3rd Working Group Meeting

3rd Working Group Meeting


5-7 April 2018

Miami, Florida, USA


The 3rd Amazon Dams CompSust Working Group meeting will be held in Miami at Florida International University. The meeting will focus on incorporation of multiple criteria within the framework developed by the computational group. We will evaluate progress since our previous meeting in Lima, and will use breakout sessions to continue work on multiple criteria, including metrics for DoR, sediment transport, biodiversity, fisheries and connectivity. We plan to discuss future directions, as well as multi-authored papers.

Arrival, Housing, and Meeting Locations

Most meeting participants will arrive at Miami International Airport. Participants will stay in Coconut Grove at either The Residence Inn – Miami Coconut Grove or at The Kampong.  The Kampong is part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden network and conserves many rare tropical plant species including palms, cycads, flowering trees, and vines. The meeting will take place in Miami at The Kampong (Day 1), and Florida International University (Days 2 and 3), shown in the reference map below.

Visiting Everglades National Park

We have scheduled a Saturday evening trip to Everglades National Park for those who are able to extend their stay. During this trip, we will have an opportunity to observe Florida wildlife and characteristic habitats such as mangroves, marshes, and pine flatwoods.


Day 1 (Thursday, 5 April 2018)

Meet at The Kampong (National Tropical Botanical Garden)


9:00-9:15 am: Welcome (Elizabeth Anderson)

9:15-10.15 am: Introduction / Optimization update (Alex Flecker / Carla Gomes)

10:15-10:45 am: Fisheries / Connectivity update (Suresh Sethi / Qinru Shi)

10:45-11:00 am: Break

11:00-11:30 am: DoR update (Hector Angarita)

11:30-11:50 am: Sediments update (Scott Steinschneider / Roosevelt Garcia)

11:50-12.10 pm: Hydrology update: Monitoring planform and altimetric dynamics of Amazonian rivers (Jorge Abad)


12:10-1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15-1:30 pm: Group Photo

1:30-2:00 pm: Biodiversity update (Erin Larson / Roosevelt Garcia)

2:00-2:30 pm: GHG update (Rafael Almeida)

2:30-3:30 pm: Discussion: What criteria/ingredients are missing? Other optimization experiments?

3:30-3:45 pm: Break

3:45- 4:45 pm: Discussion: Brainstorm on Synoptic paper Facilitators: Alex Flecker / Suresh Sethi

4:45 – 5:30 pm: Set up for Day 2 (breakout group goals / organization)

Day 2 (Friday, 6 April 2018)

Meet at Florida International University


9:00 am-12:00 noon: Breakout Group Work: Refine criteria and analyses for the computational framework; Lightning reports of morning progress (5-10 minutes reporting per group)


noon-1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15-3:00 pm: Continue Breakout group work; layout structure of sub-group papers / other contributions

3:00-3:15 pm: Break

3:15-5:15 pm: Continue breakout group work; layout structure of sub-group papers / other contributions

Evening: Happy Hour at FIU (Hosted by Todd Crowl)

Day 3 (Saturday, 7 April 2018)

Meet at Florida International University


9:00-10:15 am: Discussion: Linking to policy and the real world; integration with per-country dam policies

10:15-10:30 am: Break

10:30-noon: Discussion of next steps; future funding


noon-1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15-2:15 pm: Breakouts on next steps / future funding

2:00-3:00 pm: Revisit discussion on objectives for computation framework

2:15-3:00 pm: Breakout reporting / wrap up

3:00 pm: Leave for Everglades Trip


Image credits: Par Averette — Travail personnel, CC BY 3.0