Integrated Water Management via Zintellect

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Narragansett, RI, US

Opportunity
Integrated Water Management
Organization
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Program
Office of Research and Development/National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (ORD/NHEERL)
Reference Code
EPA-ORD-NHEERL-AED-2016-07
How To Apply

A complete application consists of:

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to [email protected] Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Academic Levels
  • Post-Master’s
Description

A postgraduate research opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD)/National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL). This appointment will be served with the Atlantic Ecology Division (AED) in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

The ORISE participant will be involved with a research team that is developing tools to assist in Integrated Water Management on community and watershed scales. The overall project involves the development and application of EPA’s Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST). Additional information may be found at:  (https://www.epa.gov/exposure-assessment-models/wmost). WMOST is a decision-support tool designed to facilitate cost-effective integrated water management by communities and watershed organizations involving elements of stormwater, drinking water, wastewater, and land conservation programs. Version 2 of the tool enables users to plan how to meet selected targets related to water quantity-related goals such as maintaining base flows, minimizing peak flows and flooding risks, and maintaining storage within watersheds through use of combinations of management options, which combine  both gray and green infrastructure. Version 3 of the tool (in progress) will enable users to optimize solutions for water-quality related goals as well. Use of the WMOST tool requires exploration of goals and possible management scenarios, identification of input data, running WMOST, and engagement with stakeholders to use WMOST outputs in their decision making.

In addition to tool development, EPA is improving user access to available data required as inputs to WMOST, including hydrologic (and ultimately water quality) time series from existing hydrologic models such as HSPF, SWAT, GWLF, and SWMM. These data sets are currently provided as a data library that can be downloaded with the WMOST tool. However, as the geographic and temporal scales of available datasets increase, EPA is developing alternative approaches to enable internet access to these time series as well as other ancillary data required by WMOST. 

The participant will have the opportunity to be involved in the following opportunities:

  • Running existing models using both historic and future climate scenarios to produce the time series with appropriate spatial and temporal resolution required for WMOST.
  • Applying a preprocessor to format HSPF, SWAT model outputs to match WMOST input requirements.
  • Formatting data for posting in EPA’s Estuary Data Mapper (EDM) application (www.epa.gov/edm) and elsewhere. EDM allows users to identify, visualize, and download environmental data for coastal watersheds and estuaries.
  • Researching case studies involving the application of WMOST to communities in different climatic regions across the country and testing of functionality as new modules are developed in WMOST.

The latter are conducted as collaborative exercises involving communities and watershed organizations and will involve stakeholder engagement, and some travel to support the stakeholder engagement process is anticipated.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and EPA.

Qualifications

Applicants should have received a master’s degree in water resources, environmental science, geography, environmental engineering, hydrology, geology, or a related field within five years of the desired start date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the start date.

Experience in the use of watershed models such as HSPF, SWAT, SWMM, and/or GWLF is desirable.  Familiarity with geographic information systems, experience using ArcGIS, familiarity with FGDC metadata standards and with R are also desired.

The appointment is full-time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend. Funding may be available to reimburse the participant’s travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will be available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, tuition and fees, or participant’s health insurance. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

The mentor for this project is Naomi Detenbeck ([email protected]). The desired start date is July 11, 2016.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Currently pursuing a Master’s degree or have received this degree within 60 months.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Computer Sciences
    • Computer Science – Languages and Systems
    • Earth and Geosciences
    • Earth Sciences
    • Environmental Science Studies
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Hydrologic Sciences
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences
    • Ecosystem Ecology
    • Other Physical Sciences
    • Environmental Chemistry
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences
    • Environmental Sciences
    • Hydrology
    • Natural Resources
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • Geography
    • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Veteran Status: None

POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED