How can FutureWater data be applied?

Beyond water management, FutureWater research data could help advance solutions in agriculture, wastewater treatment, land use, and species migration, among other applications.

Collaborators can run their own models by modifying the input files or mining the huge caches of modeling output files stored on IU’s supercomputing infrastructure to answer questions related to their own disciplines.

Changing the way research is communicated

By making FutureWater data publicly available and accessible, ERI is striving to prepare Indiana for environmental change by connecting experts and government leaders in the state to critical planning resources.

Here are a few ways FutureWater can be used:

  • General public: Citizens, policymakers, and others can analyze the projections for their community and plan accordingly.
  • Education: Teachers, professors, and researchers can work with their students to conduct research projects using FutureWater data.
  • Expert stakeholders: Government management offices, industry professionals, environmental groups, and external researchers can work with the FutureWater team to access the model and run their own analyses.
  • ERI: ERI researchers are working to incorporate the data into their own research in the fields of migratory ecology, invasive species, green infrastructure, the Hoosier Resilience Index, and more.
  • Agriculture and land use: Managers and farmers can see the predicted water availability and make management and planning decisions using the data.

What is next?

FutureWater is a dynamic tool that will continue to adapt and change as more data become available and new use cases arise. Future enhancements to the model include:

  • Periodic updates: More robust datasets will be input into FutureWater to increase forecast accuracy as they become available.
  • Interactive tools: The FutureWater team is working to create new tools to communicate model results to non-technical audiences. The team is also working with users to build custom tools that suit specific needs.
  • Outside models: People in multiple sectors that work closely with hydrologic modeling can use all the FutureWater framework has to offer. The team will work with these power users to help them run their own models to prepare for the environmental changes to Indiana’s water resources.

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