Coupling Groundwater Vulnerability to Contamination and Extreme Precipitation Events Using Active and Passive Remote Sensing Data Products

Flooding in Chapel Hill after Hurricane Florence

Hypothesis:

      Geophysical landscape features, temporal variability of soil moisture, and land cover are major drivers of groundwater vulnerability to contamination. Extreme precipitation events such as tropical cyclones overwhelm and impose changes to each of these variables in measurable ways. Investigating the relationships and the ways in which to measure these impacts will enable future forecasting of vulnerability and better inform disaster response efforts, directly and positively affecting human health.
Maximum precipitation greater than 100 mm experienced during a single tropical cyclone event since the start of the 2015 tropical cyclone season.

Maximum precipitation greater than 100 mm experienced during a single tropical cyclone event since the start of the 2015 tropical cyclone season.