What is the optimal level of engagement for decision makers in developing alternative Delta futures?
  • How do we translate complex analyses into alternative Delta futures that can be effectively negotiated among stakeholders?
  • What is your advice for establishing a skillful and decision-relevant modeling community?
  • What does a successful scientific modeling and decision support organization look like?


Denise Lach (Oregon State University)

Randy Fiorini (Delta Stewardship Council)

David Okita (California Natural Resources Agency)

Robert Argent (Bureau of Meteorology Australia)


3:30-3:40        Break (10 minutes)


IV) It’s an integrated ocean-bay-delta-watershed system: Community modeling for system understanding and management decision support (Ben Bray)

3:40-4:00         Steve Monismith (Stanford University) (Presentation) (Video)

4:00-4:20         Steve Brandt (Oregon State University) (Presentation) (Video)

4:20-4:40         Lisa Lucas and Noah Knowles (USGS; CASCaDE) (Presentation) (Video)


4:40-4:50         Pop-up talks by exhibitors (1 minute each) (Peter Goodwin)  (All Presentations) (Video) 

4:50-5:00         Wrap-up today and next steps for tomorrow


5:00                 Evening Session (with food and drinks)

Demonstrations of data analytics, modeling, and decision support systems

Informal hands-on demonstration and opportunities for participants to talk with model

developers, and hands-on demonstrations. Confirmed presenters include: Palantir; USGS CASCaDE Program; IBM – Galway Bay; Resource Management Associates; Delta Modeling Associates; The Nature Conservancy; ESA; ESSA (Delta EFT), Deadwood project, Bay-Delta Live, DWR Delta Modeling; UCD Hobbes Framework, Karl Benedict (U of NM; )


Friday May 22nd, 2015 -- UC Davis Buehler Alumni Center

9:00-9:20 Review/synthesis of Day 1 and orientation for today. It’s a workshop! (Jay Lund) (Presentation)

9:20-10:20 Panel of Table Moderators (Bruce DiGennaro): Each topic moderator will introduce a question/topic area (10 minutes each). How would you relate your question to what you have learned so far and, if necessary, how should the question be reframed? Overall, what are the big ideas that should be included in a proposal for improving community modeling for system understanding and decision support be developed?

  1. Decision support: How can integrated models and data analytics be used effectively for decision making in a world of diverse stakeholders?
  2. How do we update and maintain system conceptual models as a knowledge organizing framework for integrated modeling?
  3. What is the role of open-source or public domain community models?
  4. Integrated environmental models and data analytics for holding system complexity: How do we get there?
  5. What are organization options that encourage integrated modeling and knowledge discovery?
  6. What is a good business model for consultants/NGO modelers and data analytics people for engaging and supporting agencies?

10:20-10:50    Networking BREAK

10:50-2:20 Round-table break-out discussions based on 6 questions. 10 people max at each table--self selected. There will be three rounds of 45 minutes each so that attendees can participate in three of the six table topics of their choice. One moderator and one lead author/note taker will remain at each table for each of the three rounds.

                     Moderator                  Note taker

Table/Question 1:        Campbell Ingram         Stuart Siegel

Table/Question 2:        Robert Argent              Nigel Quinn

Table/Question 3:        Karl Benedict               Michael McWilliams

Table/Question 4:        Scott Peckham             Steve Lindley

Table/Question 5:        Jay Lund                      Jon Burau

Table/Question 6:        David Senn                  Ryan Luster


10:50-11:35     Round 1

11:35-12:20     Round 2

12:20-1:20      Lunch (provided)

1:20-2:05         Round 3

2:05-2:20        Short break to allow report-out synthesis by lead authors

2:20-3:30        Report out round table topics by lead white paper authors (10 minutes each)

3:30-3:45        Perspectives on transformative approaches to management and policy decision support

Two or three policy people give comments, impressions and advice to lead authors as they embark on the production of an actionable white paper.

3:45-4:00 Wrap up and next steps (Peter Goodwin)            

4:00-5:30 Post-meeting reception



Saturday May 23rd, 2015 -- UC Davis Ghausi Hall 3rd Fl. Conference Room

Writing Team reflects on information generated in the workshop and discusses workshop outcomes and findings. Refine writing assignments as necessary. Develop draft sections.







Thanks to everyone who helped put on a great workshop!



Planning Committee

David Senn (SFEI), Mark Stacey (UCB), Eleanor Bartolomeo (SWRCB), Steve Lindley (NOAA), Bill Cooper (NSF), Nigel Quinn (LBL), Mike Chotkowski (USGS), John Wolfe (LimnoTech),

Chris Foe (RWQCB)


UC Davis Support

Cathryn Lawrence, Barbara Bellieu


Organizing Committee

Josué Medellín (UCD), Alvar Escriva-Bou (UCD), Jiro Ariyama (DSP), Jay Lund (UCD),

Ben Bray (EBMUD), Chris Enright (DSP)



Delta Stewardship Council

National Science Foundation

UC Davis Center for Watershed Science

California Water and Environmental Modeling Forum

International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research