User Needs Assessment, Chapter 4

C. J, Bandaragoda
David G. Tarboton, Utah State University
D. R. Maidment


This chapter reports on a data collection effort targeting the Hydrologic Information System (HIS) User Community: who they are, what they do, and how they do it. Here we present the results of a web-based survey of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) members and their affiliates which has clarified important HIS development issues, informed HIS project decision-making and will help create an effective, efficient, and functional HIS. CUAHSI is an organization representing more than 100 universities, sponsored by the National Science Foundation to develop infrastructure and services for the advancement of hydrologic science and education in the United States. The CUAHSI Hydrologic Information System (HIS) project is a component of CUAHSI’s mission that is intended to improve infrastructure and services for hydrologic information acquisition and analysis. You can learn more about CUAHSI from the website