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Social Cost of Water Pollution Workshop

2019 Workshop

Integrated Assessment Models and the Social Costs of Water Pollution
April 3-5, 2019 | Cornell University

April 3, 2019 – Cornell Botanic Gardens

5:30-8:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception / Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres

Remarks by Dr. David Lodge, Francis J. DiSalvo Director,
Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University
Location: Nevins Center

April 4, 2019 – Cornell Lab of Ornithology

8:00-9:00 a.m.


9:00-9:45 a.m.

Welcome, Overall Vision, Special Issue of Land Economics, and Introductions

Cathy, Dan, and Dave

9:45-11:15 a.m.

Advances in Economics to Support IAMs for Water Quality

  • Sheila Olmstead
    • Discussant: Kevin Boyle

Advances in Ecology to Support IAMs for Water Quality

  • Steven Carpenter
    • Discussant: John Downing
11:15-11:30 a.m.


11:30-12:15 p.m.

Advances in Hydrological Modeling to Support IAMs for Water Quality

  • Jeff Arnold
    • Discussant: Todd Walter
12:15-1:30 p.m.

Lunch and break

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Session 1: IAMs and Valuation

An Integrated Assessment Model for Valuing Water Quality Changes in the U.S.

  • Joel Corona, Todd Doley, Charles Griffiths, Matt Massey, Chris Moore, Stephen Muela, Brenda Rashleigh, Will Wheeler, Stephen Whitlock, and Julie Hewitt
    • Discussant: Steve Polasky

Decision Support Modeling for Multi-attribute Water Quality in the Narragansett Bay Watershed

  • Robert Griffin, Stefanie Covino, Eivy Monroy, Heidi Ricci, Richard Sharp, Courtney Schmidt, Emi Uchida, Adrian Vogl, Stacie Wolny
    • Discussant: Eli Fenichel

Linking Agricultural Nutrient Pollution to the Value of Freshwater Ecosystem Services

  • Frank Lupi, Bruno Basso, Cloe Garnache, Joseph A. Herriges, David Hyndman, and R. Jan Stevenson
    • Discussant: Christy Dolph
3:30-4:00 p.m.


4:00-5:00 p.m.

Stakeholder Perspectives

  • Erin Bishop (Autocase), Kelly Maguire (USDA), Julie Hewitt (EPA), Casey Wichman (RFF), Catherine Gibson (TNC)
5:00-6:00 p.m.

Reception / Lab of Ornithology

6:00-8:00 p.m.


April 5, 2019 – Cornell Lab of Ornithology

8:30-9:30 a.m.


9:30-11:30 a.m.

Session 2: IAMs and Abatement

Payment for Best Management Practices and Downstream Water Quality: A Spatially Integrated Economic-Hydrological Model of the Lake Erie Water Basin

  • Hongxing Liu, Wendong Zhang, Elena Irwin, Noel Aloysius, Jay Martin
    • Discussant: Steve Newbold

Integrated Assessment Modeling for Design of Riparian Buffer Systems and Incentives for Adoption

  • Xiaogu Li, Katherine Zipp, James Shortle, Heather Gall, Cibin Raj, Matthew Royer, and Tamie Veith
    • Discussant: David Newburn

Good Seeds Bear Good Fruit: Using Benefit-to-cost Ratios in Multiobjective Spatial Optimization under Epistasis

  • Zhengxin Lang, Sergey Rabotyagov, Se Jong Cho, Todd Campbell, Catherine Kling
    • Discussant: Wendong Zhang
11:30-11:45 a.m.



Egg Timer Talks (7 talks, 5 mins. each)

  • Maura Allaire, Deepayan Debnath, Rhiannon Jerch, Yongjie Ji, Hyun No Kim, Lucia Levers, Will Wheeler
12:20-1:30 p.m.


1:30-3:30 p.m.

Session 3: Further Challenges in Valuation and Cost Estimation

Casing out Contaminants: Avoidance Behavior Along the Hydrogeologic Gradient

  • Jacob Hochard, Randall Etheridge, Ariane L. Peralta, Charles Sims
    • Discussant: Laura Grant

You Are Here: Willingness to Pay for Water Quality, Location, Information, and the Rural-Urban Divide

  • Bryan Parthum, Amy Ando
    • Discussant: Rob Johnston

Water Quality Trading in the Presence of Existing Cost Share Programs

  • Patrick Fleming, Erik Lichtenberg, and David Newburn
    • Discussant: Joe Herriges
3:30-5:00 p.m.

Highlight Key Challenges for IAMs and Plans for Future Workshops

  • Amy Ando and Bonnie Keeler

Dinner on your own

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