College of Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Summary

Research in the Hydrology and Water Resources group centers on one broad theme:

  • Sustainability and Water Resource Systems Modeling

Core Faculty

Narendra N. Das, Ph.D.Narendra N. Das, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Biosystem and Agricultural Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. (2008) Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Texas A&M University, College Station, Tx, USA

(517) 355-5107
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Research Interests:

  • Large-scale hydrological modeling
  • Remote sensing in hydrology
  • Remote sensing in Agriculture
  • Microwave remote sensing for soil moisture
  • Application of remotely sensed soil moisture
  • Crop Modeling
  • Impact of climate on Crop and hydrology
  • Hydrologic modeling and data assimilation
  • Citizen Science for agriculture and hydrology

Shu-Guang LiShu-Guang Li, Ph.D.
Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. (1993) Civil Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Research Interests:

  • Groundwater hydrology
  • Contaminant transport modeling

Courses taught:

  • CE321: Fluid Mechanics
  • ENE421: Engineering Hydrology
  • ENE821: Groundwater Hydraulics
  • ENE822: Groundwater Modeling
Phanikumar ManthaPhanikumar Mantha, Ph.D.

Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. (1990) Mechanical Engineering
Indian Institute of Science

(517) 432-0851
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Research Interests:

  • Hydrological modeling
  • Reactive transport modeling
  • Environmental fluid mechanics
  • Water quality

Courses taught:

  • CE321: Fluid Mechanics
  • ENE421: Engineering Hydrology
  • ENE422: Applied Hydraulic
  • ENE801: Dynamics of Environmental Systems
  • ENE829: Mixing and Transport in Surface Waters
Yadu PokhrelYadu Pokhrel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. (2011) Civil Engineering
University of Tokyo, Japan

(517) 355-2360
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Research Interests:

  • Large-scale hydrological modeling
  • Human activities and water cycle change
  • Climate change and water resources
  • Sustainable hydropower development
  • Remote sensing in hydrology

Courses taught:

  • CE273: Measurements
  • CE321: Fluid Mechanics
  • ENE421: Engineering Hydrology
  • ENE422: Applied Hydraulic
  • ENE890: Advanced Hydrology
  • ENE828: Hydrological Modeling

Hydrology and Water Resources courses

CE and ENE undergraduate-level courses

CE 321: Fluid Mechanics
ENE 421: Engineering Hydrology
ENE 422: Applied Hydraulics

ENE graduate-level courses - core MS curriculum

ENE 801 Dynamics of Environmental Systems
ENE 821 Groundwater Hydraulics
ENE 822 Groundwater Modeling
ENE 829 Mixing and Transport in Surface Waters

ENE graduate-level courses – electives

ENE 828: Advanced Hydrologic Modelling
ENE 890: Advanced Hydrology
CHE 822: Advanced Transport Phenomena
GEO 325: Geographic Information Systems
GEO 866: Spatial Data Analysis
GLG 813: Watershed Hydrology
ME 830: Fluid Mechanics I
ME 832: Fluid Mechanics II
ME 834: Fundamentals of Turbulence
ME 836: Experimental Methods in Fluid Mechanics
ME 840: Computational Fluid Dynamics & Heat Transfer
ME 872: Finite Element Method
STT 844: Time Series Analysis
STT 886: Stochastic Processes & Applications

Current and Recent Research Projects

PIs: P. Mantha (PI)
Project title: Evaluating the fate and transport of historic backflows from the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) to Lake Michigan
Funding source: USACE

PIs: P. Mantha (PI)
Project title: Cladophora in the Great Lakes: Field observations and modeling (US Department of Interior, USGS)
Funding source: USGS

PIs: P. Mantha (PI)
Project title: Linking environmental metagenomics, eDNA monitoring and hydrodynamic fate and transport modeling for the Great Lakes (US Department of Interior, USGS)
Funding source: USGS

PIs: P. Mantha (PI)
Project title: Modeling river plumes and bi-directional flow in fresh water estuaries in the Great Lakes region
Funding source: NOAA

PIs: P. Mantha (PI)
Project title: Quantifying the impacts of climate change on the fluxes of nutrients and water exported to the nearshore region of Lake Superior (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Funding source: NOAA

PIs: S. Li (PI), P. Mantha (co-PI)
Project title: Ottawa County Water Resources Study Phase -2
Funding source: Michigan DEQ

PIs: Pokhrel, Y. (PI)
Project title: CAREER: Humans, Water, and Climate: Advancing Research and Education on Water Resource Sustainability in Managed Land-Water Systems using an Integrated Hydrological Modeling Framework
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Pokhrel, Y. (Co-PI)
Project title: Quantifying human and climate impacts on wetland ecosystems in the Lower Mekong River Basin
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Pokhrel, Y. (Co-PI)
Project title: Assessing cumulative impacts of dams on distant wetland dynamics and the livelihoods of local communities in the Lower Mekong River Basin
Funding source: NASA

PIs: Pokhrel, Y. (Co-PI)
Project title: INFEWS/T3: Rethinking Dams: Innovative hydropower solutions to achieve sustainable food and energy production, and sustainable communities
Funding source: NASA

PIs: Pokhrel, Y. (Co-PI)
Project title: Climate Change, Conflict, Human Health, and Migration
Funding source: ESPP-ITBI

PIs: Pokhrel, Y. (PI)
Project title: Hydro-Agro-Ecological Impacts of Mega Dams and Climate Change in the Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia
Funding source: MSU Asian Studies Center

PIs: Pokhrel, Y. (PI)
Project title: Regional Human-climate interactions in semi-arid environment
Funding source: MSU ESPP

PIs: Pokhrel, Y. (PI)
Project title: Socio-eco-hydrological analysis of freshwater systems in the Koshi river, Nepal
Funding source: MSU Asian Studies Center

PIsNarendra. N. Das. (PI) (NASA NISAR mission, Science Team Member)
Project title: High Resolution Soil Moisture Algorithm Using the Synergy of Microwave Active and Passive Observations for the NISAR Mission.
Funding source: NASA

PIs: Narendra. N. Das. (PI) (NASA SERVIR Project, Applied Science Team Member)
Project title: Monitoring and Forecast of Seasonal Rice Crop Productivity for Paddy Dominated Regions of India.
Funding source: NASA

PIs: Narendra. N. Das. (PI)
Project title: Development, Testing and Implementation of Low Cost and Effective In Situ Soil Moisture Sensor for Citizen Science.
Funding source: NASA

PIs: Narendra. N. Das. (PI), (NASA SMAP mission, Science Team Member)
Project title: Enhancement of SMAP High Resolution Soil Moisture Data using NISAR and its Agricultural Application. 
Funding source: NASA