About the NSF-Funded IGM Project
The Integrated Groundwater Management (IGM) project effort, funded by the National Science Foundation Track-2 EPSCoR program, will develop a novel computational framework for harnessing big hydrological data to manage groundwater resources in the Southeastern US. This project currently supports nine institutions located in three EPSCoR jurisdictions. The Alabama institutions include the University of Alabama, Alabama State University, Auburn University, Alabama A&M University, and Tuskegee University; the Louisiana institutions include the Louisiana State University, Southern University, and A&M College; and the Mississippi institution is the University of Mississippi.
The intellectual mission of the IGM project is to pursue transformative research ideas that will challenge the status quo practices in the groundwater hydrology field and develop novel methods for sustainably managing groundwater resources. Our technical mission is to develop robust computational algorithms, databases, and models that can utilize multi-scale observational data to develop new scientific insights for making detailed groundwater level and recharge predictions at an unprecedented fine spatiotemporal resolution for various southeastern aquifers. The broad impact mission is to develop a strong, diverse, water workforce in the southeastern region with advanced training in the water resources area.
To build interjurisdictional, interdisciplinary expertise to develop sustainable, well-funded research programs for solving complex water management problems. We will train experts who will become national and international leaders to manage global water problems, and concurrently increase diversity in the water workforce.