AGU Hydrology Days Award

Dr. Soroosh Sorooshian

Distinguished Professor, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth System Science, Director, Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS), The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Date: Tuesday April 14, 2020

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm

Location: Grand Ballroom (CSU Lory Student Center)

Sorooshian is a Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth System Science Departments and Director of the Center for Hydrometeorology & Remote Sensing (CHRS) at University of California Irvine. His area of expertise includes the interface of global hydrologic cycle, and climate system. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS); Fellow, American Geophysical Union (AGU), Fellow, American Meteorological Society (AMS), and Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

He is the current Chair of the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and has served as the Present and Past Member and Chair of over 30 other advisory and review committees and boards for NASA, NOAA, DOE, EPA, NSF, National Labs, UNESCO, WMO, and professional societies. National Research Council (NRC) service over the past 15 years includes member of 7 NRC committees and Chair of GEWEX Panel. He has also testified to both U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Committees on issues related to water, climate and satellite programs.

Borland Hydrology Award

Dr. Ana Barros

Distinguished Professor, Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Civil and Environmental Engineering – Duke University

Date: Monday April 13, 2020

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm

Location: Grand Ballroom (CSU Lory Student Center)

Professor Ana Barros was born in Africa, grew up in Angola and Portugal, and has lived almost all of her adult life in the United States. She attended the Faculty of Engineering of the University of O’Porto where she obtained a summa cum laude Diploma in Civil Engineering with majors in Structures and Hydraulics in 1985, and a M.Sc. degree in Ocean Engineering in 1988 with a thesis focusing on numerical modeling of sediment transport in estuaries and coastal regions. In 1990, Dr. Barros completed and M.Sc. degree in Environmental Science Engineering at the OHSU/OGI School of Science and Engineering. She earned a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1993.

Dr. Barros was in the engineering faculty at the University of Porto, Penn State University, and Harvard University before joining Duke University in 2004. Her primary research interests are in Hydrology, Hydrometeorology and Environmental Physics with a focus on water-cycle processes in the coupled land-atmosphere-biosphere system particularly in regions of complex terrain, the study of multi-scale interface phenomena in complex environments across the Earth Sciences, remote sensing of the environment (precipitation, clouds, soil moisture, and vegetation), climate predictability, extreme events and risk assessment of natural hazards. Prof. Barros is especially proud of having involved dozens of students in undergraduate research, a great majority of which continued their studies to earn graduate degrees in science and engineering.  Over recent years her work has focused on precipitation processes including microphysics and dynamics or orographic precipitation, and land-atmosphere interactions in mountainous regions from the Himalayas to the Andes and the Southern Appalachians including Land-Use Land-Cover Change impacts on regional climate. Her research relies on intensive field and laboratory experiments, large–scale computational modeling, nonlinear data analysis and environmental informatics.

Dr. Norm Evans Lecture

Dr. Jery Stedinger

Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering – Cornell University

Date: Monday April 13, 2020

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Grand Ballroom (CSU Lory Student Center)

Jery received a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Harvard University in 1977. Since that time he has been a professor in Cornell’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He spent his 1983-84 sabbatical at the U.S. Geological Survey’s national headquarters in Reston, Virginia, and his 1999 sabbatical at the US Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. He spent his 2005 sabbatical at the US Army Corps of Engineers Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) in Davis, California, and his 2010 sabbatical again with the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia. His Fall 2017 sabbatical was with the Technische Universität Wien in Austria.

Dr. Stedinger’s research has focused on statistical issues in hydrology and optimal operation of water resource systems. Research projects have addressed the value of historical and paleoflood data in flood frequency analysis, regional hydrologic regression and network analyses, risk and uncertainty analysis of flood-risk reduction projects, calibration and uncertainty analysis for rainfall-runoff models, stochastic simulation of water resource systems, and efficient multiple-reservoir and hydropower system operation considering dynamic energy markets and stochastic inflows and forecasts. Other efforts address statistical issues associated with characterization of geothermal resources as part of the planning and risk assessment for such renewable energy projects.

Borland Hydraulics Award

Dr. Ellen Wohl

Professor of Geology and University Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Geosciences – Colorado State University

Date: Wednesday April 15, 2020

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Grand Ballroom (CSU Lory Student Center)

Ellen Wohl received a BS in geology from Arizona State University and a PhD in geosciences from the University of Arizona before joining the faculty at Colorado State University in 1989. Her research focuses on physical process and form in river corridors, including interactions with biotic and human communities. She has focused particularly on rivers in bedrock canyons and in mountainous regions, and she has conducted field research on every continent but Antarctica. She has written more than 200 scientific papers and book chapters, as well as 16 books, and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America. Much of her current research examines how physical complexity associated with the presence of instream wood and beaver dams influences the form and function of river ecosystems.

Ellen’s research has followed an anabranching path through time. Her dissertation research focused on sedimentary records of ancient floods along bedrock canyons in northern Australia. Working in these canyons, she became intrigued by their channel morphology and the processes that created and maintained this morphology, so for several years she worked primarily on bedrock canyons. Many of these canyons occur in mountainous environments. Living in Colorado, the Front Range and Rocky Mountain National Park are the ‘backyard’ research sites, so my research focus shifted gradually toward mountain streams. The mountain streams of Colorado include a fair amount of instream wood. At some point she realized that most of the existing research on instream wood had been done in the very different environment of the Pacific Northwest, so that led her to focus on wood dynamics in Colorado and in headwater neotropical streams of Panama and Costa Rica. Wood dynamics in mountainous headwater streams are intimately connected to carbon cycling, stream metabolism, and river ecosystem productivity, and now several research projects focus on these aspects of mountain streams. In the course of mapping logjams in Rocky Mountain National Park, she kept coming across abandoned beaver dams, and began to wonder about the effects of these dams on carbon cycling and watershed-scale biogeochemistry. That’s a big component of the fun of research: you start on one path, but never know exactly where it will take you.

This event is organized by the One Water Solutions Institute at Colorado State University.  For questions or comments regarding Hydrology Days please contact: