Jason Hamilton Davison
Jason is a postdoctoral fellow at Aquanty, Inc. and instructor at University of Waterloo in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He collaborates with Dr. John Lin and Dr. Ed Sudicky focusing on the coupling of atmospheric and groundwater models. Jason graduated with a MS in Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology from Stanford University and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
University of Waterloo 2017
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Water Cycle Modeling
MASTER OF SCIENCE
Stanford University 2011
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
Georgia Institute of Technology 2008
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Great Lakes Basin
I am currently developing a hyper-resolution model for the entire Great Lakes Basin. This model, employs the HydroGeoSphere simulator, and includes all five of the Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario), primary tributaries/rivers, groundwater flow, and water use. The primary purpose of this work is to understand and estimate the future risk (over the 21st century) to water resources within the GLB from climate change and extreme weather.
Hydrogeosphere - Weather Research and Forecasting (HGS-WRF)
I coupled HydroGeoSphere (HGS), a three-dimensional integrated surface and subsurface flow and energy transport model, to Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF), a nonhydrostatic Mesoscale three-dimensional numerical weather model. HGS replaced the land surface components of WRF and provides the evapotranspiration and saturation from the porous media to the atmosphere. WRF provides HGS with the potential evapotranspiration and precipitation. Learn more about the HGS-WRF and the California Water Cycle model here...
Canadian Continental Basin Model (CCBM)
The CCBM covers 10.5 million square km, spanning from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, west to east, and from the northern parts of the Contiguous United States to the Arctic Ocean and Alaska, south to north. The 3D simulation domain was discretized using an unstructured triangular mesh with lateral inter-nodal spacing ranging from 400 m to 25 km. The mesh was refined along hydrologically important features, such as streams, watershed and lakes boundaries, and complex topography defined in the 1 km resolution HYDRO1K digital elevation model (USGS). Overall, the integrated surface-subsurface CCBM finite element mesh consists of 1.8 million nodes and 3.2 million elements.
HYDROGEOSPHERE - Atmospheric Boundary Layer (HGS-ABL)
Advanced earth system modeling requires a comprehensive understanding of the major physical processes in the environment, including atmospheric dynamics, precipitation, evapotranspiration, surface energy balance, surface water, and groundwater flow. We combined the above phenomena into one numerical model, referred to as HydroGeoSphere-Atmospheric Boundary Layered model (HGS-ABL), that incorporates the surface, subsurface and simple atmospheric dynamics. HGS, a 3-D control-volume finite element surface/subsurface model, handles the bottom portion of the domain whereas the ABL model, a single 0-D element atmospheric code, addresses the top portion.
Chen, J., J. H. Davison, E. A. Sudicky, H. Hwang, Y. J. Park, S. Berg, S. Frey, R. Peltier, 2017, Blueprint for Climate-Driven Simulation of Coupled Surface-Subsurface Hydrology at the Continental Scale: A Canadian Example, (In preparation to submit to Water Resource Research).
Davison, J. H., H. Hwang, E. A. Sudicky, D.V. Mallia, and J. C. Lin, 2017, California Basin Model, (In preparation to submit to Water Resource Research).
Miller, K. L., S. J. Berg, J. H. Davison, E. A. Sudicky, P. A. Forsyth, 2017, Efficient Uncertainty Quantification in Fully-Integrated Surface and Subsurface Hydrologic Simulations, (Submitted to Advances in Water Resources).
Davison, J. H., H. Hwang, E. A. Sudicky, D.V. Mallia, and J. C. Lin, 2017, Full Coupling Between the Atmosphere, Surface and Subsurface for Integrated Hydrologic Simulation, (Submitted to Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems).
Davison, J.H., 2016, Incorporating Advanced Surface and Subsurface Processes in Mesoscale Climate Models. University of Waterloo, PhD Thesis. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/10904.
Fatichi S., Vivoni E.R., Mirus B., Ogden F., Gochis D., Ivanov V. Y., Downer C. W., Camporese M., Davison J. H., Ebel B., Jones N., Kim J., Kollet S., Niswonger R., Restrepo P., Rigon R., Tarboton D., 2016, An overview of current applications, challenges, and future trends in distributed process-based models in hydrology. Journal of Hydrology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.03.026
Davison, J. H., H. Hwang, E. A. Sudicky, and J. C. Lin, 2015, Coupled Atmospheric, Land Surface, and Subsurface Modeling: Exploring Water and Energy Feedbacks in Three-Dimensions. Advances in Water Resources. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.09.002
Davison, J. H., H.T. Hwang, E. A. Sudicky, D.V. Mallia, and J. C. Lin, 2016, Fully Integrated Atmospheric, Surface, and Subsurface Model of the California Basin, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.
Davison, J. H., H.T. Hwang, E. A. Sudicky, D.V. Mallia, and J. C. Lin, 2016, Integrated Hydrological Model of the California Basin, Computational Methods in Water Resources.
Davison, J. H., H. T. Hwang, E. A. Sudicky, and J. C. Lin, 2015, A Fully-Integrated Framework for Terrestrial Water Cycle Simulation: Application to the San Joaquin Valley, California, oral presentation to European Geosciences Union.
Davison, J. H., H. T. Hwang, E. A. Sudicky, and J. C. Lin, 2014, Coupled Atmospheric and Hydrologic Modeling, oral presentation to Knowledge and Models in Climate Science.
Davison, J. H., H. T. Hwang, E. A. Sudicky, and J. C. Lin, 2013, Vegetation Influence on Regional Climate Change: A 3D Integrated Atmospheric-Surface-Subsurface Analysis, oral presentation to the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.
Davison, J. H., H. T. Hwang, E. A. Sudicky, and J. C. Lin, 2012, Incorporating atmospheric boundary layer processes in an integrated surface/subsurface flow and transport model, oral presentation to the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.
Davison, J. H., H. T. Hwang, E. A. Sudicky, and J. C. Lin, 2012, Formulation and verification of coupled atmospheric and integrated surface/subsurface flow and transport models, oral presentation to the Students of the Water Institute Graduate Section.
Davison, J. H., H.T. Hwang, E. A. Sudicky, D.V. Mallia, and J. C. Lin, 2015, Integrated Hydrosystem Modeling of the California Basin, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.
Davison, J. H., E. A. Sudicky, and J. C. Lin, 2015, An Examination of the Applicability of Whites 1932 Method to Estimate Actual Evapotranspiration Rates from Diurnal Watertable Fluctuations, International Association of Hydrogeologists, Waterloo Ontario.
Davison, J. H., H. T. Hwang, E. A. Sudicky, D.V. Mallia and J. C. Lin, 2015, Integrated Atmospheric, Surface, and Subsurface Water Cycle Modeling, poster presented to the Integrated Hydrosystem Modelling 2015 Conference.
Davison, J. H., H. T. Hwang, E. A. Sudicky, and J. C. Lin, 2014, Development of a fully integrated water cycle model: HydroGeoSphere-Weather Research and Forecasting (HGS-WRF), poster presented to the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.
Davison, J. H., H. T. Hwang, E. A. Sudicky, and J. C. Lin, 2013, Integrated Climate and Hydrological Simulations: Evaluation of Sub-Time Stepping, poster presented at the World Water Day, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.
Davison, J. H. and P. K. Kitanidis, 2011, L1-Norm Subsurface Imaging for Large Data Sets, poster presented at the Stanford Opportunity Job Fair, Stanford, California.
Davison, J. H. and P. K. Kitanidis, 2011, Subsurface Imaging: Challenges of Interpolation with High Resolution Direct Push Methods, poster presented at the California Water and Environmental Modeling Forum Annual Meeting, Asilomar, California.
Industrial Research Assitance Program, 2017-2018
Biomass Accumulating Modeling: Principal Investigator, $65,000
Ontario Centres of Excellence, TalentEdge Fellowship Program, 2016-2018
Great Lakes Modeling: Principal Investigator, $126,000
Steven Fritz Memorial Scholarship, 2013
University of Waterloo Graduate Scholarship, 2013
School of Engineering Stanford Outstanding Award for Poster, 2011
ASCE Member of the Year, 2008
Georgia Tech Deans List, 2005-2008
Georgia Tech Toward Award, 2005-2008
Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 2004
Earth Science Graduate Association
Vice President, 2013-2014
American Society of Civil Engineers
Vice President, 2007-2008
Concrete Canoe Captain, 2006-2007
Post-doctoral Scientist, Aquanty Inc. (2016-Current)
Great Lakes Basin
PhD Candidate, University of Waterloo Inc. (2011-2016)
Groundwater and Atmospheric Modeling
Water cycle modeling
Project Engineer, Tetra Tech (2008-2009)
Water and Wastewater
Engineering Intern, Jordan, Jones, and Goulding (2006-2007)
Tunnels and Geotechnics Group
Instructor: Physical Hydrogeology
University of Waterloo, Fall and Spring 2016
Assistant Instructor: Physical Hydrogeology
University of Waterloo, Fall and Spring 2013
TA: Physical Hydrogeology
University of Waterloo, (2011-2015)
TA: Mechanics of Fluids,
Stanford University, (Spring 2009)
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