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Cooperative Institute for Research to Operations in Hydrology



CIROH, a partnership between NOAA and The University of Alabama, is a national consortium committed to advancing water prediction – the forecasting of streamflow entering water systems, extreme events such as floods and droughts, and water quality – and building community resilience to water-related challenges. CIROH scientists, from 28 different institutions—academic, government, and private, work to improve the understanding of hydrologic processes, operational hydrologic forecasting techniques and workflows, community water modeling, translation of forecasts to actionable products, and use of water predictions in decision making.

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Research Leader

Advance research and leadership in support of NOAA’s Office of Water Prediction mission to: “collaboratively research, develop and deliver state-of-the science national hydrologic analyses, forecast information, data, guidance, and equitable decision-support services to inform essential emergency management and water resources decisions across all time scales;”

Knowledge Mobilizer

Reinforce the NWS National Water Center’s mission to “promote collaboration across the scientific community, serving as both a catalyst to accelerate the transition of research into operations and a center of excellence for water resources science, information, and prediction services;” and

Community Catalyst

Strengthen communities of practice to synthesize a new generation of interdisciplinary and innovative research products, education, and outreach supporting NOAA’s vision of a water- and weather-ready nation.


Photo of Zach Krauss at the Worlds of Work event

Worlds of Work Introduces Students to Water Careers

November 14, 2023

By: Jade Richardson

The Cooperative Institute for Research to Operations in Hydrology, or CIROH, recently attended the Worlds of Work career expo at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The expo addresses workforce needs in the Southeast while educating students about fascinating career opportunities in various industries. The organization helps students discover their own intriguing pathways and allows organizations to introduce themselves to their potential future workforce.

CIROH researchers discuss projects during the Science Meeting poster sessions. (Photo credit: AWI/Brock Parker)

CIROH Hosts Annual Science Meeting in Tuscaloosa

October 18, 2023

By: Jade Richardson

The Cooperative Institute for Research to Operations in Hydrology, or CIROH, recently held its second annual science meeting at The University of Alabama. The meeting’s purpose was to review the advancement of CIROH’s research agenda, as well as strengthen the translation of research into practice.

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