Current Conference - University Council on Water Resources













Abstracts for oral, panel, and poster presentations are invited and should be submitted by January 19, 2016.  Click here for more information and to submit an abstract.  



The conference is being held at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Hotel in Pensacola Beach, Florida.  A block of rooms has been reserved.  You are encouraged to book your room now. This is an excellent room rate for the area and rooms are limited!  Rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis.

The following room rate is available to conference participants:

  • Standard room (non-ocean view):  $199 + tax 
  • Gulf-front room (ocean-view):  $219 + tax  (A limited # of ocean-view rooms are available)

Book your room online HERE or call the hotel at 850-916-2999 (ask for Bridgette in Group Reservations).   The group code is 'UCO.'  *The conference rate is available 3 days pre- and post- the conference dates, based on hotel availability.

The deadline for making reservations at the special group rate is Friday, May 20, 2016.











Fort Pickens Campground is located about 3.5 miles from the conference venue, Hilton Pensacola Beach.  Campground sites are $26/night (electric & water included).  For more information, visit their website




Pensacola International Aiport (PNS)

Major Airlines flying into Pensacola: American, Delta, Silver, Southwest, United, US Airways

Non-stop service from: Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Chicago, Washington DC, Charlotte & Atlanta

The conference venue, Hilton Pensacola Beach, is 13 miles from Pensacola International Airport.  Get directions HERE.  The average taxi fare to the conference venue is $30.  There are various taxi services at the airport.  If you prefer a shuttle service, this company is recommended by the conference venue - The Airport Connection ($35 one way - shuttles can be pre-arranged online).  


Contact Melissa at the UCOWR headquarters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 618-536-7571. 

Join us in Pensacola, FL for the 2016 UCOWR/NIWR Annual Conference!

View the call for abstracts here.

Click here to submit your abstract.

The abstract deadline is January 19, 2016.

Abstract acceptance decisions will be emailed beginning in February.



Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) and

National Institutes of Water Resources (NIWR) Annual Water Resources Conference

June 21-23, 2016    Pensacola Beach, FL


We will be on the beautiful white sands of the Gulf Coast for the 2016 UCOWR/NIWR Annual Water Resources Conference. We will be discussing critical water issues in the southeastern United States, as well as across the continent and globe. Water quantity and quality concerns continue to take center stage in the United States and world.  Please join the dialogue, as we seek to develop multi-disciplinary solutions to complex water problems. 

The Conference Planning Committee invites you to propose a Special Session for the conference. A Special Session Organizers' role is to propose a relevant and timely subject, recruit speakers to submit abstracts to the session, and moderate the session during the June 2016 Conference.  Special Sessions can be in the form of a panel discussion or a group of 4 or 6 oral presentations on a specific topic.  Those interested in organizing and hosting a special session should provide the following information:

  • Title of proposed Special Session
  • A brief description (less than 350 words) stating the importance of the topic and the rationale for the proposed session
  • Organizer(s), including contact information
  • List of potential presenters (to submit abstracts via the general call for abstracts) and their topics, if available

The above information should be submitted directly to the Technical Program Chair, Kevin Wagner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Proposals for Special Sessions will be evaluated by the Conference Planning Committee based on the timeliness and relevance of the topic, and the degree to which the topic will bring together key researchers and practitioners to disseminate recent advances to the water resources community. 

Abstracts submitted for an accepted Special Session will be subject to the same submittal and review process as all other abstracts.

Important dates:

Proposals for Special Sessions due: October 30, 2015
Notification of Special Sessions acceptance: November 6, 2015
Abstracts due: January 19, 2016
Notification of Abstract acceptance: Late March 2016


General questions about the 2016 UCOWR/NIWR Conference can be directed to Karl Williard (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Executive Director of UCOWR, or Melissa Pind (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Administrative Assistant, UCOWR