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My research interests are broadly in the area of surface water hydrology. I focus on Hydrologic Information Systems and models that take advantage of spatially distributed information for hydrologic prediction. This includes the use of Geographic Information Systems and Digital Elevation Models. I believe that models serve as a way to codify and make precise our understanding as well as apply this understanding to practical and management purposes. My general approach to research focuses on the following objectives:

  • Development of a sound physical understanding of the processes involved.
  • Incorporation of this physical understanding into concise parameterizations of the important processes.
  • Development of precise representations of the physical environment and information system tools for using this representation in numerical models.
  • Recognition of nonlinearity, physical feedbacks and interactions which lead to interesting behavior which needs to be understood.
  • Recognition of heterogeneity and spatial variability. The development of techniques (often statistical) to account for heterogeneity and spatial variability.

Current Projects

  • National Science Foundation award 1664061. Collaborative Research, HydroShare: Cyberinfrastructure for Advancing Hydrologic Knowledge through Collaborative Integration of Data Science, Modeling and Analysis. David Tarboton, Dan Ames, Martyn Clark, Alva Couch, Jeffery S. Horsburgh, Ray Idaszak, Michael J. Stealey, Hong Yi, Shaowen Wang. 10/1/2017-9/30/2021.
  • National Science Foundation award 1639655. EarthCube Building Blocks: Collaborative Proposal: GeoTrust: Improving Sharing and Reproducibility of Geoscience Applications, Tanu Malik, Ian Foster, Scott Peckham, Jon Goodall, Asti Bhatt, Eunseo Choi, David Tarboton, 9/1/2016-8/31/2018.
  • National Science Foundation award 1725989. Collaborative Research: Improving Student Learning in Hydrology & Water Resources Engineering by Enabling the Development, Sharing and Interoperability of Active Learning Resources, Emad Habib, Khalid Elgazzar, Doug Williams, David Tarboton, Dan Ames, James Nelson, 9/1/2017-8/31/2021.
  • National Science Foundation award 1761673. RAPID:Archiving and Enabling Community Access to Data from Recent US Hurricanes, David Tarboton, Jerad Bales, Ray Idaszak, David Maidment, 10/1/2017-9/30/2018.
  • William Penn Foundation/Stroud Water Research Center. Wiki Watershed Web Toolkit for Advancing Water Quality Restoration in Delaware River Basin, David Tarboton, Jeff Horsburgh, 2/1/2017-1/31/2019.
  • NASA/Riverside Technology Inc., Advancing Water Supply Forecasts in the Colorado River Basin for Improved Decision Making, D. G. Tarboton, 3/18/2015-3/17/2019.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Snowmelt Testing and Validation for HEC-HMS, David Tarboton, 7/12/17-1/12/2018.
  • National Science Foundation award 1148453, Collaborative Research: SI2-SSI: HydroShare: An interactive software infrastructure for sustaining collaborative community innovation in the hydrologic sciences, David G. Tarboton, Daniel P. Ames, Jennifer Arrigo, David R. Maidment, Jonathan L. Goodall, Ray Idaszak, Jeffery S Horsburgh, Venkatesh Merwade, Alva Couch, David Valentine, 7/1/2012-6/30/2018.

Completed Projects