14TH Water Information Summit - (WIS-14)

Water Information for Sustainable Water Resources Management
Miami, Florida
October 22-23, 2013


The Water Information Summit (WIS) is the flagship conference of the WaterWeb Consortium which promotes the sharing of information concerning water and the earth’s environment. Our organization seeks to create a global community, bringing together educational, governmental, nonprofit, & commercial entities interested in water research, conservation, and management; linked electronically via the Internet. WaterWeb’s goals are to advance water related issues, promote the use of quality information, and share information with water use stakeholders and decision makers. WIS annual conferences have been held in Florida, Panama, The Netherlands, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, El Salvador, Chile, The Dominican Republic and Burkina Faso.

The WIS-14 will take place in the Miami Florida , 22-23 October , 2013, at the Florida International University Modesto A Maidique Campus MARC Pavilion. The meeting will be hosted by the WaterWeb Consortium in association with INDRHI/CEHICA, UNESCO, GLOWS and CES. The event's general information package can be found here WIS 14 General Information Event Package.

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Accommodations and Reservations

The 14th Water Information Summit will take place at the Florida International University Modesto A Maidique Campus MARC Pavilion. Hotel accomodations will be provided by The Hotel Chateableau in the city of Coral Gables, FL. The Summit has a single rate of US$89 with 13% taxes rate per night , based in single or double occupancy. A courtesy shuttle to/from MIA (Miami International Airport) is available.

Request for reservations should be sent to Moira Eckardt m_eckardt@hotelchateaubleau.com the hours of 9 am to 5 pm EST Monday thru Friday.



Tuesday, October 22, 2013
9:00 - 9:30 AM: Introductory Remarks
  • Dr. Luis Salas, Associate Vice President of Research, Florida International University (FIU)
  • Dr. Mantha Mehallis, WaterWeb Consortium President, Florida Atlantic University (FAU)
9:30 - 10:30 AM: Shifting Paradigms for WRM planning and information requirements

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jayantha Obeysekera, Chief Modeler, South Florida Water Management District

Panel Discussion Moderator: Dr. Leonard Berry, Center of Environmental Studies, FAU

  • Dr. Nick Aumen, US Geological Survey, Regional Science Advisor for South Florida
  • Dr. Mahadev Bhat, Associate Chairperson of Earth and Environment, FIU
  • Dr. Hector Fuentes, Professor of Environmental & Water Resources Engineering & Associate Chair of Graduate Studies, FIU
10:30 - 11.00 AM: Networking Break / Poster Session
11:00 - 12:00 PM: Information system for cities of the future

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy, Patel College of Global Sustainability, University of South Florida (USF)

Panel Discussion Moderator: Dr. Fernando Miralles, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

  • Mr. Stan Bronson, Florida Earth Foundation
  • Dr. Carol Mitchell, South Florida Natural Resources Center
  • Ms. Zelmira May, UNESCO International Hydrological Programme
12:00 - 1:00 PM: Innovative tools for water information

Session Coordinator: Ms. Francezca Guzzone, FIU/GLOWS

  • Ms. Jennifer Fu, GIS Center, FIU: An Interactive Web Information Management System (IMS) for Water Information
  • Mr. Michael Rugge, Florida Coastal Everglades LTER: An Information Management system to store and disseminate research information to stakeholders
  • Dr. Amartya Saha, FIU/GLOWS: Digital Atlas: Information access with GIS functionality for improved water resource management
1:00 - 2:30 PM: LUNCH
2:30 - 4:00 PM: International/Inter-governmental organization contribution to knowledge and information transfer for IWRM

Session Coordinator: Dr. Alberto Tejada-Guibert, FIU/GLOWS

  • Ms. Zelmira May, UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme
  • Dr. Fernando Miralles, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Mr. Max Campos, Organization of America States
  • Dr. Eugene Stakhiv, International Institute for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM)
4:00 - 4:30 PM Networking Break / Poster Session
4:30 - 5:30 PM: Water information in a changing world

Speaker: Dr. Mantha Mehallis, Management Programs, College of Business, FAU

Panel Discussion Moderator: Dr. Krish Jayachandran, Professor & Graduate Program Director; Co-Director of Agroecology Program, FIU

  • Dr. Assefa Melesse, Associate Professor Department of Earth and Environment, FIU
  • Mr. Basil Fernandez, Water Resources Authority, Jamaica
  • Dr. Stanislaw F. Wnuk, Interim Chair, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
6:00 - 8:00 PM Reception at the Faculty Club

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
9:00 - 10:00 AM Highlights of the first day led by Dr. Maria Donoso, Director FIU/GLOWS
10:00 - 10:30 AM Keynote Speaker: Mr. Doc Hendley auther of 'Wine to Water"
10:30 - 11:00 AM Networking Break and Book Signing
11:00 - 1:00 PM: Regional Perspectives

Session Coordinator: Mr. Basil Fernandez, Water Resources Authority (Jamaica / Caribbean)

  • Ms. Alexandra Manueles, Zamorano University (Honduras / Central America)
  • Dr. Armando Sanchez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) (Mexico / North America)
  • Dr. Frank Kizito, Patel College of Global Sustainability, University of South Florida, (Uganda/Africa)
  • Dr. Shimelis Setegn, FIU/GLOWS, (Ethiopia/Africa)
1:00 - 2:30 PM LUNCH
2:30 - 4:00 PM: Water Information at the intersection of science and policy

Session Coordinator: Dr. Ryan Stoa, GLOWS/College of Law, FIU

  • Mr. Albert Slap, The Law Offices of Albert Slap: Global Implications of Miami-Dade Waste Management Litigation for Climate Change Adaptation
  • Dr. Franck Poupeau, CNRS University of Arizona: SWAN (Sustainable Water Action): for a transatlantic dialogue
  • Dr. Aileen Marty, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, FIU, Water and Wells: The health connection: How installing wells can reduce waterborne diseases
  • Ms. Laura Reynolds, Tropical Audubon Society: Leveraging Science in Advocacy Work
  • Mr. Stan Bronson , Florida Earth Foundation: US-Netherlands Connection Project
4:00 - 4:30 PM Networking Break
4:30 - 5:00 PM WIS-14 Summary and Future Agenda led by Dr. Leonard Berry, FAU
5:00 - 5:30 PM

Closing Session

  • Dr. Maria Donoso, Director of FIU-GLOWS Program, FIU
  • Dr. Mantha Mehallis, President of WaterWeb Consortium, FAU