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UW Researcher to Host Workshop at National Conference

June 18, 2015
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Fred Ogden, a UW professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, will lead a one-day, high-performance computing workshop about hydrology at the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala., July 17. (UW Photo)

A University of Wyoming researcher will lead a high-performance computing workshop on hydrology next month.

Fred Ogden, a UW professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and the Cline Endowed Chair of Engineering, will lead a one-day workshop, titled “High-Performance Computing in Hydrology: ADHydro Model Workshop,” at the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday, July 17. The workshop will be in conjunction with the Third Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI) Conference on Hydroinformatics.

The CI-WATER project that started with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2011 is nearing its end, Ogden says.

“The final project meeting with our Utah partners is being held in conjunction with a national conference, at a national center in water resources,” he adds. “It represents a perfect opportunity for us to show others what we have achieved in the project.”

ADHydro is a new quasi-3-D, large watershed simulator. The model was developed for computer operations on massive parallel computing hardware to efficiently simulate large managed watersheds. ADHydro development is funded by the NSF and Wyoming’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

The workshop will cover: ADHydro features and formulation; input requirements; workflow and model set-ups; source code compilation and running ADHydro; input/output visualization using Quantum Geographic Information System (QGIS) and Paraview programs; and coupling and forcing with water research and forecasting output.

There are some prerequisites. Workshop participants must be experienced Linux users and will need a Linux laptop on which to install ADHydro and several supporting program packages. In addition, participants must have experience with the following: GIS tools, with QGIS preferred; Paraview preferred; Charm++ high-performance computing environment preferred; and programming in either C, C++ or python is required.

Those interested should contact Ogden with a statement of interest at

Applicants need to state their level of experience, with the required and optional skills listed previously. In addition to skill level, preference in order will be given to: other members of the CI-WATER collaborative (which focuses on the hydrology of the Colorado River Basin) and water managers from Utah and Wyoming; participants from EPSCoR jurisdictions; staff of the National Water Center; and other universities.

Before the meeting, participants will receive instructions on pre-loading required software on their laptops. Support for the function will be available through UW’s Center for Computational Hydrology and Hydrosciences.

Seating is limited to 12. No travel support is available, but the workshop is free to attend.

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