The Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TNWRRC) is a federally designated state research institute supported in part by the U.S. Geological Survey. It serves as a primary link among water-resource experts in academia, government, and the private sector, and the diversity of its staff in terms of background and expertise enhances flexibility and positions the Center to establish productive partnerships. TNWRRC is housed within the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
Dr. Bruce Tschantz, TNWRRC Senior Researcher, was recently honored in Philadelphia at the national ASDSO dam safety conference with a National Merit Award for his life-long contributions to dam safety. Bruce has led efforts to improve US dam safety since the 1970's, following the failure of the Teton Dam, when he was asked by President Carter to coordinate development of federal dam safety guidelines.
TNWRRC affiliate faculty and professor, Tennessee Tech University’s Alfred Kalyanapu, has utilized sonar technology to map the bed bathymetry of the Obion river. The field survey included students from Tennessee Tech and it was one full field day. The Tennessee Tech team works with Forbes Walker and TNWRRC director, Thanos Papanicolaou, to address water availability issues as part of a USDA funded research. This research is led by UT extension, and UTIA is a central part. Here are links to the videos made using Sonar. The first one is a trailer of a recent class trip. The second on is a class project where Hydrology students used Sonar for City Lake, and the third link is a collage of our recent class trip.
TNWRRC Director Thanos Papanicolaou receives national attention in the August 2016 edition of the Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education, which published a research paper that identifies new dynamic indices for soil quality. Read more here.
The 2016-17 Adopt-A-Watershed Program is up and running! [Read more here]
The Tennessee Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released the 2016 Report Card for Tennessee's Infrastructure on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. The report includes an evaluation of the state's aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, inland waterways, parks, roads, schools, transit, and wastewater.
Take a look at the many Spring 2016 outreach activities facilitated by TNWRRC.
TNWRRC facilitated installation of a pervious concrete sidewalk in the Halls Outdoor Classroom to benefit handicapped students. [more]
Read about the activities sponsored by TNWRRC volunteers at this year's 17th Annual EarthFest celebration.
The 2017 SEC Academic Conference, "The Future of Water: Regional Collaboration on Shared Climate, Coastlines, and Watersheds," will be held March 27-28, 2017 at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. Registration is now open.
The 2017 UCOWR/NIWR Annual Conference will be held June 13-15 in Fort Collins, Colorado. They have issued a Call for Abstracts. The deadline for submission is January 20, 2017.
Thanos Papanicolaou, TNWRRC Director, will be hosting a series of Environmental Seminars Fall semester 2016 (August-November). See the schedule for dates, times, location, and speaker.
Publications & Presentations
Wilson, Christopher G., Kenneth M. Wacha, A.N. (Thanos) Papanicolaou, Heather A. Sander, Violet B. Freudenberg, Benjamin K.B. Abban, and Chang Zhao. 2016. Dynamic assessment of current management in an intensively managed agroecosystem. Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education 158: 148-171.
Read the TNWRRC 2015-16 Annual Technical Report to USGS.
The UTK Hydraulics & Sedimentation Lab (HSL) is featured in the journal Hydrolink (2016, Issue 1), published by the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, as one of the top hydraulics labs around the world. Thanos Papanicolaou, TNWRRC Director, heads the HSL. Read the article here.
NSF's ScienceNation online magazine (dated March 21, 2016), features TNWRRC Director Thanos Papanicolaou's involovement with the NSF Intensively Managed Landscapes Critical Zone Observatory. Read the story: Critical Zone Observatories help U.S. plan for the future.