The Forest Hydrology Research Lab investigates the influence of vegetation characteristics in generating water for communities. Current research projects examine the extent to which leaf hydrophobicity influences canopy storage capacity in common species of the semi-arid Western United States and two sites in Guatemala. Data collected in the lab will increase our understanding of hydrological processes to inform the planning and management of vegetation cover in watersheds contributing as raw water source regions for municipalities.
For more information contact Curt Holder.
Geomorphology is the study of landsurfaces (landscapes and landforms) and seeks to understand processes that create and change Earth surfaces. As an interdisciplinary science, geomorphology requires spectacles that see not only the physical landsurface, but also its interconnectedness with the hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and anthrosphere.
Research tools available include a Leica-Geosystems ScanStation C10 3D laser scanner, a CST/Berger 205 electronic total station, a thin-section rock saw, a drying oven, various GPS receivers, and a suite of field instruments for measurement and data collection. Software environments available include IDRISI Selva, ArcGIS Desktop 10.2, and Leica Cyclone.
For more information contact Brandon Vogt.
Several computer facilities at the university and within the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies are well-equipped with technologies critical for the analysis and presentation of geospatial data. The Department of Geography laboratories especially focus upon computer cartography, geographical information systems, and remote sensing software and products. PCs are outfitted with all ESRI GIS products, including ArcGIS, ArcServer, and ArcSDE. The laboratories also provide access to ENVI, ERDAS, Feature Analyst, IDRISI, Surfer, MapViewer, Grapher, TransCAD, Trimble Pathfinder, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Macromedia Dreamweaver and SPSS.
For more information contact Somayeh Dodge.