Solutions of the Center

Solution spaces for advancements and public impact

Solution Spaces

The Center for Hydrologic Innovations develops partnerships to tackle water resources challenges. In collaboration with our partners, the following solutions spaces have been developed since 2020 and serve as examples of our innovative approach. We seek to expand these partnership networks and create new areas for hydrologic innovations and impact.

Forest Health and Water Resilience

We partner with water agencies, utilities, non-governmental organizations, and technology companies to quantify hydrologic services provided by forested landscapes in the western U.S.

Climate Change and Water Supply

We collaborate with western U.S. water managers, and infrastructure agencies to provide short and long-range scenarios on the impact of climate change to hydrologic conditions and supplies.

Urban Water and Green Infrastructure

We work with municipal agencies, park managers, and private developers to develop water conservation and green infrastructure programs that alleviate flooding and drought impacts.

Streamflow Presence and Flow Assessments

We develop techniques that help environmental regulators and water districts to determine the presence of streamflow in rivers and quantify the river jurisdictional determination in the western U.S.

Solar Energy and Water Infrastructure

We partner with western U.S. utilities and irrigation districts to assess the water savings potential of placing renewable solar energy projects along with existing water infrastructure.

Runoff Potential and Managed Recharge

We collaborate with federal and state water agencies to develop new methods for estimating runoff and develop manage recharge projects to aquifer systems in mountain and urban settings.

Irrigated Crops and Water Use Changes

We develop techniques that help irrigation districts and water regulators to determine changes in agricultural activities and test water conservation technologies in the western U.S.

Urban Climate and Trace Gas Emissions

We apply techniques to measure greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas and combine these with climatological variables and land cover maps to quantify sources and sinks of trace gases.

Droughts and Hydrologic Impacts

We work with county and state agencies, and private sector partners to develop and apply techniques for detecting droughts and quantifying their cascading impacts to hydrologic systems.

Snow Conditions and Reservoir Operations

We develop techniques to map snow cover conditions across Arizona’s forests to enhance decisions on operational releases from water supply reservoirs.

Groundwater Storage and Water Demands

We use remote sensing and modeling to map groundwater storage changes and compare them to well observations to inform water resources decisions in the western U.S. and globally.

Flood Hazards and Water Infrastructure

We use hydrologic, hydraulic, and water resource systems models along with observations to provide solution for flooding hazards and support decision making and scenario planning.


Woody Plants and Land Management

We develop techniques to quantify how woody plants affect ecohydrological processes and impact land management in rangelands of the western U.S.