Environmental Observatory

 

GAMUT: Gradients Along Mountain to Urban Transitions

iUTAH is broadly recognized for our well-established network of environmental observatories in the state. GAMUT or ‘Gradients Along Mountain to Urban Transitions,’ is a network of 42 aquatic and climate sensor stations measuring and recording climate, hydrology, and water quality along the Wasatch Front for five years. View the GAMUT Fact Sheet.

 

The GAMUT sensor stations, located in three of Utah’s most populated watersheds: Red Butte Creek, Logan River, and Provo River, traverse the landscape from mountain to urban settings. Data from these stations are monitored and used for solving a wide range of water-related problems. From diagnostics and restoration of impaired urban rivers to modeling future water availability, the data help identify irregularities in Utah’s waterways. With the support of Utah’s three research institutions, Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, and Utah State University, data will continue to flow from these observatories long after the iUTAH project ends in 2018.

 

GAMUT Map
Location of the three GAMUT watersheds in northern Utah, USA

 

 
GAMUT sites in Red Butte Creek watershed with typical aquatic (left) and climate (right) sensor deployments.

 

 

 

Cyberinfrastructure for GAMUT

A key component of the iUTAH GAMUT network is its cyberinfrastructure, which includes computing systems, data storage and retrieval systems, and visualization environments. The human component of this network involves technically trained individuals who are skilled at linking software and computing resources to environmental data to improve research capacity.

GAMUT Workflow
This is a workflow illustrating the steps in the flow of GAMUT data and the CI tools deployed to support it.

 

GAMUT Data Access

 

Once GAMUT’s ecological sensors log and transmit data, the information is stored in databases and made available via various mechanisms, including an open access web-based tool for exploring and accessing GAMUT data. GAMUT data are monitored at 15-minute intervals and can be downloaded and/or visualized online and are archived and can also be accessed via HydroShare, an online data repository.

 

Overview

GAMUT Data Workflow

Time Series Analyst

HydroShare

 

Current conditions at each site in each GAMUT watershed:


GAMUT Presentation and Article

 

GAMUT: The Final Frontier

View this presentation to learn more about GAMUT extensions of data and research products

 

Designing and Implementing a Network for Sensing Water Quality and Hydrology across Mountain to Urban Transitions

This paper features an in-depth review of the mountain urban water system in Utah. “Designing and Implementing a Network for Sensing Water Quality and Hydrology across Mountain to Urban Transitions” discusses the logistics of developing and maintaining the Gradients Along Mountain to Urban Transitions (GAMUT) network. It was published on September 2017 in Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA).


 

 

iUTAH GAMUT Site Timelapse
A time-lapse video taken at the highest GAMUT iUTAH site from August 2016 to January 2017.