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College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UC Denver
 

Research

Rivers and Water Systems


 

Overview

Research in river and water systems is led by Professor Lynn Johnson, who has been interested in rivers and water systems since he began his career gauging streams for the U.S. Geological Survey. His professional practice and research on water resources systems has involved extensive use of maps and engineering plans which over time led to computerized versions of these as geographic information systems (GIS).

Founded on undergraduate degrees in geology and civil engineering, a master’s degree in water resources management and a PhD in water resources systems, Johnson has conducted various hydrologic and water resources investigations for private and public agency clients. He has developed original applications of GIS for water resources systems planning and design; including those for river basin, hydrologic, water quality and land resources.

Johnson is currently a professor of civil engineering (water resources and geographic information systems) at the University of Colorado Denver where he has led development of the master of engineering in GIS program. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in water resources systems modeling and planning, GIS, hydrology and environmental engineering. All of his courses, including the MEng-GIS program, are offered entirely online.

Projects

Recent Publications

2009 Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources Engineering. Taylor-Francis Group, CRC Press. January. ISBN: 978-1-4200-6913-6.

2009 Survey of NOAA Downscaling Approaches and Applications. (with T. Schneider). Report prepared for the Water Branch of the Physical Sciences Division, Earth Systems Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, CO. July. 25 pp. Proceedings paper presented at AWRA 2009 Spring Specialty Conference: Managing Water Resources Development in a Changing Climate, May 4-6.

2008 NOAA’s Hydrometeorological Testbed (HMT) Program - Implementation Plan. (with T. Schneider and C. Williams). Paper prepared for the Water Branch of the Physical Sciences Division, Earth Systems Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, CO. December. 150 pp.

2008 Hydrometeorological Forcings for Sacramento River Basin Risk-Based Design and Operations System. Concept paper prepared for the Water Branch of the Physical Sciences Division, Earth Systems Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, CO. June. 21 pp.

2007 Multi-Criteria Wetlands Mapping Using an Integrated Pixel-Based and Object-Based Classification Approach (with C. Hsu). Proceedings AWRA Annual Conference, Albuquerque, N.M. 12 Nov. Also, Final Report to the Colorado Department of Transportation, Environmental Programs Branch. June.

2007 GIS-Based Areawide Cumulative Effects Assessment. (w. B. Muller, F. Nuszdorfer, J. Wyckoff). Twenty-Seventh Annual ESRI International User Conference, June 18-22, 2007, San Diego, CA.

2007 GIS On-Line: An Assessment of Course Delivery Modes. Paper presented at 2007 ESRI Education User Conference, June 16–19, 2007, San Diego, California

2007 GIS On-Line - Experience with an Engineering Master’s Degree. Paper presented at the 2007 Meeting of The AAG, April 17-21 2007, San Francisco, CA.

2007 Areawide Cumulative Effects Analysis Using GIS. (with B. Muller, F. Nuszdorfer, J. Wyckoff, B. Beckham). Proceedings, TRB 86th Annual Meeting (January 21-25, 2007), Washington, D.C.

2007 Areawide Cumulative Effects Analysis Using GIS. (w. B. Muller, F. Nuszdorfer, J. Wyckoff). Paper presented at the 2007 Meeting of the AAG, April 17-21 2007, San Francisco, CA.

2006 Regional Accounting of Cumulative Environmental Effects. (w. B. Muller, F. Nuszdorfer, J. Wyckoff) Report to the Colorado Department of Transportation, Grant No. PG HAA 05HQ231. November. 95 pp.

2006 Colorado Environmental Geodatabase. (with B. Muller, J. Wyckoff and F. Nuzdorfer) Report to the Report to the Colorado Department of Transportation, July.

2005 Integration of e-Management, e-Development and e-Learning Technologies for Blended Course Delivery. (with Michael Tang) Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Journal Online, vol 13, 2.

2004 Hydrologic Effects of Land Use Change. (with B. Blaser). Proceedings American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Annual Conference, Orlando, Fla. 3 November.

2004 GIS-Based Cumulative Effects Assessment (with J. Wyckoff, F. Nuszdorfer). Proceedings American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Annual Conference, Denver, CO. May 27.

2004 Foundations of Engineering, Science and Technology (FEST) (w. E. Johnson, C. Jorgenson, M. Tang) Proceedings 2004 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, June 20-23, Salt Lake City, UT.

2004 Hydrologic Effects of Land Use Change (with B. Blaser). Proceedings American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Annual Conference, Orlando, Fla. 3 November.

2001 Predictive Uncertainty of Watershed Rainfall-Runoff Models Using Weather Radar. (with W. Roberts, B. Skahill, S. O’Donnell). Proceedings AMS 30th Int’l Conference on Radar Meteorology, Munich, Germany. Pgs 11-13, July 19-24.

2000 Assessment of Flash Flood Forecasting Procedures Using Radar-Rainfall Imagery. Journal Geophysical Research, Vol. 105, No. D2, pp 2299-2313, January 27.

Faculty Information

Lynn E. Johnson, Professor
Water Resources Engineering and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Contact:
University of Colorado Denver
Department of Civil Engineering, Campus Box 113
University of Colorado and Health Sciences Center
PO Box 173364, 1200 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80217-3364
303-556-2372, Lynn.E.Johnson@ucdenver.edu

Education:

  • BA in Geology from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo in 1966
  • BS in Civil Engineering from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo in 1967
  • MS in Water Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1972
  • PhD in Water Resources Systems from Cornell University in 1981

Professional History

  • Professor, University of Colorado Denver. 1984 to present.
  • Director, MEng-GIS Program, University of Colorado at Denver, 1995 to present.
  • Senior Research Hydrologist, NOAA Earth Systems Research Lab, Boulder, CO. , 1988-2009.
  • Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. 1983-1984.
  • Environmental Engineer, Center for the Environment & Man, Hartford, CT. 1973-1976, 1979-1982.
  • Adjunct Faculty, Hartford Graduate Center, Hartford, CT. 1979 - 1983.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 1976 - 1979.
  • Environmental Engineer, National Commission on Water Quality, Washington, DC. 1975 - 1976.
  • Water Resources Engineer, Commonwealth Associates, Inc., Jackson, MI. 1972 - 1973.
  • EPA Graduate Fellowship, University of Wisconsin at Madison. 1970 - 1972.
  • Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, Albany, NY. 1967 - 1970.
  • Hydrologist, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, State College, PA, 1966 - 1967.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Registered Professional Engineer - Civil Engineering (Connecticut 12789)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • American Water Resources Association
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
  • Sigma Xi, Chi Epsilon

Related Courses

  • CVEN 3414: Design of Water and Wastewater Systems
  • CVEN 5381: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • CVEN 5382: GIS Spatial Database Development
  • CVEN 5383: GIS Analyses-Theory and Practice
  • CVEN 5384: GIS Management and Policies
  • CVEN 5385: GIS Relational Database Systems
  • CVEN 5386: GIS Laboratory
  • CVEN 5387: Advanced Remote Sensing

For complete, up-to-date course descriptions, visit the CU Denver academic catalog and search for the course numbers listed above.