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Email: david.tarboton<at symbol>usu.edu
Phone: +1 (435) 797 3172
Office: UWRL 221

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David Tarboton
Director, Utah Water Research Laboratory
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
8200 Old Main Hill
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-8200


My research is in the area of surface water hydrology at the disciplinary interface between hydrology and information technology. 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. I strive to advance understanding through research that integrates information from multiple sources and synthesizes modeling and numerical analysis with field observations and hydrologic information systems. I lead the development of HydroShare (www.hydroshare.org), a hydrologic information system for sharing hydrologic data and models operated by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. 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. My teaching and research connect in the development of online content in support of active learning in hydrology. 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.
Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Elected 2018