Global to local scale interactions among soils, irrigation, groundwater and societies.
Includes strong stakeholder engagement and integration of biophysical (e.g., Earth system modeling, human impacts) and socio-economic (e.g., social survey, participatory mapping) components.
CAREER: Humans, Water, and Climate: Advancing Research and Education on Water Resource Sustainability in Managed Land-Water Systems using an Integrated Hydrological Modeling Framework (NSF CAREER, 2018-2023) (See MSU News):
Understanding human-hydrology interactions in managed landscapes.
Assessing cumulative impacts of dams on distant wetland dynamics and the livelihoods of local communities in the Lower Mekong River Basin (NASA LCLUC, 2018-2022) (See MSU News):
Local-scale impacts of dams in the Lower Mekong River basin.
Hydrological, agricultural, and ecological impacts of dam construction in the Mekong River basin.
Sustainable Hydropower Development in the Amazon River Basin (NSF-INFEWS, 2016-2021):
The goal of the project is to model Amazon Basin hydrology coupled to climate and landscape factors in a systems model that captures the influence of changes in climate, land use, and placement of dams suggested by the hydrological modeling, the hydro-engineering and the local knowledge of communities.
Global-scale Crop, Irrigation, and Groundwater Modeling using CLM (MSU, 2016-2020):
The goal of this project is to improve CLM irrigation parameterizations to better simulate irrigation impacts on global water and energy cycles using the emerging data on irrigation.
Assimilation of satellite data into the CLM irrigation scheme is one of the key project objectives.
This project also investigates the crop-groundwater interactions in the stressed agro-ecosystems around the world. A detailed crop model is coupled with CLM in this step.
Regional Human-Climate Interactions in Semi-Arid Environment (MSU-WaterCube, 2015-2017):
The overall project goal is to advance the understanding of human-climate (or human-nature) interactions in semi-arid environment.
The specific objective is to examine the impacts of human water use (such as irrigation) on regional climate, water resources, and the environment.
The project integrates remote-sensing and in-situ observations into a regional climate model to study human-climate interactions, examine hydro-climatic impacts of land-water management, and conduct comparative studies of Heihe river basin, China and the Great Plains.
Model: WRF and WRF-Hydro.
Modeling the impacts of anthropogenic activities on the global terrestrial water cycle.
High-resolution modeling of the water cycle in the US: Human-induced and Climatic drivers of change.
Modeling groundwater depletion in the High Plains and Central Valley aquifers.