Welcome to the research group in Urban Water and Surface Hydrology led by Jose Vasconcelos with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Auburn University! Our goal is to advance engineering and science focusing on water resources for communities, the environment, with a particular focus on time-varying flows and multiphase applications. Please reach us through our email: jgv@auburn.edu or our LinkedIn profile. Our publications can also be reached on our ResearchGate page, and are detailed in Dr. Vasconcelos CV.


May 6, 2022-  Dr. Vasconcelos was invited by the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association for a webinar focused on Urban Development Impacts on Stormwater Management.

February 9, 2022-  The paper published in the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering led by Ross Ellis, and co-authored by Guy Biessan, Frances C. O’Donnell, Jose G. Vasconcelos and Benjamin F. Bowers has been featured in ASCE's Source Website.

January 27, 2022 -  Dr. Jose Vasconcelos was selected for the 2022 Outstanding Associate Editor Award by the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute. Dr. Vasconcelos serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering.

January 17, 2022 -  Our latest paper on rapid filling conditions in a stormwater tunnel system has been published in the Journal of Water Management Modeling.

November 16, 2021 -  I would like to congratulate our student, Robson Pachaly, for the completion of his Ph.D. degree with a successful Oral Defense. His work included improvements on the performance of system-wide transient simulations in stormwater systems, CFD simulation of air-water interactions in shafts, and urban flash flooding simulations. 

November 16, 2021 -  I am glad to share that the ASCE Journal of Hydrological Engineering published our new work that focuses on a new and practical tool that helps in the optimized selection of GIP geometry along with stormwater detention facilities. This was the result of an effort led by Ross Ellis, with the contribution of Don Guy Biessan, Frances O'Donnell, and Benjamin Bowers. Thanks for the collaboration and the opportunity to work in this team.

October 22, 2021 -  This has been thus far a good month for the collaborations we have with researchers in Brazil. First, the paper by Dr. Tiago Mattos, advised by Dr. Paulo Tarso Oliveira, was published in the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. The topic is the impact of LIDs in urbanized catchments subjected to floods under climate change scenarios. Dr. Oliveira leads a very active research group at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, and I am glad to be working with them. 

Then, a few days ago, our paper submission to MDPI Water was accepted. An interesting la-scale work on the pressurization processes in T-junctions in hydraulic systems. This is the latest collaborative publication between Auburn University and the Federal University of Santa Maria, with the participation of Dr. Pinto, Dr. Tassi, Dr. Allasia, and the students that led the experimental data gathering of this study. To our knowledge, the first contribution of this kind, and potentially very useful for those interested in the computational hydraulics representation of such complex flows. I am glad to be able to work with our engineering and research colleagues in Brazil, and hope to do so in the future.

September 25, 2021 -  Our research group worked this weekend installing a few level loggers in Moores Mill watershed to monitor the hydrological response following rain events. A few nice pictures are shown below. 

September 16, 2021 -  There are always discrepancies in experimental measurements, but a few are funny to read about!

September 3, 2021 -  The paper led by Robson Pachaly (our Ph.D. student) and in collaboration with Dr. Allasia (Federal University of Santa Maria) has been published in the Urban Water Journal. Check it out.

August 31, 2021 - As a result of the MS Thesis by Ross Ellis, advised by Dr. Frances O'Donnell (chair), with Dr. J. Vasconcelos, and Dr. Ben Bowers, a user-friendly Green Infrastructure and stormwater detention optimization tool was developed. The tool makes use of Excel, EPA SWMM, and GAMS optimization software to perform its calculations. Details of the methodology are discussed in Ross Ellis MS Thesis and were recently peer-reviewed in a paper accepted in the ASCE Journal of Hydrological Engineering.  

August 24, 2021 - By some accounts, the rainfall in Waverly, TN a few days ago have reached a total depth of 17 inches or 432 mm over 24 hours . Checking NOAA's Atlas 14 website it is possible to notice that the intensity of a 1000-year rain event (0.1% chance of occurring any given year) is only 11 inches (under 280 mm). Even when considering the 90% confidence interval, it was a much more severe rain event than the statistics predict. How will water resources engineers communicate to society the need to improve upon design practices proposed decades ago to cope with more dynamic and intense rainfall events?

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