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Scott Worland

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Scott Worland

Scott Worland

 

Advisor: G. Hornberger

PMB 407702
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240
Phone: 423-718-5581
Fax: 615-322-7012


Title

PhD student, Environmental Engineering–Hydrology
Fellow, Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment
USGS Hydrologist, Career Intern

Education

M.S.  Vanderbilt University, Earth and Environmental Sciences, 2014
B.S. Georgia College, Environmental Sciences, 2012

Research Interests 

I am a hydrologist who applies statistical learning methods to answer pressing earth science questions. I hope to bring strong disciplinary knowledge to interdisciplinary research projects. My research interests are translational hydrology, statistical hydrology, machine learning, data science, and multidisciplinary research.

Presentations 

Worland, Scott C., William H. Farmer, Julie Kiang (2016). “Improving Predictions of Hydrological Lowflow Indices in Ungaged Basins Using Machine Learning.” EPA briefing

Hunter, Elise, Scott C. Worland, George M. Hornberger (2015). “Regional Variations in Freshwater Public Supply Withdrawals in the US for 100 MSAs.” American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting

Worland, S.C. (2015). “Water Conservation in American Cities.” USGS National Center, Reston, VA

Worland, S.C, R. Bennartz, J. Murphy, T. Merrick, M.W. Bradley, G.M. Hornberger (2014). “Vegetation Response and Streamflow Anomalies: Exploring the Modulating Effect of Watershed Storage as Estimated by a Regionalized Baseflow Index.” American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting

Worland, S.C. (2014). “Water Conservation in American Cities.” Water Resources Technical Advisory Committee, TN Department of Conservation, invited speaker.

Worland, S.C., Hornberger, G (2013). “Characterizing the Occurrence and Transport of Brackish Groundwater in Southwest Bangladesh.” American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting

Worland, S.C., Hornberger, G (2013). “Characterizing the Hydrostratigraphic Controls on Groundwater Discharge into the Harpeth River Using Thermal Signatures, numerical modelling and Electromagnetic Induction.” 2013 Tennessee Water Resources Symposium. Montgomery Bell State Park, TN.

Ayers, John C. G. George, L Benneyworth , S.C. Worland,  G.M. Hornberger, S.L. Goodbred. (2013) “Sources of Salinity in Surface and Ground Water in a Polder in Southwestern Bangladesh.” Geological Society of America Annual Meeting.

Worland, S.C., Manoylov, K, Mutiti, S. (2012). “Sapelo Island Freshwater Algae: A Taxonomic Survey and Evaluation of pristine habitats.” Georgia College and State University (GCSU)/Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) Conference on Undergraduate Research (CUR), Milledgeville, GA

Publications 

orcid ID: orcid.org/0000-0001-6384-2457

Worland, Scott C., Scott Steinschneider, George M. Hornberger. “Variability in County-Level-Water Use in The U.S. from 1985-2010: A Multi-Level Modelling Approach.” In prep, U.S. Geological Survey and Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment, (2016)

Gilligan, Jonathan M., Christopher A. Wold, Scott C. Worland , John J. Nay , David J. Hess , and George M. Hornberger. “Urban Water Conservation Policies in the United States.” in prep, Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment, (2016)

Worland, Scott C., William H. Farmer, Julie Kiang. “Improving Predictions of Hydrological Lowflow Indices in Ungaged Basins Using Machine Learning.” Under review, Journal of Hydrology (2016)

Hess, David J., Christopher A. Wold, Scott C. Worland, and George M. Hornberger. “Measuring  Urban Water Conservation Policies: Toward a Comprehensive Index.” Under review, Journal of the American Water Resources Association. (2016)

Hess, David J., Christopher A. Wold, Elise Hunter, John Nay, Scott C. Worland, Jonathan Gilligan, and George M. Hornberger. "Drought, Risk, and Institutional Politics in the American Southwest." In Sociological Forum, vol. 31, no. S1, (2016): 807-827. doi:10.1111/socf.12274

Worland, Scott C., George M. Hornberger, and Steven L. Goodbred. "Source, transport, and evolution of saline groundwater in a shallow Holocene aquifer on the tidal deltaplain of southwest Bangladesh." Water Resources Research. 51, no. 7 (2015): 5791-5805.doi:10.1002/2014WR016262.

Bradley, M., S.C. Worland (2015). Acid-Rock Drainage and Selected Acid-Mine Drainage Issues Related to Acid-Rock Drainage From Transportation Activities. USGS open-file report

Worland, S. C (2014). "Source, Transport, and Evolution of Saline Groundwater in a Shallow Holocene Aquifer on the Tidal Deltaplain of Southwest Bangladesh." Master’s Thesis, Vanderbilt University. link

Tools 

Deployable standalone MATLAB application which assists in time series analysis of suspended sediment data.

R function to download and manipulate U.S. Geological water census data

Hobbies and Interests 

Epistemology, philosophy of science, zero-sum games, and exercise.