Areas of expertise
Our multidisciplinary team works together to help understand how the physical environment is disturbed by external stressors such as climate change and human-induced threats. We also explore interdisciplinary approaches to analyze biophysical interactions and patterns of the environment at multiple scales and to design science-based solutions.
Geomorphology, Sediment Transport, and Geosciences
We develop landscape mapping models to generates a complete geomorphic description of Earth’s surface past and future processes. We use not only geomorphic principles to help understand relationships between landscape evolution and ecosystems but also state-of-the-art techniques to characterize environmental parameters such as water flow, sediment budgets, and environmental impact assessments.
Our staff focuses on applied water quality issues including trace metal pollution and eutrophication. We apply a combination of both in-situ measurements and laboratory analysis—to develop mathematical models of the transport and fate of contaminants and nutrients—to understand and predict how water quality influences human health and aquatic ecosystems.
GIS and Remote Sensing
We use both satellite and radar imagery and GIS data combined with GIS-based tools to develop a complete characterization of river dynamics, hydrological processes at watershed scales, and surface modeling. Our experts can also develop GIS-based programming scripts to develop spatial analysis and modeling.
Hydraulics and Hydrodynamics
We apply fluid mechanics and hydraulic concepts to provide a detailed characterization of mean and turbulent flow structure in water bodies. Our expertise includes the performance of field measurements (using acoustic and optical instruments) and the development of highly-resolved mathematical models (from one-, two-, and three-dimensional).
Advanced Landscape Mapping
Developing a remote sensing analysis combined with field measurements (using the latest technology for engineering mapping), detailed landscape characterization of surface settings is obtained. Not only data is provided, but also interpretation using geographic and geological concepts.