Vadose Zone Hydrology

Vadose Zone Hydrology is the study of water movement from ground surface to the water table. This very broad subject area in the Division of Hydrologic Sciences (DHS) helps to understand diverse environmental processes such as runoff potential, evapotranspiration, infiltration, and groundwater recharge. The vadose zone moderates many near-surface processes, including those that affect contaminant transport from surface sources, impacts from wildfires and ecological services. DHS faculty approach this broad subject area through basic and applied research across Nevada, the western US and elsewhere, and they collaborate with other talented faculty across DRI, and from other Universities.

DHS research projects related to "vadose zone hydrology" are listed below.
Developing and Enhancing Landsat Derived Evapotranspiration and Surface Energy Products: 2012-2017 Landsat Science Team
Development of Macropores in the Subsurface by Burrowing Organisms & their Impacts on Infiltration, Runoff, and Contaminant Transport Characteristics
Quality Assurance Review of L31N Groundwater Flow Data for 2006-2009
Evaluation of Landfill Conditions and Potential Impacts on Water Resources in Rural Clark County, NV
Developing Historical and Future Agricultural Evapotranspiration and Irrigation Water Requirements
Phoenix Copper Leach Closure Field Test Facility Design and Construction - Phase 2
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach
Yerington/Anaconda Mine Site Technical Support
CERCLA Oversight for Millennium Science and Engineering
Desert Soils Hydraulic Characterization Project
Tamarisk Control - Evapotranspiration (ET) Monitoring and Analysis in Phreatophyte Areas
Collaborative Research: Root Induced Changes of Soil Physical Properties Using Synchrotron X-ray Microtomography (CMT) and Micromechanical Simulations
Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach
Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education, and Outreach
Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education, and Outreach
Fate and Transport of Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products and Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in Golf Courses Irrigated with Reuse Water
Rosewood Creek Stream Environment Zone Restoration Monitoring: Washoe County, Nevada
Development of a BMP Performance Assessment and Data Analysis System for the Tahoe Integrated Information Management System (TIIMS)
Predicting and Managing Changes in Near-Shore Water Quality
Impact of the Lower and Middle Rosewood Creek Restoration Projects on the Delivery of Nutrients and Suspended Sediment to Lake Tahoe
Technical Support to the DOE Office of Legacy Management
Development of Tools and Solutions to Optimize the Operations of the Truckee River based on the Requirements of the Truckee River Operating Agreement
Technical Research, Engineering and Development Services for NNSA/NSO (TREDS)
Cover Renovation Study: Study Site Selection, Lysimeter Design, and Instrumentation Procurement
Field Evaluation of Polyacrylamide (PAM) Effectiveness and Laboratory Studies to Assess Microbial Degradation (PAM IV)
A New Method of Estimating Soil Hydraulic Parameter Uncertainty and Heterogeneity Using Bayesian Updating and an Artifical Neural Network
Perform Studies to Understand and Improve the Quality of Real Time Hydrologic Data Acquisition Storage, and Usage to Improve Water Management of the Truckee-Carson River System
Wyoming Weather Modification
Regionally Based Clean Water Activities
Sustainability of Semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas