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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


My research and teaching is in the area of surface water hydrology.  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.



Sc.D. in Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990