With $150,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation, a UL team has created HydroViz, an educational virtual hydrologic observatory based on the integration of field data, remote sensing observations and computer simulations of hydrologic variables and processes designed to be used in junior/senior/graduate level courses on hydrology, water resources engineering or related subjects.

HydroViz was developed through the joint efforts of researchers from the Civil Engineering Department and the Center for Innovative Learning and Assessment Technologies at the University of Louisiana.

HydroViz is fully web‐based, web‐accessible with Google Earth embedded.  It can run on a typical desktop computer with internet access and doesn’t require any specific software package, which makes it easy to utilize. Funds for the project were obtained through the NSF Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program (Award No. 0737073).

The software was initially introduced in two UL civil engineering courses, Introduction to Civil Engineering) and CIVE 429(G) (Hydrology. Dr. Habib reports that faculty from other universities have shown interest in this software. This Fall semester HydroViz will be used in other institutions, including the University of Texas – San Antonio, the University of Connecticut, Tennessee Tech University and Southern University. He says, “This increases the exposure of UL research and educational efforts to other universities and will also help us improve the software as a product and enhance its broad dissemination.”

The cross‐disciplined project team included Dr. Emad Habib (PI), from the Department of Civil Engineering; Dr. Yuxin Ma (co‐PI), from the Department of Instructional Technology; Dr. Douglas Williams (co‐PI), Director of CILAT and faculty of the Department of Instructional Technology; and Stacy Crochet, CILAT Research Associate; and Graduate Research Assistants Lingling Qui (Civil Engineering), Rajan Devokta, (Civil Engineering), Yibin Liao (Computer Science), Balbir Bains (Civil Engineering) and Mohamed Ali ElSaadani (Civil Engineering.)

For detailed information about HydroViz, please visit the project website.

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