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Glenn E Moglen

Research Leader

/ARSUserFiles/80420510/images/people/moglen_2016_resize.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:

  • Vice-President, Environmental and Water Resources Institute, 2016-present.
  • Secretary, ASCE/EWRI Watershed Council, 2015-present.
  • Chair, ASCE/EWRI Watershed Management Technical Committee, 2008-2010, 2015-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.
  • Chair, American Water Resources Association, GIS and Remote Sensing Technical Committee, 2001-2003.


  • 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)

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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