WSWC – NASA Western Water Applications Office (WWAO) Research to Operations (R2O) Workshop – POSTPONED

Due to COVID19 Travel Restrictions and Concerns, the R2O Workshop April 22-23, 2020 is CANCELLED until further notice.

VENUE: National Academy of Sciences Beckman Center
100 Academy, Irvine, California 92617


This workshop will build upon the insights identified and connections established in August 2019 during the first WSWC-WWAO workshop on research to operations (R2O) for Western water management. This year, the workshop objectives aim to advance the priorities established in the last workshop and outlined in the summary workshop report. The 2020 workshop objectives are to:

1. Strengthen agency partnerships and continue building an inter-agency community to facilitate R2O in water resource management by:

a. Including participants across Federal agencies that have research and/or operational involvement in water resource management, including representatives from USGS, NOAA, NASA, and USBR;

b. Structuring the workshop to be interactive and dialogue-based; and

c. Soliciting feedback and follow-up engagement from participants in the development of a workshop report that synthesizes the current shared challenges, best practices, and pathway forward for R2O in water resource management.

 2. Develop WSWC’s WestFAST network to be a bridge to help transition new technologies and information products for water resources management to operational federal programs, including, but not limited to, remote sensing-based measurement technologies and sub-seasonal to seasonal (S2S) weather forecasting by:

a. Engaging WestFAST members in the workshop Steering Committee; and

b. Identifying technologies that meet water resource management needs and have high potential for R2O. 

3. Develop a strategy for raising awareness and support within state and federal government for R2O through:

a. Defining what “success” looks like;

b. Discussing and documenting a pathway and associated timeline for financial planning for R2O, learning from projects that have been successful in R2O;

c. Discussing and documenting a pathway and associated timeline for technical planning and coordination, learning from successful projects; and

d. Helping the research community understand the process and lead times necessary for successful transition of projects to operational federal agency programs.

To accomplish these objectives, the workshop will bring together partners from federal and state agencies that have experience with technology transfer, or that have programs that could be adopters of new technology and remotely sensed information products from NASA, NOAA and USGS. Together we will identify best practices to transfer applied research to operational programs in western federal, state, and local water agencies and tribes.


Registration is required for all meeting speakers and attendees. 
Suggested Accommodations:

Hotels offering Federal per diem rate ($181) and airport shuttle

Embassy Suites Irvine Orange County Airport
2120 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614

DoubleTree by Hilton – Orange County Airport
7 Hutton Centre Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92707

DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana/Orange County Airport
201 E. MacArthur Blvd., Santa Ana, CA 92707

Hilton Garden Inn Irvine/Orange County Airport
2381 Morse Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614

Atrium Hotel at Orange County Airport
18700 MacArthur Boulevard, Irvine, CA 92612


Apr 22 - 23 2020


National Academy of Sciences Beckman Center
National Academy of Sciences Beckman Center, Irvine, California, USA

The event is finished.