2018 Graduate Student Showcase

Degree Program

Hydrologic Science, MS

Major Advisor Name

Shawn Benner

Type of Submission

Scholarly Poster


Surface water demand is primarily controlled by the evapotranspiration (ET) rate, but ET rates are not regularly measured in urban environments. This complicates crucial aspects of efficient water management. I hypothesize the average annual urban ET rate is significantly lower than the surrounding agricultural ET rate, which is commonly used interchangeably with the urban rate. To test this hypothesis, I will map, model, and compare ET of urban and adjacent agricultural landscapes. Using a locally calibrated model and remote sensing data, satellite imagery will be used to create a spatially and temporally distributed ET dataset to analyze the regional ET rates.