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Overview | When and Where | Registration | Agenda | Pre-Workshop Webinar | Logistics | Workshop Resources


The Missouri River Basin is expected to undergo significant impacts to water availability due to changing precipitation patterns, increasing temperatures and a growing population. NASA WWAO is hosting a Needs Assessment Workshop in Omaha, NE, in March 2023 to explore the Basin’s unique water issues as it experiences the pressing challenges of increasing demand and changing supply.

The goals of this event are to:

Previous needs assessments conducted by NASA WWAO in other western basins have documented a variety of use cases for NASA data (reports are listed at the bottom of this page). The use cases derived from other regions cover topics ranging from forecasting and monitoring water availability, use and quality to watershed health to responding to extreme events such as floods and drought. High-priority use cases in the Missouri River Basin may form the basis of future WWAO awards, partnerships and initiatives.

When and Where

Tuesday, March 14 – Thursday, March 16, 2023

In person at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District, 222 N 10th St, Omaha, NE 68102. Rooms: Capitol 3 and 4.


The Needs Assessment Workshop is by invitation only. Registrations must be received by February 21, 2023.

Reach out to Julie Molacek at or (402) 399-1458 with any questions.


The Needs Assessment Workshop agenda is here. The workshop spans three days, with half-day sessions on days 1 and 3. Attendance on days 1 and 2 of the workshop is required for participation. A social event will be held at the end of day 1.

Pre-Workshop Webinar

Workshop attendees were asked to participate in a webinar a month before the event, on February 15, 2023, to help prepare them for the in-person gathering. The goal of the webinar was to:

A recording of the webinar can be found below.


Venue and Accommodation

The workshop will be held at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District, 222 N 10th St, Omaha, NE 68102.

For those in need of lodging during the workshop, there is a block room rate ($143/night plus taxes) at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District. Reserve your room here by February 21, 2023. These rooms can also be reserved by calling 1-844-696-3779 and referencing "HDR WWAO Missouri River Basin Needs Assessment".

PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to book the government rate ($110/night plus taxes) for this workshop, you will need to book your room separately through the Marriott website. Once you book your room, please send your confirmation number to so we can apply your room to our block.


For overnight guests parking at the Marriott Downtown, self-parking will cost $16/day. Valet parking is $29/night.

Daily parking is available at the Park Omaha Garage on 15th and Douglas Street (approximately 0.5 miles from the Marriott) for $10/day. The Park Omaha website has additional information.


The Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District is located approximately 4.5 miles from Eppley Airfield in Omaha, NE. It is in the north part of downtown Omaha, within walking distance of several restaurants, bars and entertainment options. For those flying into Eppley Airfield, options for ground transportation include:

Workshop Resources

Pre-Workshop Webinar Recording

Useful NASA Earth and Water Data Resources

NASA and WWAO Water Tools

Tools co-developed by NASA, WWAO and partners that harness remotely-sensed data to inform water decisions

WWAO Water Management Needs Assessment Reports