I joined the SWES Department in 2007 and I’ve enjoyed being part of the diverse and vibrant UA community since. Being a native of Austria and spending time at Utah State University and the University of Idaho prior to my appointment at UA, I was always surrounded by abundant water and lush greenery. I still remember when I flew to Tucson for my job interview and looked down on the brown and uninviting Sonoran desert, and thought that there is no way I could enjoy living in such environment.
Through over 130 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Zeng's research interests include land-atmosphere-ocean interface processes, climate modeling, hydrometeorology, remote sensing, and nonlinear dynamics. He has given over 90 invited talks at conferences and institutions. His research products (including computer models, algorithms, and value-added global datasets) have been used by major national and international research centers and numerous groups worldwide. He also co-founded the Hydrometeorology M.S. and Ph.D. Program, which is the first such program in the U.S.
Wim van Leeuwen has been a research scientist and a member of the MODIS land science team, has worked on global spectral vegetation index and albedo products and algorithm development in the US and France. He is an Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment & the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He has more than 20 years of geospatial research and remote sensing science experience and is the director of the Arizona Remote Sensing Center at the University of Arizona.
Armin Sorooshian received his BS from the University of Arizona (Chemical and Environmental Engineering, 2003) and PhD from the California Institute of Technology (Chemical Engineering, 2008). His research focus is on the effect of aerosol particles on the environment, clouds and rainfall, climate, and public health/welfare. A suite of synergistic methods are used for this research, including laboratory experiments, ground and airborne field measurements, modeling, and remote sensing observations.
Ben McMahan joined CLIMAS in June of 2014 as a Research, Outreach, and Assessment Specialist after completing a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Arizona. His dissertation research was on hurricanes and disaster on the U.S. Gulf Coast, where he focused on human interactions in a dynamic social and environmental context, risk perception and landscape changes during and after disaster, and social network and policy responses to governance issues related to the acute threats of disaster; as they layer onto long term environmental issues and landscape scale changes.
Research: Hoshin Gupta is an internationally recognized leader in systems methods for reconciling models with data. He was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2009 for ‘consistent contributions to modeling science’, awarded the 2014 Dalton Medal of the European Geophysical Union for ‘pioneering work on systems methods for the field of hydrology’, and the 2017 Robert E Horton Lecture award of the American Meteorological Society for ‘fundamental contributions towards quantifying uncertainty in hydrologic model predictions’.
Victor R. Baker is Regents’ Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources, Professor of Geosciences, and Professor of Planetary Sciences, The University of Arizona. He has authored or co-authored 400 research papers and chapters and authored or edited 18 books on topics that include the geology and paleohydrology of Mars, Quaternary paleohydrology and geology, flood geomorphology, and history/philosophy of Earth and planetary sciences.