Current Research

Remote sensing

Assessing the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) Satellite’s Future Impact on the Hydrologic Community

SWOT will provide researchers an opportunity to observe global river and lake discharge dynamics at a time when climate change threatens to alter water resources in many regions. 

SWOT launches in 2021 and will measure surface water slopes, extents, and elevations. From these parameters, river discharge can be derived from space! The goal of this project is to optimize the unique spatiotemporal sampling of SWOT within a hydrologic modeling framework to assess the added-value SWOT will bring in the context of water resources management.

Published Manuscript: How does the unique space-time sampling of the SWOT Mission influence river discharge series characteristics?


Sensor-based Bloom Classification

In-vivo sensors can provide near real-time monitoring of water quality. However, difficulty relating fluorometric measurements to relevant algal water quality parameters (e.g. cyanobacterial cell density or chlorophyll concentration), has limited the implementation of probe-based monitoring strategies. Ongoing research combines high rate cyanobacteria sampling with data collected from the EPA Charles River Buoy in order to create a model capable of estimating cyanobacterial cell density and tracking important bloom parameters.

Charles Floating Wetland

This project proposes the temporary installation of a ~700 square foot floating wetland in the waters near North Point Park in Cambridge, MA. The goals of this project are to: (1) research the impact of improved habitat on zooplankton species distribution and mean body size, (2) create a visually impactful wetland installation that will enliven the parkland, and (3) engage and educate the public about the relationship between river ecology, pollution and water quality.


Stormwater Nutrient Management

A collaborative study between the City of Cambridge Department of Public Works, Stantec, and Northeastern University is conducting stormwater sampling to understand the variability in phosphorus export from different urban landscapes. The goal of the project is to develop an optimized diversion and treatment strategy that will help to meet the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) allocations of a dense urban watershed like Cambridge, MA.

Additional Projects