'iUTAH Cyberinfrastructure to Support Large Scale Collaborative Water Research'
Jeffery Horsburgh (email@example.com), Utah State University Amber Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org), Utah Water Research Laboratory; Juan Caraballo (email@example.com), Utah Water Research Laboratory
iUTAH (innovative Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydro-sustainability) is a statewide effort dedicated to maintaining and improving water sustainability in Utah. Synthesis of diverse data collection and modeling to support cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional research teams working on the iUTAH project requires a facility with adequate storage, networking, computational, and human resources. The iUTAH Cyberinfrastructure Team (CI Team) is building the iUTAH Modeling and Data Federation (MDF) to support the full data life cycle and increase capacity for data collection, organization, management, sharing, synthesis to higher-level products, and integration with models. The iUTAH MDF is an online system for iUTAH researchers and partners to share data, models, and other digital resources. The iUTAH CI Team is focused on developing hardware and software systems that will improve iUTAH participants’ capacity for data collection, organization, management, sharing, synthesis to higher-level products, and integration with models. The iUTAH MDF is coordinating across Utah universities, including provisioning hardware that enables hosting of data publication and sharing services as well as data storage resources for redundancy and for High Performance Computing support. The CI Team is also leveraging development of enhanced optical network connectivity through the Utah Education Network and the recent EPSCoR Cyberconnectivity project as well as computational resources through the recent Utah/Wyoming EPSCoR CI-WATER award. In this presentation, we describe ongoing work to develop the hardware and software platforms that will create better access to data and new tools for collaboration among iUTAH participants.