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Faculty Profile

R. Edward Beighley

Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies, Civil and Environmental Engineering
427 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, 2001
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1996
  • B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1995

Research & Scholarship Interests

Hydrologic and hydraulic modeling; remote sensing of the hydrologic cycle; hydrologic impacts of climate and/or land use change; flood hazard and risk assessment
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Department Research Areas

College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 selected as U.S. Hydrology Applications Lead for the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) Satellite Mission
  • 2013 Team Award for advancing worldwide understand of flood hazards, FM Global, Research Division
  • 2009 San Diego State University President's Top-25 Award for excellent contributions to the University
  • 2006 National Aeronautics and Space Administration, New Investigator Award in Earth-Sun System Science

Professional Affiliations

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Environmental and Water Resources Institute

Selected Publications

  • H. Seyyedi, E.N. Anagnostou, R.E. Beighley, J. McCollum, Hydrologic Evaluation of the Satellite and Re-analysis Precipitation Datasets over Mid-latitude Basins, Atmospheric Research, 2015, 164-165, 37-48
  • F. Hossain, J. Arnold, A. Mitra, B. Arch, R.E. Beighley, et al., Local-to-regional Landscape Drivers of Extreme Weather and Climate: Implications for Water Infrastructure Resilience, ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 20(7), 2015, 02515002
  • H. Lee, T. Yuan, H.C. Jung, R.E. Beighley, Mapping Wetland Water Depths Over the Central Congo Basin Using PALSAR SCANSAR Scansar, ENVISAT Altimetry, and MODIS VCF Data, Remote Sensing of the Environment, 159, 2015, 70-79
  • R.E. Beighley, K. Eggert, C.J. Wilson, J.C. Rowland, H. Lee, 2015., A Hydrologic Routing Model Suitable for Climate Scale Simulations of Arctic Rivers: Application to the Mackenzie River Basin, Hydrological Processes, 29(12), 2015, 2751-2768
  • Y. Yoon, R.E. Beighley, Simulating Streamflow on Regulated Rivers Using Characteristic Reservoir Storage Patterns Derived From Remotely Sensed Water Surface Elevations, Hydrological Processes  29, 2015, 2014-2026
  • T. Pavelsky, M.T. Durand, K.M. Andreadis, R.E. Beighley, et al., Assessing the Potential Global Impact of SWOT River Observations, Journal of Hydrology 519(Part B), 2014, 1516-1525
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Related News

August 18, 2016

CEE Associate Professor Edward Beighley receives a $651K NASA grant for "Integrating lateral contributions and longitudinal controls along river reaches to improve SWOT discharge estimates".

May 9, 2014

CEE Professor Edward Beighley was awarded with two grants from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to explore the global terrestrial hydrologic cycle by integrating satellite measurements and modeling.

March 20, 2014

19 COE faculty were recipients of FY15 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 11 different projects representing over $500K dollars of investment in research.