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Brian A Ebel

The U.S. Geological Survey
United States Virgin Islands


Brian A. Ebel is a hydrologist who uses field and laboratory measurements combined with numerical modeling to understand hydrologic processes and problems in disturbed landscapes. His investigations of Disturbance Hydrology seek to understand the changes in the quality and quantity of water resources and water-related hazards to human lives and infrastructure after landscape disturbances. Most of his recent work has focused on wildfire impacts on hydrology in the western US, including Alaska. Brian's efforts span multiple scales, investigating the plot- and catchment-scale processes that dictate the integrated hydrologic responses (e.g. flash floods) observed at watershed scales. Additional topical interests include hydrologically-driven slope failure, soil physics, cold-regions hydrology, and surface-water/groundwater interaction.

Research Interest

hydrology, fires runoff ,streamflow floods


  • Ebel, B.A., and D.A. Martin (2017) Meta-analysis of field-saturated hydraulic conductivity recovery following wildland fire: Applications for hydrologic model parameterization and resilience assessment, Hydrological Processes, 31, 3682–3696, doi:10.1002/hyp.11288

  •  Ebel, B.A., and O.C. Romero (2017) Soil physical and hydraulic properties in the area affected by the 2011 Las Conchas Fire in New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey data release, doi: 10.5066/F71834RB

  • (44) Romero, O.C., B.A. Ebel, D.A. Martin, K.W. Buchan and A.D. Jornigan (in review) Post-wildfire Measurement of Soil Hydraulic Properties and Soil Physical Properties at Selected Sampling Sites in the Burn Scar of the 2011 Las Conchas Wildfire, Jemez Mountains, North-Central New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report

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