David Clancy, a Stats/Math/EnvSci major, and Tianyi Mu, an ECE/CompSci major, spent ten weeks studying the effects of weather, surroundings, and climate on the operational behavior of water reservoirs across the United States. They used a large dataset compiled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and they worked closely with Lauren Patterson from the Water Policy Program at Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Project mentorship was provided by Alireza Vahid, a postdoctoral candidate in Electrical Engineering.
Using sophisticated statistical machinery, the team showed that greater forestation and less-dense development increases the influence of rain on a reservoir. They also proposed a novel way to identify and characterize extreme reservoir events.
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- Environmental Science
Undergraduates: Tianyi Mu and David Clancy
Faculty Lead: Martin Doyle
Client Lead: Lauren Patterson, Water Policy Program Policy Associate
Lead mentor: Alireza Vahid, post-doc, ECE
Graduate mentor: Hamza Ghadyali graduate student, Mathematics