The Problem iUTAH & You What is iUTAH?
What is iUTAH?
iUTAH & You
Everyone has a personal relationship with water. It is essential
to sustain life, and is a critical resource to Utah agriculture,
industry, outdoor recreation, and tourism.
What can iUTAH do for you?
Data from our GAMUT monitoring network is accessible to
all and can be exported from the iUTAH website for water
managers to use.
iUTAH is an interdisciplinary research and training program
aimed at strengthening science for Utah’s water future.
iUTAH brings together a network of researchers, universities,
governmental agencies, industry partners, and non-profit
organizations state-wide. This five-year project is funded by
the National Science Foundation through July 2017.
iUTAH’s science mission is to explore how factors such as
population growth, climate variability, land use, and human
dimensions affect sustainability of our water resources. Our
goal is to strengthen the scientific understanding of water
availability and demand now and in the future, so that future
generations of Utahns can continue to enjoy our state’s
resources without depleting our water supplies.
In conjunction with the research component of this project,
iUtah’s education, outreach and diversity efforts not only help
build our state’s capacity to meet future water challenges,
but encourage students and teachers to be directly involved
in Utah’s water research through a variety of programs and
As the second driest
state in the nation, water
is a valuable resource to
the citizens, recreation
users, industry, farmers
and landscapes of Utah.
Currently, Utah relies on
water from the mountains but
recent climate models are predicting major shifts in the water
supply as it transitions from snowpack to rain.
Water helps make Utah a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts
with its “Greatest Snow on Earth,” national parks, blue-ribbon
fisheries, lush golf courses, and tranquil Lake Powell.
Utah is also one
of the fastest
With nearly 3 million
the population is
expected to double
by the year 2050
creating a higher
demand for water.
Protecting our water
is essential for Utah’s
and future economic
iUTAH offers many different student opportunities from
undergraduate research to internships to water-related
iUTAH offers educators the opportunity to conduct hands-on
research while creating a water-based curriculum for their
iUTAH offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral
research opportunities at participating institutions across
iUTAH is engaged in a variety of Utah community events
and offers hands-on water research opportunities through an
active citizen science program.
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Achieving water sustainability in Utah will only be possible
by understanding how our water system operates as an
integrated physical, chemical, biological, and social system.
iUTAH’s statewide network of researchers are focusing on
three areas to achieve this goal.
1. Measuring the relationships
between water and ecosystems
Education, Outreach & Diversity
iUTAH Education, Outreach and Diversity (EOD) strives
to engage a diverse group of Utah citizens with iUTAH
concepts and research. Through a variety of programs
and activities, iUTAH EOD partners expose participants to
water sustainability issues, and work to enhance Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education
in the state. iUTAH EOD is committed to promoting and
strengthening STEM education in order to build an inclusive
and diverse water-wise and STEM-literate workforce of
2. Assessing water use behaviors
3. Establishing uniform data sets to
K-12 Teacher & Student
and decisions, and how these
influence the urban environment
understand the ties between human
and evironmental water systems
iUTAH researchers focus on three watersheds located along
the Wasatch Front—Logan River, Middle Provo River, and
Red Butte Creek. Our network of solar-powered water and
climate monitoring stations called GAMUT (Gradients Along
Mountain to Urban Transitions) collects a wealth of important
information about how human activities, climate change, and
other factors affect our water supplies.
Utah’s Water Future