Lynker Staff Publishes Research in AGU Journal

Peter La Follette, Fred Ogden, and Ahmad Jan authored an innovative research paper that was published in the AGU journal “Water Resources Research” called Layered Green and Ampt Infiltration with Redistribution. Simulating the fraction of precipitation that infiltrates into soil often presents a substantial challenge to hydrologic modelers; results that are both accurate and computationally inexpensive are not guaranteed. The current industry standard for accurate infiltration calculations into layered soils is the Richards equation, which tends to be computationally expensive. Layered Green and Ampt with Redistribution, or LGAR, closely mimics results from the Richards equation, with advantages in terms of runtime and stability. LGAR is designed for arid and semi – arid areas.

Those interested in the most recent version of the model code can check it out here: LGAR

Lynker Wins Pine Point Project’s Feasibility Study!

Dr. Jim McCord and supporting Lynker staff will provide consulting services related to mine water management, hydrology, hydrogeology, hydrologic modeling and impact analysis for the Pine Point Project’s Feasibility Study and the Environmental Assessment. Situated in Canada’s Northwest Territories, with nearly 60 lead-zinc deposits stretching over a 20 km x 80 km area and characterized as complex paleokarst hydrogeology. Water management presents a key challenge to this important strategic metals project.

Lynker’s Dr. Vargas Recognized as One of the Incredible Women Advancing Hurricane Research

Lynker’s Hurricane Modeler, Maria F. Aristizabal Vargas, Ph.D., has been recognized as one of the seven incredible women advancing hurricane research and forecasting. Working at NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center, Maria develops coupled forecast models to better represent how the ocean drives hurricanes, including their track and intensity. These models are critical for forecasting storms as they estimate where a storm will make landfall, the strength of the winds and precipitation along its path, and anticipated flooding in coastal areas.

Read Article here: Women Advancing NOAA Hurricane Research And Forecasting

Lynker Staff Awarded ESIP Lab Award!

Lynker staff Rachel Bash and Mike Johnson, PhD  won an Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Lab Award to tackle the lack of standard methods to find and access Earth system data related to water, wildfire, and the environment. They are building an open-source project that federates thousands of data sources in a common catalog and will extend this tool to the Python community and leverage relationships with USGS, NOAA, and Colorado partners to expand its uptake.

Check out the ESIP news release here: ESIP Lab Award

Lynker Sponsors CHOW 2023!

Lynker attends Capitol Hill Ocean Week in DC! We were a Supporter Sponsor at the Oceans Award Gala, and our team attended the NOAA Sustainable Seafood Celebration. We enjoyed connecting with colleagues and friends.

Learn more about CHOW2023 at: Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2023

Lynker Presents at First Sea Grant Blue Carbon Law Symposium

Lynker’s Program Director, Gyami Shrestha, presented at the first Sea Grant Blue Carbon Law Symposium held at the University of Georgia. She was invited to share her climate change policy perspectives and spoke of innovations and opportunities for improved measurements, verification, and governance in this sector. This event brought together a host of experts from legal scholars and ESG investors to coastal and marine decision-makers to co-create a whole-field understanding of the opportunity for coastal blue carbon investment.

Lynker’s John McCombs Invited on Advisory Board for Geo Week 2024

Kudos to Lynker’s GIS Team Lead – Land Cover Analyst, John McCombs, for being invited as one of the impressive leaders within the geospatial industry to serve on the Advisory Board for Geo Week 2024. The experts that make up the Board have been tapped to help craft critical programming for Geo Week, the premier event for increased integration between the built environment, advanced airborne/terrestrial technologies, and commercial 3D technologies.

Lynker’s Lead Hydrologist Co-Authored Paper in Communications Earth & Environment Journal

Lynker’s Lead Hydrologist, Keith Jennings, PhD, co-authored a paper on “Recent Decreases in Snow Water Storage in Western North America” published in the Communications Earth & Environment Journal. The work, led by University of Vermont Postdoctoral Researcher Kate Hale, examines how climate change threatens the ability of western North American mountains to act as water towers. In short, these vital regions store winter precipitation as snow and release it as snowmelt when spring and summer arrive, benefiting both natural and human systems. Climate change, however, is causing earlier snowmelt, which is out of sync with water resources allocations and the water demands of ecosystems. This paper furthers our understanding of the linkages between the climate, water cycle, and managed infrastructure.

Press Release: Communications Earth and Environment Journal

Lynker Presented at the California Water and Environmental Modeling Forum

Lynker’s Dr. McCord Jim and Justin Clark presented at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the California Water and Environmental Modeling Forum (#CWEMF) in Folsom Lake, California. The theme for 2023, “Modeling for Integrated Water Management,” was well attended by water modeling experts from across the US. Dr. McCord presented his paper that compared and contrasted treatment of groundwater – surface water interactions within the context of water rights administration in California and other states across the western US. Mr. Clark presented a paper on the history of groundwater modeling in Arizona.

Lynker Contributes to Whale Research Across the Hawaiian Archipelago

Lynker’s Research Specialist, Eden Zang, along with many others, is making important contributions with new research asking the question: Does more than one population of humpback whales occupy the Hawaiian archipelago?  Their research uses sound monitoring and a remotely operated surface vehicle equipped with sound recorders to track the presence of koholā throughout the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

Learn more about this fascinating research as published in Frontiers in Marine Science found here: Whale Research of the Hawaiian Archipelago