Assessment of the urban water system with an open, reproducible process applied to Chicago

Laura Erban


Laura Erban (MS & PhD, Stanford University) is a hydrologist with the EPA Office of Research and Development.  Her current work focuses on the development of open methods for analysis and improved performance of urban water systems.  Prior to joining the EPA, her research integrated large spatial datasets and modeling to generate new insights about the relationship between groundwater pumping and arsenic contamination in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.  Before her graduate studies, she worked for the USGS studying eutrophication of coastal waterways due to submarine groundwater discharge.  Laura aims to conduct reproducible, needs-based research in support of sustainable use of water resources. 


Urban water systems convey complex environmental and man-made flows. The relationships among water flows and networked storages remains difficult to comprehensively evaluate. Such evaluation is important, however, as... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Laura Erban (EPA)
  2. Stephen Balogh (EPA)
  3. Henry Walker (EPA)
  4. Daniel Campbell (EPA)
  5. Timothy Gleason (EPA)

Topic Areas

• Decision support methods and tools , • Sustainable urban systems


ThS-5 » Lightning Session 1: Science for Sustainable and Resilient Communities (08:30 - Thursday, 29th June, Room H)

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