Dr. Young Gu Her

Hydrology and Water Quality

Young Gu Her is a hydrologist and agricultural engineer working as an assistant professor at the Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Civil Engineering from Seoul National University in 2000 and 2002, respectively. In 2011, he received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech with a major in Biological Systems Engineering specializing in hydrological modeling.

His recent research includes (1) evaluating the effectiveness of conservation practices such as no-till, filter strip, crop rotation, cover crop, and fertilizer management practices in reducing sediment and nutrient loadings, (2) developing a model to simulate low impact development practices including a green roof, rain garden, cistern, and porous pavement, (3) developing computational techniques for improved efficiency of hydrologic simulation, and (4) assessing climate change impacts on hydrological processes and water resources. He also has been involved in simulating the flood discharge and volume of stormwater for detention basin design and monitoring the hydrological processes of agricultural watersheds, including streamflow, groundwater, and water quality parameters.

His current research is focusing on developing a simulation tool capable of providing a holistic view of climate change and sea level rise impacts on South Florida’s agriculture and water resources. His long-term research interests lie in enhancing our ability to manage agricultural crop production and natural resources in sustainable ways by (1) developing unified fine-resolution large-scale (U.F.L.) simulation tools that facilitate integrated hydrological modeling and spatially consistent decision making and (2) creating new scientific knowledge that helps us better understand hydrological processes under projected changes in climate and sea level.


  • Unified fine-resolution large-scale (UFL) hydrologic modeling
  • Effectiveness assessment and spatial optimization of agricultural conservation and low impact development (LID) practices
  • Climate change and sea level rise impact assessment and adaptation strategy development
  • Optimization of irrigation scheduling and application methods
  • Agricultural flood and drought warning

Young Gu Her - Assistant Professor