Ecohydrological Modeling

Modeling the Ecohydrological Interactions Among Land Use Change, Climate Variability, and Forest Condition in the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin

Research led by Dr. Tae Hee Hwang

Human disturbances have been altering the dominant hydrologic regimes with concomitant changes in ecosystem structure and function under climate changes.

The changes in climate and land-cover/land-use (LCLU) have significant impacts on ecosystem services upon which the welfare of the human depends, including the provision of freshwater, recreation, flood and erosion regulation, carbon sequestration, nutrient retention, and biodiversity. 

Freshwater supply is a key ecosystem service, which directly influences people’s daily livelihoods, particularly under extreme hydrologic conditions, such as drought, landslides, and flashfloods. 

predicting future vulnerability of freshwater systems