Category: Sustainable Community Planning

Adaptive Management Framework Approach to Watershed Implementation of Nutrient Reduction Strategies

  • Summarize model capabilities, model inputs, and simulation methods of different hydrologic and water quality models including
  • Explore uncalibrated, calibrated, and validated outputs of these models and uncalibrated ensemble modeling in estimating average annual water quantity and quality for a 41.5 km2 agricultural watershed in Northeastern Indiana
  • Provide suggestions on the selection and use of these models based
    on the results in this study

An Integrated Physical-Social-Community (PSC) Approach for Sustainable Shore Protection, Beach Integrity, and Bluff/Dune Stabilization Along Lake Michigan

The overall goals of this project are to:

  • Better understand coastal processes in terms of nearshore hydrodynamics, sediment transport, and coastal morphology under changing climate forcing in Lake Michigan
  • Help effectively communicate to stakeholders, with the purpose of promoting sustainable shore protection, increasing the integrity of beaches; and stabilizing bluffs/dunes in Lake Michigan


Improving the Simulation of Green Infrastructure to Include Flood Mitigation and Lifecycle Duration

  • Determine the role of green infrastructure (GI) practices in reducing flooding by developing Long-Term Hydrologic Impact Assessment-Low Impact Development (L-THIA-LID) 2.2 models to simulate flooding (peak flow rate) and impacts of GI on reducing flooding
  • Identify the long-term performance of GI practices in reducing flooding by improving the model algorithm to simulate GI practice efficiencies considering changes in performance of practices over time
  • Enhance the optimization tool for selecting and placing GI practices to account for flooding
  • Demonstrate the impacts of GI practice adoption on flooding through use of the improved model in analysis of potential and optimal GI impacts in the Washington Park community in Chicago
  • Use the new tool to increase the understanding of impacts of GI practices in reducing flooding by providing outreach through tutorial and video instructional support including to community organizations around Chicago and classes at DePaul University and Purdue University