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About the CI-WATER Grant

An interdisciplinary team of Utah and Wyoming researchers has received a $6 million, three-year award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a better understanding of the interconnectivity of natural and human water resources systems – a critical environmental sustainability problem facing both Western states.

The award will allow the team of researchers to develop high-performance computer modeling and computational resources (known as cyberinfrastructure or CI for short) to simulate and study how factors such as population growth, shifting land uses and climate variability will impact water storage and availability in the Intermountain West. This award is made under the NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), which supports states' efforts to enhance research, science and mathematics education, and workforce development.

The CI-WATER project includes researchers from Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, Utah State University, and the University of Wyoming. BYU and the University of Wyoming are the lead institutions for their respective states in the consortium.

Project Components

Project Benefits:

  1. Provides key infrastructure for research into emerging technology needed to advance hydrologic science/engineering
    • Large-scale applications
    • Physics-based modeling
    • Complex integrated simulations

  2. Provides a linkage to and support for managers and hydrologic applications
    • Critical high speed hardware
    • Immediate open access to large volumes of data and the necessary interface & software to accomplish the work

Other Information:



EPSCoR Utah Brigham Young University Utah State University University of Utah University of Wyoming Utah Education Network EPSCoR Wyoming