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University of Alabama
1044-A Cyber Hall
Box 870206
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487

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Research Themes

  • Water resources prediction capabilities – Research under this theme not only fosters improvements in service equity, coastal resilience research, ecosystem management, enhanced decision support services, but also promotes integration within NOAA’s Unified Forecast System (UFS).
  • Water resources modeling – To investigate water resources modeling advances with observing, analysis, and forecasting capabilities to improve forecasting of water resources from summit to sea, including coupling with coastal and ocean processes. 
  • Hydroinformatics – To support enhanced integration, access to, and understanding of increasingly complex water data through hydroinformatics. Hydroinformatics is the application of information and communication technologies to deliver the next generation of water resources services that span multiple sectors. The focus is to  leverage geographic information systems and techniques such as remote sensing, data assimilation, computational science and high-performance computing, and artificial intelligence and machine learning to help organize, integrate, and optimally synthesize large volumes of complex data to better inform water resources decisions.
  • Application of social, economic, and behavioral science to water resources prediction – Research under this theme is associated with water-related operations and outreach to improve the delivery and efficacy of decision support services based on the expressed needs and comprehension of the stakeholders NOAA serves. Such research would evaluate human dimensions in water resources which explore the full range of social sciences important for the valuation, public understanding, dissemination, management- and policy-related use of scientific information.

Consortium Members

  • Brigham Young University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Tuskegee University^
  • The University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • The University of Arizona*
  • The University of California, San Diego*
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa*
  • The University of Iowa
  • The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • The University of Saskatchewan
  • The University of Utah
  • The University of Vermont
  • Utah State University*

^ Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
* Minority Serving Institution (MSI)

Award Details

  First 5-Year Award
Award Number NA22NWS4320003-T1-01
Award Period April 1, 2022 –
May 31, 2027
Award Amount $320,000,000
Research Performance
Progress Reports
April 2022 – December 2022

CI Review by
Science Advisory Board

Scheduled for 2027