Nathan Barber

Hydrologist
Tennessee Valley Authority
Hydrology
Knoxville, TN


What led you to Earth and Space science?

I was always interested incollecting rocks and reading about them. From an early age I was involved in Boy Scouts and whether hiking, camping, or just being outside, I had a profound interest in all things natural. This love of rocks and the associated story they told, led me to an undergraduate degree in Geology.


How long have you been a member of AGU and why did you join?

Roughly 4 years. I joinsed because I believe in the mission of AGU and in the future would like to contribute to this mission.


What are you working on now?

I am currently implementing a Data-centric hydrologic application that connects numerous hydrologic, hydraulic, hydrothermal, and nuclear models for use in river forecasting at the Tennessee Valey Authority. This program, Delft-FEWS is being used around the world by the agencies such as the National Weather Service, The Australian Bureau of Meterology, and numerous power companies such as TVA. I am also inolved in model calibrations, operational river forecasting, and a project to with the National Weather Service to create ensemble flash flood guidance that will aid weather offices into the uncertainty in flash flood forecasting – based on geologic, hydrologic, land-use, and weather conditions.