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Vivoni’s work in hydrology earns engineering research prize

Enrique Vivoni

Enrique Vivoni has been named a recipient of one of the leading prizes for research awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Photo courtesy of ASU Magazine


Arizona State University associate professor Enrique Vivoni has been named a recipient of the 2014 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The honor recognizes notable achievements in research related to civil engineering, and is generally given to ASCE members under age 40.

The ASCE cited Vivoni for his “contributions to the understanding of ecohydrologic processes in semi-arid areas, including the moderating role of vegetation and interactions among water, energy and carbon cycling, and to the development of high-resolution hydrologic models, including the use of parallel computing systems.”

The selection committee noted in particular his focus on the impacts of climate change on ecosystems in arid and semi-arid regions.

Vivoni is on the faculty of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is internationally recognized in the fields of distributed hydrologic modeling, ecohydrology of semi-arid regions, North American monsoon studies and integration of engineering tools for advancing hydrologic science.

In his research contributions to civil and environmental engineering in the hydrology and water resources specialization, Vivoni has distinguished himself in integrating scientific and engineering tools for understanding and forecasting watershed processes and their spatiotemporal distributions.

He has made some significant advances in the past year, demonstrating the role of terrestrial plants on topographic, radiation and hydrological properties in aspect-delimited ecosystems, developing participatory modeling workshops in Mexico that address infrastructure and climate change impacts on water supply in rural settings, and identifying the role of urban irrigation on soil moisture dynamics and its management implications in Phoenix.

Instituted in 1949, the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize has been awarded to five individuals per year since 1958.

“It is truly an honor to receive this particular award since it has been previously bestowed on investigators in hydrology and water resources who transformed the discipline during the 20th century,” Vivoni said. “To follow in the footsteps of Peter Eagleson (1963), Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe (1975) and Rafael Bras (1993), among others, is both an honor and a responsibility which I hope to live up to during my career.”

Vivoni will accept the award at the Environmental and Water Resource Institute (EWRI) Congress in Portland, Oregon, June 1-5. He is one of five winners in 2014, but the only one receiving his award at EWRI’s conference.

Written by Nikki Cassis

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Joe Kullman is a science writer for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Before joining Arizona State University in 2006, Joe worked as a reporter, writer and editor for newspapers and magazines dating back to the dawn of the age of the personal computer. He began his career while earning degrees in journalism and philosophy from Kent State University in Ohio. Media Contact: [email protected] | 480-965-8122 | Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Communications

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