Modeling the Combined Effects of Forest and Agriculture on Water Availability

In response to growing concern over the climate change / variability phenomenon, my current research has been focused on hydrologic modeling within the Southeastern United States. These efforts have coupled two prominent environmental models (PnET-II3SL and SWAT) to enhance the prediction of land-use heterogeneities’ effect on future water availability within southeastern watersheds. Model simulations provide information essential to developing adaptation strategies for agricultural / forest production, water supply management, and the design of civil infrastructure. Ultimately, model results could be utilized to protect the region’s economy and human / ecological health. This research combines GIS technology with traditional FORTRAN based programs to simulate / validate historical and future streamflow.