The COE has pulled together like-minded and goal-oriented stakeholders, each with a vital skillset and commitment to a
• The State of Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development provides support, outlook and diplomatic relationships to create opportunities and find solutions to challenges. GOED was created in 2011 to focus on the 2012 to 2014 State Plan. The Plan seeks to advance opportunity within targeted industry and market sectors throughout Nevada, catalyze innovation in core industries, and increase high-quality jobs through workforce development.
• The institutions of the Nevada System of Higher Education provide innovative water strategies by drawing upon their resources, research faculty and programs.
• DRI – With more hydrologists than any other U.S. academic institution, Desert Research Institute uses advanced technologies for a variety of projects in water resource management, including water cycle modeling, energy-water sustainability research, multi-model ensemble and hyper-ensemble weather modeling and forecasting. Through its Division of Hydrologic Sciences (DHS), DRI has about 100 ongoing research projects with an annual budget of $13 million derived from research sponsors. Projects cover the fields of hydrogeology, geochemistry, water resources management, global change, geostatistical and earth systems analysis, and ecological engineering.
• Water resources management
• Global change
• Geostatistical and earth systems analysis
• Ecological engineering
• The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) – The Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences (GPHS) is a long collaboration between UNR and DRI. GPHS is one of the largest such programs in North America and is consistently ranked among the Top 10 in U.S. News and World Reports . alternative/renewable energy and water treatment.
• Alternative/renewal energy
• Water treatment
• The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) – Hydrological and environmental research at UNLV is balanced between field, laboratory and numerical studies. Investigations range in scale from continental hydrology to fundamental flow processes within individual pores and fractures. The Water Resources Management (WRM) program in the university’s College of Sciences is a technically and scientifically based program that blends
the physical aspects of the hydrologic sciences with policy and management issues.
UNLV Energy & Environmental Research Expertise
• Surface water hydrology
• Water/wastewater treatment
• Absorption processes
• Energy use in water treatment
• Water resources planning
• The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) provides workforce development and specialized training in collaboration with NSHE institutions to fill the employment requirements for projects commissioned by the COE.
• The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) provides expertise in water conservation, distribution, quality and renewable energy. SNWA is a cooperative agency formed in 1991 to address southern Nevada’s unique water needs on a regional basis, and was charged with acquiring and managing current and future resources for southern Nevada, constructing and managing regional water facilities, and promoting water conservation. SNWA developed and implemented one of the most progressive and comprehensive water conservation programs in the nation, and has demonstrated proficiencies in renewable energy and energy conservation with a focus on solar, hydroprojects, biomass and geothermal.
• IBM provides highly accurate predictive forecasting through Big Data analysis. Under the umbrella of its Smarter Planet initiative, the COE has partnered with a team from IBM’s Smarter Water Management group. Since 2008, IBM has worked with companies, cities and communities to help them use data to predict outcomes and then to use these predictions to make policy, systemic, infrastructure and capital improvement decisions. The COE has use of the IBM PureSystems architecture acquired by GOED, DRI and DETR to bolster the team’s Big Data analysis capability. IBM PureSystems is a family of integrated systems designed to address Big Data challenges and to rapidly deliver new applications.
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