Funded Projects

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Prediction and Mitigation of Harmful Algal Blooms in Biscayne Bay Using Advanced Numerical Methods ($252,000)

Funded by Environmental Protection Agency
PI: Nasrin Alamdari

The goal of this project is to develop a Machine Learning tool for harmful algal bloom prediction (MtHAB), that detects relationships between chlorophyll-a concentration (an indicator of algal blooms) and watershed-scale variables such as land use and nutrient loading, and determines the most cost-effective set of stormwater best management practices (BMPs) to prevent HAB.

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Development of a Statewide Decision Support Tool to Control Nutrients in Urban Communities ($267,000)

Funded by Florida Department of Environmental Protection
PI: Nasrin Alamdari

The goal of this project is to develop a statewide decision support tool for siting and selection of green infrastructure (GI) to help urban communities control nutrients in their watersheds. The developed tool will offer users to select optimal GI based on their associated costs and benefits considering site constraints, limitations of particular GI, and available resources. The project also includes educational activities and training workshops for engineers, scientists, stormwater managers, decision makers, and public to inform and advance the development of the proposed tool.

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Development of Non-Point Source Pollution and Green Infrastructure Education Curriculum for High School Teachers and Students across Florida ($44,843)

Funded by Florida Department of Environmental Protection
PI: Nasrin Alamdari

The purpose of this proposal is to strengthen K-12 teachers and students’ knowledge on non-point source pollution, sustainable water management, and green infrastructure with the ultimate goal of developing a curriculum that can be used by the high school teachers across the State. This curriculum also guides high school students towards understanding the impacts of non-point source pollution to the health of humans, fish, and aquatic habitats as well as to the overall health of our environment.

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Projecting Climate Variables Using the Recent Socioeconomic Pathways—Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6) ($25,000)

Funded by Everglades Foundation
PI: Nasrin Alamdari

The goal of this project is to predict future climate projections from multiple Global Circulation Models (GCMs) used in Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6) and number of greenhouse emission scenarios — “Shared Socioeconomic Pathways” to develop a new set of rainfall binary files, potential evapotranspiration estimates, boundary flows, and irrigation demands compatible with the South Florida Water Management Model.

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How does the water flow? Teaching stormwater management and detailing the socio-economic and environmental benefits of green infrastructure to underserved communities and city stakeholders in Florida ($45,000)

Funded by Oak Ridge
Co-PI: Nasrin Alamdari

The goal of this project is to build the framework for developing a long-term climate-induced environmental index with an integrated socio-economic and health vulnerability index and to determine the co-benefits of green infrastructure.

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Development of statewide tool to predict Cyanobacteria in freshwater lakes ($338,800)

Funded by Florida Department of Environmental Protection
PI: Nasrin Alamdari

This project aims to develop a statewide tool to predict Cyanobacteria in water bodies such as lakes. Specifically, we will develop an online tool that provides relationships between Cyanobacteria (indicators of algal blooms), and watershed independent variables such as land use, nutrient loading, water temperature, streamflow etc.