The National Science Foundation has awarded Wyoming and Utah researchers six million dollars to study how Climate change and other factors will affect water storage and availability in the inter-mountain west. University of Wyoming Civil Engineering Professor Fred Ogden says the researchers will develop high-performance computer models to understand complex water issues facing western states. .
“What we would like to have at the very minimum is a better understanding of how the system works. Ultimately though we would like to have a tool that basin users, interest groups, basin advisory groups, water managers and state agencies could use to help predict the future state of the system".
Those connected with the project say that the three year study will involve the leading researchers in hydrology and related fields in the western United States, will lead to a greater understanding of long-term water resource forecasting.