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BP Energy Center
1014 Energy Court
Anchorage, AK


2023 Alaska Section AWRA Annual Conference

BP Energy Center - 1014 Energy Court, Anchorage, AK

March 6-8, 2023

Post-Conference Thanks

The Alaska Section AWRA wants to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the 2023 Annual Conference last week in Anchorage. Whether you attended in-person or virtually, were a presenter, moderator, timekeeper, or other volunteer, the conference would not have been a success without YOU! The conference successfully brought together over 80 water resource professionals and students to learn about topics from cryosphere hydrology to drinking water, habitat, water extremes/hazards, watershed management, hydrology designed and engineering, and region-specific water resource and hydropower projects. With 30 presentations over 8 sessions plus a poster session and rapid talks, there was a lot to cover! The Alaska Section is working to compile and post the conference proceedings online and will make an announcement once available. We look forward to continuing bringing together professionals to discuss multidisciplinary water resource issues.


Geo-Watersheds Scientific

Michael Baker International


Campbell Scientific




R&M Consultants, Inc.


PND Engineers, Inc.

Pre-Conference Information

The Alaska Section, AWRA is excited to announce the 2023 Annual Conference after a three-year hiatus! AWRA's mission is to advance multidisciplinary water resources education, management, and research. Our annual conference is an opportunity for collaboration among physical, biological, and social scientists, engineers, and students concerned with water resource research, planning, development, management, and education. The intention is that this will be a hybrid conference; presentations will be available for streaming but all speakers must be present in-person. We highly encourage all who can to attend in person. Stay tuned and keep an eye out for more details in your inbox and on this page regarding student travel grant opportunities and more. Abstract submittal is now closed, but don't miss out on this conference to network with water resources professionals and students to help celebrate AWRA.

Flyer: Check out the 2023 AK AWRA Annual Meeting Announcement here!

Registration: The Early Bird registration deadline is February 24th, 2023. Pricing information is located on the Annual Meeting Announcement.

Schedule: The conference will be a half-day in the afternoon March 6th and full days March 7-8th. Check out the agenda on the right-hand sidebar of this page for more details.

Proposed Sessions for 15 minute talks or poster session:

  • Climate Change and Water Resources
  • Coastal Hydrology/Processes
  • Geospatial Data & Modeling/Hydrography
  • Glacial Processes/Cryosphere Hydrology
  • Habitat - Fish, Wildlife, and Aquatic Species (stream restoration, protection, fish passage)
  • Hazards (floods, landslides)
  • Hydropower (including hydrokinetic)
  • Tribal Water Resources
  • Water Management (surface water, groundwater, navigability, regulations)
  • Water Quality and Drinking Water/Wastewater
  • Water Resources Education/Communication, Social Impacts
  • Weather and Water Extremes (typhoons, atmospheric rivers, droughts, etc)
  • Other Related Topics

Presentations: 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions.

Poster Session: Tuesday, March 7th from 3-5pm.

Rapid Talks: There will be a category of short presentations on each day of the meeting. These are envisioned to be up to 5 minutes, 0-2 slides, and on topics of interest to our membership that aren't conducive to a full-length presentation. You may sign up to give a rapid talk while at the conference if space is available.

Student Travel Grants: Student travel grant funding is available for students presenting a poster or full talk. Please contact awra.alaska@gmail.com for details and to be considered for a student travel grant.

Accommodations: A block of 10 rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at the Residence Inn by Marriott which is adjacent to the conference location. There's a mix of studio and one bedroom style rooms that can be booked through this conference specific link until February 11, 2023. https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1667535316015&key=GRP&app=resvlink.

We also encourage conference attendees to contact hotels directly to inquire about applicable discounts such as government rates, etc. The conference location is in midtown Anchorage. Other general lodging options can be found at https://www.anchorage.net/places-to-stay/.

The Residence Inn conference rate is available March 4-9th if you decide to come to Anchorage early. There are many exciting events over the weekend leading up to the conference associated with the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The ceremonial Iditarod Race Start is in downtown Anchorage on March 4th and the official start is in Willow on March 5th . For more information visit: https://www.anchorage.net/winter/events/iditarod-sled-dog-race/.