UNC will soon help launch what some researchers are calling a “Facebook for water.”
The program, which will be called HydroShare, will provide information about the nation’s bodies of water and other water-related research, called hydrology.
The University’s Renaissance Computing Institute, or RENCI, is helping to spearhead a national effort to make water research more readily available in one convenient online program.
Ray Idaszak, director of collaborative environments at RENCI, said UNC was approached by HydroShare because of the institute’s ability to manage data.
David Tarboton, a Utah State University engineering professor who oversees the HydroShare project, coined the phrase “Facebook for water.” UNC is working alongside Utah State University and six other universities.
The $4.5 million project is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Larry Band, director of UNC’s Institute for the Environment, said the idea behind HydroShare was to make advanced information in hydrology available to more than just researchers.
“HydroShare makes publishing and posting easier and is geared toward water phenomena,” Band said.
Idaszak said he hopes HydroShare will make the research of water available at one convenient location.