December 2016 -- Paper on the effect of the Syrian conflict on regional water resources published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research uses satellite data to conduct water resources research in a war zone and, for the first time, has shown a causal relation between refugee migration and the regional distribution of water resources. A nice popular press article on the research can be found here (english) or here (french).
What we do
Managing water resources in the face of climate change, population growth and political tensions is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Field observations are expensive to obtain and cruelly missing, particularly in developing regions where water related risk is highest. To overcome this data scarcity, we leverage new information technologies, in particular remote sensing, cloud computing and citizen science. Our aim is to build tools that are both scientifically rigorous and practically relevant, and to anticipate the impact of that data revolution on the way water resources are managed. Our current research revolves around three axes:
- Prediction in Ungauged Basins: Predicting streamflow signatures in remote and rapidly changing watersheds by combining stochastic modeling and satellite imagery.
- Web-based Decision Support: Using interactive webGIS platforms to extract and disseminate locally relevant knowledge for water and energy infrastructure development.
- Satellite data and International Water Disputes: Exploring the water-policy implications of new information technologies at the regional level, particularly the implications of satellite data as strategic information for the allocation of international water resources.
Where we are
The University of Notre Dame is located in the city of South Bend, IN, two hours by car east of Chicago.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences is located in Fitzpatrick Hall, directly northeast of the football stadium