Today, cutting-edge advances in environmental sciences often are made with the aid of computational research using “big data” sets that are publicly available online. Scientists use big data to model complex systems, deepen understanding of how these systems function, and make predictions about potential changes in Earth’s climate, hydrologic and ecological systems. Computational thinking is a key scientific practice emphasized in the Next Generation Science Standards, and Comp Hydro is designed to address this practice with innovative instructional materials, professional development and research.

For more information on Comp Hydro or to view a short video on the project visit the Comp Hydro project website.