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



Recent Projects

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 urban air quality. My water resources engineering research focuses on developing holistic approaches to water resource management and utilization, and improved estimation of the uncertainty involved with forecasting hydrologic phenomena. This research primarily encompasses the areas of stochastic and deterministic hydrology, system engineering, probability and statistics, and computer science. My air quality research examines the use of urban vegetation for improved ecosystem services, with a focus on air quality. 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. All of my research utilizes many engineering tools, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geographic Positioning Systems (GPS), field hydrology and meteorology, and computer modeling and simulation, to gain a better understanding of how best to manage our environment. Current funded projects are listed below.



Current Funded Research Projects

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 - 2014

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.

Urban Forest Spatial Modeling
Collaborator:  Ted Endreny, SUNY ESF, and David Nowak, USDA Forest Service
Funding:  US Department of Agriculture Forest Service: 2011 - 2016
Goal: To develop and test spatially distributed models of forest ecosystem services to improve
urban planning and management.

Stormwater Management Capabilities of Electrical Substations
Collaborators: Michael Roberts, National Grid, and edr companies
Funding: National Grid: 2012 - 2014
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 - 2014
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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