Faculty, students, and staff across Columbia are engaged in important research and action on issues related to water.
Research Areas: Machine learning, carbon water fluxes, solar induced chlorophyll fluorescence, remote sensing.
Research Areas: Stochastic modelling for hydro-meteorological risks: frequency analysis, extreme value theory, Bayesian approaches, machine learning methods, uncertainty analysis; Water-energy-food nexus and its relationship with climate; influence of large scale climate variability on extreme events; current and future climate risks on coastal cities; operation and management of reservoirs and dams.
Rev. Dr. Barber is the architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement and has spoken widely on environmental justice and many other issues.
Research Areas: Dr. Troy’s research lies at the intersection of climate, water, and food, with a particular interest in understanding the role of climate variability on water supply and demand across a variety of scales. To do this, she uses a computational hydrologic model, remote sensing, in situ measurements, and reanalysis products with work focusing on developing numerical models that include human activities, such as irrigation, and high resolution flood modeling.
Research Areas: Comparative institutional analysis, collaborative resource governance, and water resource management in the Western United States.
Research Areas: atmospheric convection, mesoscale convective systems, and land-atmosphere interactions.
Research Areas: water resources risk management, hydroclimatic variability and change, tropical moisture exports and hydrologic extremes, and decision-making under uncertainty.
I study the physics of the ocean, trying to understand what makes the water move. These are my main research topics.
Research Areas: Satellite-based Remote Sensing Applications in Hydrology and Land Processes, Surface Water Hydraulics and Hydrology, Flash-Flood Monitoring and Mapping, Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources; Snow-Water Equivalent Studies.
Research Areas: Hydroclimate modeling and extremes analysis, statistical methods for hydrologic applications, water sustainability and risk assessment, and water systems and decision analysis.
Research Areas: Hydroclimatic variability and water resource risk analysis using paleoclimate information and drivers of large-scale climate variability.
Research Areas: Studies the interactions of the hydrologic cycle with climate, terrestrial ecosystems, and society – interactions that are important for climate, natural and built environments, food security, and human health. Examines land-atmosphere interactions with the GISS climate model and advises the United Nation Development Programme on climate change information.
Research Areas: Hydrometeorological extremes, i.e. floods and droughts, atmospheric diagnosis, statistical and physical-based modeling, extended range and seasonal to subseasonal (S2S) prediction; severe weather prediction, i.e. typhoon/hurricane, tornado, hail, etc.; atmospheric moisture transport (“Atmospheric Rivers” and “Tropical Moisture Exports“) and climate change and variability; spatiotemporal statistics, Big Data analytics and Data Science in Hydroclimate studies; water resources system analysis, multi-timescale climate-informed stochastic hybrid simulation-optimization (McISH) modeling.
Research Areas: Climate Risk Assessment and Mitigation, Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Weather and Climate related Supply Chain Risk Management, Critical Infrastructure Management, Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas, Science and Technology Policy for Sustainability and Resilience
Research Interest: Arsenic exposure in groundwater.
Dr. Hilpert’s current research interest include contaminant transport in groundwater with a special focus on colloids and bio-colloids, and the development of novel enhanced geothermal systems.
Research Areas: Water risk in the mining industry, natural resource governance.
Research Areas: Water management optimization, conjunctive use of surface and groundwater and integrated modeling.
Research Areas: Drinking water issues in rural and developing areas of the world, America’s water quality compliance and policy, and fluoride and arsenic treatment
Dr. Joseph Graziano's research career has been devoted to understanding the consequences of exposure to metals, both on the molecular and population levels. More recently, Dr. Graziano's work has taken him to Bangladesh, where his current research is aimed at understanding the consequences of arsenic exposure on the Bangladeshi population, and on devising strategies to reduce toxicity and provide arsenic-free drinking water, a problem that spans beyond the political borders of Bangladesh, to much of South Asia, from India to Vietnam. Recent findings that both arsenic and manganese, both elevated in Bangladesh drinking water, are associated with cognitive deficits in children, add urgency to solving this enormous public health and environmental problem.
Research Areas: feedback between environmental and human systems, focusing on the impacts of climate change and the water-energy-food nexus. Integrated modeling, climate change impacts, techniques in complexity, and social change innovation.
I am an adjunct professor teaching visual narratives at the J-School with Nina Berman. Rising sea levels and their impact on communities has been a major focus of mine for over 2 decades. I have worked extensively in Fukushima following the 2011 tsunami and resulting nuclear meltdown, documented the devastation in Houston during Hurricane Harvey and, closer to home, focused on towns in Staten Island post Sandy amongst many other places on our planet. When there is a moment I'd very much like to come by to get a greater understanding of what you have planned for The Year of Water and how my work might be able to fit in with your program. I am particularly interested in your multidisciplinary approach to addressing climate and water issues. I frequently work with scientists and artists to address climate change and have widely exhibited that work.
Most recently I projected just down the block at St. John the Divine that wove together dance, poetry and traditional Japanese flute with my moving images and ambient recordings from the Exclusion Zone. My Fukushima work was an official selection at the 52nd New York Film Festival where my team and I created an immersive exhibition.
Research Areas: Sustainability of water resources, Predictive modeling and diagnostic analysis of water resources and climate, Hydrometeorology of extreme events (streamflow droughts and floods), Climate-water-food nexus, Floods and losses, Climate and hydroclimate variability and change assessment.
Research Areas: Hydroclimatology, applied Bayesian statistics, natural hazards and risk management, regional climate variability, probabilistic rainfall modeling, climate downscaling methodologies, and ecohydrology
Research Areas: Hydraulics, environmental engineering.
Research Areas: Satellite remote sensing of the Earth; Modeling sea surface emissivity at microwave frequencies, and the estimation of atmospheric parameters over the oceans from microwave satellite observations; Estimating land and ocean surface parameters from multi-satellite observations for global applications including: globally derived land emissivities from microwave instruments, ‘all weather’ determination of land and ocean skin temperature, and the first estimates of the wetland extent and dynamics at global scale; Satellite remote sensing of convective cloud structures from analysis of passive microwave observations with the promotion of millimeter and sub-millimeter instruments for future satellite missions.
Research Areas: Non-stationary regional flood frequency analysis and modeling; Hydroclimatology of floods across Brazil; Modeling and prediction of rainy season timings in Northeast Brazil.
Research Areas: Statistical climate forecasting/modeling, multivariate techniques in climate forecasting (ie forecasting multiple variables, each variable defined in such a way to target certain aspects of regional climate), and crop water stress analysis. Focus on applications primarily in the USA, with some focus on Asia.
Research Interest: Arsenic exposure in groundwater
Research areas: Access to basic services in developing cities (water supply, electricity/energy), appropriation of novel management models and tools (e.g. metering, payment systems) in existing urban infrastructure systems by end-users and public utilities.