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Western Water Assessment

Western Water Assessment (WWA) is a university-based applied research program that addresses societal vulnerabilities to climate variability and climate change, particularly those related to water resources. While we are based in Boulder, Colorado, we work across the Intermountain West Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. Our mission is to conduct innovative research in partnership with decision makers in the Rocky Mountain West, helping them make the best use of science to manage for climate impacts. The WWA team is comprised of researchers in multiple disciplines climatology, hydrology, ecology, social sciences, and law at the University of Colorado-Boulder and several other institutions in the region. We work directly with stakeholders such as water managers to articulate research questions, and ensure that the research products will be usable in their planning and decision-making processes. Ultimately, our goal is to improve societal preparedness for climate variability and climate change.

This is a public program. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

  • CIRES (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences)

In Colorado

Takes place in over 10 Colorado cities.
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  • Aurora
  • Boulder
  • Carbondale
  • Colorado Springs
  • Cortez
  • Denver
  • Durango
  • Estes Park
  • Fort Collins
  • Glenwood Springs
  • Gunnison
  • Lafayette
  • Louisville
  • Pueblo
  • Steamboat Springs

Outside Colorado

  • Utah
  • Wyoming

Sponsoring Units

Research Institutes & Centers

  • Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

Program Contact

Ursula Rick
Managing Director

Program Categories


  • Climate Change
  • Community Planning
  • Community Resource
  • Data Analysis
  • Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Science
  • Social Sciences

Program Types:

  • Evaluation/Data Analysis Services
  • Online Resources
  • Public Lecture/Demonstration
  • Publications


  • Government
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Rural Communities
  • Tribal Communities (in U.S.)
  • Urban Communities

We do our best to accurately represent CU Boulder’s outreach programs and services, but they are subject to change and may no longer be active in a community. Please contact the program directly for current information.