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June 15, 2015
ADHydro workshop offered at CUAHSI Hydroinformatics Conference

Participants in the 3rd Annual CUAHSI Hydroinformatics Conference will have the opportunity to engage in a hands-on exploration of a powerful new model for water resource researchers: ADHydro.

Created by a CI-WATER team led by University of Wyoming’s Dr. Fred Ogden, ADHydro has been designed from the ground up to operate in a massively parallel computing environment for efficient, large-scale simulations. The innovative model uses an unstructured mesh that allows users to direct high resolution visualization only where needed.

CI-WATER is holding a one-day workshop at the 3rd Annual CUAHSI Conference on Hydroinformatics on Friday, July 17, 2015. Due to time restrictions, participants in this free workshop must have Linux and other experience as detailed here.

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June 3, 2015
Keep kids cool with STEM this summer!

School’s out—what will the kids do? Here’s a list of cool programs and activities to keep them busy.

  • UEN’s Preschool Pioneer. Find free, educational interactives that support math and other skills, plus resources for caregivers, including an events calendar. Spanish-language version available.
  • Model Earth. Deepen understanding of models and water systems with a range of online resources from the University of Utah Genetic Science Learning Center.

  • Zula Patrol: Mission Weather. Enjoy this interactive exhibit throughout June. The Science Zone, 111 W. Midwest Ave, Casper, WT.

  • Wyoming-based Science Programs. Science adventures for kids of various ages can be found via the University of Wyoming’s website.

  • Waterwise Garden Tour. Beautiful, water-smart gardening tips are shared; register online. Conservation Garden Park, 8275 S. 1300 West, West Jordan, UT. Weekly. 7–8 p.m.

May 29, 2015
CI-WATER researchers offer method for simplified flood prediction

Going from a weather forecast to a model of flood risk is a multi-stage process that can take more time than a community has to address a potential crisis. CI-WATER researcher and doctoral candidate Herman Dolder, with CI-WATER PI Dr. Norm Jones and Dr. Jim Nelson, have developed a method that can help.

In a paper published May 18, 2015 in the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, the Brigham Young University researchers describe a method that can deliver faster flood predictions than running a model from scratch. The paper, “Simple Method for Using Precomputed Hydrologic Models in Flood Forecasting with Uniform Rainfall and Soil Moisture Pattern,” includes a description of the method and a test case.

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May 28, 2015
UU Researcher presents on CI-WATER at the Utah Digital Government Summit

On May 21, 2015, participants in the Utah Digital Government Summit learned about CI-WATER’s work to combine robust cyberinfrastructure, big data about climate and modeling to visualize scenarios for water in the west.

CI-WATER researcher Dr. Steve Burian presented “Data in Action: An Example of Collaborative Modeling.” Key messages included the role of data visualization in helping water resource managers accurately predict water availability.

”This is a great story of how research translates to helping city water managers be more effective in their jobs,” he says. “It's also a story showing how high performance computing and robust cyberinfrastructure, along with effective partnerships, are changing our view of Utah's water future. “

Dr. Burian, Ph.D., P.E., is Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Co-Director of Sustainability Curriculum Development at the University of Utah.

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