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Perspectives on the
National Water Model
Steve Kopp, Don Cline, Chelcy Miniat, Carl Lucero, John Rothlisberger,
David Levinson, Steve Evett, Mark Brusberg, Martin Lowenfish,

Mike Strobel, Wayne Tschirhart, Bruce Rindahl, Scott Holder and Matt Ables

T

he National Water Model is a dynamic and fast-moving
initiative with a wide variety of contributors intended to
serve an even wider audience, from fellow scientists to
emergency managers to water recreation. For
perspective on the depth and breadth of the model and its
potential impact, a variety of groups from federal to local
government, watershed authorities and industry were asked
to share their involvement and thoughts on future use of the
National Water Model forecasts.

U.S. Geological Survey
The National Water Model (NWM)
is a multi-agency collaboration toward
a modeling platform that leverages
USGS observations, realizing value from
streamflow monitoring that up until now
has not been possible. Development of the
NWM was achieved with support from
the Integrated Water Resources Science
and Services (IWRSS) federal partnership,
with its aim to improve response to
nationally significant water issues. Since
its formation in 2011, IWRSS partners
(USGS, NOAA, USACE) have improved

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their individual agency's practices,
data systems and information flows to
enable next generation water prediction
with the NWM as a focus. Participating
agencies have committed to improved
data interoperability and to work towards
a common framework for hydrologic
modeling. Taken together as a distributed
system supported by many providers,
the NWM incorporates more real-time
streamflow observations and landscape
information than previous modeling
frameworks. It produces flow estimates
based on a common hydrography (NHD+)

and serves as a basis for continued innovation
by scientists and engineers in government
and academia. Looking to the future, the
NWM is a collaborative mechanism through
which the USGS Water Mission Area›s dataproduct dissemination and modeling-method
integration efforts are helping to answer the
increasingly pressing and complex water
resource questions facing our nation.

U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA scientists are working with the
National Water Model (NWM) support
scientists to improve forecasts and verify
modeled flows. Collaborative projects with
USDA's Agricultural Research Service involve
using remotely-sensed ET and soil moisture
products to enhance the NWM real-time
analysis, and improving the representation of
ephemeral channel transmission losses in the
NWM. As the NWM moves forward and new
datasets and tools are provisioned, USDA may
find uses for incorporating information into
monitoring and management activities. For
example, our operational drought monitoring
activities, such as the U.S. Drought Monitor,
and our nationwide framework for evaluating
the hydrologic functioning of watersheds on
National Forests and Grasslands managed by



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018

President’s Message
The National Water Model Vision
Transforming NOAA Water Prediction: The New National Water Model
Perspectives on the National Water Model
FloodCast: A Framework for Enhanced Flood Event Decision Making for Transportation Resilience
Hurricane Harvey and the National Water Model
Contributions of the Academic Community in Advancing the National Water Model
Turning on the Faucet: Making National Water Model Data Flow
The New Economics of Water: Balancing Urban and Agricultural Water Needs on Colorado’s Front Range
What’s Up with Water: United We Stand, Divided We Fall: States Rights and WOTUS Rule
International Conference Recap
AWRA State Section and Student Chapter News
December JAWRA Highlights
In Memoriam: Ari Michelsen
2018-2019 Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship Opportunities
AWRA Board of Directors 2018 Call for Nominations
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Intro
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - cover1
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - cover2
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 3
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 4
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - President’s Message
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - The National Water Model Vision
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 7
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Transforming NOAA Water Prediction: The New National Water Model
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 9
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Perspectives on the National Water Model
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 11
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - FloodCast: A Framework for Enhanced Flood Event Decision Making for Transportation Resilience
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 13
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Hurricane Harvey and the National Water Model
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 15
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 16
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Contributions of the Academic Community in Advancing the National Water Model
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 18
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Turning on the Faucet: Making National Water Model Data Flow
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 20
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - The New Economics of Water: Balancing Urban and Agricultural Water Needs on Colorado’s Front Range
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - What’s Up with Water: United We Stand, Divided We Fall: States Rights and WOTUS Rule
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 23
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 24
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - International Conference Recap
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - AWRA State Section and Student Chapter News
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - December JAWRA Highlights
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - In Memoriam: Ari Michelsen
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 2018-2019 Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship Opportunities
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - AWRA Board of Directors 2018 Call for Nominations
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - cover3
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - cover4
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