Research

My research integrates numerical modeling, field survey, and theory to inform sustainable delta management.

Deltaic environments possess an abundance of natural resources that are critical for societal wellbeing. However, delta sustainability is uncertain, due to a multitude of natural and anthropogenic factors including sea-level rise, sediment supply reduction due to damming, land subsidence, and river avulsion. These challenges to delta sustainability are surmountable, but understanding deltaic system complexity is prerequisite to sustainable management.

The following sections describe research projects I have designed and led.

Featured projects:

Predicting deltaic avulsion timing and location

Deltaic avulsion causes flooding and channel relocation. Predicting when and where avulsions occur will improve landscape stability for society living on a delta.

Subsurface uncertainty quantification

A limited understanding of subsurface flow patterns inhibits our ability to sustainably manage water resources and mitigate health risks in river-delta environments.

All research projects:

Subsurface uncertainty quantification

A limited understanding of subsurface flow patterns inhibits our ability to sustainably manage water resources and mitigate health risks in river-delta envir...