SEGS Lab Research Projects: Water Quality

Water quality in Lake Champlain is an important priority of the State’s residents and government. SEGS lab research has covered topics such as Vermonters’ willingness to pay for water quality improvement, farmers’ willingness to implement best management practices such as planting buffer zones between crop fields and waterways, and agricultural practice adaptation to climate change. We are also focusing on Water forecasting, water predictions and water value by the communities, Lake Champlain water resilience on the face of climate change and water quality monitoring and modeling and Conflict mediation and dialogue.

Forecast Design, Decision Science, and Community Resilience
To maximize the benefits of improved water forecasting advancements CIROH will establish a foundation of research for better understanding how communities use water predictions, how communities value water predictions, and how this information informs the design, access, and use of impact-based decision support systems (IDSS). This project will create a cross-institution capacity in CIROH to explore the heterogeneity of:
(1) risk perception and behavior;
(2) social vulnerability;
(3) relationships between forecasting, data visualization of forecast products, and ability of individuals and communities to use these forecast products;
(4) economic and ecosystem services benefits of investments in improved operational forecasts, and
(5) decision heuristics relative to water hazard mitigation that can be integrated into water forecast workflows and products.
Status: On-going
Team lead: Scott C. Merrill
Funding provided by: CIROH NOAA


Basin Resilience to Extreme Events In the Lake Champlain Basin (BREE)
The research will inform public policy and support economic and workforce development. Research questions examine what makes some parts of the Lake Champlain Basin and its watersheds resilient in the face of extreme weather events, increasingly common in a warming Vermont, while other parts fail to recover and rebound.
Status: Completed
Project lead: Scott C. Merrill
Funding provided by: National Science Foundation

Kunar-Chitral-Kabul River Basin
Project areas include citizen science and community engagement, Water quality monitoring and modeling and Conflict mediation and dialogue.
Status: On-going
Project lead: Prof. Asim Zia