The Western Consortium for Water Analysis, Visualization and Exploration


Mountain watersheds provide a large proportion of water and ecosystem services to communities in the intermountain west. Climate change impacts affect the ability of these watersheds to improve water quality, groundwater storage, and flow moderation. Even subtle changes in climate may lead to cascading impacts on interactions between precipitation, vegetation growth, soil moisture, and other landscape properties, but the mechanisms responsible for observed and projected change are poorly understood. In order to address the challenge of understanding hydrologic change in high-elevation watersheds, the EPSCoR jurisdictions of Idaho, Nevada, and New Mexico have collaborated to create the Western Consortium for Watershed Analysis, Visualization and Exploration (WC-WAVE).

WC-WAVE will create a virtual watershed (VW) framework to create and integrate watershed models. The VW framework capabilities will simulate watershed dynamics, enabling researchers to easily acquire and integrate data, visualize the data to obtain results, and identify environmental consequences of hydrologic changes. Learn more about WC-WAVE at

Opportunities - WC-WAVE Undergraduate Visualization & Modeling Network Program

The Undergraduate Visualization and Modeling Network (UVMN) program gives opportunities to engage diverse students in undergraduate research and CI-enabled education through the WC-WAVE grant. UVMN will provide professional development for faculty and students from Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI) in the three Western Consortium states of New Mexico, Idaho, and Nevada.

Application for 2015 UVMN is now online. Click here for more information.

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