Water Resource Engineering

Graduate student in Africa performing Water Engineering Research

The water resources engineering group addresses a wide range of contemporary issues of water quality and quantity. The topic area focuses on simulation modeling and decision support; application of remote sensing and GIS to water resource management; regional hydrologic modeling; optimum irrigation management; animal waste management; non-point source pollution management; constructed wetlands water treatment; and groundwater quality. Research includes field campaigns in Africa, Canada, and across the United States, with a strong emphasis on applied research.

The water resources engineering group plays a major role in the Hydrology and Water Resources program at OSU. More information can be found at:

Active research projects

This research area deals with engineering aspects of water resources.

  • Big Wood Basin Alternative Futures: explores interactions between agriculture, urban land use practices, and recreational activities under future conditions of climate and water supply in the Big Wood Basin in central Idaho. (Bolte)
  • Willamette Water 2100 - evaluating how climate change, population growth, and economic growth will alter the availability and the use of water. (Bolte)
  • Movement of Colloidal Particles in Heterogeneous Variably Saturated Porous Media (Selker)
  • High Spatial and Temporal Resolution of Dynamics of Stream Temperature (Selker)
  • Use of Wireless Self-Organizing Networks of Sensors for Environmental Monitoring (Selker)
  • Energy Exchange Across Water-Atmosphere and Snow Atmosphere Interfaces (Selker)
  • Double-Diffuse Mixing in Deep Abandoned Mines (Selker)
  • Measurement of Canopy Interception and Storage through Measurement of Trunk Compression (Selker)
  • Contaminant Transport in Agricultural Tiles Lines (Selker)
  • Boussinesq Model of Hill slope Hydrology (Selker)
  • Colloids, Transport, Unsaturated Transport, Visualization, Florescent, CCD (Selker)
  • Physical and Biological Responses to Dam Removal on the Sprague River (Tullos)
  • Reservoir operations under climate change (Tullos)
  • Sediment dynamics of dam removal (Tullos)
  • Fluid and fish behavior around engineered log jams (Tullos)