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Noah Schmadel

Noah Schmadel is a hydrologist at the USGS Oregon Water Science Center.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Sustainable management of water resources including both water quality and quantity
  • Integrated hydro-terrestrial constituent modeling and data collection strategies to forecast regional water quality outcomes
  • Dominant river corridor components including hyporheic zones, floodplains, and ponded waters
  • Hydrologic and chemical alterations caused by land use and water resource decisions

ENGINEERING AND MODELING TOOLS

  • Developing regional water quality models and improving their physical basis (SAS, SPARROW)
  • Hydroinformatics including data mining, standardization, preservation, and transferability (R, Python, Matlab, SQL Server, Visual Basic)
  • Contaminant and heat transport modeling through surface water and groundwater systems including calibration, sensitivity analyses, and numerical and analytical solution techniques (COMSOL Multiphysics)
  • Identifying cumulative and relative effects of river corridor processes (NHD)
  • Assessing hydro-chemical alterations caused by land use and water resource decisions (NLCD, NWIS)
  • Stream channel and watershed characterization techniques using remotely-sensed imagery and topographic analyses (LiDAR-derived DEMs, thermal infrared imagery, ArcGIS)

 

 

Professional Experience

  • Hydrologist, October 2020-Present, U.S. Geological Survey, Oregon Water Science Center

    - Providing predictive modeling to support national to local water availability challenges

  • Research Hydrologist, Mendenhall Fellow, August 2019-Present, U.S. Geological Survey, Earth System Processes Division, Reston, Virginia, Advisory board: Drs. G Schwarz, C Konrad, D Wolock, and J Harvey

    - Dynamic national hydro-terrestrial constituent model • Build and calibrate non-linear multi-regression models to make seasonal regional water quality predictions • Use physically-based approaches

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, February 2017-August 2019, U.S. Geological Survey, Earth System Processes Division, Reston, Virginia, Advisor: Dr. Judson Harvey

    - National river corridor water quality model

    • Built and calibrated nonlinear least squares regression models to make regional water-quality predictions

    • Used physically-based approaches to explain and improve regional observations

Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, 2006

             

  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 2009, Advisor: Dr. Bethany Neilson

             

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 2014, Advisor: Dr. Bethany Neilson

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