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Awardee:UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
Doing Business As Name:Utah State University
PD/PI:
  • Michelle A Baker
  • (435) 797-7131
  • michelle.baker@usu.edu
Co-PD(s)/co-PI(s):
  • James R Ehleringer
  • Courtenay Strong
  • Courtney G Flint
  • Zachary T Aanderud
Award Date:07/13/2012
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 20,000,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 20,170,787
  • FY 2014=$1,000,000
  • FY 2015=$8,000,000
  • FY 2013=$7,000,000
  • FY 2012=$4,170,787
Start Date:08/01/2012
End Date:07/31/2018
Transaction Type: Cooperative Agreements
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.083
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:iUTAH-innovative Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydro-sustainability
Federal Award ID Number:1208732
DUNS ID:072983455
Parent DUNS ID:072983455
Program:EPSCoR Research Infrastructure
Program Officer:
  • Timothy VanReken
  • (703) 292-7378
  • tvanreke@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:Sponsored Programs Office
City:Logan
State:UT
ZIP:84322-1415
County:Logan
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:01

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Utah State University
Street:
City:
State:UT
ZIP:84322-1415
County:Logan
Country:US
Cong. District:01

Abstract at Time of Award

This Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 award considers one of the most important problems facing the Western US, the problem of current (and future) water provision under climate change coupled with increasing urbanization and demand for water. The proposal focuses on the interactions between climate change, water rights issues and water availability within Utah. The research examines the fundamental interactions and dynamic feedbacks among hydroclimate and the ecological and human aspects of urban and montane landscapes. The project brings together research universities, colleges, business, government and the residents of Utah to address key issues related to ecosystems research, education, and workforce development in the state. Intellectual Merit This RII project targets the issue of water supply and management under future climate change within Utah. iUTAH builds the human capital, data, and supporting infrastructure to tackle this demanding task. Integrated, multi-disciplinary research teams will be created to identify how physical systems and human systems interact together to affect water supply, demand and management. Investments in instrumentation, data collection and professional expertise, support the modeling of alternative water futures for Utah; and the development of water management, conservation and treatment technologies. The integration of physical observational data and social science survey data and models will lead efforts to inform policy makers, resource managers and the citizenry of Utah about possible water futures. Visualization tools and citizen engagement will be used to create two way feedbacks between researchers and other groups. This research will help to identify future vulnerabilities and adaptation technologies related to water provision in a rapidly growing state. Broader Impacts iUTAH develops a full suite of formal and informal educational activities to engage a wide number of constituents. Activities span K-12 students and teachers; undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty; citizen science and industry and federal government. Efforts are geographically broad and recognize rural and urban participation. There is broad engagement of many underrepresented groups in STEM such as women, Native Americans and Hispanic populations. The iUTAH team is partnering with two museums and citizen science programs. There is significant interaction between research and education and the activities directly strengthen areas noted as important within the state Science and Technology Plan.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Bailey, B.N., R. Stoll, E. Pardyjak, and N.E. Miller. "A new three-dimensional energy balance model for complex plant canopy geometries: Model development and improved validation strategies" Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, v.218-219, 2016, p.146. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.11.021 

Beth Neilson, David Rosenberg "Simple Optimization Method to Determine Best Management Practices to Reduce Phosphorus Loading in Echo Reservoir, Utah." Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, v., 2013, p..

Barnett, M.J., D. Jackson-Smith, and M. Haeffner "Influence of recreational activity on water quality perceptions and concerns in Utah: A replicated analysis" Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, v.22, 2018, p.26. doi:10.1016/j.jort.2017.12.003 

Boric, M.R., R. Dupont, and J. McLean "Bioaccumulation of copper, lead, and zinc in six macrophyte species grown in simulated stormwater bioretention systems" Journal of Environmental Management, v.166, 2016, p.267. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.10.019 

Dasch Houdeshel "Stormwater Green Infrastructure as no-irrigation landscaping alternative in a semi-arid climate" Journal of Irrigation and Drainage, v., 2013, p..

Alminagorta, O., D. E. Rosenberg, and K. M. Kettenring "Systems modeling to improve the hydroecological performance of diked wetlands" Water Resources Research, v.52, 2016, p.7070. doi:10.1002/2015WR018105 

Beth Neilson "Deducing the spatial variability of exchange within a longitudinal channel water balance" Hydrological Processes, v., 2013, p..

Andrea Armstrong, Douglas Jackson-Smith "Forms and Levels of Integration: Evaluation of an Interdisciplinary Team-Building Project" Journal of Research Practice, v.9, 2013, p.. doi:http://www.jrp.icaap.org/index.php/jrp/article/view/335/297 

Bailey, B.N., and R. Stoll "The creation and evolution of coherent structures in plant canopy flows and their role in turbulent transport" Journal of Fluid Mechanics, v.789, 2016, p.425.

Armstrong, A., and D. Jackson-Smith "Connections and collaborations of local water management organizations in Utah" Society and Natural Resources, v.30, 2017, p.3043. doi:10.1080/08941920.2017.1347972 

Carlos Licon "Sustainability Assessment of Utah Counties" The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, v., 2014, p..

Yang, B., S.-J. Li, H. Wall, P. Blackmore, and Z. Wang "Green infrastructure design for improving stormwater quality: Daybreak community in the United States West" Landscape Architecture Frontiers, v.3, 2015, p.12.

Sheng, W, K. Rumana, M. Sakai, F. Silfa, and S.B. Jones "A multi-functional penta-needle thermo-dielectric sensor for porous media sensing" IEEE Sensors Journal, v.10, 2016, p.3670. doi:10.1109/JSEN.2016.2527020 

Smith, K., C. Strong, and F. Rassoul-Agha "A new method for generating stochastic simulations of daily air temperature for use in weather generators" Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, v.56, 2017, p.953. doi:10.1175/jamc-d-16-0122.1 

Tai, X., D.S. Mackay, W.R. Anderegg, J.S. Sperry, and P.D. Brooks "Plant hydraulics improves and topography mediates prediction of aspen mortality in southwestern USA." New Phytologist, v.213, 2017, p.113. doi:10.1111/nph.14098 

Tavakol-Davani, H., S. Burian, J. Devkota, and D. Apul. "Performance and Cost-Based Comparison of Green and Gray Infrastructure to Control Combined Sewer Overflows" Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment, v.2, 2016, p.2.

Thomas, A., and R.A. Gill "Patterns of urban forest composition in Utah?s growing mountain communities" Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, v.23, 2017, p.104. doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2017.03.001 

Trentelman, C.K., K.A. Petersen, J. Irwin, N. Ruiz, and C.S. Szalay "The case for personal interaction: drop-off/pick-up methodology for survey research" Journal of Rural Social Sciences, v.31, 2016, p.68.

Zapata-Rios X., C. Rasmussen, J. McIntosh, P.D. Brooks., P.A. Troch, and J. Chorover "Influence of climate variability on water partitioning and effective energy and mass transfer (EEMT) in a semi-arid critical zone" Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Journal, v.20, 2016, p..

Wang, Z., B. Yang, S.-J. Li, and C. Binder "Economic benefits: Metrics and methods for landscape performance assessment" Sustainability, v.8, 2016, p.424.

Warren-Kretzschmar, B., and C. Licon "Using Geodesign as an Educational Environmental Planning Tool ? a case study in Cache Valley, Utah" Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, v., 2016, p..

Weintraub, S.R., P.D. Brooks, and, G.J. Bowen "Interactive effects of vegetation type and topographic position on nitrogen availability and loss in a temperate montane ecosystem" Ecosystems, v., 2016, p.. doi:10.1007/s10021-016-0094-8 

Wurtsbaugh, W.A., C. Miller, S.E. Null, R.J. DeRose, P. Wilcock, M. Hahnenberger, F. Howe, and J. Moore "Decline of the world?s saline lakes" Nature Geoscience, v.10, 2017, p.816. doi:10.1038/NGEO3052 

Yang, B., and S. Li "Design with Nature: Ian McHarg?s ecological wisdom as actionable and practical knowledge" Landscape and Urban Planning, v.155, 2016, p.21.

Yang, B., M.-H. Li, and C.-S. Huang "Ian McHarg's Ecological Planning in The Woodlands, Texas: Lessons Learned after Four Decades" Landscape Research, v.40, 2015, p.. doi:10.1080/01426397.2014.987223 

Yang, B., and S.-J. Li "Green infrastructure design for stormwater runoff and water quality: empirical evidence from large watershed-scale community developments" Water, v.5, 2013, p.2038.

Yang, B., S. Li, and C. Binder "A research frontier in landscape architecture: landscape performance and assessment of social benefits" Landscape Research, v.41, 2016, p.. doi:10.1080/01426397.2015.1077944 

Scalzitti, J., C. Strong, and A. Kochanski "Climate change impact on the roles of temperature and precipitation in western U.S. snowpack variability" Geophysical Research Letters, v.43, 2016, p.5361. doi:10.1002/2016GL068798 

Yang, B., M.-H. Li, and S.-J. Li "Design-with-nature for multifunctional landscapes: environmental benefits and social barriers in community development" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, v.10, 2013, p.5433.

Tennant, C. J., A. A. Harpold, K. A. Lohse, S. E. Godsey, B. T. Crosby, L. G. Larsen, P. D. Brooks, R. W. Van Kirk, and N. F. Glenn "Regional sensitivities of seasonal snowpack to elevation, aspect, and vegetation cover in western North America" Water Resources Research, v.53, 2017, p.6908. doi:10.1002/2016WR019374 

Tulley-Cordova, C., C. Strong, I. Brady, J. Bekis, and G. Bowen "Navajo Nation, USA, precipitation variability from 2002 to 2015" Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education, v.163, 2018, p.109. doi:10.1111/j.1936-704X.2018.03273.x 

Oerter, E.J., A. Perelet, E. Pardyjak, and G. Bowen "Membrane inlet laser spectroscopy to measure H and O stable isotope compositions of soil and sediment pore water with high sample throughput" Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, v.31, 2017, p.75. doi:10.1002/eco.1841 

Stout, D.T., T.C. Walsh, and S.J. Burian "Ecosystem services from rainwater harvesting in India" Urban Water Journal, v., 2015, p.. doi:10.1080/1573062X.2015.1049280 

Valdes, C., F.J. Black, B. Stringham, J.N. Collins, J.R. Goodman, H.J. Saxton, C.R. Mansfield, J.N. Schmidt, S. Yang, and W.P. Johnson "Total mercury and methylmercury response in water, sediment, and biota to destratification of the Great Salt Lake, Utah, United States" Environmental Science and Technology, v.51, 2017, p.4887. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b05790 

Ogata, E.M., W.A. Wurtsbaugh, T.N. Smith, and S.L. Durham "Bioassay analysis of nutrient and Artemia franciscana effects on trophic interactions in the Great Salt Lake, USA" Hydrobiologia, v.788, 2017, p.1.

Wang, W., S. Walther, E. Cadet, G. Carling, K. Rey, S. Nelson, D. Tingey, P. Robertson, and B. Kerswell "The historical records of stable isotopes (13C and 15N) and trace metals along Utah Lake-Jordan River transition zone, Utah (USA)" Utah Geological Association Publication, v.46, 2017, p.171.

Walsh, C.J., D.B. Booth, M.J. Burns, T.D. Fletcher, R.L. Hale, L.N. Hoang, G. Livingston, M.A. Rippy, A.H. Roy, M. Scoggins, and A. Wallace "Principles for urban stormwater management to protect stream ecosystems" Freshwater Science, v.35, 2016, p.398. doi:10.1086/685284 

Rheinheimer, D.E., S.E. Null, and J.H. Viers "Climate-Adaptive Water Year Typing for Instream Flow Requirements in California?s Sierra Nevada" Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, v.142, 2016, p..

White, J.S., S.E. Null, and D.G. Tarboton "How Do Changes to the Railroad Causeway in Utah?s Great Salt Lake Affect Water and Salt Flow?" PLoS One, v., 2015, p.. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0144111 

Swetnam, T., P.D. Brooks, H.R. Barnard, A.A. Harpold, and E. Gallo "Topographically driven differences in energy and water constrain climatic control on forest carbon sequestration" Ecosphere, v.8, 2017, p.e01797. doi:10.1002/2016WR019374 

Stout, T.L., M. Majerova, and B.T. Neilson "Impacts of beaver dams on channel hydraulics and substrate characteristics in a mountain stream" Ecohydrology, v.10, 2016, p.e1767. doi:10.1002/eco.1767 

Scott Jones "Measured and Modeled Soil Moisture Compared with Cosmic-Ray Neutron Probe Estimates in a Mixed Forest" Vadose Zone Journal, v., 2014, p.. doi:https://www.soils.org/publications/vzj/pdfs/13/12/vzj2014.06.0077 

Strong, C. and J.G. McCabe "Observed variations in U.S. frost timing linked to atmospheric circulation patterns" Nature Communications, v.8, 2017, p.15307. doi:10.1038/ncomms153707 

Smith, K., C. Strong, and S.-Y. Wang "Connectivity between historical Great Basin precipitation and Pacific Ocean variability: A CMIP5 model evaluation" Journal of Climate, v.28, 2015, p.6096. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00488.1 

Brian Bailey, Rob Stoll, Eric Pardyjak "A scalable plant-resolving radiative transfer model based on optimized GPU ray tracing" Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, v., 2014, p..

Strong, C., K. Khatri, A. Kochanski, C. Lewis, and N. Allen "Reference evapotranspiration from coarse-scale and dynamically downscaled data in complex terrain: sensitivity to interpolation and resolution" Journal of Hydrology, v.548, 2017, p.406. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.02.045 

Null, S.E., and L. Prudencio "Climate change effects on water allocations with season-dependent water rights" Science of the Total Environment, v.571, 2016, p.943.

Beth Neilson "Development of minimalistic data collection strategy for QUAL2Kw" Journal of Water Resources Management and Planning, v., 2014, p..

Stoker, P., R. Rothfeder, K. Dudley, P. Dennison, and M. Buchert "Comparing the utility of LiDAR data vs. multi-spectral imagery for parcel scale water demand modeling" Urban Water Journal, v., 2015, p.. doi:10.1080/1573062X.2015.1111915 

Null, S.E., T. Beach, and C.A. Gray "An affordable method for thermal infrared remote sensing of wadeable rivers using a weather balloon" Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence, v.7, 2016, p.26.

Melina Santos Vanderlinder, Christopher M. U. Neale, David E. Rosenberg, and Karin M. Kettenring "Use Of Remote Sensing to Assess Changes in Wetland Plant Communities over an 18-Year Period: A Case Study from the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Great Salt Lake, Utah" Western North American Naturalist, v., 2014, p..

Sheng, W., R. Zhou, M. Sadeghi, D.A. Robinson, M. Tuller, and S.B. Jones "A TDR array probe for monitoring near-surface soil moisture distribution" Vadose Zone Journal, v.16, 2017, p.. doi:10.2136/vzj2016.11.0112 

Courtenay Strong "A slab model of the Great Salt Lake for regional climate simulation" Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, v., 2014, p..

Scalzitti, J., C. Strong, and A.J. Kochanski. "A 26-year high-resolution dynamical downscaling over the Wasatch Mountains: synoptic effects on winter precipitation performance" Journal of Geophysical Research, v.121, 2016, p.3224. doi:10.1002/2015JD024497 

Stagge, J.H., D.E. Rosenberg, R.J DeRose, and T.M. Rittenour "Monthly paleostreamflow reconstruction from annual tree-ring chronologies" Journal of Hydrology, v.557, 2018, p.791. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.12.057 

Schmadel, N., B.T. Neilson, and J.E. Heavilin "Spatial considerations of stream hydraulics in reach scale temperature modeling" Water Resources Research, v., 2015, p.. doi:10.1002/2015WR016931 

Meng, X., R.R. Dupont, D.L. Sorensen, A.R. Jacobson, and J.E. McLean "Arsenic solubilization and redistribution under anoxic conditions in three aquifer sediments from a basin-fill aquifer in Northern Utah: The role of natural organic carbon and carbonate minerals" Applied Geochemistry, v.66, 2016, p.250.

Meyer, J.D.D., and J. Jin "Bias correction of the CCSM4 for improved regional climate modeling of the North American monsoon" Climate Dynamics, v.46, 2016, p.2961.

Stoker, P., R. Rothfeder, K. Dudley, P. Dennison, and M. Buchert "Comparing the utility of LiDAR data vs. multi-spectral imagery for parcel scale water demand modeling" Urban Water Journal, v.14, 2017, p.331. doi:10.1080/1573062X.2015.1111915 

Schmadel, N.M., B.T. Neilson, J. Heavilin, A. Wörman, and D.K. Stevens "The use of temporal moments to better understand the role of spatially variable stream hydraulics in one-dimensional solute predictions" Water Resources Research, v.50, 2015, p.9287. doi:10.1002/2014WR015440 

Brian Bailey, Rob Stoll, Eric Pardyjak "Effect of vegetative canopy architecture on vertical transport of massless particles" Atmospheric Environment, v., 2014, p.. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.06.058 

Meyer, J.D.D., and J. Jin "The response of future projections of the North American monsoon when combining dynamical downscaling and bias correction of CCSM4 output" Climate Dynamics, v., 2016, p.. doi:10.1007/s00382-016-3352-8 

Schmadel, N.M., B.T. Neilson, J.E. Heavilin, and A. Worman. "Isolating parameter sensitivity in reach scale transient storage modeling" Advances in Water Resource, v.89, 2016, p.. doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.12.020 

Prudencio, L., and S.E. Null "Stormwater management and ecosystem services: a review" Environmental Research Letters, v.13, 2018, p.033002. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aaa81a 

David Rosenberg "A decision tree model to estimate the value of information provided by a groundwater quality monitoring network" Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, v., 2013, p.. doi:http://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/17/1797/2013/hess-17-1797-2013.html 

Null, S.E. "Water supply reliability tradeoffs between removing reservoir storage and improving water conveyance in California" Journal of American Water Resources Association, v.52, 2016, p.350. doi:10.1111/1752-1688.12391 

David Rosenberg "Heterogeneous Residential Water and Energy Linkages and Implications for Conservation and Management" ASCE-Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, v., 2014, p.. doi:http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29WR.1943-5452.0000340 

Li, E., S. Li, and J. Endter-Wada "Water-Smart Growth Planning: Linking Water and Land in the Arid Urbanizing American West" Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, v., 2016, p.. doi:10.1080/09640568.2016.1197106 

Rycewicz-Borecki, M., J.E. McLean, and R.R. Dupont "Nitrogen and phosphorus mass balance, retention and uptake in six plant species grown in stormwater bioretention microcosms" Journal of Ecological Engineering, v.99, 2017, p.409. doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2016.11.020 

David Rosenberg "Water Resources Systems Analysis: A Bright Past and Challenging but Promising Future" ASCE-Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, v., 2014, p.. doi:http://ascelibrary.org/doi/full/10.1061/%28ASCE%29WR.1943-5452.0000414 

Scalzitti J., C. Strong, and A.K. Kochanski "A 26 year high?resolution dynamical downscaling over the Wasatch Mountains: Synoptic effects on winter precipitation performance" Journal of Geophysical Research, v., 2016, p.. doi:10.1002/2015JD024497 

Overby, M., P. Wilemsen, B.N. Bailey, and E.Pardyjak "A rapid and scalable radiation transfer model for complex urban domains" Urban Climate, v.15, 2016, p.25. doi:10.1016/j.uclim.2015.11.004 

Hsu, L., E. Mayorga, J.S. Horsburgh, M.R. Carter, K.A. Lehnert, and S.L. Brantley "Enhancing Interoperability and Capabilities of Earth Science Data using the Observations Data Model 2 (ODM2)" Data Science Journal, v.16, 2017, p.1. doi:10.5334/dsj-2017-004. 

Kelso, J.E., and M.A. Baker "Filtering with a drill pump: an efficient method to collect suspended sediment" Journal of the American Water Resources Association, v.52, 2016, p.262. doi:10.1111/1752-1688.12368 

Null, S.E., N.R. Mouzon, and L.R. Elmore "Dissolved oxygen, stream temperature, and fish habitat response to environmental water purchases" Journal of Environmental Management, v.197, 2017, p.559. doi:10.106/j.jenvman.2017.04.016 

Kochanski, A., E. Pardyjak, R. Stoll, and W.J. Steenburgh "One-way coupling of the WRF-QUIC Urban dispersion modeling system" Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, v.54, 2015, p.. doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-15-0020.1 

Moyes, A.B., and D. Bowling. "Plant community composition and phenological stage drive soil carbon cycling along a tree-meadow ecotone" Plant and Soil, v.401, 2016, p.231. doi:10.1007/s11104-015-2750-8 

Jones, A.S., J.S. Horsburgh, D. Jackson-Smith, M. Ramirez, C.G. Flint, and J. Caraballo "A web-based, interactive visualization tool for social environmental survey data" Environmental Modeling and Software, v.84, 2016, p.412. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.07.013 

Jackson-Smith, D., C.G. Flint, M. Dolan, C. Trentelman, G. Holyoak, and B. Thomas "Effectiveness of the drop-off/pick-up survey methodology in different neighborhood types" Journal of Rural Social Sciences, v.31, 2016, p.35.

Oerter, E., M. Malone, A. Putman, D. Drits-Esser, L. Stark, and G. Bowen "Every apple has a voice: using stable isotopes to teach about food sourcing and the water cycle" Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, v.21, 2017, p.3799. doi:10.5194/hess-21-3799-2017 

Jeff Horsburgh, Stephanie Reeder, Amber Jones, Jacob Meline "Open Source Software for Visualization and Quality Control of Continuous Hydrologic and Water Quality Sensor Data" Environmental Modelling & Software, v., 2015, p.. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.04.002 

Li, E., J. Endter-Wada, and S. Li. "Characterizing and contextualizing the water challenges of megacities" Journal of the American Water Resources Association, v.51, 2015, p.589. doi:10.1111/1752-1688.12310 

Jackson-Smith, D., P.A. Stoker, M. Buchert, J. Endter-Wada, C. Licon, M. Cannon, S. Li, Z. Bjerregaard, and L. Bell "Differentiating Urban Forms: A neighborhood typology for understanding urban water systems" Cities and the Environment, v.9, 2016, p.Article 5. doi:Http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/cate/vol9/iss1/5 

Oerter, E.J., and G. Bowen "In situ monitoring of H and O stable isotopes in soil water reveals ecohydrologic dynamics in managed soil systems" Ecohydrology, v.10, 2017, p.e1841. doi:10.1002/eco.1841 

Jameel, Y., S. Brewer, S.P. Good, B.J. Tipple, J.R. Ehleringer, and G.J. Bowen "Tap water isotope ratios reflect urban water system structure and dynamics across a semiarid metropolitan area" Water Resources Research, v.52, 2016, p.5891. doi:10.1002/2016WR019104 

Painter, T.H., S.M. Skiles, J.S. Deems, W.T. Brandt, and J. Dozier "Variation in rising limb of Colorado River snowmelt runoff hydrograph controlled by dust radiative forcing in snow" Geophysical Research Letters, v.45, 2018, p.797. doi:10.1002/2017GL075826 

Enjie Li, Joanna Endter-Wada, Shujuan Li "Linkages between Water Challenges and Land Use Planning in Megacities" Water Resources IMPACT, v., 2015, p..

Parajuli, K., M. Sadeghi, and S.B. Jones "A binary mixing model for characterizing stony-soil water retention" Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, v.244, 2017, p.1. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.05.013 

Melcher, A.A., and J.S. Horsburgh "An urban observatory for quantifying phosphorus and suspended solids loads in combined natural and stormwater conveyances" Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, v.189, 2017, p.285. doi:10.1007/s10661-017-5974-7 

Hale, R.L. "Spatial and Temporal Variation in Local Stormwater Infrastructure Use and Stormwater Management Paradigms over the 20th Century" Water, v.8, 2016, p.310. doi:10.3390/w8070310 

Hall, S. J., E.M. Ogata, S.R. Weintraub, M.A. Baker, J.R. Ehleringer, C.I. Czimczik, and D.R. Bowling "Convergence in nitrogen deposition and cryptic isotopic variation across urban and agricultural valleys in northern Utah" Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, v.121, 2016, p.2340. doi:10.1002/2016JG003354 

Mihalevich, B.A., J.S. Horsburgh, and A.A. Melcher "High-frequency measurements reveal spatial and temporal patterns of dissolved organic matter in an urban water conveyance" Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, v.189, 2017, p.593. doi:10.1007/s10661-017-6310-y 

Rebecca Hale, Andrea Armstrong, Michelle Baker, Sean Bedingfield, Caleb Buahin, Martin Buchert, Todd Crowl, R Ryan Dupont, Jim Ehleringer, Joanna Endter-Wada, Courtney Flint, Jacqualine Grant, Sarah Hinners, Jeff Horsburgh, Douglas Jackson-Smith, Amber Jo "iSAW: Integrating Structure, Actors, and Water to Study Socio-Hydro-Ecological Systems" Earth's Future, v., 2015, p..

Jones, A.S., J.S. Horsburgh, S.L. Reeder, M. Ramirez, and J. Caraballo "A Data Management and Publication Workflow for a Large-Scale, Heterogeneous Sensor Network" Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, v.187, 2015, p.348. doi:10.1007/s10661-015-4594-3 

Hawkins, A.J. and L.A. Stark "Bringing Climate Change into the Life Science Classroom: Essentials, Impacts on Life, and Addressing Misconceptions" CBE--Life Sciences Education, v.15, 2016, p.1.

Morsy, M.M., J.L. Goodall, A.M. Castronova, P. Dash, V. Merwade, J.M. Sadler, M.A. Rajib, J.S. Horsburgh, and D.G. Tarboton "Design of a metadata framework for environmental models with an example hydrologic application in HydroShare" Environmental Modelling and Software, v.93, 2017, p.13. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.02.028 

Horsburgh, J., A. Castronova, M. Morsey, J. Goodall, T. Gan, H. Hi, M. Stealey, and D. Tarboton. "HydroShare: Sharing diverse hydrologic data types and models as social objects within a Hydrologic Information System" Journal of the American Water Resources Association, v., 2015, p.. doi:10.1111/1752-1688.12363 

Martinez, A. E., A.A. Ayomipo, and S. C. Walther "Riparian vegetation and digitized channel variable changes after stream impoundment: the Provo River and Jordanelle Reservoir" International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, v.9, 2018, p.19. doi:10.4018/IJAGR.2018010102 

Good, S.P., D. Noone, N. Kurita, M. Benetti, and G.J. Bowen "D/H isotope ratios in the global hydrologic cycle" Geophysical Research Letters, v.42, 2015, p.5042. doi:10.1002/2015GL064117 

Sarah Null, David Tarboton "More than meets the eye - managing salinity in Great Salt Lake, Utah" LakeLine Magazine, v.34, 2014, p.25.

Goodsell, T.H., G.T. Carling, Z.T. Aanderud, S. Nelson, D.P. Fernandez, and D.G. Tingey "Thermal groundwater contributions of arsenic and other trace elements to the middle Provo River, Utah, USA" Environmental Earth Sciences, v.76, 2017, p.268. doi:10.1007/s12665-017-6594-9 

McIntosh, J.C., C. Schuamberg,J. Perdrial, A.A. Harpold, A. Vázquez-Ortega, C. Rasmussen, X. Zapata-Rios, P.B. Brooks, T. Meixner, J. Pelleteir, L. Derry, and J. Chorover "Geochemical evolution of the Critical Zone across variable time scales informs concentration-discharge relationships: Jemez River Basin Critical Zone Observatory" Water Resources Research, v.53, 2017, p.4169. doi:10.1002/2016WR019712 

Horsburgh, J., A. Jones, A. K. Aufdenkampe, E. Mayorga, K.A. Lehnert, L. Hsu, L. Song, S.G. Damiano, D. G. Tarboton, D. Valentine, I. Zaslavsky, and T. Whitenack "Observations Data Model 2: A community information model for spatially discrete Earth observations" Environmental Modelling & Software, v.79, 2016, p.55. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.01.010 

Sarah Null and Wayne Wurtsbaugh "Approaches for studying fish production: Do river and lake researchers have different perspectives?" Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, v., 2014, p..

Meeks, L., and D.E. Rosenberg "High influence: identifying and ranking stability, topological significance, and redundancies in water resource networks" Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, v.143, 2017, p.04017012. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000755 

Hossain, F., J. Arnold, E. Beighley, C. Brown, S. Burian, J. Chen, S. Madadgar, A. Mitra, D. Niyogi, R. Pielke, Sr., V. Tidwell, D. Wegner "Local-To-Regional Landscape Drivers of Extreme Weather and Climate: Implications for Water Infrastructure Resilience" Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, v., 2015, p.. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001210 

Hall, S.J., M.A. Baker, S.B. Jones, J.M. Stark, and D.R. Bowling "Contrasting soil nitrogen dynamics across a montane meadow and urban lawn in a semi-arid watershed" Urban Ecosystems, v., 2016, p.. doi:10.1007/s11252-016-0538-0 

Jones, A.S., J.S. Horsburgh, and D. Eiriksson "Assessing subjectivity in environmental sensor data post processing via a controlled experiment" Ecological Informatics, v.36, 2018, p.86. doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2018.05.001 

Gleeson, E.H., S. Wymann von Dach, C.G. Flint, G.B. Greenwood, M.F. Price, J. Balsiger, A. Nolin, and V. Vanacker "Mountains of our future earth: Defining priorities for mountain research?A synthesis from the 2015 Perth III conference" Mountain Research and Development, v.36, 2016, p.. doi:10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-16-00094.1 

Hall, S.J., R.L. Hale, M.A. Baker, D.R. Bowling, J.R. Ehleringer "Riparian plant isotopes reflect anthropogenic nitrogen perturbations: robust patterns across land use gradients" Ecosphere, v.6, 2015, p.. doi:10.1890/ES15-00319.1 

Sarah Null "Optimizing the dammed: Water supply losses and fish habitat gains from dam removal systems analysis in California" Journal of Environmental Management, v., 2014, p..

Jones, A.S., Z.T. Aanderud, J.S. Horsburgh, D. Eiriksson, D. Dastrup, C. Cox, S.B. Jones, D.R. Bowling, J. Carlisle, G.T. Carling, and M.A. Baker "Designing and implementing a network for sensing water quality and hydrology across mountain to urban transitions" Journal of the American Water Resources Association, v.53, 2017, p.1095. doi:10.1111/1752-1688.12557 

Sarah Null "Optimizing selective withdrawal from reservoirs to manage downstream temperatures with climate warming" Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, v., 2014, p..

Khatri, K.B., C.S. Strong, A.K. Kochanski, S. Burian, C. Miller, and C. Hasenyager "Water resources criticality due to future climate change and population growth: case of river basins in Utah, USA" Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, v.144, 2018, p.04018041. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000959 

Hall, S.J., S.R. Weintraub, D. Eiriksson, P.D. Brooks, M.A. Baker, G.J. Bowen, and D.R. Bowling. "Stream nitrogen inputs reflect groundwater across a snowmelt-dominated montane to urban watershed" Environmental Science and Technology, v.50, 2016, p.1137. doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b04805 

Goharian, E., S. Burian, J. Lillywhite, and R. Hile "Vulnerability Assessment to Support Integrated Water Resources Management of Metropolitan Water Supply Systems" Journal Of Water Resources Planning and Management, v.143, 2017, p.3.

Goharian, E., S. Burian, T. Bardsley, and C. Strong "Incorporating potential severity into vulnerability assessment of water supply systems under climate change conditions" Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, v., 2016, p.. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000579, 04015051 

Horsburgh, J. S., S. L. Reeder, A. Spackman Jones, and J. Meline "Open source software for visualization and quality control of continuous hydrologic and water quality sensor data" Environmental Modelling & Software, v.70, 2015, p.. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.04.002 

Hale, R.L., M. Scoggins, N.J. Smucker, and A. Suchy "Effects of climate on the expression of the urban stream syndrome" Freshwater Science, v.35, 2016, p.421. doi:10.1086/684594 

Hall, S., S. Weintraub, and D. Bowling "Scale-dependent linkages between nitrate isotopes and denitrification in surface soils: Implications for isotope measurements and models" Oecologia, v., 2016, p.. doi:10.1007/s00442-016-3626-1 

Harpold, A.A., and P.D. Brooks "Humidity determines snowpack ablation under a warming climate" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, v., 2018, p.. doi:10.1073/pnas.1716789115 

Foster, L.M., L. Bearup, N.P. Molotch, P.D. Brooks, and R. Maxwell. "Energy budget increases reduce mean streamflow more than snow?rain transitions: using integrated modeling to isolate climate change impacts on Rocky Mountain hydrology" Environmental Research Letters, v.11, 2016, p.. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/4/044015 

Flint, C.G. "Framing the human dimensions of mountain systems: Integrating social science paradigms for a global network of mountain observatories" Mountain Research and Development, v.36, 2016, p.528.

Horsburgh, J.S., M.E. Leonardo, A.M. Abdallah, and D.R. Rosenberg "Measuring water use, conservation, and differences by gender using an inexpensive, high frequency metering system ?" Environmental Modelling & Software, v.96, 2017, p.83. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.06.035 

Bo Yang "Assessing Residential Landscape Performance: Visual and Bioclimatic Analyses through In-Situ Data" Landscape Architecture, v., 2015, p..

Flint, C.G., C. Mascher, Z. Oldroyd, P.A. Valle, E. Wynn, Q. Cannon, A. Brown, and B. Unger "Public intercept interviews and surveys for gathering place-based perceptions: Observations from community water research in Utah" Journal of Rural Social Science, v.31, 2016, p.104.

Feng, Y.C., S. Burian, and C. Pomeroy "Potential of green infrastructure to restore predevelopment water budget of a semi-arid urban catchment" Journal of Hydrology, v.542, 2016, p.744.

Haeffner, M., D. Jackson-Smith, and C.G. Flint "Social position influencing the water perception gap between local leaders and constituents in a socio-hydrological system" Water Resources Research, v.54, 2018, p.663. doi:10.1002/2017WR021456 

Beth Neilson "Impacts of beaver dams on hydrologic and temperature regimes in a mountain stream" Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, v., 2015, p..

Haeffner, M., D. Jackson-Smith, M. Buchert, and J. Risley "Accessing blue spaces: Social and geographic factors structuring familiarity with, use of, and appreciation of urban waterways" Landscape and Urban Planning, v.167, 2017, p.136. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.06.008 

Grant, J., and D. Patterson "Innovative arts programs require innovative partnerships: A case study of STEAM partnering between an art gallery and a Natural History Museum" The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v.89, 2017, p.144. doi:10.1080/00098655.2016.1170453 

Shujuan Li, Bo Yang "Introducing a new method for assessing spatially explicit processes of landscape fragmentation" Ecological Indicators, v.56, 2015, p.111.

Gilbert, K., J.S. Horsburgh, I.N. Athanasiadis, and G. Holmes "Environmental data science" Environmental Modelling & Software, v.106, 2018, p.4. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.04.005 

Steve Burian, Christine Pomeroy "Water supply and stormwater management benefits of residential rainwater harvesting in U.S. cities" Journal of the American Water Resources Association, v.49, 2012, p.810.

Steve Burian, Tim Bardsley "Planning for an uncertain future: Climate change sensitivity assessment towards adaptation planning for public water supply" Earth Interactions, v.23, 2013, p..

Gilbert, K., J.S. Horsburgh, I.N. Athanasiadis, and G. Holmes "Preface to the thematic issue on Environmental Data Science. Applications to air quality and water cycle" Environmental Modelling & Software, v.106, 2018, p.1. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.03.020 

Gabor, R. S., S.J. Hall, D.P. Eiriksson, Y. Jameel, M. Millington, T. Stout, M. Barnes, A. Gelderloos, H. Tennant, G. Bowen, B. Neilson, and P.B. Brooks "Persistent Urban Influence on Surface Water Quality via Impacted Groundwater" Environmental Science and Technology, v.51, 2017, p.9477. doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b00271 

Epstein, D.M., J.E. Kelso, and M.A. Baker "Beyond the urban stream syndrome: organic matter budgets for diagnostics and restoration of an impaired urban river" Urban Ecosystems, v., 2016, p.. doi:10.1007/s11252-016-0556-y 

Garner, J., A.L. Porter, A. Leidolf, and M. Baker "Measuring and visualizing research collaboration and productivity" Journal of Data and Information Science, v.3, 2018, p.54. doi:10.2478/jdis-2018-0004 

Carling, G.T., D.G. Tingey, D.P. Fernandez, S.T. Nelson, Z.T. Aanderud, T.H. Goodsell, and T.R. Chapman "Evaluating natural and anthropogenic trace element inputs along an alpine to urban gradient in the Provo River, Utah, USA" Applied Geochemistry, v.63, 2015, p.398. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2015.10.005 

Ehleringer, J.R., E. Barnette, Y. Jameel, B.J. Tipple, and G.J. Bowen "Urban water - a new frontier in isotope hydrology" Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, v.52, 2016, p.477. doi:10.1080/10256016.2016.1171217 

Flint, C.G., X. Dai, D.B. Jackson-Smith, J. Endter-Wada, S.K. Yeo, R.L. Hale, and M.K. Dolan "Social and geographic contexts of water concerns in Utah" Society & Natural Resources, v.8, 2017, p.885. doi:10.1080/08941920 

Elmore, L.R., S.E. Null, and N.R. Mouzon "Effects of environmental water transfers on stream temperatures" River Research and Applications, v., 2015, p.. doi:10.1002/rra.2994 

Feng, Y, S.J. Burian, A. Petit-Boix, A. Josa, J. Rievadevall, X.G. Durany, and D.S. Apul "Life Cycle Assessment of the Cost and the Social and Ecosystem Services of Rainwater Harvesting in Dry Climates" EWRI World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, v., 2016, p..

Samuel Rivera, Kevin Landom, Todd Crowl "Monitoring Macrophytes Cover and Taxa in Utah Lake by Using 2009-2011 Landsat Digital Imagery" Revista de Teledetección, v., 2013, p.1133. doi:1988-8740 

Edwards, E.C., R.C. Bosworth, P. Adams, V. Baji, A. Burrows, C. Gerdes, and M. Jones "Economic Insight from Utah?s Water Efficiency Supply Curve" Water, v.9, 2017, p.214.

Flint, C.G., A.S. Jones, and J.S. Horsburgh "Data management dimensions of social water science: the iUTAH experience" Journal of the American Water Resources Association, v.53, 2017, p.988. doi:10.1111/1752-1688.12568 

Feng, Y., S.J. Burian, and E.R. Pardyjak "Observation and estimation of evapotranspiration from an irrigated green roof in a rain-scarce environment" Water, v.10, 2018, p.262. doi:10.3390/w10030262 

Crow-Miller, B., H. Chang, P. Stoker, and E.A. Wentz "Facilitating collaborative urban water management through university-utility cooperation" Sustainable Cities and Society, v.27, 2016, p.475. doi:10.1016/j.scs.2016.06.006 

Buahin, C., and J.S. Horsburgh "Evaluating the simulation times and mass balance errors of component-based models: An application of OpenMI 2.0 to an urban stormwater system" Environmental Modelling & Software, v.72, 2015, p.92. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.07.003 

Burns, M.A., H.R. Barnard, R. Gabor, D.M. Mcknight, and P.D. Brooks "Dissolved organic matter transport reflects hillslope to stream connectivity during snowmelt in a montane catchment" Water Resources Research, v.52, 2016, p.4905.

Brooks, P., J.A. Biederman, A.J. Somor, A.A. Harpold, E.D. Guttman, D.D. Breshears, P. A. Troch, D.J. Gochis, D.D. Breshears, P.A. Troch, R.Scott, and A.J. Meddens "Recent tree die-off has little effect on streamflow in contrast to expected increases from historical studies" Water Resources Research, v.51, 2016, p.9775. doi:10.1002/2015WR017401 

Yang, B. & R.R. Dupont. "?Form-based variables for stormwater quality performance: comparing three BMP types in five U.S. states.?" Urban Planning and Design Research (2014), v., 2014, p..

Feng, Y., and S.J. Burian "Improving evapotranspiration mechanisms in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?s Storm Water Management Model" Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, v.21, 2016, p.06016007. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001419 

Jon Meyer, Jiming Jin "Systematic Patterns of the Inconsistency between Snow Water Equivalent and Accumulated Precipitation as Reported by the Snowpack Telemetry Network" Journal of Hydrometeorology, v.13, 2012, p.1970?1976.

Brooks, P., J. Chorover, Y.F. Reinfelder, S.E., Godsey, R.M. Maxwell, J.P. McNamara, and N.C. Tague. "Hydrological partitioning in the critical zone: recent advances and opportunities for developing transferrable understanding of water cycle dynamics" Water Resources Research, v.51, 2015, p.6973. doi:10.1002/2015WR017039 

Thomas Walsh, Christine Pomeroy, Steve Burian "Hydrologic Analysis of a Watershed-Scale Rainwater Harvesting Program" Journal of Hydrology, v., 2014, p..

Burnham, M., Z. Ma, J. Endter-Wada, and T. Bardsley "Water management decision-making in the face of multiple forms of uncertainty and risk" Journal of the American Water Resources Association, v.52, 2016, p.1366.

Chan, A. M., and D. R. Bowling "Assessing the thermal dissipation sap flux density method for monitoring cold season water transport in seasonally snow-covered forests" Tree Physiology, v.37, 2017, p.984. doi:10.1093/treephys/tpx049 

Stoker, P. & Rothfeder, R. "?Drivers of Urban Water Use.?" Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society (2014), v., 2014, p.(2014). h.

Brooks, P., E. L. Gallo, T. Meixner, H. Aoubid, and K. A. Lohse "Combined impact of catchment Size, land cover and precipitation on streamflow and stream nitrogen" Global Biogeochemical Cycles, v., 2015, p.1109. doi:10.1002/2015WR017039 

Buahin, C.A., N. Sangwan, C. Fagan, C. Rae, D.R. Maidment, J.E. Nelson, J.S. Horsburgh, and V. Merwade "Probabilistic Flood Inundation Delineation Using a Rating Curve Library Approach" Journal of the American Water Resources Association, v., 2017, p.. doi:10.1111/1752-1688.12500 

Cael, B.D., and C.J. Strong "A Laplacian characterization of phytoplankton shape" Biological Mathematics, v.76, 2018, p.1327. doi:10.1007/s00285-017-1176-8 

Buahin, C.A. and J. S. Horsburgh "From OpenMI to HydroCouple: Advancing OpenMI to Support Experimental Simulations and Standard Geospatial Datasets" Environmental Modelling and Software for Supporting a Sustainable Future. 8th International Congress on Environmental Modeling and Software, v.1, 2016, p.153.

Steven Hall, Gregory Maurer, Sebastian W Hoch, Raili Taylor, David R Bowling "Urban atmospheric pollution increases deposition of major ions to the "Greatest Snow on Earth"" Atmospheric Environment, v., 2014, p..

Brooks, P., D.D. Breshears, D.J. Law, L.López-Hoffman, P.D. Brooks, J. Chorover, and J.D. Pelletier "Understanding ecosystem services from a geosciences perspective" Eos, v., 2016, p.. doi:10.1029/2016EO043591 

Bowling, D., S. Hall, J.E. Egan, and D.A. Risk "Environmental forcing does not induce diel or synoptic variation in carbon isotope content of forest soil respiration" Biogeosciences, v.12, 2015, p.5143. doi:10.5194/bg-12-5143-2015 

Licón, C. V. "La Integración de Indicadores de Sustentabilidad a Través de un Modelo Gráfico de Evaluación. Cuadernos de Arquitectura y Nuevo Urbanismo. [Integrating sustainability indicators through a graphic assessment model" Journal of Architecture and New Urbanism (2014), v., 2014, p..

Biederman, J.A., T. Meixner, A.A. Harpold, D.E. Reed, E.D. Gutmann, J.A. Gaun, and P.D. Brooks "Riparian zones attenuate nitrogen loss following bark beetle-induced lodgepole pine mortality" Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, v.121, 2016, p.933. doi:10.1002/2015JG003284 

Bowling, D., E. S. Schulze, and S. Hall "Revisiting streamside trees that do not use stream water: Can the two water worlds hypothesis and snowpack isotopic effects explain a missing water source?" Ecohydrology, v.10, 2016, p.e1771. doi:10.1002/eco.1771 

Bowen, G., S. Good, and D. Noone "Hydrologic connectivity constrains partitioning of global terrestrial water fluxes" Science, v.349, 2015, p.175. doi:1126/science.aaa5931 

Houdeshel, C.D., Hultine, K.R., Pomeroy, C.A. "Evaluation of three vegetation treatments in bioretention gardens in a semi-arid climate." Landscape and Urban Planning, v., 2015, p..


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The iUTAH EPSCoR project ran from 2012-2018, and was a statewide effort aimed to build Utah’s research capacity to understand and enhance Utah’s water resources. To enhance research capacity, the project aimed to increase inter-campus collaboration and stakeholder engagement in water-related research.  A total of 817 participants engaged in research, education, and outreach activities sponsored by the project. Participation in the iUTAH project increased research outputs (publications and citation rates) compared to non-participants and markedly increased co-authoring among researchers across disciplines and organizations. Participants published 167 peer reviewed articles and received new external research awards for a project total of nearly $30M.  Important research findings showed that natural and human-modified watersheds respond similarly to climate change, challenging the long-held assumption that reservoirs and diversions mask climate-induced changes to stream flow.  Despite being in an arid climate with limited water supply and rapid population growth, Utah water managers’ perception of water resource vulnerability to scarcity were diffuse or misaligned with supply projections.  iUTAH’s cyberinfrastructure team pioneered in the field of hydroinformatics by developing new software tools for storing, managing, visualizing, and analyzing data streams from automated environmental sensor networks and social science surveys, and by developing new model coupling platforms to represent human-natural system interactions. Broader impacts of the project included enhanced engagement between stakeholders and researchers that influenced water resource decision making.  For example, the city of Riverton used iUTAH household survey data as the impetus to change water supply and build new water storage; and the Utah Division of Water Quality partnered with iUTAH researchers to aim hydrologic observatory infrastructure to better predict harmful algal blooms.  iUTAH’s education, outreach, and diversity platform contributed to an enhanced STEM workforce in the state by engaging 272 undergraduates in the research enterprise.  Of those who have completed their degree programs, many went on to graduate/professional schools or are employed in STEM-related fields in water resources, tourism, and software development.

 


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