2021 California Water Data Science Symposium

California Water Board


June 28, 2021 to June 30, 2021
Virtual Participation


The Sixth Annual California Water Boards Water Data Science Symposium on June 28 - 30, 2021, is a free annual event that aims to enhance how water quality monitoring generates and uses meaningful data to inform water quality management decisions. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Beyond Open Data: Radical Inclusivity for Water Data Equity." 

Agenda and Program
Registration is now open for each portion of the program:

  • Monday, June 28, 4:00–5:30 PM PT: Paya Film Screening & Panel Discussion — Register
  • Tuesday, June 29, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM PT: Water Data Science Symposium — Register
  • Wednesday, June 30, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM PT: Water Data Science Symposium — Register
  • Wednesday, June 30, 1:00–4:00 PM PT: Bay-Delta Data Sandbox Workshop — Register

This event will feature information about water resource issues in the following subject areas and topics:

  • Accessibility: What can we do to improve access to and use of water data?
  • Adaptation: What can we do to minimize and mitigate changes impacting water in California?
  • Agency: How do we engage better with communities - who have everything at stake at water and data decision making - focusing on collection and use of meaningful water data and information?
  • Change: How are water related resources and systems changing?
  • Communication: How can we do better at communicating what we know (and don't know) to all audiences?
  • Data visualization and communication
  • Innovative monitoring tools
  • Open data
  • Statewide monitoring programs

Who should attend? This event will be informative for a variety of audiences, including managers faced with policy decisions, staff and volunteers at community science organizations, ccientists and community members working on water related questions or issues, aspiring academics and budding subject matter experts, and water and data enthusiasts.

Contact: For more information, please email: swamp@waterboards.ca.gov.

Paya Screening + Discussion Flyer


Deb Agarwal

Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Deb Agarwal is the head of the Data Science and Technology Department in the Computational Research Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Deb’s research focuses on scientific tools that enable the sharing of scientific experiments, advanced networking infrastructure to support the sharing of scientific data, data analysis support infrastructure for eco-science, and cybersecurity infrastructure to secure collaborative environments.