Research & Innovation

Stevens Institute of Technology to Participate in $360 Million National Effort to Improve Water Research and Operations

Stevens is one of 28 consortium members that will receive funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

CIROH logo with member logos surrounding it

(Hoboken, N.J. – April 14, 2022) - Stevens Institute of Technology will participate in a national consortium, funded by NOAA, to improve the nation's ability to predict water-related hazards and effectively manage water resources.

The federal government has pledged $360 million over the next five years to establish the Cooperative Institute for Research to Operations in Hydrology, or CIROH. The effort, headquartered at the University of Alabama’s Alabama Water Institute, will consist of a consortium of 28 academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and government and industry partners.

Marouane Temimi, an associate professor in the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science, will spearhead Stevens’ research within the consortium. The work will be done in the Davidson Laboratory, one of the largest and most widely renowned hydrodynamic and ocean engineering research facilities in the nation. Stevens’ research will hopefully embed inundation mapping and forecasting models into NOAA’s larger forecasting capabilities.

“The northeast faces particular challenges exacerbated by an exposure to extreme events of an increasing frequency and magnitude,” said Temimi. “Cold season weather and hydrologic processes complicate the modeling of streamflow. Large coastal cities in the region, like New York City, are particularly vulnerable in the context of the changing climate. We will work with CIROH members, NOAA, the National Weather Service, and the National Water Center to address these problems and contribute to achieving a weather-ready nation.”

The consortium assists NOAA’s vision of a water and weather-ready nation. CIROH will advance water research in support of NOAA’s Office of Water Prediction and reinforce the work of the National Weather Service, and National Water Center through collaboration across the scientific community in four broad research themes: 

•Water resources prediction capabilities.
•Community water resources modeling. 
•Hydroinformatics. 
•Application of social, economic, and behavioral science to water resources prediction. 

CIROH’s 14 consortium members include: The University of Alabama; Brigham Young University; Colorado School of Mines; Tuskegee University; The University of Alabama in Huntsville; University of Arizona; University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; University of Iowa; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; University of Saskatchewan; University of Utah; University of Vermont; and Utah State University. 

Consortium partners include: Baron Weather Inc.; Coastal Carolina University; Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrological Science Inc.; Dauphin Island Sea Lab; Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System; Jupiter Intelligence; New Mexico State University; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; The Pennsylvania State University; RTI International; Stevens Institute of Technology; University of California, Davis; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and University of South Carolina.

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About Stevens Institute of Technology Stevens Institute of Technology is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, New Jersey. Since our founding in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark of Stevens’ education and research. Within the university’s three schools and one college, 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate closely with faculty in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment. Academic and research programs spanning business, computing, engineering, the arts and other disciplines actively advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront our most pressing global challenges. The university continues to be consistently ranked among the nation’s leaders in career services, post-graduation salaries of alumni, and return on tuition investment.

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