Our Mission and Values
As a desert state, Utah’s economy and way of life depend very much on a reliable supply of clean water. The mission of iUTAH is to strengthen the science of water in Utah in ways that can sustain the state’s economy, and the lives and livelihoods of Utah citizens. There are four main ways in which we do this:
Conducting innovative research on Utah’s water resources – how our natural and constructed water systems function and are used, and how the connections between people and water can be sustainably managed.
Building and maintaining a sophisticated “cyber-infrastructure” can help scientists and water managers understand real-time conditions and changes in water systems.
Providing training programs for students and educators can help to build a water-savvy workforce that is prepared to meet the challenges of Utah’s water future.
Supporting interesting and informative educational programs and media outlets that share the latest information about water science with residents of Utah and beyond.
This is a huge task, and it’s surely not something iUTAH can do alone. That’s why we’ve worked hard to create a culture of collaboration that extends to all areas of Utah. We highly value our partnerships with researchers and educators at universities and nonprofit groups across the state. We are transforming the nature of scholarly collaboration around water and environmental science, so that researchers at multiple universities and in multiple fields of study work together to address problems that are bigger than a single branch of science. And as Utah’s population becomes increasingly diverse, we are reaching out to members of groups that historically have been under-represented in science, so that their concerns and interests are given full consideration in shaping Utah’s water future. Most importantly, we are not advocating for specific policies, behaviors, or points-of-view, but are looking to engage all of Utah’s water stakeholders in an ongoing dialogue that is grounded in the best available water science.