University of Vermont

Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory and Geomorphology Research Group

Urban Hydrology



Undergraduate and graduate students worked closely with the City of Burlington Code Enforcement Office staff as well as those from the Department of Public Works to map greenspace loss primarily from the conversion of lawns to parking lots at residential rental properties. We designed and deployed a sprinkling infiltrometer to measure infiltration rates on land subjected to different uses. Students created test plots on the UVM campus to determine the effectiveness of tilling and compost addition as remediation agents.
Project Support
NSF EAR-9702643 - CAREER award -- Timing and Distribution of Extreme Hydrologic Events
Proposal Project Summary (download pdf)
Video links related to this project
video: Green Space Loss: Community Awareness Walk in Burlington
video: UVM Student Project on Soil Compaction in Burlington
video: UVM Student Project: Parking Conundrum - Loss of Green Space
People Working on this Project
Paul Bierman
Tom Dunne
Megan McGee
Paul Melillo
Kyle Nichols
Lyman Persico
Nathan Toke
Publications Related to this Project

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P., Persico, L., Bosley, A., Melillo, P., and Kurfis, J., 2003, Quantifying land use and urban runoff changes through service learning hydrology projects: Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 51, p. 365-372. (download pdf)

Bierman, P., 2002, Burlington's diminishing green space: The Sentinel: Preservation Burlington Inc., v. 4, p. 4-5. (download pdf)

Bierman, P.R., 2002, Disappearing Burlington lawns: Students, cars, and land use change, The Center for Research on Vermont: Research in Progress Seminar #160: University of Vermont. (download pdf) (View the talk)
Abstracts Related to this Project

Kurfis, J., Bierman, P., Nichols, K., Persico, L., and Melillo, P., 2001, Green university town succumbs to blacktop: Quantifying the increase in impermeable surfaces and runoff through time: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 32, p. A-179. (download pdf)

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