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Richard J Huizinga, P.E.

Richard (Rick) Huizinga is interested in applying concepts of hydrodynamics and geomorphology to help solve real-world problems such as erosion hazards (scour) near bridges and erosion and deposition in rivers and lakes.

Rick is a project hydrologist at the Central Midwest Water Science Center in Rolla, Missouri.  Rick received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in civil engineering (focused on Hydrology and Hydraulics) from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (M S&T, formerly UMR). Since joining the USGS in 1991, Rick has devoted his career to studying surface water hydraulics and specializes in bridge scour and applications of multibeam echosounders and motion-compensated and tripod-based lidar technology for geomorphic assessment and change detection.  He has participated in applied research focusing on predicting and measuring scour at bridge piers using hydraulic models and field methods. Rick is a recognized expert in the use of multibeam echosounder technology for assessment of bridge scour during floods as well as bathymetric surveying of inland alluvial rivers and streams and lakes.

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