The Indiana Water Balance Network - 2

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2024 All Counties
Director: Babak Shabani
Other Researchers: Ginger Davis, Kathleen Griffin, Garrett Marietta, Ben Romlein
Funding: Indiana University - Indiana Geological & Water Survey
Issue: Climate change with its associated droughts and floods highlight the need to improve our understanding of water budgets in Indiana to facilitate improved water-resource planning.
Objective: The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN) was developed to to monitor long-term trends for various components of the hydrologic cycle, including near-surface atmospheric conditions, soil physical parameters, and groundwater level.
Approach: Monitored hydrologic components include precipitation, evapotranspiration, soil moisture, and groundwater levels. Preliminary data from monitoring sites are available in real time on the IWBN website and water-year compilations of daily data will also be made available.
Products: • Website hosting data and providing an overview of the importance of water-balance measurements (developed, maintenance required) • Real-time soil-moisture/temperature monitoring network • Hydrologic databases from sites throughout Indiana (data QA/QC work has begun but more personnel are needed to implement standardized procedures)
Benefits: • The data are available as a product from the IGWS demonstrating the organization’s capabilities with respect to hydrologic investigations • The data are also used for specific hydrologic research problems leading to peer-reviewed publications • Data are also used by IGWS staff and IU faculty to develop research proposals and collaborations with other agencies and universities • Monitoring site equipment installation, datalogger programming, data management, data analysis, and data presentation provide excellent training opportunities for students in search of applied hydrologic training.