About the Conference

The first Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference (FISC) convened in 1947, and the first Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference (FIHMC) convened in 1998. Because these two conferences had similar and overlapping content and participants, organizers combined them into a single highly successful joint conference for the first time in 2006. The second and third SEDHYD conferences followed in 2010 and 2015. As a result of all these conferences, 3,000 papers have been published through the conference proceedings, which are available at https://acwi.gov/sos/pubs/index.html

The SEDHYD 2019 Conference again brings together federal and non-federal scientists, engineers, and managers from various natural resources disciplines. Papers include recent accomplishments in research and technical developments in the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of sedimentation. Papers also describe the development and use of numerical models addressing issues of water quality and quantity, and sediment erosion, transport, and deposition. The conference uses mixed formats, including formal presentations, poster sessions, mini-workshops and model demonstrations. Organizers also plan a competition for the best student paper.

Conference Theme: Improving Resiliency and Sustainability of Watershed Resources and Infrastructure

Who Should Attend

Federal, state, and local agency personnel, consultants, researchers, equipment manufacturers, and service suppliers associated with hydrologic, hydraulic, sediment transport, or non-point source pollution modeling; and those involved in water-resources, water supply, or water-conservation assessment or management.

Submission of Abstracts

Abstract due date: September 1, 2018

Conference organizers invite 500-word abstract submissions for technical papers, presentations, posters computer model demonstrations and short courses.

Please note the following dates:

Conference planners anticipate 280 papers, and 50 posters and computer model demonstrations. Papers should address results of recent research, technology development, or applications and case studies on the following proposed subject areas.

Authors wishing to present technical papers or posters, or participate in the computer modeling demonstration session must submit an abstract of not more than 500 words. Submit abstracts only through the OpenConf software accessed through this website. Either copy and paste, or directly type the content of your abstract into the abstract submission form. The OpenConf software does not allow you to upload abstracts as a separate document.

Initial abstract submissions will not be published. They are used only for approval and for determining the conference program. Technical papers, or extended abstracts, are required for oral presentations, posters, and computer models demonstrations.

Climate Variability and Sediment Earthen Embankment Erosion Prediction
Dam Removal or Rehabilitation Extreme Floods and Droughts
Fluvial Geomorphology Flood Hydrology
Gully Erosion Forecasting
Hydraulic and Sediment Transport Modeling Hydroecological Modeling
Infrastructure in the Stream Environment Infrastructure Vulnerability
Physical Sediment Load Measurements Management and Decision Making Models
Regional Sediment Management Modeling of Major River Systems
Remote Sensing and Monitoring Non-Stationary Climate Variability
Reservoir Sedimentation and Sustainability Post Fire Analyses and Restoration
Sediment Impacts on Wildlife and Habitat Remote Sensing and Monitoring
Sediment Properties Restoring and Sustaining River Environments
Sediment Surrogate Measurements Watershed Management
Sediment Yield and Fingerprinting Water Quality
Stream Restoration

Other topics or special sessions may be proposed.

Please contact Chandra Pathak at chandra.s.pathak@usace.army.mil if you are interested in becoming a session moderator or would like to propose a special session. Please use SEDHYD in the subject line of the email

If you have questions or need help, please contact either of the Technical Program Chairs: Eddy Langendoen eddy.langendoen@ars.usda.gov for the Sedimentation Conference, or Jim Barton jbarton.sedhyd@gmail.com for the Hydrologic Modeling Conference.

Become An Exhibitor

SEDHYD 2019 provides exhibitors the opportunity to interact and meet directly with scientists, engineers, environmental specialists and researchers, working in the following areas: surface-water discharge, sediment, and water-quality data collection; recording and analysis equipment and software; laboratory equipment; erosion control products; computer hardware and software for collection, distribution, and/or analysis of hydrologic data; surveying equipment, both for ground surface and underwater use; computer models related to sedimentation and hydrology; and any other related equipment, services, or organizations, including professional societies, related to the SEDHYD theme.

Please contact Molly Wood mswood@usgs.gov for more information.

Short Course and Field Trip Proposals

Please submit full-day or half-day short course proposals to Jeff Bradley at jeffbradley@westconsultants.com

Please submit any field trip proposals to Steven Berris at snberris@usgs.gov

Student Volunteers

Travel (e.g., airfare, food, lodging) and conference registration fees may be paid for students who volunteer to become audio-visual assistants during the conference. Please contact Jeff Harris if you are interested in volunteering as an A/V assistant at jharris@westconsultants.com.