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Doing Business As Name:Boise State University
  • Alejandro Flores
  • (208) 426-1574
Award Date:06/22/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 314,115
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 314,115
  • FY 2021=$314,115
Start Date:10/01/2021
End Date:09/30/2024
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.050
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:MCA: Navigating the Clouds on the Horizon: Research and Education for Cloud-enabled Computational Hydrology in the Data Revolution
Federal Award ID Number:2121108
DUNS ID:072995848
Parent DUNS ID:072995848
Program:Hydrologic Sciences
Program Officer:
  • Justin Lawrence
  • (703) 292-2425

Awardee Location

Street:1910 University Drive
Awardee Cong. District:02

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Boise State University
Cong. District:02

Abstract at Time of Award

This project will produce knowledge of how precipitation, snow, and runoff in the Snake River Basin will be impacted by climate variability and change, while also expanding the use of cloud computing in water science research. Although cloud computing is increasingly important in research, the water science community lacks training materials and case studies to onboard researchers to effective practices. This project addresses this tension by: (1) developing cloud computing solutions to three common computing uses in water science, (2) using those approaches to create datasets that characterize the effects of climate variability and change on hydrology in the Snake River Basin, and (3) designing and disseminating educational materials to train water scientists in the use of cloud computing. This project will produce scientific insights and datasets to help water managers prepare for climate change in the western US and prepare the next generation of water scientists in modern computing paradigms. Partnering with colleagues at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI), the PI will engage in professional development that will enable research activities to be performed exclusively through cloud computing. The open-source Intermediate Complexity Atmospheric Research (ICAR), Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF), and WRF-Hydro models will be used to create a regional high-resolution climate and hydrology ensemble in the Snake River Basin. That ensemble will be analyzed to quantify changes in hydrologic variables through a lens of changes in risks of extremes like floods and droughts. Data will be shared such that researchers and practitioners will be able to discover, access, and analyze the data via CUAHSI’s HydroShare platform. The project will also develop curricular materials to introduce 8th graders to computational climate science by supporting middle school science teachers in the Nampa School District with summer research experiences. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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