The Colorado River Basin Pilot Project

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USGS expertise together with our vast regional data sets and modeling capabilities, provide an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the value and impact of a strategic and integrated science approach to delivering actionable intelligence to support decision making related to drought risk in the Colorado River Basin.

The Pilot in the Colorado River Basin is underway to demonstrate more complex linkages between data, models, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other 21st Century USGS technology to create enterprise frameworks to predict unique responses of complex earth science challenges related to drought.

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The USGS has a long history of delivering science and tools to help decision-makers manage and mitigate effects of drought. This initiative unifies USGS expertise together with the vast regional data sets and modeling capabilities in the Colorado River Basin to demonstrate the value and impact of a strategic and integrated science approach to delivering complex earth system science as actionable, predictive intelligence to support decision making.

Characteristics of the effort include:

  • Integrative, Comprehensive, and Timely – Multiple scientific disciplines within USGS’s Ecosystems, Water Resources, Natural Hazards, Energy and Minerals, and Core Science Systems mission areas will jointly plan, conduct, and deliver timely science to address complex issues and will use all available data from both internal and external sources.  
  • Collaborative, Trustworthy, and Useful – The USGS will work in close collaboration with regional partners, stakeholders, and decision makers to document their priorities and to understand the end users’ needs, ensuring the usability, accuracy, and impact of the products delivered.  
  • Scalable and Extensible – Approaches and capabilities developed for this project will contribute to the development of a national framework and will facilitate rapid application of the capacities developed to other basins and regions.  
  • Innovative – Projects will use innovative and emerging technologies to improve access to – and speed delivery of – data, models, tools, predictions, and products.

Primary themes are:

Image: Wyoming Big Sagebrush Community Near Winnemucca, Nevada

Mountain big sagebrush - or Artemisia tridentata ssp. vaseyana - is a sub-species of big sagebrush that is found in primarily at higher elevation and colder, drier sites between the Rocky Mountains and the Cascades and Sierra Nevada.

(Credit: David Pyke, USGS . Public domain.)

Stakeholder Engagement
The Colorado River Basin Pilot Project is exploring new approaches for the USGS to answer complex earth systems questions identified in partnership with stakeholders, which cannot be answered through a single discipline approach.

Integrated Science
The Colorado River Basin Pilot Project is exploring new approaches for the USGS to answer complex earth systems questions identified in partnership with stakeholders, which cannot be answered through a single discipline approach. This strategic initiative is focused on producing and delivering actionable science to stakeholders more efficiently through the use of advanced technology. 

Advanced Technology
This strategic initiative is focused on producing and delivering actionable science to stakeholders more efficiently through the use of advanced technology.

 

Subgroups of the Colorado River Basin Pilot

Pilot Team Members

 

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