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Sept. 22, 2004

Bradley, Kruger Receive $321,972 Grant For River Forecasting

Allen Bradley (left), associate professor in the University of Iowa College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and associate faculty research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, and Anton Kruger (right), IIHR research engineer and UI adjunct assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, have received a $321,972 grant from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service (NWS) to improve river forecasting.

In particular, they will enable water resource managers to make more accurate NWS stream flow predictions by improving the diagnostic tools used to refine forecasting models. The study will result, in part, in the evaluation of the quality of 6-90-day NWS stream flow forecasts for the North-Central and Ohio River NWS Forecast Centers.

"Forecasters routinely assess the accuracy of their forecasts. Documenting their inaccuracies guide future efforts to improve forecast models," Bradley said. Bradley and Kruger's research will develop forecast verification methods for the NWS's newest river forecasting technologies, which produce long-range forecast probabilities of river conditions out to 90 days. The new forecasting systems, which were first developed for the Des Moines River basin, are now being implemented operationally throughout the United States.

The co-principal investigator on the project is Stuart Schwartz, director, Center for Environmental Science, Technology and Policy, Cleveland State University.

Bradley is a nationally known researcher with interests in the fields of flood hydrology, hydroclimatology of extreme rainstorms and rainfall-runoff modeling. He serves as the Hydrology Section Secretary of the American Geophysical Union, and is a member of the National Research Council's Committee on River Science. Kruger's expertise involves the application of information technology to the geosciences, and he is the recipient of the 2002 UI College of Engineering Research Staff Award for Excellence.

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