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Christa Kelleher Seminar Nov. 8th

November 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm MST

Hydrologic form and function in urban landscapes

Abstract: The way water moves in urban landscapes is just plain wonky.  Within urban areas, water pathways, hydrological process magnitude, and water quality are all influenced by the form of urban landscapes – soils, land cover, vegetation, and climate. In this presentation, I’ll synthesize ongoing work in urban hydrology that leverages our understanding of urban form to inform and predict where water moves in cities when it rains.  Drawing on examples from the northeastern US, presentation topics will include predicting fine scale flooding, the confounding characterization of urban soils, and runoff generation on demolished building parcels.  These examples will be interspersed with ongoing work being done around the world to explore these and similar topics within urban and urbanizing areas.

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