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James Smith
James Smith

William and Edna Macaleer Professor of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director of Graduate Studies, Civil and Environmental Engineering

BSE, Mathematics, University of Georgia, 1974
MSE, Mathematical Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University, 1980
PhD, Geography and Environmental Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 1981

Room: E413 Engineering Quad
Phone: 609-258-4615

Webpage: Hydrometeorology Research Group

Curriculum Vitae

Concurrent University Appointments

  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)
  • Associated Faculty, Department of Geosciences
  • Associated Faculty, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences


  • CEE472 Hydrometeorology
  • CEE263 Rivers and the Regional Environment
  • CEE591 Radar Hydrometeorology


Research Areas

  • Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Climate
  • Ecohydrology
  • Environmental Engineering and Water Resources
  • Environmental Sensor Systems
  • Sensors and Remote Sensing
  • Surface Hydrology and Hydrometeorology
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Hydrology and Meteorology
  • Water Quality, Biogeochemical Cycles and Bioremediation

Research Interests

Smith's research interests concern the hydrology, hydraulics and hydrometeorology of extreme floods. Hydrometeorological studies have centered on development of technologies for measuring rainfall from weather radar, stochastic modeling of the space-time structure of rainfall and microphysical studies of extreme rainfall from organized systems of thunderstorms. Smith's research group has been involved in numerous hydrometeorological field campaigns, most recently in connection with the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES), a component of the NSF LTER program. Field studies in the BES have also examined the heterogeneity of hydrologic response in urbanizing watersheds, the stability of the channel-floodplain system in urban drainage networks and the hydraulics of extreme floods in urban rivers. In addition to field campaigns focused on intensively monitoring research watersheds, Smith and his colleagues have been extensively involved in field studies of major floods in the United States.

Updated: July 1, 2018