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Brianne K. Smith, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Brianne’s research interests involve hydrology and hydroclimatology of heavy rainfall and flooding in urban areas. Her research focuses on urban modification to the water cycle and creating better physical understanding of urban flooding. This work includes a focus on regional precipitation climatology and urban modification of flood-producing  rainfall as well as urban watershed modeling. An increased physical understanding of urban flooding will help to prepare cities to better prepare for heavy rainfall in a changing climate.

Relevant Publications

Smith, B. K., Smith, J. A., Baeck, M. L., Villarini, G., Wright, D. B. (2013). The spectrum of storm event hydrologic response in urban watersheds.  Water Resources Research. (in press) DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20223.

Villarini, G., Smith, J. A., Baeck, M. L., Smith, B. K., & Sturdevant-Rees, P. (2011). Hydrologic analyses of the 17-18 July 1996 flood in Chicago and the role of urbanization. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering.