Dr. David Tarboton, Utah State University, College of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Tarboton’s research is in the area of surface water hydrology at the disciplinary interface between hydrology and information technology. He focuses on advancing the capability for hydrologic prediction by developing models that take advantage of new information and process understanding enabled by new technology. He strives to advance understanding through research that synthesizes modeling and numerical analysis with field observations and hydrologic information systems. This is motivated by the problems faced by hydrologists being multi-faceted requiring the integration of information from multiple sources and the need to advance and tailor computing systems to the needs of hydrologists to pursue the general understanding needed to advance physically based hydrologic prediction. He leads the development of HydroShare (www.hydroshare.org), a hydrologic information system for sharing hydrologic data and models operated by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. HydroShare is a platform for users to share and publish data and models in a variety of flexible formats, and to make this information available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner in support of transparent and reproducible science. Hydroshare also includes tools (web apps) that can act on content in HydroShare providing users with a gateway to computing and analysis. He also works on terrain analysis for hydrology, terrain stability mapping and stream sediment inputs, geomorphology, stochastic and nonparametric statistical methods in hydrology, and snow hydrology. His group has developed and supports open source software packages implementing many of the research capabilities developed. This includes the Terrain Analysis using Digital Elevation Models (TauDEM) package for derivation of hydrologic information from digital elevation models, and the Utah Energy Balance snowmelt model.