R. Edward Beighley

Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Marine and Environmental Sciences

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Office

  • 427 Snell Engineering Center
  • 617.373.3368

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Research Focus

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

Education

  • 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

Honors & Awards

  • 2019 Fostering Engineering Innovation in Education Award
  • 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
  • SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing Rising Researcher

Professional Affiliations

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

Research Overview

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

The Beighley Lab

Our work links remote sensing, hydrologic modeling, and field work, in order to study the storage, fluxes, and changing quality of the earth’s terrestrial waters. We work at a local, regional, and global scale in order to understand and address anthropogenic eutrophication, assess flood risks, and model the impact of changes in land use and climate.  The goal of our work is to support the sustainable and resilient management of water resources and wet infrastructure.

The Beighley Lab

Selected Research Projects

Selected Publications

  • E. O’Loughlin, J. Neal, G.J.P. Schumann, E. Beighley, P.D. Bates, A LISFLOOD-FP Hydraulic Model of the Middle Reach of the Congo, Journal of Hydrology, 24, 2020, 2253–2267
  • Feng, R.E. Beighley, Identifying Uncertainties in Simulated Streamflow from Hydrologic Model Components for Climate Change Impact Assessments, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 24, 2020, 2253–2267
  • Hossain, M. Bonnema, M. Srinivasan, E. Beighley, et al. The Early Adopter Program for the Surface Water Ocean Topography Satellite Mission: Lessons Learned in Building User Engagement during the Pre-launch Era, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 101(3), 2020, E259–E264

Faculty

Apr 20, 2021

FY22 TIER 1 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 17 COE faculty and affiliates who were recipients of FY22 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 11 different projects.

Assistant Professor Pau Closas, Professor Deniz Erdogmus, CEE Professor Edward Beighley

Faculty

Feb 25, 2021

Improving Flood Monitoring Methods

ECE Assistant Professor Pau Closas, Professor Deniz Erdogmus, CEE Professor Edward Beighley, and ECE Postdoc Tales Imbiriba were awarded a $98K grant from the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration for “Spaceborne Multispectral Image Fusion for Water Mapping and Flood Management”.

charles river research collage of photos

PhD

Jul 20, 2020

Floating Wetlands: Cleaning Up the Charles River

CEE PhD student Max Rome, his advisor Professor Ed Beighley, and the Charles River Conservancy created about 700 square feet of man-made wetland floats near the Longfellow Bridge to provide shelter to algae-eating zooplankton which can prevent algae bloom.

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Students

May 07, 2019

CEE PhD Students Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Two Northeastern Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD students, Cassandra Nickles and Katherine Vilardi, received 2019 Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This highly prestigious and selective program has historically awarded only 10% of applicants. According to the NSF, “Fellows are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations […]

Faculty

Apr 29, 2019

Faculty and Staff Awards 2019

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2018-2019 academic school year. See Photo Gallery Faculty Fellow Matthew Eckelman, CEE Yongmin Liu, MIE Outstanding Teacher of First Year Engineering Students Joseph Depasquale, Chemistry Brian O’Connell, FYE Sumi Seo, Mathematics Matthew Webber, […]

Students

Dec 06, 2018

Improving an Integral Boston Feature – The Charles River

Max Rome, PhD in Civil Engineering ’21, recently led a team of four who were awarded a grant from the inaugural Sasaki Foundation Design Awards.

Faculty

Jan 25, 2018

College of Engineering Establishes New Major

The new Environmental Engineering major offered in Civil and Environmental Engineering was highlighted in The Huntington News article College of Engineering establishes new major.

Faculty

May 03, 2017

Faculty and Staff Awards 2017

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2016-2017 academic school year. Faculty Fellow Edward Beighley, CEE Yun Raymond Fu, ECE Tommaso Melodia, ECE Rising Star Staff Award Erin Schnepp, Undergraduate Academic Advising Carolina Venegas-Martinez, CEE Outstanding Teachers of First Year […]

Faculty

Mar 30, 2017

2017 COE Faculty Fellows

Congratulations to this year’s class of COE Faculty Fellows: Ed Beighley, Raymond Fu, and Tommaso Melodia.

Aug 18, 2016

Beighley Awarded $651K NASA Grant

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".

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