The GAMUT Network - GAMUT Fact Sheet
iUTAH researchers have developed and deployed an ecohydrologic observatory to study water in ‘Gradients Along Mountain to Urban Transitions’ (GAMUT). The GAMUT Network measures aspects of climate, hydrology, and water quality along a mountain-to-urban gradient in three watersheds that share common water sources (winter-derived precipitation) but differ in the human and biophysical nature of land-use transitions. Designing GAMUT was a 12-month process involving faculty and technicians from across Utah’s research-intensive institutions: Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, and Utah State University.
There are three watersheds with sites in the GAMUT Network. Click on the links to preview data and learn more about each watershed.
GAMUT Monitoring Sites
GAMUT includes state-of-the-art sensors at aquatic and terrestrial sites for real-time monitoring of common meteorological variables, snow accumulation and melt, soil moisture, surface water flow, and surface water quality. These figures show a typical GAMUT climate site and a typical GAMUT water quality site.
The collection and dissemination of data from the GAMUT Network is supported by various cyberinfrastructure applications illustrated by this workflow. This allows iUTAH’s research teams to interact with the data to better understand Utah’s water cycle. Access to real-time sensor data from the GAMUT network is available to researchers, educators, and other stakeholders via online visualization.
Data produced so far have been used as preliminary results for several new grant proposals and are being included in manuscripts for publication. GAMUT data are also being used by other stakeholders. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Quality has used GAMUT sensor output to screen for water quality violations and will look to GAMUT as a guide for their own continuous monitoring and data management efforts. Several university faculty have used GAMUT data in teaching their classes. Synergy is also achieved with other climate and water monitoring being conducted within Utah.