IMAGe Seminar- From the Alps to Africa: a round-the-world tour of statistics and hydrology

09/22/2014 - 2:00pm
Mesa Laboratory - Main Seminar Room
Marc Parlange

Marc Parlange
Department of Civil Engineering
University of British Columbia

Monday, September 22, 2014
Mesa Laboratory – Main Seminar Room

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Hydrology is the science of water: in the ground, running over the ground, and in the air. Like any fluid, the flow of water in its various forms, is heavily dependent on statistics, and I was extraordinarily lucky to have made the acquaintance of NCAR senior scientist Rick Katz very early in my career. I will present a brief overview of our joint research, which spans two and a half decades, three continents, and five institutions: In North America, we studied rainfall patterns in California and Colorado. In Europe, we concentrated on the Alps, analyzing spatial turbulence measurements taken over the Plaine Morte glacier in the context of studying sub-grid scale processes for Large Eddy Simulation, as well as the hydrology of the Val Ferret watershed and new ideas of river discharge measurement.  From there we moved to the hydrology of West Africa (Burkina Faso) and the dynamics controlling the diurnal discharge patterns of ephemeral streams. The success of our shared scientific endeavor is thanks to an enduring friendship based on a mutual love of the environment, the outdoors, and running. We have been fortunate to pursue our scientific and athletic interests in some of the world’s most beautiful places, and we pass this on to the next generation of hydrologists as a model of cross-disciplinary collaboration.