Chuck Kroll
Hydrology, Water Resources and Ecological Engineering,
Environmental Modeling, Ecosystem Processes and Restoration



Recent Projects

Uncertainty Analyses and a Decision Support System for i-Tree Tools

A New i-Tree Tool for Assessing Forest Impacts on Urban Ecosystems

Urban Forest Spatial Modeling

Stormwater Management Capabilities of Electrical Substations

Determining Natural Flows and Hydrologic Alterations in the Delaware River


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My research interests primarily lie in the area of environmental management and modeling, with a particular emphasis on water resources engineering and the ecosystem services of urban trees. My water resources engineering research focuses on developing and testing approaches to improve water management and utilization, and how best to predict hydrologic statisics given limited amounts of streamflow data (ungauged and partially gauged sites, and the use of spot measurements). This research encompasses the areas of stochastic and deterministic hydrology, system engineering, probability and statistics, and computer science. My research on the ecosystem services of urban trees examines ways to improve the our understand of the benefits and costs of urban trees and vegetation, and methods to develop improved urban tree management and plantings to improve the ecosystem benefits. This work relies heavy on the i-Tree toolset software products (www.itreetools.org) and our partnerships with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and Davey Tree. This research involves the coupling of air quality, meteorologic, and biogenic models to create spatially distributed predictions of the impact of trees on the urban environment. My research utilizes many engineering tools, and most projects involve a combination of computer programming, GIS, and statistics. Recent and current funded projects are listed below.



Current and Recently Funded Research Projects

Decision Support System to Develop, Analyze, and Optimize Urban and Community Forests Collaborators:  Ted Endreny, SUNY ESF, David Nowak, USDA Forest Service, Scott Maco, Davey Tree Funding:  US Department of Agriculture Forest Service National Urban and Community Forest Advisory Council (NUCFAC): 2016 - 2019 Goal: To assess the uncertainty of output i-Tree Eco and Hydro, and develop a multiobjective decision support system for i-Tree Landscape.

Urban Forest Spatial Modeling
Collaborator:  Ted Endreny, SUNY ESF, and David Nowak, USDA Forest Service
Funding:  US Department of Agriculture Forest Service: 2011 - 2018
Goal: To develop and test spatially distributed models of forest ecosystem services to improve urban planning and management.

A New i-Tree Tool for Assessing Forest Impacts on Urban Ecosystems
Collaborators:  Ted Endreny, SUNY ESF, David Nowak, USDA Forest Service, Satoshi Hirabayashi, Davey Tree, Scott Maco, Davey Tree
Funding:  US Department of Agriculture Forest Service National Urban and Community Forest Advisory Council (NUCFAC): 2011 - 2015
Goal: To develop and test a new suite of forest management tools for determining the ecosystem benefits of urban forests, and to develop management plans to optimize these benefits.

Stormwater Management Capabilities of Electrical Substations
Collaborators: Michael Roberts, National Grid, and edr companies
Funding: National Grid: 2012 - 2015
Goal: To design and test the infiltration and water storage characteristics of potential substation aggregates, and to construct a field study to assessment stormwater management capabilities of different aggregate designs.

Determining Natural Flows and Hydrologic Alterations in the Delaware River
Collaborators: Ted Endreny, SUNY ESF, and Richard Evans, National Park Service
Funding: National Park Service: 2013 - 2015
Goal: To assess the impact of hydrologic regimes and regulation on the endangered dwarf wedgemussel by modeling the Delaware River watershed under different climate, land use, and regulation condition

 

 

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