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Glenn E Moglen

Research Leader
/ARSUserFiles/52664/moglen_web.jpg Glenn E. Moglen, Ph.D., P.E.
Supervisory Research Hydrologist

USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Bldg. 007, Rm. 104, BARC-West
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350 USA
Voice: (301) 504-8745
Fax: (301) 504-8931


Research Interests:

  • Hydrologic Modeling of Land Use and Climate Change
  • Hydrologic Modeling of Water Quantity and Quality
  • Flood and Drought Frequency Analysis
  • Hydrologic Trends and Nonstationary Processes
  • Stormwater Management and Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  • Water Supply Optimization under Uncertainty
  • Economic Strategies for BMP Implementation


Professional Experience:

  • Supervisory Research Hydrologist, Agricultural Research Service, Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, MD. 2016 – present.
  • Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, Falls Church and Manassas, VA. 2008-2016. 
  • Program Director, Civil and Environmental Engineering. 2012-2014.
  • Laboratory Director, Occoquan Laboratory, Civil and Environmental Engineering. 2014-2016
  • Assistant and Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. 1996 - 2008.
  • Associate Researcher, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, August 2005 - 2008.
  • Visiting Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Office of Surface Water, Department of the Interior, Reston, Virginia. 2003 - 2004. (Sabbatical Leave).
  • Research Scientist, National Weather Service, Office of Hydrologic Development, Department of Commerce, Silver Spring, Maryland. 1995 - 1996.
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1994 - 1995.


  • Fellow, Environmental and Water Resources Institute of ASCE, 2016.
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2013.
  • Member of University of Maryland, Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, 2007-2008.
  • E. Robert Kent Teaching Award, awarded by the A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, December 2002.
  • "Outstanding Educator of the Year – 2001", awarded by American Society of Civil Engineers, Maryland Section.
  • Outstanding GIS Award "…in recognition of my contributions to GIS in Maryland" from the 14th Annual Towson University GIS Conference for the State of Maryland, 2001.
  • Lilly Fellow, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Maryland, 1997-1998.

Professional Service:

  • Member, Maryland Hydrology Panel, 2002-present.
  • Member, Community Advisory Committee for Water Prediction, NOAA – National Weather Service, 2018-present.
  • Vice-President, Environmental and Water Resources Institute, 2016-2017.
  • Secretary, ASCE/EWRI Watershed Council, 2015-present.
  • Past-Chair, ASCE/EWRI Watershed Management Technical Committee, 2008-2010, 2017-present. Serving second rotation as an officer (past-chair, vice-chair, secretary).
  • Chair, ASCE/EWRI Watershed Management 2005 Conference: Managing Watersheds for Human and Natural Impacts: Engineering, Ecological, and Economic Challenges. Williamsburg, Virginia, July 19-22, 2005.
  • Chair, ASCE/EWRI Task Committee on Impervious Surfaces, 2005-2009.


  • Moglen, G.E. (2015). Fundamentals of Open Channel Flow. CRC Press. ISBN 978-1-4665-8006-0.
  • Moglen, G.E., ed. (2015). Watershed Management 2015: Power of the Watershed. Proceedings of the Watershed Management Symposium 2015. Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. ISBN 978-0-7844-7932-2.
  • Moglen, G.E., ed. (2005). Managing Watersheds for Human and Natural Impacts: Engineering, Ecological, and Economic Challenges. Proceedings of the 2005 Watershed Management Conference. Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. ISBN 0-7844-0763-0.

Journal Publications:

(view author's publications/interpretive summaries/technical abstracts since 1999)

Moglen, G.E., McCuen, R.H., Moglen, R.L. “Consequences of changes to the NRCS rainfall-runoff relations on hydrologic design”, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE. (in press).

Kumar, S., Moglen, G.E., Godrej, A.N., Grizzard, T.J., Post, H.E.. Trends in water yield under climate change and urbanization in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, ASCE. (in press).

Moglen, G.E. Parsimonious mathematical characterization of channel shape and size. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. ASCE. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001588. 2017.

Stagge, J.H., Moglen, G.E. Water resources adaptation to climate and demand change in the Potomac River. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001579. 2017.

Bhatkoti, R., Moglen, G.E., Murray-Tuite, P.M., Triantis, K.P. Changes to bridge flood risk under climate change. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HE. 1943-5584.0001448. 2016.

Casey, M.J., Stagge, J.H., Moglen, G.E., McCuen, R.H. The effects of watershed subdivision on peak discharge in rainfall runoff modeling in the WinTR-20 model. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001188. 2015.

Stagge, J.H., Moglen, G.E. Genetic algorithm optimization of a multi-reservoir system with long lag times. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. ASCE. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000972. 2014.

Moglen, G.E., Rios Vidal, G.E. Climate change and stormwater infrastructure in the US Mid-Atlantic Region: A design mismatch? Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. ASCE. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000967. 2014.

Ciavola, S.J., Jantz, C.A., Reilly, J., Moglen, G.E.  Forecast changes in runoff quality and quantity in the DelMarVa peninsula. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. ASCE. 19(1):1-9. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000773. 2014.

Stagge, J.H., Moglen, G.E. A nonparametric stochastic method for generating daily climate-adjusted streamflows. Water Resources Research. 49(10):6179–6193. doi:10.1002/wrcr.20448. 2013.

Maldonado, P.P., Moglen, G.E. Low flow variations in source water supply for the Occoquan reservoir system based on a 100-year climate forecast. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. ASCE. 18(7):787–796. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000623. 2013.

Tsang, Y.-P., Felton, G.K., Moglen, G.E., Paul, M. Region of influence method improves macroinvertebrate predictive models in Maryland. Ecological Modeling. 222(19): 3473-3485. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2011.08.006. 2011.

Mejia, A.I., Moglen, G.E. Impact of the Spatial Distribution of Imperviousness on the Hydrologic Response of an Urbanizing Basin. Hydrological Processes. doi: 10.1002/hyp.7755. 2010.

Mejia, A.I., Moglen, G.E. The spatial distribution of imperviousness and the space-time variability of rainfall, runoff generation, and routing. Water Resources Research. 46, W07509, doi:10.1029/2009WR008568. 2010.

Pavlovic, S.A., Moglen, G.E. Authors' Response to T.S.W. Wong's Discussion of "Discretization Issues in Travel Time Calculation." Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE. 15(4): 320-321. 2010.

Moglen, G.E., Discussion of "Is Denser Greener? An evaluation of higher density development as an urban stormwater-quality best management practice." Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 45(6): 1536-1538, doi: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2009.00381.x. 2009.

Moglen, G.E. Hydrology and Impervious Areas. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE. 14(4): 303-304. 2009.

Mejia, A.I., Moglen, G.E. Spatial Patterns of Urban Development from Optimization of Flood Peaks and Imperviousness-Based Measures. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE. 14(4): 416-424. 2009.

Nelson, K.C., Palmer, M.A., Pizzuto, J.E., Moglen, G.E., Angermeier, P.L., Hilderbrand, R.H., Dettinger, M., Hayhoe, K. Forecasting the combined effects of urbanization and climate change on stream ecosystems: from impacts to management options. Journal of Applied Ecology. 46:154-163, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2008.01599.x. February 2009.

Hejazi, M.I., Moglen, G.E. The Effects of Climate and Land Use Change on Flow Duration in the Maryland Piedmont Region. Hydrological Processes doi: 10.1002/hyp.7080. 2008.

Shivers, D.E., Moglen, G.E. Spurious Correlation in the USEPA Rating Curve Method for Estimating Pollutant Loads. Journal of Environmental Engineering, ASCE. 134(8): 610-618. 2008.

Pavlovic, S.A., Moglen, G.E. Discretization Issues in Travel Time Calculation. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE. 13(2): 71-79. 2008.

Gross, E.J., Moglen, G.E. Estimating the Hydrological Influence of Maryland State Dams using GIS and the HEC-1 Model. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE. 12(6): 690-693. 2007.

Lewicki, M., Pizzuto, J.E., Moglen, G.E., Allmendinger, N.E. A Watershed Scale Numerical Model of the Impact of Land Use Change on Bed Material Transport in Suburban Maryland Water Resources Research. 43, W07424, doi:10.1029/2006WR004959. 2007.

Allmendinger, N.E., Pizzuto, J.E., Moglen, G.E., Lewicki, M. A Sediment Budget for an Urbanizing Watershed. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 43(6): 1483-1498. 2007.

Moglen, G.E., Kim, S. Limiting imperviousness: Are threshold-based policies a good idea? Journal of the American Planning Association. 73(2): 161-171. 2007.

Moglen, G.E., Shivers, D.E. Methods for Adjusting U.S. Geological Survey Rural Regression Peak Discharges in an Urban Setting. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report. 2006-5270, 55p 2006.

Hejazi, M.I., Moglen, G.E. Regression-Based Approach to Low flow Prediction in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S. under Joint Climate and Land Use Change. Hydrological Processes. doi: 10.1002/hyp.6374. 2006.

Gabriel, S.A., Faria, J., Moglen, G.E. A Multiobjective Optimization Approach to Smart Growth in Land Development. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences. 40: 212-248. 2006.

Moglen, G.E., Gabriel, S.A., Faria, J.A. A Framework for Quantitative Smart Growth in Land Development. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 39(4): 947-959. 2003.

Beighley, R.E., Moglen, G.E. Adjusting Measured Peak Discharges from an Urbanizing Watershed to Reflect a Stationary Land Use Signal. Water Resources Research. 39(4), doi:10.1029/2002WR001846. 2003.

Nilsson, C., Pizzuto, J.E., Moglen, G.E., Palmer, M.A., Stanley, E.H., Bockstael, N.E.,  Thompson, L.C. Ecological Forecasting and Urbanizing Streams: Challenges for Economists, Hydrologists, Geomorphologists, and Ecologists. Ecosystems. 2003(6): 659-674, doi:10.1007/s10021-002-0217-2. 2003.

Benda, L.E., Poff, N.L., Tague, C., Palmer, M.A., Pizzuto, J.E., Cooper, S., Stanley, E.H.,  Moglen, G.E. How to Avoid Train Wrecks when Using Science in Environmental Problem Solving. BioScience. 52(12): 1127-1136. 2002.

Moglen, G.E., Beighley, R.E. Spatially Explicit Hydrologic Modeling of Land Use Change. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 38(1): 241-253. 2002.

Beighley, R.E., Moglen, G.E. Trend Assessment in Rainfall-Runoff Behavior in Urbanizing Watersheds. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE. 7(1): 27-34. 2002.

Moglen, G.E., Hartman, G.L. Resolution Effects on Hydrologic Modeling Parameters and Peak Discharge. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE. 6(6): 490-497. 2001.

Moglen, G.E. Effects of Orientation of Spatially Distributed Curve Numbers in Runoff Calculations. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 36(6): 1391-1400. 2000.

Moglen, G.E. Urbanization, Stream Buffers, and Stewardship in Maryland. Watershed Protection Techniques. 3(2): 676-680. 2000.

Moglen, G.E., Beighley, R.E. Using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to determine the extent of gaged streams in a region. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE. 5(2): 190-196. 2000.

Veneziano, D., Moglen, G.E., Furcolo, P., Iacobellis, V. Stochastic Model of the Width Function. Water Resources Research. 36(4): 1143-1157. 2000.

Moglen, G.E., Casey, M.J. A Perspective on the Use of GIS in Hydrologic and Environmental Analysis in Maryland. Infrastructure. 3(4): 15-25. 1998.

Moglen, G.E., Eltahir, E.A.B., Bras, R.L. On the Sensitivity of Drainage Density to Climate Change. Water Resources Research. 34(4): 855-862. 1998.

Finnerty, B., Smith, M., Seo, D.J., Koren, V., Moglen, G.E. Space-Time Scale Sensitivity of the Sacramento Model to Radar-Gage Precipitation Inputs. Journal of Hydrology. 203(1-4): 21-38. 1997.

McCuen, R.H., Conley, L.C., Moglen, G.E. A Multicriterion Philosophy for Storm-Water Infrastructure. Infrastructure. 1(2): 42-49. 1996.

Moglen, G.E., Bras, R.L. Effect of Spatial Heterogeneities on Geomorphic Expression in a Model of Basin Evolution. Water Resources Research. 31(10): 2613-2623. 1995.

Veneziano, D., Moglen, G.E., Bras, R.L. Multifractal Analysis: Pitfalls of Standard Procedures and Alternatives. Physical Review E. 52(2): 1387-1398. 1995.

Moglen, G.E., Bras, R.L. The Importance of Spatially Heterogeneous Erosivity and the Cumulative Area Distribution. Geomorphology. 12(3): 173-185. 1995.

Ijjasz-Vasquez, E.J., Bras R.L., Moglen, G.E. Sensitivity of a Basin Evolution Model to the Nature of Runoff Production and Initial Conditions. Water Resources Research. 28(10): 2733-2742. 1992.

Julien, P.Y., Moglen, G.E. Similarity and Length Scale for Spatially Varied Overland Flow. Water Resources Research, 26(8): 1819-1832. 1990.

Moglen, G.E., McCuen, R.H. Economic Framework for Flood and Sediment Control with Detention Basins. Water Resources Bulletin. 26(1): 145-156. 1990.

Moglen, G.E., McCuen, R.H. Effects of Detention Basins on In-Stream Sediment Movement. Journal of Hydrology. 104: 129-139. 1998.

McCuen, R.H., Moglen, G.E. Multicriterion Stormwater Management Methods. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management Division, ASCE. 114(4):414-431. 1998.


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