Mount Kenya is one of the major water towers in Kenya, but with an increase in population and water demand, the pressure on this scare commodity has been on the rise. Kelly Caylor and PhD student Drew Gower, along with Tom Evans from Indiana University, have been working together on an extensive socio-hydrological research project, in which 752 households were surveyed on water related issues. In parallel, farmer water flows were surveyed weekly for six months, and the pipe networks mapped. The biophysical data was analyzed together with the social data in order to determine the efficiency of the water distribution, and the reasons behind flow variability.
Cynthia Gerlein-Safdi just got awarded the Mary and Randall Hack ‘69 Graduate Award by the Princeton Environmental Institute. The Mary and Randall Hack ’69 Award provides research funding to support Princeton University graduate students pursuing innovative research on water and water-related topics with implications for the environment. Cynthia is planning on using the award for her project mapping dew formation in tropical forests using the QuikSCAT satellite.
See the PEI announcement HERE.
Caylor Lab alumni Frances O’Donnell will be starting this fall as an assistant professor of hydrologic engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at Auburn University. Her position is part of the Climate, Human and Earth System Sciences (CHESS) cluster hire, which facilitates an interdisciplinary, systems approach to understanding, predicting, and reacting to changes in coupled human-earth systems across multi-scales from local to global. She says she is looking forward to bringing the experience she gained as a postdoc at NAU in studying the eco- and sociohydrology of managed, fire-adapted forests to new challenges in the Southeast. She is joining fellow Princeton CEE alum Lauren Beckingham on the Auburn CE faculty.
Kelly Caylor, and Forrest Meggers, assistant professor of architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, just got selected for a new “Campus as a Lab” project. Their plan is to design and deploy a network of sensors throughout campus to understand the dynamic interplay between indoor and outdoor environments, and to use the information to improve building design.
The Innovation Fund for the Campus as a Lab is co-sponsored with the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Office of the Dean of the College, and the High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund.
See the official announcement HERE.
A new article was published by the CaylorLab in Remote Sensing of Environment. In this study, first author Stephanie Debats, along with co-authors Dee Luo, Lyndon Estes and Kelly Caylor, propose a new method to identify agricultural fields using remote sensing data and machine learning. In particular, the novel technique is capable of identifying large, commercial-scale fields as well as smallholder fields, giving a unique insight into sub-saharan agricultural patterns. Providing high-resolution maps of agricultural land cover is key to provide a critical and improved constraint for regional crop productivity and to monitor land cover change.