Dr. Marc Parlange, Dean, University of British Columbia Faculty of Applied Science; Professor, Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, will  speak Friday, September 27, 3:00 pm, in Warnock Engineering Bldg. (WEB) 2230.

Abstract:  The talk will address the importance of air flow and evaporation into the turbulent atmospheric boundary layer in the context of hydrology.  Examples from field observations in the West African Savanna and the Swiss Alps will be used to demonstrate the importance of combining field measurements and numerical simulation for improved understanding of the water cycle across the landscape.


Students, faculty and community members are welcome!

Bio: Dean Marc Parlange oversees all teaching and research activities for the University of British Columbia Faculty of Applied Science, which includes the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the School of Community and Regional Planning, the School of Nursing and all Engineering programs on both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Together with 600 faculty and staff, he leads the education of more than 5,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students. After obtaining his PhD from Cornell University in 1990, Marc Parlange joined the faculty at the University of California at Davis as Assistant and later Associate Professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. He was Associate Editor for Water Resources Research and began a collaboration with Richard Katz at the National Center for Atmospheric Research as a summer visitor eventually becoming an Affiliate Scientist with NCAR. In 1996 he moved to Johns Hopkins University as Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering (DoGEE) and the Center for Environmental and Applied Fluid Mechanics. He had joint appointments in Mechanical Engineering and Earth and Planetary Science and served as Departmental Chair of DoGEE. Among professional service activities was co-Editor for Advances in Water Resources and Secretary of the Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union. Today he is Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins. He was appointed Professor at EPFL in 2004 in the School of Architecture, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. He served as Institute Director and in January 2008 was appointed Dean. He is Editor in Chief of Water Resources Research and member of the Division 2 (Engineering and Physical Sciences) of the Swiss National Science Foundation. His research concerns measurement and simulation in hydrology, water resources and the lower atmosphere and has the great pleasure to collaborate with colleagues, MS/PhD students and post docs from EPFL, Johns Hopkins, and other institutions world wide. In 1997 he was awarded the Macelwane Medal and was made Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and in 2006 was awarded the Dalton Medal of the European Geosciences Union. He is member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.