Institute for Natural Systems Engineering (INSE)

Researchers in this unique program develop, test, and apply a wide range of multidisciplinary assessment tools for use in water resource systems and environmental impact assessment frameworks. Research on the development, testing, and application of these analysis tools and their associated integration in multidisciplinary assessment frameworks range across basic life history of aquatic species; spatial sampling strategies of river corridors using remote sensing, Global Positioning System (GPS) and hydro-acoustics; 2- and 3-dimensional hydraulic modeling; and advanced forms of physical habitat modeling including multi-agent based modeling approaches.

INSE researchers collaborate with AggieAir Flying Circus (AggieAir is a low-cost autonomous remote sensing platform) to monitor river corridor restoration, fish telemetry, and habitat use for applications in hydraulic modeling.

Key research focus areas include:

  • Using image processing techniques for the characterization of riparian and aquatic habitats in rivers.
  • Applying aerial photogrammetry and bottom profiling techniques for development of high resolution three-dimensional channel topographies.
  • Applying accepted methods and advanced techniques to relate fish population information to habitat availability and use.
  • Examining the migration patters, life history characteristics, and population dynamics.