Visualizing Growth and Sustainability of Water Resources

EPA Grant Number: R828737C003
Subproject: this is subproject number 003 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R830420
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: Center for Environmental and Energy Research (CEER)
Center Director: Earl, David A.
Title: Visualizing Growth and Sustainability of Water Resources
Investigators: Booker, James F.
Institution: Alfred University
EPA Project Officer: Packard, Benjamin H
Project Period: September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2002
RFA: Targeted Research Center (2000) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Targeted Research


The objective of this research is to visualize and benchmark the productivity and sustainability of water resource use in major western U.S. river basins. The research focuses on identifying and mapping impacts to instream flow levels from utilizing scarce water resources to meet increasing water demands brought about by emerging environmental demands and population growth.


Conceptual and demonstration phases under the grant have been completed. One application under the grant (to the Rio Grande Basin) has been completed, with work on additional applications to the Platte River Basin and the Colorado River Basin nearing completion. In each case base mapping and data visualization have been achieved. Integration with data from previous studies remain. With this integration, and the development of the corresponding presentations and papers the project will be complete.

The completed work includes development of GIS tools and capabilities for use in visualizing water resource flows and uses across western river basins. These tools and capabilities are being utilized by an undergraduate student research assistant who has prepared mapping for the Platte and Colorado Rivers.

Expected Results:

The application of these tools to the Rio Grande Basin to enhance communication of research findings is shown in the research referenced below.

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Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this subproject: View all 6 publications for this subprojectView all 34 publications for this center

Supplemental Keywords:

water resource flows, instream flow levels, base mapping, data visualization, RFA, Scientific Discipline, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, Monitoring/Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Ecology and Ecosystems, data modeling, aquatic ecosystem, sustainability assessment, sustainable water resources, environmental measurement, environmental impact, community water quality information system, GIS

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2001
  • Final Report

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R830420    Center for Environmental and Energy Research (CEER)

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R828737C001 Environmental Impact of Fuel Cell Power Generation Systems
    R828737C002 Regional Economic and Material Flows
    R828737C003 Visualizing Growth and Sustainability of Water Resources
    R828737C004 Vibratory Residual Stress Relief and Modifications in Metals to Conserve Resources and Prevent Pollution
    R828737C005 Detecting and Quantifying the Evolution of Hazardous Air Pollutants Produced During High Temperature Manufacturing: A Focus on Batching of Nitrate Containing Glasses
    R828737C006 Sulfate and Nitrate Dynamics in the Canacadea Watershed
    R828737C007 Variations in Subsurface Denitrifying and Sulfate-Reducing Microbial Populations as a Result of Acid Precipitation
    R828737C008 Recycling Glass-Reinforced Thermoset Polymer Composite Materials
    R828737C009 Correlating Clay Mineralogy with Performance: Reducing Manufacturing Waste Through Improved Understanding
    R830420C001 Accelerated Hydrogen Diffusion Through Glass Microspheres: An Enabling Technology for a Hydrogen Economy
    R830420C002 Utilization of Paper Mill Waste in Ceramic Products
    R830420C003 Development of Passive Humidity-Control Materials
    R830420C004 Microarray System for Contaminated Water Analysis
    R830420C005 Material and Environmental Sustainability in Ceramic Processing
    R830420C006 Interaction of Sealing Glasses with Metallic Interconnects in Solid Oxide and Polymer Fuel Cells
    R830420C007 Preparation of Ceramic Glaze Waste for Recycling using Froth Flotation
    R830420C008 Elimination of Lead from Ceramic Glazes by Refractive Index Tailoring
    R830420C010 Nanostructured C6B: A Novel Boron Rich Carbon for H2 Storage