We received a new NASA award for "Understanding and predicting algal blooms across networks of rivers and reservoirs" with collaborators Matthew Ross (CSU), Emily Elliott (Pitt), Jacob Zwart (USGS), Tyler King (USGS), and other USGS collaborators! We will use satellite remote sensing, continuous in-situ sensing, and process guided machine learning to develop databases of chlorophyll-a and algal bloom frequency, extent, and severity along large rivers in the Ohio and Illinois River basins and quantify the conditions over time and space that lead to blooms.
The Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory (PWC) is recruiting a full-time Research Analyst with the primary roles of building workflows for remote sensing image analysis and creating interactive data visualizations for stakeholders and public use. The main project will involve building databases of water quality on rivers and reservoirs in the Ohio River Basin using satellite imagery with a focus on algal blooms. Other projects may involve building visualizations to help stakeholders understand when and where algal blooms, why, as well as other data analysis and visualization projects on water resources in the region. See the Join The Lab page for more info, and apply here Pitt Talent Center
The Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory was awarded funding by the Hillman Family Foundation to study algal blooms on the Ohio River and their impact on drinking water using a combination of satellite remote sensing, analyzing historical samples, and data visualization. The Ohio River is a primary drinking water source for millions of people in the region. We will collaborate with Dr. Emily Elliott's group on this project over the next 2 years.
Rajaram Prajapati recently joined the lab as a PhD student! Rajaram was previously the CEO of Smartphones For Water in Nepal and will join current lab members, Punwath Prum and Elad Dente, working with our NASA NIP project understanding human and natural controls over changes in suspended sediment delivery and river meandering. Welcome Rajaram!