Water & Earth Surface Processes
Understanding processes that shape and control Earth's water and land systems
Discoveries and impact
- Fundamental scaling laws for hydraulics structures and control devices
- Expanded renewable energy to fluvial and tidal environments
- Advances in connecting hydraulic conditions in lakes and rivers to the function of aquatic ecosystem.
- Fundamental, theoretical, computational, and experimental, contributions, towards understanding the dynamics of earth surface processes.
- Established linkages between changes of precipitation and global warming
- Improved understanding of the physical connections between surface soil moisture and infiltration fluxes on a global scale
- Contributions toward understanding the effects of seasonal rainfall on ecosystem water availability and vegetation water use.
- Exploring how river channel networks determine the resilience of deltaic coastlines
- Developing mathematical and computational models to define and track evolving boundaries between Earth's geomorphic regimes
- Understanding changes of water cycle and improving its predictability using satellite data
- Modeling sediment mass flux from grain dynamics to bedform kinematics
- Understanding the role of turbulence in snow settling
- Studying riverine and coastal erosion
- Pursuing sustainable development, natural resources recovery and management, clean energy
- Studying transport of sediment-bound carbon and contaminants
- Studying spread of bacteria in soil and aquatic environments
- Understanding feedback between plant water regulation and the water cycle
- Understanding the role of hydrology in mediating carbon emissions from peatlands