Peter Goodwin is President of University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Previously he was the Idaho Director for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) of the National Science Foundation. He was appointed the Lead Scientist of the California Delta Science Program for the US Geological Survey and the California Delta Stewardship Council from 2012-15. Goodwin earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He served on the IAHR Council from 2003-2007 and as Vice President from 2007-2011.
I am honored deeply to be selected by the Nominating Committee as candidate for re-election as President of IAHR. The greatest challenge facing society is maintaining and improving the quality of life within a healthy earth system. Population growth and climate change make balancing the reliability of a clean water supply with a sustainable but desirable ecosystem fundamental to addressing this challenge. IAHR is poised uniquely to make major contributions to the science and engineering that will inform these critical management decisions and best practices. Our community includes many of the world’s leading experts and research organizations with relationships that span the globe. This is a pivotal moment in the development of IAHR as the capacity of the Secretariat has recently doubled with the opening of the second office in Beijing. If re-elected President, my agenda will be to continue my work to create a truly global and cohesive organization, forging strategic partnerships, advancing integrated modeling, enhancing committee networking and promoting opportunities for young professionals.
Comprehensive solutions to water challenges frequently require expertise from multiple disciplines drawn from the private, academic and government sectors. IAHR will explore where strategic collaborations with international agencies and other professional learned societies could provide most impact and benefit to our membership. Examples include international professional qualifications, best practices in assessing sustainability and resilience, technical support and developing influential monographs or white papers on emerging technical areas of interest.
New monitoring technologies, modeling of complex dynamic systems, visualization and communication are increasingly important. Our committees are engaged in all aspects of the water cycle from the cryosphere to coastal waters encompassing observations, managing the ever-increasing deluge of information in the era of ‘Big Data’, and developing models that capture our current understanding of complex systems. IAHR will actively support these activities and as an example will cosponsor a workshop with many partner organizations in California later this year.
IAHR will offer extended support to Divisions and Committees as well as grassroots efforts of groups of colleagues where the activity leads to greater impact than a single research group or single study site. It is also our collective responsibility to improve access in regions typically underserved by IAHR. We will experiment with technology to expand accessibility to IAHR services and enhance education and professional development opportunities.
Young professionals (YP) are the future and enhancing their IAHR experience is important. IAHR has always been a place for senior members to mentor rising stars and we will grow master classes, engage YPs in Committee activities and through the YPNs enhance networking opportunities for international relationships that often last a lifetime.
The foundational work in restructuring IAHR over the past 5 years, coupled with on-line communication tools, the intellectual capacity within the Association and our global yet collegial culture, places IAHR in a unique position to assist in addressing the major water challenges facing society. As President, I will use these assets to promote IAHR on the global stage. Most importantly, IAHR is your professional organization and I welcome your ideas and initiatives to improve the effectiveness of the association.