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The impact of climate on water resources and ecosystems factors significantly on human vulnerability. The ability to make precise predictions about this detrimental risk is challenging, especially when human populations, land use change, and other factors are also affecting water futures. Theme III focuses on developing a unified water prediction system and ecosystem services using remote sensing of earth systems. This work aligns with the NOAA’s “Water Prediction” research priority to provide improved protection of life and property from natural hazards.
Drought Risk Assessment Using Demand Data and Remote Sensing Products
Flood Risk Assessment Using In-situ Data and Remote Sensing Products
Assessment and Improvement of National Water Model Development and Validation of the Snow Data Project
Monitoring Land-Atmosphere-Ocean Fluxes
Development of Sensors for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Platforms for Environmental Intelligence and Satellite Product Validation
Student Training in Water Prediction and Ecosystem Services
Students will have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in a wide variety of research and analytical techniques, including hands-on training in deployment and operation of a wide range of in-situ sensors for monitoring ocean salinity,flux data in the field; development and evaluation of coastal risk and map vulnerabilities; and development and application of snow modeling tools for hydrological assessments.