Archive for June, 2012

An unreached audience

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Jane Rowan, a past President of AWRA and now with Normandeau & Associates, gave an insightful summary of the AWRA Summer Specialty Conference, Riparian Ecosystems IV.

Jane showed an inverted pyramid showing scales of interest for riparian issues. At the bottom, were the organism and the meter layers, where  riparian scientists do most of their scientific work. Up to were the global and regional layers, where the scientists typically present their results to “decisionmakers.” In the middle, and largely neglected, is the parcel ownership layer where real change has to take place. Jane’s point was we need to close this gap.

2011 Impact Factor

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

JAWRA’s 2011 Impact Factor (which counts cites in 2011 to papers published in 2009 and 2010) went to 1.782, our highest ever! We ranked 20 of 78 in Water Resources, and 18 of 45 in Engineering, Environmental. Congratulations to everyone on our Editorial Team, and a special thanks to all those authors who chose to publish there excellent papers in JAWRA.

Emerging contaminants

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

I’m in Denver for the AWRA Summer Specialty Conference on Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Water Resources II. Probably learning more than I’d like to know about chemicals found in our waters. We’ve come a long ways in characterizing CEC’s since the last meeting, and now are beginning to quantify their extent. I think we will end up with an outstanding featured collection.

New JAWRA Associate Editors

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Help is on the way! Thanks to a good recruitment effort we were able to choose among a fine bunch of candidates for the Surface Water and Geospatial Analysis positions. Here they are:

For Associate Editor, Surface Water Hydrology, I have selected two candidates.

  • Latif Kalin, Associate Professor of Forest Hydrology, Auburn University, Alabama. Latif has a strong publications record, including service as an associate editor for another journal. His research interests cover a broad range of activities, including nutrient cycling.
  • Kumul Acharya, Associate Research Professor, Desert Research Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada. Kumul has extensive experience throughout the US and Asia, and a fine publications record in a variety of areas.

For Associate Editor, Geospatial Analysis:

  • Sandra Fox, Environmental Scientist, St. Johns River Water Management District. Her leadership in organizing the past two GIS specialty conferences has given Sandra great connections with the AWRA GIS community. I’m looking forward to Sandra helping improve manuscript submissions from these conferences.

And a shift: To better match our workload, we will double-up on the Water Quality Modeling position. Xing Fang will move over to this area and join Steve Preston. Xing is like a “utility infielder” who can play any position, and I likely will use him as such.

Even though the selection process took a while and, coinciding with increased submissions, placed a strain on our production process, I am delighted we are up and running with such a fine crew. Thanks to all our editorial team for the patience, perseverance, and advice. And, special thanks to outgoing AE’s Billy Johnson and Jun Xu.

2012 Boggess Award Winners

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

AWRA President Bill Battaglin has announced the winners of the 2012 Boggess Award:

Richard D. Horan and  James S. Shortle, for their paper in the February 2011 JAWRA, Economic and Ecological Rules for Water Quality Trading. The authors are from Michigan State and Penn State, respectively.

This paper was part of a Featured Collection on Water Quality Trading. In my blog about this paper, I noted the paper argues the need for a strong degree of technical and regulatory skill to manage an effective trading program.

The award will be presented  by Bill Battaglin at the luncheon of the 2012 AWRA Annual Conference. This will be the first time, I believe, one Boggess winner as presented the award to another! Congratulations to the winners and all our finalists.

The William R. Boggess Award is given to the author or authors of the paper, published in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association during the preceding year, that best describes, delineates, or analyzes a major problem or aspect of water resources from either a theoretical, applied, or philosophical standpoint. Established in 1973, the Award honors William R. “Randy” Boggess, a member of AWRA, one of the first Directors, and a former President of the Association, who has also made significant contributions to AWRA as an Editor of JAWRA.

June 2012 Cover Photo

Friday, June 8th, 2012

The subject of our June cover is water lilies in Monet’s garden in Giverny. Old Claude had the right idea: Why walk all around France when you can build a garden in your back yard and paint to your heart’s content?

Monet’s garden is a magic place. You could almost randomly point your camera and come up with a pretty scene. Lots of tourists, of course, but Monet hosted a lot of guests in his time, too.

The gardens are right near the Seine, and fed through a clever system of canals. No problem with water rights here!

Curse you, defaulting reviewers!

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Aaaarg! Time to vent. I just had to send an interesting paper back for another round of reviews. The two reviews in hand differed in their opinions. A third reviewer, who might have helped resolve the differences DEFAULTED!!!!!

The authors and other reviewers will again be inconvenienced because some boorish fool agreed to do a review, then vanished off the face of the earth. And, I’d just bet this jackass is going to claim credit for a review on their academic resume. Grrrrrr!

June 6

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Omaha Beach

This photo of water probably won’t make the JAWRA cover, but it’s of Omaha Beach. A 22-year old first lieutenant who led the survivors of his platoon to the base of the bluffs, and lived through the rest of the war, today would be a 90 year old man. Stretched out in the sand, in the (now imaginary) firing position, looking up at those bluffs, I can only imagine the terror and the courage.

Lest we forget.

Economic modeling of water review

Friday, June 1st, 2012

I thought I’d bring to your attention an article in Natural Resources Modeling. (Shameless plug disclosure: NRM is another Wiley-Blackwell journal.) This journal, edited by Catherine Roberts of Holy Cross College, has an even broader outlook than JAWRA, though the focus is primarily on modeling.

ECONOMICS AND THE MODELING OF WATER RESOURCES AND POLICIES,” by  James F. Booker, Richard E. Howitt, Ari M. Michelsen, and Robert A. Young.
Ari — a past-president of AWRA —  and his co-authors look at how economic water policy models have evolved over the past 25 years. They note, “Water resources and policies in much of the world have gone from expansionary development of additional water supplies to a mature phase where existing water resources are scarce, water is a commodity and there is competition for water across different uses.” Other major changes are the inclusion of environmental water values and water governance institutions. They anticipate future models will expand in breadth and depth. Worth reading!