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Email: dtarb<at symbol>usu.edu
Phone: +1 (435) 797 3172
Office: ENGR 230

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David Tarboton
Utah Water Research Laboratory
Civil and Environmental Engineering
4110 Old Main Hill
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-4110



I focus on advancing the capability for hydrologic prediction by developing models that take advantage of new information and process understanding enabled by new technology.  This includes the use of hydrologic and geographic information systems and digital elevation models that take advantage of spatially distributed information for hydrologic prediction.  I have contributed to advances in hydrologic information systems, terrain analysis for hydrology, terrain stability mapping and stream sediment inputs, geomorphology, stochastic and nonparametric statistical methods in hydrology, and snow hydrology. My group has developed and supports open source software packages implementing many of the research capabilities developed.  This includes the Terrain Analysis using Digital Elevation Models (TauDEM) package for derivation of hydrologic information from digital elevation models, and the Utah Energy Balance snowmelt model. More information ...


I regularly teach classes on Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources and Hydrology and have developed a number of modules that present learning material. More information ...


A listing of my papers with links to text where available.


Slides from recent presentations.


Web page with links to software that I have developed.


Sc.D., Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990, Advisor Rafael Bras.
M.S., Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, May 1987, Advisor Rafael Bras.
Diploma in Datametrics, (Computer Science), University of South Africa, December 1984.
B.Sc Eng, Civil Engineering, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, December 1981.
Registered Professional Engineer, State of Utah, 185065-2202, 1992 to present.