Project Overview

Studies if hydrological systems are complex and require integration of knowledge across multiple domains, and technological advances have enabled the collection of massive quantities of data for studying earth system changes. Fully leveraging these datasets requires new approaches in the way researchers store, access, and process hydrological data. New cyberinfrastructure (CI) that emphasizes data sharing and open, reproducible software practices requires a mode of knowledge transfer (cybertraining) that extends beyond currently available university curriculum. 

Waterhackweek provides a Cybertraining approach that facilitates virtual learning experiences oriented around a one week in-person workshop Waterhackweek workshop at the University of Washington eScience Institute. Workshop participants learn about open source technologies used to analyze water-related datasets and use HydroShare to share hydrologic data and models. 

The long-term goal for this project is to have an annually recurring Waterhackweek, distribute curriculum through CUAHSI's 130+ member universities, and advance CI education for the broader geoscience community. 

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  • Benefits to the CUAHSI Commnunity

    This work will facilitate open and reproducible software practices that enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and increase capacity for addressing complex science challenges. The proposed activities encourage collaboration and support for use of CI at all stages of the educational pipeline. 

  • Contact / Get Involved

    If you would like further information, please contact: Christina Bandaragoda ( or Anthony Castronova (

  • Contributors / Acknowledgements
    • Anthony Arendt (University of Washington)
    • Christina Bandaragoda (University of Washington)
    • Anthony Castronova (CUAHSI)
    • Erkan Istanbullouglu (University of Washington)
    • Emilio Mayorga (University of Washington)
    • Bart Nijssen (University of Washington)