David Tarboton

Sant Endowed Professor of Water Resources Engineering

Director, Utah Water Research Laboratory


David G Tarboton

Contact Information

Office Location: UWRL 221
Phone: 435-797-3172
Email: david.tarboton@usu.edu
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Educational Background

ScD, Civil Engineering, (Water Resources and Hydrology), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989
The Analysis of River Basins and Channel Networks using Digital Terrain Data
MS, Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987
Hyrologic Sampling: A Characterization in Terms of Rainfall and Basin Properties
Other, Diploma in Datametrics (Computer Science), University of South Africa, 1984
BS, Civil Engineering, University of Natal, 1981

Licensures & Certifications

Professional Engineer, State of Utah, Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, 1992

Biography

Director, Utah Water Research Laboratory, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University. Sc.D. and M.S. in Civil Engineering (Water Resources and Hydrology) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. B. Sc Eng in Civil Engineering from the University of Natal in South Africa.

Teaching Interests

Physical Hydrology, Applying Geographic Information Systems for Terrain and Watershed Analysis in Hydrology, Engineering Hydrology, Stochastic Hydrology, Probability and Statistics for Engineers, and Hydrologic Modeling. My teaching and research connect in the development of online content in support of active learning in hydrology.

Research Interests

Surface Water Hydrology, Hydrologic Modeling, Hydrologic Information Systems, Terrain Analysis in Hydrology, Stochastic Hydrology, and Snowmelt. My research crosses the disciplinary interface between hydrology and information technology. I focus on advancing the capability for hydrologic prediction by developing models that take advantage of new information and process understanding enabled by new technology. I strive to synthesize modeling and numerical analysis with field observations and hydrologic information systems and tailor software and computing systems to the needs of hydrologists.

Awards

David R Maidment Award for Exemplary Contributions to Water Resources Data and Information Systems, 2020

American Water Resources Association

Outstanding Graduate Mentor, 2019

Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University

Fellow, 2018

American Geophysical Union

Outstanding Researcher, 2018

Utah State University Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Community Service Award, 2016

Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI)

Robins Award, Faculty Researcher of the Year, 2015

Utah State University

Faculty Researcher of the Year , 2015

Utah State University College of Engineering

Outstanding Researcher, 2015

Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University

CyberGIS distinguished speaker at NCSA Colloquium, 2014

National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Award for Outstanding Service in the Academic Sector of Utah's Water Resources Community, 2007

American Water Resources Association, Utah Section

Outstanding Researcher, 2005

Utah State University Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Outstanding Researcher, 2005

Utah State University College of Engineering

Outstanding Researcher, 2002

Utah State University Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Editors Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for outstanding service to the authors and readers of Water Resources Research, 1993

American Geophysical Union


Publications | Abstracts

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    Publications | Journal Articles

    Academic Journal

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    Publications | MultiMedia

    Software

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      Publications | Technical Reports

      AES Reports

        Research Reports

        • Salehabadi, H., Tarboton, D.G, Kuhn, E., Udall, B., Wheeler, , Rosenberg, D.E, Goeking, S., Schmidt, J.C, (2020). The Future Hydrology of the Colorado River Basin. Center for Colorado RIver Studies, Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University, White Paper No. 4 *
        • Tarboton, D.G, (2010). Taudem 5.0 Guide To Using The Taudem Command Line Functions. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers *
        • Tarboton, D.G, Mohammed, I.N, (2010). Taudem 5.0 Quick Start Guide To Using The Taudem Arcgis Toolbox. U.S. Army Corp of Engineers *

        Other Reports

        An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

        Publications | Other

        Magazine/Trade Publications

        Other

        An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

        Teaching

        CEE 6930 - Special Problems, Fall 2021
        CEE 6930 - Special Problems, Fall 2020
        CEE 6930 - Special Problems, Fall 2019
        CEE 6440 - Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources, Fall 2018
        CEE 6440 - Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources, Fall 2017
        CEE 4930, 6440 - Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources, Fall 2016
        CEE 6400 - Physical Hydrology, Fall 2016
        CEE 3430 - Engineering Hydrology, Spring 2016
        CEE 4930, 6440 - GIS in Water Resources, Fall 2015
        CEE 3430 - Engineering Hydrology, Spring 2014
        CEE 4930,6440 - Independent Study, Fall 2013
        CEE 6400 - Physical Hydrology, Fall 2013
        CEE 6440 - Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources, Fall 2012
        CEE 6400 - Physical Hydrology, Fall 2012
        CEE 3430 - Engineering Hydrology, Spring 2012
        CEE 6440 - Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources, Fall 2011
        CEE 6400 - Physical Hydrology, Fall 2011
        CEE 3430 - ENGR HYDROLOGY, Spring 2011
        CEE 6440 - Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources, Fall 2010

        Graduate Students Mentored

        Bhuwan Ghimire, Civil & Environmental Engr, January 2022
        Motasem Abualqumboz , Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2021
        Homa Salehabadi, Civil & Environmental Engr, January 2019
        Madeline Merck, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2014
        Sara Goeking, Watershed Sciences, September 2016 - May 2022
        Irene Garousi-Nejad, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2016 - January 2022
        Tian Gan, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2012 - December 2019
        Tseganeh Gichamo, Civil & Environmental Engr, August 2012 - May 2019
        Kshitij Parajuli, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2014 - August 2018
        Prasanna Dahal, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2016 - February 2018
        Nazmus Sazib, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2012 - October 2016
        Avirup Sen Gupta, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2010 - December 2014
        Sulochan Dhungel, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2010 - September 2014
        Aaron Byrd, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2008 - July 2013
        Ibrahim Mohammed, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2007 - January 2012
        Vinod Mahat, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2006 - December 2011
        Susannah Erwin, Civil & Environmental Engr, August 2008 - December 2010
        Kiran Chinnayakanahalli, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2004 - May 2010
        Teklu Tefsa, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2004 - May 2010
        Jeff Horsburgh, Civil & Environmental Engr, January 2007 - January 2009
        Christina Bandaragoda, Civil & Environmental Engr, January 2000 - May 2008
        Nduhiu Gathuma, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2002 - September 2007
        Ajay Prasad, Civil & Environmental Engr, August 2003 - May 2007
        Ibrahim Mohammed, Civil & Environmental Engr, August 2003 - May 2006
        Greg Loscher, Civil & Environmental Engr, August 1998 - May 2006
        Kiran Chinnayakanahalli, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2000 - August 2004
        Jinsheng You, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 1999 - May 2004
        Erkan Istanbulluolgu, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 1999 - May 2003
        Rajiv Prasad, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 1996 - May 2001
        Charlie Luce, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 1994 - May 2000
        Kevin Williams, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 1996 - September 1998
        Ashish Sharma, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 1992 - July 1996
        Padinare Unnikrishna, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 1991 - May 1995
        Thomas Jackson, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 1991 - May 1994
        Tanveer Chowdhury, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 1991 - May 1993
        Alaa Hassan, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 1990 - December 1992

        Recent Research & Projects

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