The number and diversity of water-related challenges are vast and are expected to increase in the future. Current and future water-related challenges are location and time specific, and can vary from economic and population growth, floods or more prolonged droughts, and the impact of climate change, amongst others.

In response to these challenges, Lynker develops hydrological models to analyze, understand, and explore solutions for sustainable water management in order to support decision makers and operational water managers. The application and development of hydrological models are key activities of Lynker. This allows us to increase our knowledge about hydrological processes, and provide sustainable solutions for integrated water resources management based on hydrologic scenario analysis.

Hydrologic and Hydraulic Analysis and Design

The Lynker team has specialized experience and technical competence in hydraulic and hydrologic modeling and engineering evaluation, analysis, and design using advanced tools and techniques. We have worked extensively on the west coast of the US on complex river systems and Lynker has several PhD level fluvial scientists and engineers who have published work on the Klamath/Trinity, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, Sacramento, Yakima, Snoqulamie, Willamette, Flathead, and other major river systems. In addition, Lynker has expert capabilities in the areas of structural, fluvial, and dam hydraulics; hydrology, river engineering; sedimentation; sediment physical, chemical, and biological characterization; water quality characterization; fluvial geomorphology; coastal engineering; and reservoir systems analysis and modeling (using HEC-ResSIM, RES-J and RiverWare) in California and the Pacific Northwest Region.

MODFLOW Numerical Groundwater Modeling

Lynker provides groundwater analysis and modeling services to a range of clients across the western US. Our team has the groundwater modeling experience necessary to develop and implement integrated conceptual and numerical models of the groundwater system. Our modeling experts have a strong scientific background to support the nuanced decision-making that comes with model selection. Modeling is designed to obtain information on sources of recharge, estimates of recharge rates, flow paths, flow rates, sources of solutes, surface water/groundwater interactions and vulnerability assessments.

Water Supply and Runoff

Lynker has conducted and published several studies focused on the hydrologic impacts of climate change, including a major study for the State of Colorado. We collaborate closely with the National Center for Atmospheric Research on this work. In addition, we have great familiarity with selecting appropriate future climate scenarios and Global Climate Models for hydrologic impact work, and are very familiar with the results and guidelines coming from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. We also have great expertise working with the Variable Infiltration Capacity model for working with spatially distributed hydrologic modeling systems that are able to take outputs from Global Climate Models.

Our clients look to Lynker to provide cutting-edge technical capabilities in the field of hydrology for water supply planning. We have extensive experience with the use of paleo reconstructed hydrology and stochastic hydrology, where we are to able expand beyond the typical 30 to 60-year historical datasets and refine estimates of reliability with hundreds or thousands of years of data.