The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Water Quality Modeling Workgroup is hosting a series of webinars to help water quality professionals better understand surface water quality modeling and how models can be used to solve common problems that face water quality regulators. The webinars are focused on modeling as it applies to the total maximum daily load (TMDL), standards and water quality permitting programs, but they are applicable to a wide range of audiences. These two-hour webinars cover everything from modeling basics (e.g., model setup and calibration) to applied water quality modeling of different pollutants.

The webinar, titled “Data Needs for Modeling,” is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1 at 1 p.m. Eastern/Noon Central.

The purpose of the webinar is to discuss data needs for hydrodynamic, watershed and water quality models. The webinar will present how and where to obtain data from various sources. Several tools that are available to acquire, process, manipulate, and visualize data will be presented. Lastly, the webinar will discuss how to organize and manage data in preparation for transferring to models.