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Remote Sensing of the Water Cycle: Sensors to Science to Society
13-16 February 2024 | Honolulu, HI

About the Meeting

In the past decade, there have been unprecedented changes in the fields of sensor technology, satellite missions, modeling and applications to benefit society. Small satellite systems are shifting observational paradigms to more rapid revisits, higher resolutions and ever-increasing volumes of data. The commercial sector has launched hundreds of satellites and companies are now in the business of understanding the water cycle. Massive amounts of data are available and can be ingested into data assimilation models to better understand the influence any particular part of the water cycle. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence has broadened our capability to exploit multiple types of Earth observation data within complex modeling systems. With the exponential growth of cell phones, there are potentially billions of people everywhere who can use their smartphones to access water information.

Abstracts are Open!

The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 4 October.

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Meeting Goals

This Chapman aims to explore a number of interesting questions - What is the role of scientists in this mix? Which science questions have been answered in this past decade and what are the next decade’s pressing questions? These are in the areas of water and food security, health, new sensors and resolving conflicts between countries. How do we further connect the business of water with the researchers of water? Our Chapman conference aims to bring together these groups to build further collaborations and foster new ideas that will meaningfully contribute to society in the decades to come.

Format Overview

The meeting will kick off Tuesday with an opening reception and plenary. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will feature traditional conference style talks, discussion and posters. The five sessions will start with invited talks and panel discussions. Posters sessions will be held Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. Session topics will include:

  • Session 1         Remote Sensing of the Water Cycle and new sensors
  • Session 2         Food Security and health
  • Session 3         Water Security and Transboundary Issues
  • Session 4         The Business of Water
  • Session 5         Petabytes of Data


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Abstract Submission Policies

  • The deadline to submit an abstract is 20 September 2023. The deadline to submit an abstract has been extended to 4 October 2023. You are not required to be an AGU member to submit an abstract. There is no fee for submissions.
  • You cannot request oral presentations. All approved abstracts will be assigned as a poster presentation.
  • Your submission also grants AGU permission to publish the abstract.
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Remote Sensing of the Water Cycle Chapman Travel Grants

The Chapman Conference conveners are actively pursuing funding for travel support. Students, early career scientists, and those from low-middle income countries are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: 20 September 2023
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For questions, contact [email protected].

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Chapman Conveners

Venkataraman Lakshmi, University of Virginia

Raphael Tshimanga, Congo Basin Water Resources Research Center

Dalia Kirschbaum, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Douglas Alsdorf, Ohio State University

Delwyn Moller, University of Auckland

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