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Welcome to the Ng Hydrology/Hydrogeology Research Group website!

Our group is interested in how different aspects affecting the hydrologic cycle – including the atmosphere, plants, soil, microbial activity, and geochemistry – interact with each other.  Understanding the links between these elements helps us explain how the environment will respond to changing conditions, including impacts of climate change, land use, and contamination.  We use computer models to describe dynamic connections at the land surface, in the unsaturated zone, in groundwater aquifers, and in surface water bodies (lakes, streams, and wetlands).  We employ statistical methods that merge models with data (data assimilation) to provide more reliable and informative insights than is possible with either models or data alone.  Recognizing that hydrologic systems and the environment are becoming inextricably linked to human activities, we also consider social dimensions in our work.