Projects

Highlighted Project: Studying Unique Groundwater Pathways in Logan Canyon

Bethany Neilson and three other researchers — Dennis Newell of USU’s Department of Geosciences, Tianfang Xu at ASU, and Jim McNamara at Boise State — have been collectively awarded more than $700,000 from the National Science Foundation to study the Logan River watershed given its mountainous, snowmelt-fed, karst groundwater system. Their primary objective is to develop models that will establish connections between snowpack variability and the amount of groundwater and streamflow available for use. These tools will allow researchers to also anticipate how water availability might change under future climate conditions, including persistent drought.

Highlighted Project: LiDAR Data Sets of Logan River Watershed

The Logan River Observatory, in collaboration with Logan City, has invested in collecting 0.5 m bare-earth and first return LiDAR data sets for the entire Logan River watershed upstream of the Utah Water Research Laboratory. The data processing will be completed by contractor, AeroGraphics, in late November. In winter 2020-2021, two additional snow-on LiDAR data sets will be collected for the Franklin Basin watershed.

  • Leveraging LIDAR and Citizen-Science for Low-Cost, High-Resolution Snow-Depth Estimation, Carlos A. Oroza, 2020UT301B University of Utah and Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
  • Obtaining Lidar Data to Support Research in the Logan River Watershed, Bethany T. Neilson, 2020UT304B Utah Water Research Laboratory and Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Current Projects

  1. Separating the climate and weather of river channels: Characterizing dynamics of coarse-grained river channel response to perturbations across scales, C.B. Phillips and C. Masteller, National Science Foundation - Division of Earth Sciences, 2022–2025
  2. Microplastic transport to the Great Salt Lake through the Logan and Bear River system, (Forestry, Fire, and State Lands), $48,495, Brahney, Budy, Neilson, 2021–2022
  3. Assessing the sources, transport, and fate of microplastic in the Logan River Watershed, K. Moor, J. Brahney, B.T. Neilson, USGS 104(b), 2021-2022
  4. Collaborative Research: Quantifying Watershed Dynamics in Snow-Dominated Mountainous Karst Watersheds Using Hybrid Physically Based and Deep Learning Models, B.T. Neilson and D. Newell, National Science Foundation, 2021–2024
  5. Leveraging LIDAR and Citizen-Science for Low-Cost, High-Resolution Snow-Depth Estimation, Carlos A. Oroza, USGS 104(b), 2020-2021
  6. Improving the Hydraulics of Urban Flooding, Z.B. Sharp, USGS 104(b), 2020–2022
  7. Monitoring and Research for Water Quality and Stormwater Management in Logan City, UT, B.T. Neilson and J.S. Horsburgh, Logan City, 2018–2021
  8. Advancing Understanding of Western Watersheds using Retrospective Analysis of High-Resolution Hydrologic Monitoring Data, J.S. Horsburgh, Utah Water Research Laboratory, 2018–2021
  9. Logan River Observatory State Funds, B.T. Neilson and J.S. Horsburgh, Utah State Legislature via Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water Resources, 2019–2024

Past Projects

  • Mapping Didymosphenia in the Logan River Drainage, (USGS 104(b)/UWRL), Brahney and B.T. Neilson
  • Obtaining Lidar Data to Support Research in the Logan River Watershed, B.T. Neilson, 2020UT304B Utah Water Research Laboratory and USU Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, 2020–2021