Current Projects

NNA Track [2]: Developing Arctic Village Resilience to Future Water Cycle, River Systems, and Coastal Change

  • Funder: NSF. PI: Julie Brigham-Grette, UMass

This planning grant is designed to build relationships with Alaska Native communities in order to plan for a future long term study of hydrologic issues of importance in the Arctic under climate change.

Characterizing future changes in glacier melt, snow melt, and regional runoff to inform adaptation decisions in high mountain dependent economies

  • Funder: NASA High Mountain Asia Science Team. PI: Colin J Gleason

This collaborative three year project will help improve water resources knowledge for Nepal, working with the Nepal Water and Energy Authority.

Developing, testing, and operationalizing a cloud-based open-source system to produce a global SWOT discharge product and advance the science of discharge estimation

  • Funder: NASA SWOT Science Team. PI: Colin J Gleason

This four year project will see implementation of a global software system that produces discharge from NASA’s SWOT satellite

Rethinking lake management for invasive plants under future climate: Sensitivity of lake ecosystems to winter water level drawdowns.

  • Funder: Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center. PI: Allison Roy, UMass

This three year project investigates relationships between harmful algal blooms and lake management in the northeast US.

 SWOT Inland Hydrology Calibration and Validation:  Prelaunch Risk Mitigation Campaigns

  • Funder: NASA New Investigator Program. PI Colin J Gleason

This project lays the groundwork for eventual calibration and validation measurements of the SWOT satellite/

Global Mapping of River Discharge.

  • Funder: NASA New Investigator Program. PI Colin J Gleason

This three year 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.

Watershed Rules of Life

  • Funder: NSF RAISE Program. PI: Peter Raymond, Yale.

This three year project funds us to investigate how microbial communities process and transform nutrients and elements within a watershed context: how does fluvial gemorphology impact microbial communities across large watersheds?

CAREER: Integrating field geomorphology, remote sensing, undergraduate education, and modelling to improve understanding of Arctic hydrology.

  • Funder: NSF CAREER via the Arctic Natural Sciences Program. PI: Colin J Gleason

This five-year project seeks to develop a comprehensive re-evaluation of Arctic hydrology, founded on remotely sensed observations, models, and fieldwork. An exciting element is an Arctic research class that will bring UMass undergraduate students to the Arctic for three years of  research and learning.

Dr. Gleason gives a thumbs up to our funders from atop the Greenland Ice Sheet