Oklahoma Water Resources Center

Oklahoma Watersheds


Here we highlight five watersheds. Four of those shown (CimarronKiamichiNorth Canadian, and Washita) are defined study areas for the current (2013-2018) Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR: http://www.okepscor.org).

This program is designed to increase Oklahoma’s research competitiveness nationally by advancing our existing research capacity. The current project is titled, Adapting Socio-ecological Systems to Increased Climate Variability. Researchers from Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Tulsa, and the Noble Foundation are actively studying the complex relationships between humans, climate, and natural resources within these study areas. The project is threefold:

  1. establish a state-wide socio-ecological observation network to collect data in the coupled human-natural system (such as human perceptions of climate change/extreme weather, soil moisture, water quality, etc.),
  2. build a fully integrated model that can be used to better understand these complex systems and predict future scenarios based on the data obtained from the observation network, and
  3. develop a decision-support system that could be used by decision makers in future management decisions and researchers across Oklahoma who wish to build upon our work. 

Oklahoma EPSCoR researchers have also outlined the Oklahoma City area as another one of their study areas to highlight how climate variability can impact urban and sub-urban socio-ecological systems. See below for research spotlights highlighting the various components of our EPSCoR project.

The Illinois River watershed is shown due to extensive research being performed by other Oklahoma researchers.


EPSCoR Research Spotlights (printer-friendly)

2013 - 2015 EPSCoR Project: Adapting Socio-Ecological Systems to Increased Climate Variability

Experimental Micro-Catchments - Runoff and Groundwater Recharge

M-SISNet Survey Research

Soil Moisture Monitoring - Cosmic Ray Neutron Rover

Remote Sensing Datasets (Open Surface Water, Forest Coverage, Gross Primary Production)

On-Site Ethnographic Research

Cyberinfrastructure Resources

Eddy Flux Towers

Learn more about the different watersheds:

Cimarron  |  Illinois  |  Kiamichi  |  North Canadian  |  Washita



This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. OIA-1301789. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

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