Partner Center for Advanced Studies in Water

Who is the funding agency?: 
United States Agency for International Development
Please categorize the nature of the Source of Support: 
Other Gov
Non-EPSCoR PI/Co-PI: 
Steve Burian
Status: 
Awarded
Date Submitted: 
Fri, 2016/01/01
Award Amount: 
$37,981.00
Award Dates: 
Thu, 09/01/2016 to Thu, 08/31/2017
Location: 
University of Utah and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology

Funding awarded to Strong to support and mentor visiting scientist’s research and to mentor the visitor scientist’s course development

Changing Climate in Pakistan: Food Security and Water Management Implications. Provide high resolution climate simulations for complex terrain: An action to protect our asset

Who is the funding agency?: 
from U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W)
Please categorize the nature of the Source of Support: 
Other Gov
Non-EPSCoR PI/Co-PI: 
Ghulam Hussain Dars, Adam Kochanski
Status: 
Awarded
Date Submitted: 
Fri, 2016/01/01
Award Amount: 
$30,000.00
Award Dates: 
Fri, 09/01/2017 to Fri, 08/31/2018
Location: 
University of Utah and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology

The Upper Indus Basin (UIB) (figure-1) is one of the most dynamic and complex mountain and floodplain systems and is highly vulnerable to the changing climate. Glacial and snowmelt from the Karakoram Mountains contribute more than 65% of runoff (Shrestha, Maheswor, et al. , 2015). Therefore, the retreating of glaciers in the Himalayas and Karakoram mountains could pose far-reaching challenges to this region. Glacier retreat would initially cause flood risks, but its longer-term ramifications could include water scarcity at the large scale.

Collaborative research to advance analysis, forecast, and decision support services for high-impact weather events

Who is the funding agency?: 
Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research (CSTAR) award from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Weather Service (NWS)
Please categorize the nature of the Source of Support: 
Other Gov
Non-EPSCoR PI/Co-PI: 
Jim Steenburgh, John Horel
Status: 
Awarded
Date Submitted: 
Sun, 2017/01/01
Award Amount: 
$450,000.00
Award Dates: 
Fri, 09/01/2017 to Mon, 08/31/2020
Location: 
University of Utah

We propose to advance National Weather Service (NWS) forecast capabilities through collabora-tive research addressing the CSTAR science and technology theme, “improving the lead-time and accuracy of forecasts and warnings for high-impact weather, water, and climate events.” Specifically, we plan to: (1) lead a collaborative research effort to comprehensively verify opera-tional numerical forecast systems and next-generation convection-allowing models and ensembles over the western U.S.

CNH-L: Climate Change, Ecosystem Dynamics and Traditional Livelihoods in the Pinon-Juniper woodlands of Southern Utah

Who is the funding agency?: 
NSF
Please categorize the nature of the Source of Support: 
Other NSF
Non-EPSCoR PI/Co-PI: 
Brian Codding, Phil Dennison, Bill Anderegg, Ramesh Shrestha
Status: 
Awarded
Date Submitted: 
Mon, 2017/01/02
Award Amount: 
$1,470,530.00
Award Dates: 
Fri, 09/01/2017 to Mon, 02/28/2022
Location: 
University of Utah and Navajo Nation, USA

This interdisciplinary research project will examine the combined effects of environmental variation and firewood harvesting on woodland ecosystems to determine the conditions that promote healthy forests capable of sustaining wood fuel use into the future. While growing evidence suggests that forests are threatened by droughts, extreme temperatures, and overharvesting, scientists currently have difficulty predicting future forest conditions, and that restricts capabilities to anticipate the energy security of one-third of the Earth's people who rely on wood as a primary fuel source.

Impacts of climate change on hydrology in Pakistan

Who is the funding agency?: 
U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) Research Partnership and Mentoring Program
Please categorize the nature of the Source of Support: 
Other Gov
Non-EPSCoR PI/Co-PI: 
Ghulam Hussain Dars, Adam Kochanski
Status: 
Awarded
Date Submitted: 
Tue, 2018/01/02
Award Amount: 
$30,693.00
Award Dates: 
Sat, 09/01/2018 to Sat, 08/31/2019
Location: 
University of Utah and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology

We propose to advance climate and water research capacity at MUET and in Pakistan by providing research collaboration and mentoring for Asst. Prof. Ghulam Hussain Dars (MUET) and his graduate student(s). The focus of this mentoring will be configuration, validation, calibration, and climate experimentation with WRF-Hydro, which a version of the Weather Research & Forecasting (WRF) regional climate model which incorporates a coupled, distributed hydrologic model.

A Laplacian characterization of phytoplankton shape

Peer Reviewed: 
Yes
What level of funding support did EPSCoR provide for this publication?: 
Partial
Date Submitted: 
Thu, 2017/02/23
Date of Publication: 
2018/05
NSF Acknowledgement: 
Acknowledged
Journal, Book, Magazine or Newspaper Name: 
Journal of Mathematical Biology
Volume: 
6
Pages: 
1327–1338

Phytoplankton exhibit pronounced morphological diversity, impacting a range of processes. Because these impacts are challenging to quantify, however, phytoplankton are often approximated as spheres, and when effects of non-sphericity are studied it is usually experimentally or via geometrical approximations. New methods for quantifying phytoplankton size and shape generally, so all phytoplankton are analyzable by the same procedure, can complement advances in microscopic imagery and automated classification to study the influence of shape in phytoplankton.

Navajo Nation, USA, precipitation variability from 2002 to 2015

Peer Reviewed: 
Yes
What level of funding support did EPSCoR provide for this publication?: 
Partial
Date Submitted: 
Tue, 2017/08/01
Date of Publication: 
2018/05
NSF Acknowledgement: 
Acknowledged
Journal, Book, Magazine or Newspaper Name: 
Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education
Volume: 
163
Pages: 
109-123

Due to its semi‐arid climate, the Navajo Nation, situated in the southwestern United States, is sensitive to small changes in precipitation. However, little information on patterns and causes of rainfall variation is available for this sparsely populated region. In order to study stability and variability over time, this study characterized hydroclimatic changes for the Navajo Nation over timescales of months to years based on data from 90 sites from 2002 to 2015.

Water Resources Criticality Due to Future Climate Change and Population Growth: Case of River Basins in Utah, USA

Peer Reviewed: 
Yes
What level of funding support did EPSCoR provide for this publication?: 
Primary
Date Submitted: 
Thu, 2017/06/01
NSF Acknowledgement: 
Not Acknowledged
Journal, Book, Magazine or Newspaper Name: 
Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management

Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award

This is an award from the College of Mines and Earth Sciences recognizing excellence in teaching. It follows an evaluation of teaching based on class comments and was carried to final result by the Student Advisory Committee and College Teaching Awards Committee.

8 External Engagements: Salt Lake City Training

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0
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8
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0
Undeclared: 
8
Under-represented Minority: 
0
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8
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0
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0
Teachers - Female: 
0
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0
Students - Female: 
0
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0
Undeclared: 
8
Students - Total: 
0
Students - Total: 
0
Teachers - Undeclared: 
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0
Students - Under-represented Minority: 
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Teachers - Under-represented Minority: 
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