Please join us for the OpenET Applications Conference February 27-28, at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The OpenET Consortium is excited to bring together the OpenET user community to showcase successes across diverse applications, foster collaboration and shared learning, and continue building a community of practice. Together, we can accelerate the advancement of the science, applications, and usability of OpenET data to support solutions that address critical water management challenges.

The conference aims to:
1) Highlight successful applications and promote cross-geography and cross-sector learning on a range of applications and best practices;
2) Bring together the OpenET user community with the OpenET Science and Technical Teams to foster shared learning, innovation, and collaboration;
3) Strengthen a community of practice that can continue to advance the science, applications, and usability of OpenET data; and,
4) Provide opportunities for feedback to the OpenET team regarding user data needs and requirements, and to identify technical and scientific priorities for future improvements to the OpenET system.

The OpenET Applications Conference will feature sessions covering agricultural water management, water accounting and budgeting, water use measurement and reporting, forest and rangeland management, as well as workshops and trainings.
There are no registration fees to attend the conference, and breakfast and lunch will be provided on Tuesday and Wednesday. Attendees are responsible for travel and lodging costs, as well as meals outside of those provided.  
Hyatt Regency Tamaya
1300 Tuyuna Trail
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004
You can also book your room by calling 505-867-1234 and referencing the OpenET Conference.
Date & Time
February 27, 2024, 8:30 AM - February 28, 2024 1:30 PM
The conference agenda is in draft form will continue to be updated with session, track, and speaker information. Each session will have multiple tracks covering topics including agricultural water management, water accounting and budgeting, water use measurement and reporting, forest management, as well as workshops and trainings.
Tuesday, February 27th
8:00-9:00 AM
9:00-10:45 AM
Day 1 Plenary - Welcome and Updates from the OpenET Team
Maurice Hall, OpenET
Welcome and Non-Profit Updates
Rachel O’Connor, Environmental Defense Fund
Conference Objectives
Ted Kowalski, Walton Family Foundation
Opening Remarks
Forrest Melton, NASA
Introduction to OpenET Consortium Science Team Updates
John Volk, Desert Research Institute
Review of the Phase II Intercomparison Study
Conor Doherty, NASA AMES
Updates on Effective Precipitation
Will Carrara, OpenET
Upcoming Features & Functionalities
Yun Yang, Mississippi State University
Eastward Expansion and Future Data Advancements
10:45-11:00 AM
11:00AM-12:30 PM
Session Block 1
Water Resource Management Across the Semi-arid Southwestern United States: Insights from OpenET Applications in California, Utah, and New Mexico
Moderator: Nick Santos, UC Merced Secure Water Future    
Nick Santos, UC Merced Secure Water Future
High Volume OpenET Data Access Using Open-Source Python Clients for the OpenET API and Google Earth Engine
Alfonso Torres-Rua, Utah State University
Identifying Utah Water Conservation Opportunities by Farm Water Balance and OpenET Data
Emily Waring, UC Merced
Using OpenET to Demonstrate Water Savings Potential via Deficit Irrigation in the Southwestern U.S.
Robert Sabie, New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute
Comparisons of OpenET to Pecan and Alfalfa Field Measurements in the Mesilla Valley, New Mexico
Testing the Use of OpenET for Modernizing Crop Insurance Policies and Conserving Groundwater in Kansas and Beyond
Moderator: Robyn Grimm, Environmental Defense Fund
Matt Sanderson, Kansas State University
Attitudes toward Water Conservation
Dwane Roth, Front Porch Farms
Cultivating Change: A 4th Generation Kansas Farmer’s Quest for Sustainability
Amy Kremen, Colorado State University/Irrigation Innovation Consortium
Effective Methods to Engage Producers and Encourage Advanced Water Management
Jisang Yu, Kansas State University
Crop Insurance and Conservation Practices: Some Economic and Policy Considerations 
Branching Out: Exploring Applications of ET Data in Forested Landscapes
(Part 1)
Moderator: Anderson Ruhoff, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Ge Sun, USDA Forest Service
Forest Evapotranspiration: Unsung Hero for Understanding Watershed Functions and Their Response to Disturbances
Jami Nettles, Weyerhaeuser Company
Managed Forests and Advanced ET Measurements: Using Satellite ET to Fill Gaps in Research and Management Practices
Yun Yang, Mississippi State University
Enhancing Forest Management with OpenET through Forest Health Monitoring
Workshop: Data Explorer and API Training
Jordan Harding, HabitatSeven
Will Carrara, OpenET
12:30-1:30 PM
1:30-3:00 PM
Session Block 2
Evapotranspiration Insights: Comparative Analyses and Practical Applications for Agricultural Water Management
Moderator: Mac Friedrichs, USGS EROS    
Pamela Nagler, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center
Using Ground-Validated Remote Sensing Methods for Determining Actual Evapotranspiration (ETa) with a Simple Vegetation Index-Based Equation
Kyle Knipper, USDA ARS
A Comparative Analysis of OpenET for Evaluating Evapotranspiration in California for Irrigation Management
Cameron Wobus, CK BlueShift
Quantifying Patterns and Trends of Agricultural Water Use in New Mexico Using OpenET
Greg Young, Zanjero
Using OpenET to Inform Water Resource Management Solutions: A Consultant’s Perspective
From Data to Action: Integrating OpenET into Decision Support Tools
Moderator: Lee Johnson, California State University Monterey Bay / NASA    
Jordan Harding, Habitat Seven & Will Carrara, OpenET
Intro to the OpenET Farms and Ranch Management Support Tools
Michael Cahn, UC Cooperative Extension
Integrating OpenET Data with the CropManage Irrigation and Nutrient Management Decision Support Tool
Ray Lee, Environmental Science Associates
Leveraging OpenET in a Scalable Open-Source Groundwater Accounting Platform
Olivier Jerphagnon, AgMonitor
Integration of OpenET Data into AgMonitor Platform for Groundwater Recharge Project in California
Capturing the Dynamics of Hydrologic Systems through Consumptive Use Measurements
Moderator: Matt Bromley, Desert Research Institute
Gabriel Senay, USGS EROS
Characterizing Crop Water Use Dynamics and Water Budget Parameters in the High Plains Aquifer
Jeff Davids, Davids Engineering, Inc.
Quantifying California’s Lesser-Known Atmospheric River: Leveraging OpenET for Sustainable Groundwater Management and Wetland Characterization in California
Sayantan Majumdar, Desert Research Institute
Regional and Field Scale Estimates of Groundwater Withdrawals Using Remote Sensing and Climate Data
Eli Asarian, Riverbend Sciences
Contrasting Hydrologic Effects of Irrigation Curtailment in Two Northern California Valleys Evaluated with Remote Sensing and Streamflow Gages
Workshop: API Office Hours
Will Carrara, OpenET
Alberto Guzman, OpenET NASA-ARCREST
3:00-3:15 PM
3:15-4:30 PM
World Café
World Café conversations are a method of creating a collaborative dialogue around key issues or questions. Participants sit in small groups and discuss one of the topics below for a set period. Participants then move to a different group, cross-pollinating ideas and perspectives. This leads to open conversation, sharing knowledge, and allows for collective brainstorming and problem-solving, fostering a sense of community and a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

A member of the OpenET Consortium will serve as a facilitator for each dialogue. Participants will choose a topic of interest and join that table for a 20–25-minute conversation. After 25 minutes, an announcement will be made for participants to move to a new table with a different topic.

World Café topics and table facilitators:
4:30-5:30 PM
Wednesday, February 28th
8:30-9:15 AM
9:15-10:45 AM
Day 2 Plenary - Government Panel: Using OpenET Data to Support Agency Objectives
Jack Eggleston, U.S. Geological Survey
Using OpenET Data in USGS Water Science Programs
James Prairie, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Integrating OpenET data into Reclamation's Upper Colorado River Basin Consumptive Uses and Losses Reporting

Rachel Musil, Central Utah Water Conservancy District
Harvesting Resilience: OpenET in Utah’s Water Management
Jay Ziegler, California State Water Resources Control Board
Bridging Understanding: State-Irrigator Cooperation Using OpenET in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
Jordan Beamer, Oregon Water Resources Department
Use of OpenET in Oregon to Support Updated Water Budgets and Planning
10:45-11:00 AM
11:00AM-12:30 PM
Session Block 3
The Role of OpenET in Streamlined Water Use Measurement and Reporting
Moderator: Forrest Melton, NASA 
Brett Baker, Central Delta Water Agency
OpenET in the California Delta: If It Can Work Here, It Can Work Anywhere
Josh Fisher, Chapman University
Water Management for the State of New Mexico
Andrew Volkmer, Bureau of Reclamation
Transitioning to eeMETRIC for Computing Irrigated Agriculture Consumptive Use on the Upper Colorado River Basin
James Schneider, Olsson
OpenET in Nebraska: Incorporating ET Data into Field-Scale Water Budgets for Irrigators and Water Managers
Branching Out: Exploring Applications of ET Data in Forested Landscapes (Part 2)
Moderator: Yun Yang, Mississippi State University    
Anderson Ruhoff, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Impacts of Deforestation on Evapotranspiration in the Amazon
AJ Purdy, California State University Monterey Bay
Using OpenET to Map Wildfire Risk
Devendra Amatya, USDA Forest Service
Preliminary Multi-Satellite Based Assessment of Seasonal Evapotranspiration of a Coastal Forest Watershed under Longleaf Pine (Pinus Palustris) Restoration
Micah Elias, Blue Forest
OpenET and Forest Management: Linking Increased Water Yield with Economic Value
Sowing Resilience: Advancing Conservation and Sustainability with OpenET
Moderator: Martha Anderson, USDA ARS
Sara Larsen, Upper Colorado River Commission
Multi-Scale Use of OpenET/Remote Sensing for Irrigated Agricultural Consumptive Use Estimation and Water Conservation Program Implementation in the Upper Colorado River Basin
Scott Morrison, Jacobs Engineering Group
Investigating Agricultural Resilience Opportunities in Utah – An OpenET Supported Approach
Lauren Steely, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Investigating the Irrigation Efficiency Paradox with OpenET
Maria Isabel Zamora Re, Oregon State University
Cultivating Collaboration and Innovation: OSU's Initiatives with OpenET Data Applications and Outreach for Sustainable Agriculture
Workshop: Comparing OpenET to Meter and Other Water Use Data
Rick Allen, Professor Emeritus of Water Resources Engineering, University of Idaho
Ayse Kilic, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Chris Pearson, Desert Research Institute
Carlos Wang, University of California, Berkeley
12:30-1:30 PM
Lunch and Closing Remarks
Information about the Hyatt Regency Tamaya is available here. Room registration information coming soon. If registered for the conference, you will receive an email with booking information in the coming weeks. Check-in is Monday, February 26th, check-out is Wednesday, February 28th.

The Hyatt Regency Tamaya is located on 550 acres of the Native American Santa Ana Pueblo between the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande River. Nestled along the Bosque with magnificent views of the Sandia Mountains, the land is the ancestral home to the Tamayame Pueblo Indians. The Santa Ana tribal members created the Hyatt Regency Tamaya to provide a truly authentic New Mexican experience by showcasing their culture and tradition of hospitality. On-site activities include guided walking trails, biking trails, tennis and basketball courts, yoga sessions, golf course, and hot air balloon flights.

The resort is 25 minutes from Albuquerque International Airport. More information on travel from ABQ to the resort is coming soon.

The Tamaya has several green initiatives, including water conservation, recycling and waste reduction, and energy conservation. Additionally, the menu includes food items that are grown on-site or locally sourced.
 Join us February 27-28 
We look forward to seeing you!
Please reach out to [email protected] with questions about the conference.

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