In order to address Utah's critical water issues, iUTAH has established a statewide network of researchers to explore how variables such as population growth, climate change, and land use affect water sustainability. iUTAH's three research areas focused on:
- Monitoring the relationship between water and ecosystems
- Assessing water use behaviors and decisions, and how these influence the urban environment
- Creating innovative computer models that describe how water demand, infrastructure, and eco-hydrology intersect to affect sustainability
iUTAH Experimental Watersheds:
iUTAH researchers collected climate and water data in three targeted watersheds in Utah to measure aspects of the water cycle in the atmosphere, on land, and in streams along the Wasatch Front.
What is a watershed?
A watershed is an area of land that catches water, stores it, and then releases it. It contains streams and rivers that flow into a single body of water, like a lake or the ocean. As such, watersheds are vital to all life. They provide drinking water, and water for agriculture, industry, and recreation. Because of the importance of water to the state, iUTAH’s research has focused on three of Utah’s most populated watersheds: Red Butte Creek, Logan River, and Provo River, that traverse the landscape from mountain to urban settings.
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