PhD Research - Will Burke

William's research interests broadly include hydrology, water resources, climate change impacts, and modeling methods. His research is part of an effort to use the RHESSys hydro-ecologic model to better study fire and the growing risk it presents in California. Specifically, he is working to develop and incorporate a sediment transport model into the RHESSys model to better simulate fire response. This physical modeling of fire spread and response is part of a larger coupled model which aims to better understand fire and inform fire management. William is further interested in the spatiotemporal variability of wildfire dynamics, and how climate change is likely to impact future fire response.


Year Admitted: 2016
Research Areas:
Hydrology, water resources, climate change impacts, spatial-temporal variability of fire dynamics
Faculty Advisor: Naomi Tague
Office: Bren Hall 1001

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