Columbia River Basin Evapotranspiration Project

Columbia River Basin Evapotranspiration Project logo

The Columbia River Basin Evapotranspiration Project is a multi-state collaboration to improve water management with easy access to satellite-based ET data and mapping tools.

Project Objectives

  • Inform water management in the Columbia River Basin using watershed scale summaries of evapotranspiration (ET) and irrigated lands data
  • Promote shared learning about OpenET data and uses across Oregon, Washington, Idaho and other states in the Columbia Basin
  • Refine OpenET functionality for water balance estimates and water management use applications (https://explore.etdata.org/)
  • Create Columbia River Basin Evapotranspiration Mapping Tool for easy access to watershed scale summaries

Potential Applications

  • Farmers can improve irrigation practices to maximize “crop per drop” and reduce costs for fertilizer, water, and energy.
  • Water managers can develop more accurate water budgets, incentive programs and other innovative strategies.
  • Rural communities can design locally driven water conservation and trading programs.
  • Policymakers can more accurately track water supplies and co-develop solutions with local communities.

Columbia River Basin Evapotranspiration Mapping Tool Functionality

Tool functionality will be determined from input offered by project partners and stakeholders. Functionality includes, but is not limited to:

  • Displaying consumptive use volumes from irrigated agriculture at HUC-12 watershed scales in the Columbia River Basin from the OpenET database.
  • Filter and query data layers, measure areas and distances, view metadata, download data, add external map services, upload local data, and create maps
  • Leverage data and mapping tool features available through the Oregon Explorer: www.oregonexplorer.info

Check out the Oregon River Basin Evapotranspiration Tool.

 

screenshot of Oregon River Basin Evapotranspiration Tool

Project Contacts

Project Coordinator & Oregon Contact: Jordan Beamer, Oregon Water Resources Department

Washington Contact: Jeff Marti, Department of Ecology – State of Washington

Idaho Contact: Phil Blankenau, Idaho Department of Water Resources

OpenET Contact: Matt Bromley, Desert Research Institute

Oregon Explorer Contact: Janine Salwasser,Institute for Natural Resources – Oregon State University

Partners

department of ecology state of washington logo

Department of Ecology - State of Washington

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Google

Idaho Department of Water Resources logo

Idaho Department of Water Resources

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - California Institute of Technology logo

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - California Institute of Technology

NASA's Western Water Applications Office (WWAO) logo

NASA's Western Water Applications Office (WWAO)

OpenET logo

OpenET

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Oregon State University

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Oregon Water Resources Department

Washington State University logo

Washington State University

CONTACT

Matt Bromley, M.S.
Matt.Bromley@dri.edu

LOCATION

Desert Research Institute
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512

DIVISION

Hydrologic Sciences