The exploration and application of engineering hydrology and environmental sensing for advancing the study of the environment | at the University of Vermont

Water Resource Engineering | Environmental Sensing | Applied Data Science

Welcome to the Engineering Hydrology and Environmental Sensing Research Group at the University of Vermont!

We develop new computational methods to study and understand the intersection of water resources with the built and natural environment. Our research leverages both advanced computational methods (e.g., artificial neural networks) and field methods such as land surveying and in situ environmental monitoring with sensors. We aim to develop tools that help organizations better utilize both existing environmental data as well as data streams from new technologies and sensors. We imagine these tools can be used to inform decision-making in watersheds and guide environmental protection and management strategies. 

This research group has a focus on collaborative and interdisciplinary work. Research and projects described here include significant contribution from key collaborators at UVM including Dr. Donna Rizzo and Dr. Kristen Underwood.

Research Group News

[Jan 2021] New paper out in Journal of Hydrology! Multivariate Event Time Series Analysis using Hydrological and Suspended Sediment Data led by Ph.D. student Ali Javed.

[Dec 2020] – Undergraduate researcher Linh Nguyen presented her poster “A Monitoring Tool for Analyzing Sediment Dynamics Using Water Turbidity Sensor Data” at the Fall 2020 AGU Conference

[Dec 2020] – Scott Hamshaw presented his talk “Watershed data science at the event scale: Machine learning for event concentration-discharge analysis” at the Fall 2020 AGU Conference.

[Nov 2020] – Scott Hamshaw presented “UAS Measurement of Streambank Erosion in the Lake Champlain Basin”as an invited speaker at the University of Manitoba GIS Day.

[Nov 2020] – New NSF Project collaboration with South Dakota State University. Testing a responsible innovation approach for integrating precision agriculture (PA) technologies with future farm workers and work. Recruiting a PhD student!

[Oct 2020] – New NSF funded Critical Zone Collaborative Network Big Data Cluster project is now recruiting graduate students. Join an interdisciplinary team from UVM, and six other universities that seeks to investigate the overlapping effects of disturbances on the Critical Zone. Follow on twitter @BigCzcn. Recruitment flyer

[Sep 2020] – New NSF Project funded! An ecologically inspired human-machine intelligence approach to recognizing similitude in multi-scale watershed research. Recruiting a PhD student!

[Aug 2020] – New website launched ( and new research group name: Engineering Hydrology & Environmental Sensing for advancing the study of the environment

Scott Hamshaw

Scott D. Hamshaw

Research Assistant Professor
phone: 802-656-4265

Key Collaborators

Donna M. Rizzo

phone: 802-656-1495

Kristen L. Underwood

Research Assistant Professor