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Hydroview an infrastructure program for hydrologic science

HydroView: An Infrastructure Program for Hydrologic Science

Jon Duncan, Communications DirectorConsortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc.


Who is cuahsi
Who is CUAHSI?

  • A consortium of 88 research universities and 1 affiliate member

  • Incorporated June, 2001 as a non-profit corporation in Washington, DC


What does cuahsi do
What does CUAHSI do?

  • Serve hydrologic science community

    • Develop community goals

    • Identify needs

    • Advise NSF

  • Operate community programs

    • Manage infrastructure

    • Develop program ideas


Hydroview
HydroView

  • Initial program

  • Mutually supportive elements

    • Observatories

    • Instrumentation

    • Informatics

    • Synthesis


Current status
Current Status

  • Synthesis: SoI under review; proposal to be submitted Fall, 2004.

  • Informatics: Pilot program begun with $2.5M, 2-year grant

  • Instrumentation: Proposal about to be submitted for 3-yr pilot

  • Observatories: Pilot 5-station network to be started in 2005


Today s briefing
Today’s Briefing

  • Focus on HO’s

  • Design concepts

  • Next steps in implementation

  • Management questions


Design concepts for ho s
Design Concepts for HO’s

  • Community Resource

    • Core data available to all through common interface

    • Equal access to site

    • Support for remote investigators

  • Sufficiently Large

    • Explore all interfaces, include LS/Atm

    • Contribute to hydrologic improvement in GCM’s

  • National-scale Network

    • Comparable data across observatories

    • Test hypotheses in different hydrologic settings


Science topics
Science Topics

  • Linking Hydrologic and Biogeochemical Cycles

  • Hydrologic Extremes

  • Sustainability of Water Resources

  • Transport of Chemical and Biological Contaminants

  • Hydrologic Influence on Ecosystem Functions


Cross cutting themes
Cross-cutting Themes

  • Scaling

  • Forcing, Feedbacks, and Coupling

  • Predictions and Limits-to-Prediction


Hydrologic characterization
Hydrologic Characterization

Three fundamental properties

  • Fluxes between “stores”

  • Residence time within “stores”

  • Flowpaths among “stores”

    Stores include surface, subsurface and atmosphere.


Core data
Core Data

  • Provides estimates of fundamental characteristics

  • Common to multiple hypotheses

  • Immediately available to community


Ho development
HO Development

  • Local perspective

    • Design data necessary to address chosen hypotheses

    • Designate “core” data and “first-publication” data

  • Network perspective

    • Provides common data model

    • Determines metadata standards

    • Influences core data collection


Observatory design team
Observatory Design Team

  • Determines best way to “characterize” site

  • Delineates “core data” boundary

  • Develops workplan for data collection

  • HO Standing Committee reviews plan


Ho professional staff
HO Professional Staff

  • Implements workplan developed by observatory design team (ODT)

  • Populates common data model

  • Provides site management to coordinate research by ODT and others

  • Collects non-core data as resources permit


Evaluation criteria 1
Evaluation Criteria—1

  • Hypotheses Posed

    • Meet at least 3 of 5 topics

    • Interdisciplinary

    • Innovative

  • Design

    • Provides characteristics across range of scales, including largest

    • Combination of nested, intensive basins with broader surveys


Evaluation criteria 2
Evaluation Criteria—2

  • Leveraging of Existing Data

    • Intensive studies (LTER, USGS, ARS, USFS)

    • Monitoring data sets (Federal, state and local)

  • Institutional support

    • State/Local support

    • Stakeholder organizations

  • Educational/Outreach Opportunities


Two perspectives
Two Perspectives

  • Local Design Team

    • Choose hypotheses

    • Rewarded by pursuing “their” science

    • Just one research team—do not control site

  • Broader Community

    • Site must attract non-local scientists

    • Broad range of disciplines


Next steps
Next Steps

  • Aug. 1, 2004: 10-page prospectus

  • Aug. 23, 2004: National Workshop

  • Fall, 2004: Regional Workshops

  • Jan, 2005: NSF Program Announcement

  • Apr, 2005: Proposals Due

  • Sep/Oct 2005: Award 2 HO’s

  • 2008: Competition for 3rd HO


National workshop
National Workshop

  • Choose 5 “example” basins for hypothetical HO Network from submitted prospectuses

  • Day 1

    • AM: HIS, Neuse, HMF presentations

    • PM: Poster session and election

  • Day 2: Breakout groups by basin (core data composition) and by science topic (cross-observatory hypothesis testing)

  • Selection of basins has no meaning beyond workshop


Regional workshops
Regional Workshops

  • Held Sep – Dec, 2004

  • CUAHSI creates 5 hydrologic regions

  • Open to everyone (including non-hydrologists!)

  • Objectives

    • Build community support

    • Learn about potential sites in region

  • Support level: $20K/wkshp


Ho management
HO Management

  • “2 PI” model

    • Ensures ODT does not control site

    • Divides community responsibility from individual science endeavor

    • Site director?

  • 1 PI Model

    • Integrates ODT and Site Director

    • Integral science model


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