Duke University | Pratt School of Engineering

Nevado Mismi

Nevado Mismi: Headwater of the Amazon Basin

Mismi is a 5,597-metre (18,363 ft) mountain peak of volcanic origin located in the Chila mountain range in the Andes of Peru,

The Bofedales, Andean wetlands that deserve protection

The Bofedales are wetlands of height and are considered native grasslands from the Andean region, little extensive and with permanent moisture.

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San Isidro Cloud Forest, Andes Mountains, Ecuador

Many scientists consider Andean cloud forests the world’s greatest conservation priority. Because the Andes mountains of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru are very tall and straddle the equator, they are the most biodiverse cloud forests on Earth. Read more

2009 Southeastern United States floods and storms

Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene was a large and destructive tropical cyclone, which affected much of the Caribbean and East Coast of the United States during late August 2011. Read more

The Real Story of Precipitation in the Southern Appalachian Mountains

Mid-morning peak in light rainfall appears as clouds and fog at Purchase Knob in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Read more

Studying the Hydrologic Cycle

We are studying the dynamics of water presence and water pathways in the terrestrial environment. The goal is to improve our understanding of the physics of the hydrological cycle at all spatial and temporal scales and to apply this new knowledge to investigate and develop technologies for environmental assessment, prediction and control.

Our research is interdisciplinary and addresses fundamental engineering science questions in the areas of climate, hydrometeorology, geomorphology, ecology, hydraulics and hydrology, and their linkages to the environmental engineering sciences.

Our projects involve the use of computer models, signal processing and exploratory data analysis, and laboratory and field experiments.