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Hydrology Domain Cyberinfrastructures: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities

Authors: Jeff Horsburgh
Owners: Jeffery Horsburgh
Resource type:Generic
Created:Dec 12, 2015 at 11:38 p.m.
Last updated: Dec 17, 2015 at 9:07 a.m. by Jeffery Horsburgh


Anticipated changes to climate, human population, land use, and urban form will alter the hydrology and availability of water within the water systems on which the world’s population relies. Understanding the effects of these changes will be paramount in sustainably managing water resources, as well as maintaining associated capacity to provide ecosystem services (e.g., regulating flooding, maintaining instream flow during dry periods, cycling nutrients, and maintaining water quality). It will require better information characterizing both natural and human mediated hydrologic systems and enhanced ability to generate, manage, store, analyze, and share growing volumes of observational data. Over the past several years, a number of hydrology domain cyberinfrastructures have emerged or are currently under development that are focused on providing integrated access to and analysis of data for cross-domain synthesis studies. These include the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) Hydrologic Information System (HIS), the Critical Zone Observatory Information System (CZOData), HydroShare, the BiG CZ software system, and others. These systems have focused on sharing, integrating, and analyzing hydrologic observations data. This presentation will describe commonalities and differences in the cyberinfrastructure approaches used by these projects and will highlight successes and lessons learned in addressing the challenges of big and complex data. It will also identify new challenges and opportunities for next generation cyberinfrastructure and a next generation of cyber-savvy scientists and engineers as developers and users.

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AGU 2015,HydroShare,Cyberinfrastructure,Hydrology

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Horsburgh, J. (2015). Hydrology Domain Cyberinfrastructures: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities, HydroShare, http://www.hydroshare.org/resource/a2066c5ee10d46eb90c06b23a978a1ae

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Jeff Horsburgh Utah State University (435) 797-2946


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