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The Rise of Cyberinfrastructure for Environmental Applications

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Resource Magazine. 29(4): 33-35. @2022
Authors:   Venkatesh Merwade, Adnan Rajib, I Luk Kim, Lan Zhao, Carol Song
Keywords:   Agricultural production, Cyberinfrastructure, Sustainable agricultural production, SWAT models, WaterHub.


The global population is expected to reach approximately nine billion by 2050. Sustainable agricultural production will play a critical role in feeding the growing population and maintaining food security. At the same time, climate will continue to change and pose unprecedented challenges, in the form of extreme floods and droughts, to agricultural activities. Creating and maintaining food security in the coming years will demand innovations to increase agricultural production without impacting the Earth‘s other resources, such as land, water, and biodiversity. Significant innovations are already being made in agricultural production, including the use of precision agriculture, automation, and conservation practices, among others

One of the tools that will play a critical role in enabling innovations in agricultural production is cyberinfrastructure, specifically the use of the internet and computational resources for handling big data and simulation models. Purdue University is a global leader in creating cyberinfrastructure for enabling innovations for climate change and water resources, which are connected to sustainable agricultural production. In this article, we highlight some of the tools and technologies that are hosted on WaterHub ( for supporting the agricultural and environmental communities.

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