Margulis Research Group

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

UCLA

   

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Research Objectives

The research in our group covers the broad areas of surface hydrology and hydrometeorology. Our research group focuses on two primary goals: 1) to improve our ability to characterize important hydrologic states and fluxes through the combined application of remote sensing and modeling and 2) to better understand the underlying mechanisms responsible for their variability in time and space. The ultimate application of these research efforts are to improve water resource management and mitigate the effects of environmental hazards.

Specifically our research involves: land surface modeling; atmospheric boundary layer modeling using simple mixed-layer models and large-eddy simulations; distributed watershed modeling, diagnostic studies of land-atmosphere coupling and sensitivities; microwave remote sensing and data assimilation of soil moisture; snow modeling; snowpack characterization using visible, infrared, and microwave remote sensing and data assimilation; remote sensing and downscaling of land surface forcing variables.