Solution specific articles for Water & Environmental Resources.

National Weather Service Calibration

Lynker provided hydrologic, hydrometeorological, and reservoir model calibration support to the National Weather Service through the various River Forecast Center offices around the country. This ongoing task focuses on developing and optimizing watershed and reservoir models for more accurate streamflow and involves processing gridded and point-sourced hydrometeorological data for use in water balance analysis and model applications.

The primary component of the project is the calibration, evaluation and operational implementation of models for use in the NWS river, flood, and drought forecast practices. An essential element of the project involved configuring/designing the hydrologic workflows and visual displays within the Flood Early Warning System and Community Hydrologic Prediction System software structure.

 

Lower Poudre River Recovery and Resilience Master Plan

In response to the devastating flood of September 2013, the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed hired Lynker to develop a flood recovery and resilience master plan for the Lower Poudre River.

The master planning effort combined scientific and engineering analysis with community collaboration to identify and prioritize opportunities to improve river resilience and river health. Components of the master plan included reach-by-reach analyses of changes to the historical channel, assessments of geomorphological and ecological values, identification of vulnerabilities, and sediment transport modeling. Lynker led a multi-faceted team of geomorphologists, ecologists, modelers and designers to create an informative, user-friendly master plan that provided recommendations through the project area.

The 36-mile-long project area showcases Lynker’s ability to develop river restoration projects through community outreach and adaptive priorities. The planning process included an extensive public outreach effort that drew on landowners and local community experiences to pinpoint vulnerable areas and important assets. Based on these meetings, a cultural aspect of the community was accounted for when developing restoration projects. Illustrative conceptual designs were developed for the high priority reaches while taking into consideration ongoing projects within the reaches. The master plan and sediment model developed for the Lower Poudre River are intended to be continuously evaluated during future planning actions or assessments to make reach-scale decisions that can help inform the solutions that may be best for a reach.

Lynker featured at American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting in Washington DC Dec 10-14 2018

Lynker team members attended the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in Washington D.C. December 10-14. The Lynker team presented on several research projects including the poster below which summarizes recent work developing decision support tools for drought forecasting and monitoring.