Nevada Water Resources Data, Modeling and Visualization (DMV) Center - Phase I

Affiliation(s)PIProject periodFunded by
DHS Boyle, Douglas P 10/01/2009 - 09/30/2011 Department of Energy

Project Description

This project is the first phase of a proposed multi-phase program to create a statewide center to house and use all available relevant data needed to better understand the current and potential future distribution of water resources within the State of Nevada. In later phases, the project will require a dedicated supercomputer along with new faculty in information management, hydrologic, atmospheric, and ecological modeling. The dedicated supercomputer will use the six-sided Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE) facility, currently under construction within the Center for Advanced Visualization, Computation and Modeling (CAVCaM) facilities at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno, NV, for visualization of past, present, and future water resources scenarios (alternative futures) thereby creating a powerful linkage among data, computing, and public outreach. In this first phase of the program, the primary focus will be to create the infrastructure to store and make available to the public, through a digital data library with web access, large sets of existing water resource information, at various spatial and temporal scales (e.g., streamflow observations, groundwater observations, soil moisture, evapotranspiration, temperature, precipitation, snow properties, etc.), from a wide variety of sources (e.g., ground observations, remote-sensing products, modeling studies, etc.) throughout Nevada. In this initial phase, the areal extent of the digital data library will be limited to a few study sites (to be selected) within or near Nevada that have significant water resource information and existing water resource modeling efforts readily available, as well as, active stakeholder and agency partnerships focused on important water resource issues. A secondary focus of this initial phase will be to develop the infrastructure to run water resource models through the web and visualize results in the DRI CAVE environment. When completed, this infrastructure will allow for the expansion to other study areas and, eventually, the entire State of Nevada under future phases of the program.