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January 2023 e-Newsletter

Letter from the Executive Director 

Jordan Read, Executive Director, CUAHSI


I’m Jordan Read (he/him) and as of January 9th 2023, I stepped into the role of CUAHSI’s Executive Director. 

CUAHSI is filling a critical niche to help advance water science right now and is nimble enough to evolve with future needs. Addressing the most pressing environmental issues will require new collaborations that expand our disciplinary boundaries (for example, into social sciences), and engaging new voices with different lived experiences. I’m excited to join an organization that has so many current offerings aligned with these needs while being uniquely situated to provide leadership as we go farther. 

My professional background is at the intersection of water resources and technology, and my leadership style focuses on cultivating conditions for team success towards a shared vision. At the U.S. Geological Survey, I was first a collaborative researcher, then later a data science manager. The experience I gained building diverse teams and generating new opportunities for innovation are the initial foundation for my CUAHSI leadership, but I will continue learning and adapting to better serve the community’s needs. 

Just like the wide coverage of CUAHSI’s activities, the scope and impacts of my new role are humbling (the Executive Director develops and implements the overall strategy for CUAHSI, maintains and builds partner relationships, and helps to ensure sustainability of the organization). I have deep appreciation for the leadership and support Jerad Bales provided to the water science community from this position, and for his willingness to stay on through February, 2023 to help ease my transition. I am also grateful for the warm welcome from CUAHSI’s Board of Directors and the kind messages I’ve received from many of you. 


Voices From The Community 

David Hill
Professor, Oregon State University, Civil Engineering and Water Resources; National Geographic Explorer; Science Alliance Member, Protect our Winters

I know ‘Consortium’ is in the name, but when I think of CUAHSI, I think of the C as standing for ‘Community’ instead. Every time I get an email or a newsletter from CUAHSI, my appreciation for the breadth, depth, and quality of the programs that they lead and support renews and deepens. Especially since many of these programs focus on early-career and under-represented students and early-career scientists. It is clear that CUAHSI understands that short-term investments such as fellowships and seed grants will pay long-term dividends when it comes to broadening the hydrological community.
I first heard of CUAHSI as a newly minted assistant professor. At the time, I was more hydraulics than hydrology, so I was like ‘huh, that’s a funny name.’ As my career and research interests evolved, however, CUAHSI and I kept crossing paths. Without a doubt, the greatest impact that CUAHSI has had on me has been the impact that CUAHSI has had on my graduate students. I have been wildly fortunate to have had three Ph.D. students supported by CUAHSI’s Pathfinder Fellowship. This fellowship is unique in that it deliberately pushes students out of their comfort zones in the sense of requiring work to be done in a new location with new colleagues and with new methodologies. This is a ‘disruptive innovation’ approach to professional development and it is wonderful to observe. All of my students were able to travel to Alaska to work on challenging projects related to climate change, snowpack processes, coastal freshwater runoff, and other topics. They all thrived, and returned with new ideas, new friends and collaborators, and new confidence.
My on-going interest in community takes many forms, the most recent and rewarding of which has been looking at how community science can improve hydrologic modeling. An example of this, Community Snow Observations (CSO;; @communitysnowobs) even has it right there in the name! Our team of scientists, educators, and members of the backcountry community all work together to crowd-source new and high-value snowpack data which we then assimilate into models. This cooperative approach produces high-quality, high-resolution models of snow distribution in high mountain areas and we distribute near-real-time results at At that website, program participants and the general public can interact with many different sources of snow data and snow model estimates, and they can directly see the impact that their observations have on our work. We also have public repositories where we distribute our methods and data files, to help others make use of our efforts. Getting involved with CSO is easy, and we welcome new participants anytime, anywhere. 


Hydrology is never dull, rarely easy, and always interesting. If you’ve been in the community awhile, we’re glad to have you. If you’re a newcomer, welcome. And if you’re considering it, come on in…the water’s fine.

Twitter: @dfosterhill, IG: @communitysnowobs


General Announcements

CUAHSI and the Critical Zone Network hosted in-person exhibit booths at the AGU Fall Meeting last month in Chicago, IL. Over the past couple of years, living in and through a pandemic, we have been reinventing how conferencing will work. Both the attendance and energy levels were high and more than once the phrase was overheard, "AGU is back!" In addition to our exhibit booth, we had CUAHSI staff presentations, informal meetings at the POD stations and two data help desk sessions. We look forward to convening with our community in 2023!
AGU Water Quality - Haiku Your Research
The AGU Water Quality Technical Committee held a #HaikuYourResearch competition and awarded five researchers with a Tiny Grant in the amount of $200!  We will be featuring their works in upcoming newsletters. Please enjoy the first featured poem by Sharmin Siddiqui, Ph.D candidate, University of Florida, above. You can find her on Twitter at @sharsiddiqui and the AGU Water Quality Technical Committee at @AGU_WQ.

New to the CUAHSI Youtube Channel: Community Contributed Videos
Members of the CUAHSI community created introductory videos on groundwater-surface water exchange. These three professionally produced videos bring viewers into the field to learn new techniques.  Each video has also been translated into Spanish and Mandarin.  Available in the playlist, Introduction to Methods for Exploring the Hyporheic Zone, you will find:
  • Fundamentals of Tracer Injection Techniques
  • Applications of Stream Tracers with Geophysics
  • Fundamentals of Smart Tracer Injections
These educational videos were shared with CUAHSI and created by: Michael Gooseff, Kamini Singha, Jancoba Dorley, Joel Singley, Timothy Covino, and Ricardo Gonzalez-Pinzon. Films Produced by Ryan Vachon.
They can be viewed on the CUAHSI YouTube Channel here.

ICRW8 Call for Abstracts

You are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 8th Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds (ICRW), “Adaptive Watershed Science and Ecosystem Management in a Changing Climate.”

Abstract deadline extended to January 16, 2023 at 11:59pm PST. Late abstracts will not be accepted.
Click for details and to submit your abstract.
CUAHSI Virtual University (CVU)

In CVU, a series of 1-credit, 4-week modules are taught by faculty in participating universities. Modules are self-contained and students enroll in the three modules most relevant to their interests to receive three hours of credit at their home university. Participating faculty teach their 4-week module and serve as instructor-of-record for students from their university who enroll in CVU. Students gain access to material that might not be offered at their home institution. 
  • Students: Interested in participating in CVU? Encourage your instructors to apply.
  • Faculty: Interested in participating?  Appy here by February 10th.
More details can be found on our website

We welcome the formation of subject matter tracks! We are particularly interested in forming a series of modules related to any of the following topics: Critical Zone Science, Food, Energy, and Water Systems (FEWS), Remote Sensing, and/or Hydrogeophysics. If you are a specialist in any of these areas and are interested in teaching in CVU, please contact Veronica Sosa Gonzalez, for more information.

Propose a Workshop

Is there a specialized topic or method that you want to share with the Water Science community? CUAHSI can help you host a workshop! CUAHSI is now accepting proposals. To learn more about CUAHSI’s past workshops, visit the website here, and reach out to with any questions about the proposal process!

Proposal deadline extended! Submit your proposal here by January 19, 2023!
Funding Opportunities: Deadline Extension


CUAHSI offers funding opportunities for students and researchers in the Water Sciences. While these awards and fellowships may be relatively small, the impact may be large.  Get your application materials ready! The call for proposals is open now for both the Pathfinder and Hydroinformatics Innovation Fellowships. 
You will find the links to apply in the information page for each of the Fellowships (links above). If you have questions about any of CUAHSI fellowships, please contact Veronica Sosa Gonzalez at

U.S. DOL Occupational Information Network (O*NET) Seeks Volunteers

The O*NET Data Collection Program is seeking the input of experts in two occupations: Hydrologists and Hydrologic Technicians. As the nation's most comprehensive source of occupational data, O*NET is a free resource for millions of job seekers, employers, veterans, educators, and students at
If you meet the criteria outlined in this document, and are interested in participating, please contact Nicole Glass at or (919) 865-3440 ext. 108.

Upcoming Events
International Research Experience for Students- El Salvador

Join an interdisciplinary team of experts in a fully funded international summer experience to build field skills in hydrological and sociocultural research in El Salvador. MS and PhD students are encouraged to apply now for this opportunity.
This multi-year project addresses climate change-induced, water-related challenges in the Central American Dry Corridor with a focus on agricultural community adaptations to extreme hydrometeorological events.

Join us here at 6:00 pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 for an informational webinar to learn more.

Start your application here. The application deadline is February 3, 2023. Further program details are available on the website, here.
REU - Environmental and Earth Systems Research at Biosphere 2

During this 10-week summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, students participate in a variety of activities that will help them pursue a career in environmental sciences. Students work with several outreach organizations at the University of Arizona that address local and global environmental challenges. Applications from indigenous students and students from other underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged. Applications are due March 1st, 2023. More information including the link to apply can be found here.

Cyberseminar: The Food-Energy-Water Nexus: Using HydroViz to Support Undergraduate Student Learning

This two-hour workshop aims to introduce undergraduate instructors to a course module and resources developed to engage undergraduate students in visualization of data grounded in the Food-Energy-Water-Nexus (FEW-Nexus). Course instructors will guide participants on ways to develop diverse local and regionally specific scenarios for teaching and learning that would involve decision-making about socio-hydrological issues. 

Full workshop details are available on the website, here.
January 30, 2023, 2pm - 4pm EST
Register here  

CUAHSI Biennial Colloquium

We invite you to submit proposals for short workshops or breakout sessions for the 2023 CUAHSI Biennial Colloquium!

This year’s meeting theme is ‘Discovering New Horizons in Water Science.’ Workshops offer meeting attendees an opportunity to learn new skills through interactive instruction, training, and informal discussion. These sessions are more interactive and less formal than the invited research presentation sessions and can be formatted in a variety of ways. 

Workshop blocks are two hours long and will take place from 1:00-3:00 pm PT on Tuesday, June 13. Topics can range from training on software or tools, skill building, proposal writing, grant management, community visioning discussions, etc.

Visit the website for full program details and for instruction on how to submit proposals for workshops or breakout sessions. Proposal evaluation will begin on February 1, 2023 and will continue on a rolling basis until all workshop slots are filled. Questions can be directed to Emily Clark at

Nominate a Graduate Student Leader for an Invited Talk!
We are recruiting nominees for the 
Student-Centered Research session, which aims to explore questions relating to the mindsets, relationships, resources and structures that foster graduate student leaders.  We invite you to nominate, or self nominate, graduate students who have taken "leadership" roles in their programs, university, and/or hydrologic community. Invited speakers will present on their research, graduate school journey and serve on a discussion panel. The nomination form can be found here.

Hydroinformatics Blog
Monitor My Watershed Helps Lower Barriers for Real-time Data Sharing
By: Scott H. Ensign

There is growing demand from academic, agency, and community scientists for real-time data that is findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR). While the number of online environmental data portals continues to grow, the options for real-time data telemetry remain limited for scientists who value FAIR data. Hardware manufacturers offer proprietary remote communication products and data services like NexSens’ WQData LIVE, In-Situ’s HydroVu, YSI’s HydroSphere, Temboo’s Kosmos, and StormSensor’s Terrapin, but there are varying degrees of difficulty in making data from these services available to hubs in the internet of water (like CUAHSI). 

In the do-it-yourself hardware space, makers can program cellular modems and long range radios to send data to Internet of Things services such as Ubidots,, and ThingSpeak, but these data endpoints aren’t designed for data distribution or to serve as interoperable data repositories. Monitor My Watershed, Dendra, and Chords are a few open source data repositories capable of receiving real-time sensor data and contributing directly to hubs in the internet of water. The Monitor My Watershed Data Sharing Portal builds on a long history of collaborative efforts of the CUAHSI community to build a hydroinformatics data management tool. This article presents a brief history, current status, and future development of the Monitor My Watershed Data Sharing Portal.

Continue reading here.

HydroShare Data Spotlight

The “Critical Zone” is often called the “Earth’s living skin, from the bedrock to the treetops”. Needless to say, much of water science falls within the scope of critical zone science. CUAHSI is proud to act as the coordinating hub for the Critical Zone Collaborative Network. This month we are highlighting a high impact HydroShare resource from the Drylands Thematic Cluster, which earned a spot on our list of top ten most resolved DOIs in November 2022. 

Bajada Summer 2015 Soil Nutrients is a robust and well described resource which contains data on biogeochemical cycling and enzyme activity during wet and dry periods in the Chihuahuan Desert. The data highlights important patterns in soil microbial activity and nutrients in relation to rainfall events and plant cover, informing future groundwater and soil health studies. 


Human in the Loop: New Publishing requirements in HydroShare

New requirements are in place for publishing in HydroShare! CUAHSI has refined metadata requirements for resource publication in HydroShare in order to increase the metadata quality and FAIRness of published resources, as well as to ensure that they conform to CUAHSI community guidelines. Read more about these requirements here

ATTENTION! You have access to MATLAB Online

Recent data shows that many users of CUAHSI’s services do not realize they have access to a free MATLAB online license through their HydroShare account. Anyone with a HydroShare account has access to CUAHSI’s free compute services, from CUAHSI JupyterHub to MATLAB Online. To learn more about how to use this feature, check out our YouTube video on using CUAHSI’s free MATLAB online license! Or you can access the App here: 

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