HistoryWestern Tri-State Consortium Was Formed
In 2008, Idaho, Nevada, and New Mexico independently submitted NSF EPSCoR Track 1 Research INfrastructure Improvement (RII) proposals that shared a common theme and addressed a global challenge: climate change and its effects on water resources, ecosystems, and the environment. Following up on their Track 1 RII awards, the three states formed a Consortium to pursue cyberinfrastructure (CI) improvements that would leverage their resources so that the cumulative impact of NSF RII investments in the three states could exceed the sum of the parts.
September 2009 NSF RII, Track 2 Was Awarded
Consortium granted award for "Collaborative Research: Cyberinfrastructure Development for the Western Consortium of Idaho, Nevada, and New Mexico", $6 million award from September 15, 2009 to August 31, 2013.
Project to promote knowledge transfer to scientists, educators, students, and citizens within and beyond the Consortium by enhancing state CI, and to enable the community science that is required to address regional to global scientific and societal challenges.
August 2013 NSF RII, Track 2 Was Awarded
Consortium granted award for "Collaborative Research: Western Consortium for Watershed Analysis, Visualization, and Exploration (WC-WAVE)", $6 million award from August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2016.
WC-WAVE will enable integration of creative observation and analytical strategies using advanced modeling approaches and CI in a virtual watershed platform.