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R. Edward Beighley

Associate Professor & Associate Chair for 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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College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 COE Faculty Fellow
  • 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

  • F. Schenck, T.C. Hanley, R.E. Beighley, A.R. Hughes, Phenotypic Variation Among Invasive Phragmites Australis Populations Does Not Influence Salinity Tolerance, Estuaries and Coasts, 41(3), 2018, 896–907
  • R. Raoufi, and R.E. Beighley, Estimating Daily Global Evapotranspiration Using Penman–Monteith Equation and Remotely Sensed Land Surface Temperature, Remote Sensing, 9(11), 2017, 1138
  • T. Yuan, H. Lee, H.C. Jung, A. Aierken, E. Beighley, D.E. Alsdorf, R.M. Tshimanga, D. Kim, Absolute water storages in the Congo River floodplains from integration of InSAR and satellite radar altimetry, Remote Sensing of the Environment, 201, 2017, 57-72
  • Kim, D., H. Lee, A. Laraque, R.M. Tshimanga, T. Yuan, H.C. Jung, E. Beighley, C.H. Chan, Mapping Spatio-Temporal Water Level Variations Over the Central Congo River using PALSAR ScanSAR and Envisat Altimetry Data, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 38(23), 2017, 7021-7040
  • F. Hossain, E. Beighley, S. Burian, J. Chen, A. Mitra, D. Niyogi, R. A. Pielke, D. Wegner, A Review of Approaches and Recommendations for Improving Resilience of Water Management Infrastructure: The Case for Large Dams, ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 23(4), 2017
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