For our entire existence, Riverside has enjoyed a special relationship with our neighbors in Fort Collins, Colorado State University. Long considered an academic leader in water resources engineering, Colorado State has steadfastly been an avid supporter and consistent partner to Riverside. Two of our directors, Larry Brazil and Tim Martin, received their doctorate and master’s degrees, respectively, from CSU, and many of our Fort Collins-headquartered team hold CSU degrees. CSU, especially the College of Engineering, and Riverside share a goal of observing and advancing our community and the world around us, and we’ve lived those goals through our partnership on a number of projects, ranging from research and development to alumni collaborations. In 2016, we partnered with CSU for the Global Water and Climate Initiative, an event that brought together 36 leaders from the global community of water and climate scientists and administrators, many of whom are CSU College of Engineering alumni, to identify challenges and address specific questions related to research, education, and the future of water management worldwide.
Global Environment and Natural Resources Institute (GENRI)
George Mason University (GMU), Global Environment and Natural Resources Institute (GENRI) provides cutting-edge ideas and pioneering solutions for sustainable agriculture, water and renewable energy resources, while preserving the environment and eco-systems for future generations. Collaborative, inter-disciplinary, international research, education and training applications offer synergistic approaches to understand and develop place-specific sustainable solutions to globally inter-dependent problems. GENRI emphasizes management, preservation, and sustainable use of natural resources while maintaining the integrity of the environment. The program offers students and decision-makers with problem-solving skills on the conservation of natural resources and the ecology of natural systems. GENRI has partnerships with international institutions, such as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), U.S. government agencies, and private industry.
The University of North Carolina Asheville’s (UNCA’s) National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC) specializes in using science communication and delivery to develop decision-making tools for local and regional planners, decision makers, and the public. NEMAC’s staff members have expertise in visualization, geographic information systems (GIS), programming, multimedia, marketing, community engagement, outreach, meeting facilitation, and environmental science. Located in Asheville, site of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center and NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, NEMAC is uniquely situated to address building applications and services to address Climate Resilience. During Riverside's SBIR Phase I project in 2014, the Riverside/NEMAC team worked to design and prototype a set of Application Programming Interface (API) services to discover, access, process, and present to users the various components of the NCEI severe weather database. We identified and contacted potential customers to discuss their needs regarding vulnerability of assets to storm-related hazards, such as flooding and extreme precipitation. Based on these interviews, we designed a solution that met their requirements for locating and accessing the appropriate and applicable NCEI data sets, combining the data with available socioeconomic data, and visualizing the data in ways that added value. In the current Phase II of the SBIR Riverside and NEMAC were joined by FernLeaf Interactive, LLC. Phase II development is in process to produce a product, as a feature in Riverside's RiverTrak application, that answers customers’ flood risk-related questions and provides a tool for assessing, analyzing, and mitigating those risks.