Tuesday Morning Workshops


March 7th  8am - 9:45 am


Please Register for workshops HERE




John Bolte

Professor and Department Head

of Biological and Ecological Engineering, OSU

Modeling For Non-Modelers 

Computer based numerical modeling has become an invaluable staple for so many realms of natural sciences. From global climate change to epidemiology, models aim to capture the complex interactions of the natural world around us.  They have become so commonplace that it is easy to accept model results as cold hard fact.  It is quite difficult to keep in mind the underlying assumptions and limitations involved in modeling something as complex as the global climate, particularly if you have had little to no training with models. In this workshop, Dr. John Bolte aims to clear the air a bit for non-modelers. Dr. Bolte will address the most basic questions: What IS a model? What can and can’t you say about model results? Should we base policy decisions on model output?

Dr. John Bolte is the Department Head for Oregon State University’s College of Biological and Ecological Engineering. Bolte led efforts to develop the ENVISION model, a GIS based spatial tool that evaluates potential land use decision. ENVISION was used to base the recent Willamette 2100 Project. Willamette 2100 aimed to forecast water resource availability and use over the next century in the face of changing climates and population trends. This enormous effort is an excellent example of complex spatial and temporal models that aim to guide policy decisions.

Dr. Bolte brings decades of experience to this event. He received his B.S. in Plant Science at the University of Florida. He earned his M.S. in Agricultural Engineering and Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering at Auburn University in Alabama. He specializes in mathematical modeling and simulation of agricultural, aquacultural and environmental systems, geographic Information Systems-based spatial modeling, and artificial intelligence applications in bioresource management. He is also researching interactions between land-use decisions and climate changes in the Big Wood Basin in central Idaho and Tillamook County, Oregon.

Todd Jarvis

Director of the Institute of Water and Watersheds, OSU

Serious Gaming in Water Resources 


Serious games are useful because they provide a structured environment in which learning and research can occur. "Serious games" in water resources come in many forms ranging from role plays, board games, and computer-based interactive, realistic virtual environments in which players attempt to simultaneously "juggle"various aspects of integrated water resources management (IWRM), only to learn that IWRM is easier said than done.Come play Aqua Republica developed by THE ACADEMY by DHI, or try your hand at one of the many water resources board games we are using for negotiations training in water resources.

Todd Jarvis has nearly 30 years of experience as a hydrogeologist specializing in groundwater development and source water protection with emphasis in fractured rock and karst terranes. Jarvis has professional licenses as a Certified Engineering Geologist, Certified Water Rights Examiner, and a Certified Mediator. Jarvis is a member of the faculty of the OSU Water Resources Graduate Program and the UO Law School in Environmental Conflict Resolution. He is developing the new transboundary water management game linking the California Water Crisis Game with a new game focusing on Oregon called “Draining Oregon”. Stop by his booth and help him design the Oregon game!

Aaron Wolf

Professor of Geography, OSU


Water Conflict Management and Transformation


From the Klamath basin in the Pacific Northwest to the Jordan River in the arid and hostile Middle East, water conflicts are inherent and increasingly disruptive. Water which crosses boundaries - be they economic sectors, legal or political jurisdictions, cultural divides, or international borders - sets the stage for disputes between users trying to safeguard access to a vital resource, while protecting the natural environment. Without strategies to anticipate, address, and mediate between competing users, intractable water conflicts are likely to become more frequent, more intense, and more disruptive in the American West, the United States , and around the world. This workshop examines ways to work effectively in contentious water situations and explores conflict tolerance, prevention, management, and transformation through collaborative structures as well as through models of negotiation and dialogue.

Aaron Wolf is a professor of geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. He has an M.S. in water resources management and a Ph.D. in environmental policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Wolf has acted as consultant to the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank and several governments on various aspects of international water resources and dispute resolution. He has been involved in developing the strategies for resolving water aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict, including co-authoring a State Department reference text. Wolf, a trained mediator/facilitator, directs OSU's Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation.