Integrated Sensing and Prediction of Urban Water for Sustainable Cities

Principal Investigator

Postdoctoral Researcher

Graduate Students

Dong-Jun Seo
Seongjin Noh
Behzad Nazari
Hamideh Habibi


October 2014 - September 2018


Many cities face tremendous water-related challenges from urban population growth and climate change. Urban areas are particularly susceptible not only to excesses and shortages of water but also to water quality. Even moderate rainfall can quickly fill and overflow urban water courses. Flash wash off of large impervious areas can quickly contaminate stormwater. This project improves urban sustainability from transient shocks of heavy-to-extreme precipitation under climate change and urbanization, and advances understanding of the urban water cycle through synergistic integration of advances in computing and cyber-infrastructure, environmental modeling, geoscience, and information science. This project utilizes very high-resolution precipitation information from the network of Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) X-band radars uniquely available in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW) area, crowdsources water observations for ubiquitous sensing of surface water over a large urban area, and deploys innovative wireless sensors for water quantity, water quality and soil moisture to close the observation gaps. Cloud computing is then used for advanced high-resolution modeling, data assimilation, parameter optimization, ensemble prediction, and data-based discovery to maximize the information content of the analysis and prediction of water quantity and quality for short- to long-term scales. The outcome of this project will allow impact-specific multi-scale and multi-dimensional risk-based decision making related to threats and risks associated with urban water to a wide spectrum of users and stakeholders, and advance general understanding of urban sustainability and associated challenges through environmental, social and economic response of a large city as an uncertain dynamic system.


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