Team members of the Hydroinformatics and Integrated Hydroclimate lab and collaborators search for sources of predictability of extreme hydrometeorological and climate events (EHCEs) and their effects on infrastructure such (i.e., water, agriculture, energy, and ecosystem services). The occurrence of EHCEs alters the core infrastructure's functionality , which leads to new states. Re-engineering, management, and policies can contribute to return states where core functions are recovered or adapt to emerging, transformed states. Improving our predictive abilities and the estimation of uncertainties can help to (re)design infrastructure operations, enhance resilience, increase security, and eventually reach sustainability. Therefore, improved and more effective and informed management and policymaking for resilient or transformed infrastructure (i.e., water, energy, food, and ecosystem services) requires a better understanding of how natural and human systems are coupled.
As research group our general research objectives:
- Improve the sub-seasonal to seasonal predictability of EHCEs and their effects on infrastructure;
- Identify the hydroclimate controls on the systems' adaptive abilities ;
- Design and built analytics and decision support software for adaptive infrastructure management
- Understand infrastructure resilience and transformation in agricultural and urban landscapes;
- Create mechanisms for the operationalization of research and decision support tools for adaptive infrastructure management; and
- Design of standards for and predictability of climate-resilient infrastructure (i.e., water, agriculture, energy, and ecosystem services).
These objectives are implemented through research activities originated in the exploration of data or phenomena, leading to the operationalization of research or a benefit to society. Other research activities are originated in the creation of solutions to practical problems, like management or data collection, to raise preparedness, enhance resilience, or reduce risk. Both cases ultimately create integrated basic and applied research activities that can advance our understanding, as well as create technological developments useful to inform stakeholders and policymakers. Some examples of our past and current activities are included in the menus Applied-to-Basic, Basic-to-Applied Research, Publications, and Data, software, and models.