Understanding Urban Environments

The goal of SAFL urban environmental research is to understand, quantify, and simulate the interaction of physical processes such as stormwater runoff, particle settling and transport, chemical and nutrient transport and transformation, emerging contaminants, and microbiological processes in lakes and rivers. This helps us to better understand urban sprawl effects on water quality and aquatic habitat as well as possible mitigation solutions.

Focus Areas

  • Effects of land use change on fish habitat in lakes and rivers
  • Stormwater runoff and sediment separation in sewers
  • Road salt runoff and transport in lakes and rivers
  • Nutrient and heavy metal uptake by aquatic plants in ponds and wetlands
  • Groundwater transport and temperature control in streams
  • Water quality monitoring and control enabled by cyberinfrastructure