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Ricardo Mantilla at White Sands.

Ricardo Mantilla at White Sands National Park in New Mexico.

I joined the faculty of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at The University of Iowa as an Assistant Profesor  in 2014.  I am also a Research Engineer for the Iowa Flood Center at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering since November 2009. A short story of how I got here can be found in the Going with the Flow article prepared by IIHR press.

My main work for the Iowa Flood Center over the last few years has been on the development of a statewide flood forecasting system (IFC-FFS) using fine scale distributed hydrological models. The statewide implementation of the distributed model requires that the equations describing water movement in the landscape be solved using High Performance Computing (HPC) resources. Some of the results from the model are made available to the public through the Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) web platform. The new science and technologies powering the systems allow us to explore previous flood events and dissect the chain of causality that create floods in Iowa.  The video below is an example that shows the evolution of the floods of 2014 in Iowa.

My research is on Surface Hydrology. I continue to expand the work that I started on my PhD dissertation on the Physical Basis of Statistical Self-Similarity in Peak Flows for Random Self-Similar Networks, which was supervised by my former advisor Prof. Vijay Gupta. Through this work, I investigated the two basic physical components that explain the power law exponents observed in the relationship between Peak Flows and Basin Area at the single storm scale. These two components are River Network Topology and Network Hydraulic Geometry. [more…]

I am one of the architects of HidroSig, a GIS developed by the Water Resources Department at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. I am now developing a more specialized version of the software, which I call CUENCAS. This new application is designed specifically to deal with River Networks. It includes tools for geomorphologic analysis, data organization, and flow simulations.

I am currently working with Prof. Witold Krajewski on the development of Hydrologic Observatories to test the predictions of the Theory of Floods. These predictions include power laws in event-scale peak flows and connections of characteristics of the flood frequency distribution to changing climatic conditions.

Contact Information

Ricardo Mantilla (CV)
IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering
Univeristy of Iowa
C. Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1585

Office: 523-E SHL (webcam)
Phone: 319-335-5941

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Last modified on May 5th, 2017
Posted on January 17th, 2013