Current distributed hydrologic modeling research: Three-dimensional modeling of large, complex, mountainous watersheds

Valles Caldera

Three dimensional mesh of the Redondo Creek watershed. Currently Michael is implementing a three-dimensional hydrologic model of the Valles Caldera, a super volcano located in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. Calibration of this hydrologic model and forcing it with climate change data will predict the hydrologic effects of climate change in Valles Caldera. Ultimately the hydrograph produced from this research can be used to force a riparian vegetation dynamics model to determine how climate change will influence riparian vegetation. Challenges in this work include the constraints inherent in numerical methods, the large size and intricate geology of Valles Caldera, accurately determining model parameters, and determining an optimal climate forcing.