422 Wyoming Hall
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071-2000
Team Lead, Ginger Paige
A central focus of WyCEHG is to engage with stakeholders throughout the state in an open, two-way dialogue: researchers will inform stakeholders of research progress and capabilities, and stakeholders will identify emergent focus areas important to them.
In these place-based meetings, the project team will identify and work with decision makers and interested parties in the regions near the WyCEHG research sites,inviting federal and state agencies (BLM, USFS, USGS; see Table 1 for acronyms), resource managers (SEO, WWDC, WACD) and end users (Basin Planning Councils, irrigation districts). These forums will comprise information exchange, research planning and technology transfer. Results will guide course corrections and stimulate new research directions for scientists using WyCEHG instruments. Six meetings will be held annually. Basin Planning Councils will be included in the Local Water Forums.
Interaction with existing Wyoming WaterGroups (3 per year). Several annual meetings in Wyoming are held at which the state-level management authorities meet to discuss critical areas in water resources, including scientific and decision needs (WACD, Wyoming Water Association, SEO Wyoming Water Forum). The project team will engage with these authorities to ensure that research outcomes are targeted towards providing tools, technology and knowledge of relevance to the state.
Water Interest Group (WIG)workshops (Years 2, 3, 5). WyCEHG will host scientific workshops with Wyoming-based agencies, researchers and stake holders, private and public partners, researchers and managers/researchers from the region who are active in areas relevant to the program. These diverse participants include Western Water Assessment, the WY/UT EPSCoR Track 1/2 Consortium, the Tristate NM/ID/NV EPSCoR Consortium, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, BOR, etc.
Wyoming is collaborating with Utah through a joint Track 2 CI-WATER effort aimed at synthesizing hydrological models using HPC capabilities. This collaboration will be further strengthened by each state's Track 1 shared research focus on hydrology in a changing world. The joint efforts will be magnified through continued Track 1 collaboration: Wyoming's novel subsurface geophysics approaches will augment the surface processes being studied at Utah and vice-versa. A formal BiState Consortium will be formed linking all three projects through shared research outcomes, data storage and annual meetings. These meetings would coincide with each state's planning process to optimize interactions among scientists. Data collected in both Track I programs would be shared and archived in the data storage facility currently being constructed by the Track II research enterprise CI:WATER. Ultimately, this project could join with other jurisdictions engaged in water resource study to produce a nationally significant and highly communicative network of EPSCoR jurisdictions with a scientific focus on hydrology and water management. Each group would offer unique jurisdiction-specific perspectives to solve a common problem. Towards this end, we have engaged Judy van Houten (PDVT EPSCoR) and Bill Michener (PD NM EPSCoR) as members of of WyCEHG's External Advisory Committee.
Wyoming EPSCoR will collaborate with NCAR to provide trainings in code writing and model development.
WyCEHG will quantify processes and properties of the surface and near subsurface, which together embody the "Critical Zone" (or CZ), where water, rock, air and life meet in a dynamic interplay that generates soils, sustains ecosystems and shapes landscapes. Our work is closely aligned with growing national and international initiatives in CZ research and tackles issues of water sustainability in the US West and thus is well aligned with the goals of NSF'sScience, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) portfolio, including the WSC initiative.
There are six Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs) in the United States, which span a variety of climates and ecosystems. For more information about the CZO, please visit: http://criticalzone.org/national/infrastructure/observatories-1 national/
Twice a month, WyCEHG researchers will present information on their current work, techniques, observations, tools, strategies and findings. For updates, please check our social media sites and watch our latest presentations.
In collaboration with the University of Wyoming Communications, Wyoming EPSCoR will be publishing a yearly newsletter about our research, education, outreach and diversity.
Develop a Communicating About Water (CAW) Network that engages students from computer science, communications and the UW writing program to partner with WY EPSCoR to develop news content for local distribution, develop student-oriented blogs and exchange communication tools with EPSCoR STEM students. CAW workshops would beheld in alternate years facilitated by University Communications, working with EPSCoR's EOD coordinator.
Currently,Wyoming EPSCoR is seeking undergraduate students for the communications coordinator internship. This position is designed to engage interns in communication about water through the Wyoming EPSCoR blog, social media sites, and visual mediums.