Global Mapping of River Discharge

Project Description

This project will take recent advances in remote sensing of river discharge and apply them to make a new global reanalysis discharge product for all rivers on earth, 2984-present. To date, the research group has developed a map of river discharge at Landsat overpass geometry and timing for every river on earth. They produced a daily data assimilation of Landsat-derived discharges into global hydrologic models, and have proven that doing so is accurate and efficient.

Building on this work, the group will partner directly with Federal water managers, specifically the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation, and wildlife conservation groups, specifically The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund, to assess the most promising applications of the technology to the reservoir related issues they face.

Project Leads

Colin Gleason, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Casey Brown, PhD, Professor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Additional Collaborators

Nikki Tebaldi, Software Engineer, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Chinedum Eluwa, Graduate Student,  University of Massachusetts at Amherst