Hydrology Research

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are the headwaters of the Connecticut, Merrimack, Saco, and Androscoggin Rivers. The Center for the Environment is involved with several research projects related to understanding the hydrology of the region. Associate professor Mark Green leads this work. A primary interest is understanding how water transport controls biogeochemical and ecological processes, and vice versa. Research in this area includes a series of analyses focused on synthesizing and advancing our understanding of how hydrologic functions recover after forest disturbance. A primary research site for this work is the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Work in this arena is primarily funded by the Northern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service; other funding comes from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Japanese-U.S. Education Commission, and the White Mountain National Forest.
Specific projects include:

  • Monitoring stable isotopes of water throughout the Hubbard Brook valley
  • Understanding the hydrologic implications of forest nutrition
  • Quantifying uncertainty in watershed water and nutrient budgets
  • Aluminum mobilization in streamwater after forest harvests
  • Spatial and temporal monitoring of water in the Pemigewasset River watershed
  • Measuring evapotranspiration in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest
  • Understanding flow paths and implications for water chemistry, runoff, and mapping drainage networks (with particular interest in identifying perennial, intermittent and ephemeral streams) using enhanced topographic data (LiDAR) and results of studies at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest