Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Eric Wood - Modeling Water, Energy and Climate

Eric F. Wood holds the Susan Dod Brown Professorship in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1976.   His research area is in hydroclimatology with an emphasis on the modeling and analysis of the global water and energy cycles through land surface modeling, satellite remote sensing, and data analysis.  His foci include the monitoring and forecasting of drought, hydrologic impacts from climate change, and seasonal hydrological forecasting.   

Eric's research has an emphasis on the modeling and analysis of global water and energy.
Eric was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering for “For development of land surface models and use of remote sensing for hydrologic modeling and prediction.”  Among his other honors, Dr. Wood received a Doctor Honoris Causa from Gent University (Belgium) in 2011, the European Geosciences Union’s Alfred Wegener Medal and John Dalton Medal, AMS’s Jules G. Charney Award and Robert E. Horton Memorial Lectureship, and AGU's Hydrology Section’s Robert E. Horton Award.  Dr. Wood is a Foreign Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.  He is a former Council member of the American Meteorological Society.  For the American Geophysical Union, he was the President of the Hydrology Section (2012-2014), served on the AGU Council (2010-2014) and has served on numerous committees, including as a member and chair of the Union Fellows Committee. 
Remote sensing uses reflected light or rays to collect data on the earth's surface.
Dr. Wood serves, and has served, on numerous advisory panels and committees for NOAA, NASA, NSF and the US National Academies as well as international programs.  During his academic career he has been the primary advisor to 32 PhD students, 8 Masters students, and has mentored 27 post-doctoral researchers.

Accurate modeling can help African farmers prepare for periods of drought.
We are pleased to welcome Eric as one of the jurors to select the winner of the 2017 OU International Water Prize.  As part of the WaTER Center Symposium on September 22, Dr. Wood will also be part of a panel discussion on "Critical Water Issues in Today's World". 

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