Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Abad, Jorge Darwin
Civil & Environmental Engr

PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008

M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002

B.S. in Civil Engineering, National University of Engineering, 1997

Amazonian Rainforest

Archeology and Hydraulics

computational fluid dynamics

Ecohydraulics

environmental hydrodynamics

hydraulics laboratory

in-stream processes

mechanics of sediment transport

near-shore processes

open channel flow

river mechanics and morphodynamics

river restoration

submarine meandering channels

Tidal meandering channels

transport and mixing processes in water

tropical rivers

(2012) Co-recipient of the Wesley W. Horner Award, American Society of Civil Engineers 2011.

(2012) Co-recipient of the BSG (British Society for Geomorphology)'s Willey Blackwell Award 2012.

(2012) The Lorenz Straub Award, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory.

2012 Outstanding Reviewer Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE.

Abad, J.D., Frias, C., Garcia, M., and Buscaglia, G., "Modulation of the flow structure by progressive bedforms in the Kinoshita Meandering channel," To appear in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.

Frias, C., and Abad, J.D., "Large Eddy Simulation (LES) for superimposed bedforms in fluvial channels," Manuscript submitted for publication.

Gutierrez, R., Abad, J.D., Parsons, D.R., and Best, J.L., "Discrimination of bedforms scales using robust spline and wavelet transforms: methods and application to Synthetic Signals and the Parana River, Argentina," Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth-Surface, Manuscript submitted for publication.

Gutierrez, R., and Abad, J.D., "Planform characterization of meandering rivers using wavelet transforms and principal component analysis and Frechet distance," Water Resources Research, Manuscript submitted for publication.

Motta, D., Langendoen, E.J., Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., "Meander migration in horizontally and vertically heterogeneous floodplains: how and why bank mass failure process matter," GRL-AGU, Manuscript submitted for publication.

Bonthius, C.M., Latrubesse, E.M., Abad, J.D., Stevaux, J.C., Filizola, N., and Aquino, S., 2013, "Channel morphology and morphodynamics of the Madeira River in Brazil," 8th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology, Paris, France.

Bonthius, C.M., Latrubesse, E.M., Abad, J.D., Stevaux, J.C., Filizola, N., and Aquino, S., 2013, "Morphodynamics of the Madeira River in Brazil: Analyses of channel morphology and flow structure in a threatened fluvial system," River Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics (RCEM), Santander, Spain.

Catano, Y., Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2013, "Experimental and numerical study of the flow structure around two partially buried objects on a deformed bed," Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, no.3, pp. 269-283.

Abad, J., Peralta, B., Paredes, J., Frias, C., Gutierrez, R., and Montoro, H., 2012, "The meandering Ucayali River, a cyclic adaptation of cutoff and planform migration," River Flow 2012, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Abad, J.D., Motta, D., Langendoen, E.J., Fernandez, R., Oberg, N., and Garcia, M.H., 2012, "Restoration of meandering channels: The need for the development of physically-based mathematical GIS platforms - RVR Meander," ASCE-EWRI, Albuquerque, NM, USA.

Arjmand, S., Abad, J.D., and Liang, X., 2012, "Coupled flow and contaminant transport models for toxic elements associated with the Marcellus Shale flowback and produced water; it's application to human exposure and risk assessment," Computational Methods in Water Resources, Urbana, IL, USA.

Bryk, A., Best, J., Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2012, "The influence of channel-skewed bedforms on secondary flows in high curvature meander bends," Third International Symposium on Shallow Flows, University of Iowa City, IA, USA.

Frias, C., and Abad, J.D., 2012, "Caracterization numerica del campo de flujo en el proceso de amalgamiento rizo-duna," XXIV Congreso Latinoamericano de Hidraulica, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Frias, C., and Abad, J.D., 2012, "Large Eddy Simulation (LES) of the ripple-dune amalgamation process, implications for free surface and coherent flow structure interactions," Third International Symposium on Shallow Flows, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA.

Frias, C., and Abad, J.D., 2012, "Numerical flow field characterization of the ripple-dune amalgamation process," Computational Methods in Water Resources, Urbana, IL, USA.

Frias, C., and Abad, J.D., 2012, "Numerical flow field characterization of the ripple-dune amalgamation process," River Flow 2012, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Guneralp, I., Abad, J., Zolezzi, G., and Hooke, J., 2012, "Advances and challenges in meandering channels research," Geomorphology, pp. 1-9.

Motta, D., Abad, J.D., Langendoen, E.J., and Garcia, M.H., 2012, "The effects of floodplain soil heterogeneity on meander planform shape," Water Resources Research.

Simon, C.A., Langendoen, E., and Abad, J.D., 2012, "Coupling 1D and 2D hydrodynamic equations for stream and floodplain interaction," Computational Methods in Water Resources, Urbana, IL, USA.

Abad, J., Paredes, J.R., and Montoro, H., 2011, "Similarities and differences between a large meandering river and an anabranching river: the Ucayali and Amazon River cases," ASCE EWRI, Palm Springs, CA, USA.

Abad, J.D., Sequeiros, O.E., Spinewine, B., Pirmez, C., Garcia, M.H., and Parker, G., 2011, "Secondary current of saline underflow in a highly meandering channel: experiments and theory," Journal of Sedimentary Research, no.11.

Frias, C., and Abad, J.D., 2011, "Large Eddy Simulation for superimposed bedforms in fluvial channels," ASCE EWRI conference, Palm Springs, CA, USA.

Gutierrez, R., Abad, J.D., Parsons, D., Best, J., and Orfeo, O., 2011, "Wavelets application to study the bedforms of Parana River," XXXIV International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IAHR) Congress, Brisbane, Australia.

Gutierrez, R., and Abad, J.D., 2011, "Application of 1D-wavelets to the study of bed morphology in large river systems," ASCE EWRI conference, Palm Springs, CA, USA.

Motta, D., Abad, J., Langendoen, E., and Garcia, M., 2011, "A simplified 2D model for long-term meander migration with physically-based bank evolution," Geomorphology, pp. 10-25.

Motta, D., Abad, J.D., Langendoen, E.J., and Garcia, M.H., 2011, "Floodplain heterogeneity and meander migration," RCEM 2011, Beijing, China.

Parker, G., Shimizu, Y., Wilkerson, G.V., Eke, E.C., Abad, J.D., Lauer, J.W., Paola, C., Dietrich, W.E., and Voller, V.R., 2011, "A new framework for modeling the migration of meandering rivers," Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, pp. 70-86.

Rhoads, B.L., Engel, F.L., and Abad, J.D., 2011, "Pool-Riffle Design Based on Geomorphological Principles for Naturalizing Straight Channels," in In Stream Restoration in Dynamic Fluvial Systems: Scientific Approaches, Analyses, and Tools, S.J. Bennett, J.M. Castro, and A. Simons, eds..

Garcia, M., Motta, D., Abad, J., and Langendoen, E., 2010, "A computational platform for physically-based bank evolution and long-term meander migration," the 1st Congreso Internacional de Hidrologia de Llanuras, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Garcia, M.H., Motta, D., Abad, J.D., and Langendoen, E.J., 2010, "A computational platform for physically-based bank evolution and long-term meander migration," I Congreso International de Hidrologia de Llanuras, Azul, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Gutierrez, R.R., Abad, J.D., Parsons, D., Best, J., and Orfeo, O., 2010, "Applicacion de Wavelets en el studio de formas en el Rio Parana," Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Langendoen, E.J., Motta, D., Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2010, "An improved meander migration formulation based on streambank erosion processes," River Flow Conference, Braunshweig, Germany.

Motta, D., Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2010, "A modeling approach for organic sediment resuspension and oxygen demand in Bubbly Creek, Chicago, Illinois," ISEH VI Conference, Athens, Greece.

Motta, D., Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2010, "A modeling framework for organic sediment resuspension and oxygen demand: the case of Bubbly creek in Chicago, Illinois," Journal of Environmental Engineering, no.9, pp. 952-964.

Nania, L.S., Abad, J.D., Catano-Lopera, Y.A., Blade, E., and Garcia, M.H., 2010, "Estudio experimental y numérico 2d y 3D del flujo supercrítico en cruce de calles.," Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2009, ""Experiments in a high-amplitude Kinoshita meandering channel: 2. Implications of bend orientation on bed morphodynamics," Water Resources Research.

Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2009, "Experiments in a high-amplitude Kinoshita meandering channel: 1. Implications of bend orientation on mean and turbulent flow structure," Water Resources Research.

Abad, J.D., Catano-Lopera, Y.A., Viparelli, E., and Garcia, M.H., 2009, "Flow Structure and Hydraulic Capacity of Dropshafts: Application to Tunnel and Reservoir Plan Project, Chicago, Illinois," Vancouver, Canada.

Abad, J.D., Sequeiros, O.E., Spinewine, B., Garcia, M.H., and Parker, G., 2009, "Secondary flow in meandering channels on submarine fans: implications for channel morphodynamics and architecture," Annual Convention & Exhibition, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Denver, CO, USA.

Abad, J.D., Waratuke, A., Barnas, C., and Garcia, M.H., 2009, "Hydraulic Model Study of Canoe Chute and Fish Passage for the Chicago River North Branch Dam," World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, ASCE, Kansas City, MO.

Catano, Y., Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2009, "Characterization of bedform morphology using wavelet analysis," Ocean Engineering, pp. 617-632.

Catano-Lopera, Y., Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2009, "Análisis estadístico de formas de fondo," Simposio sobre métodos experimentales en hidráulica, Córdoba, Argentina.

Catano-Lopera, Y., Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2009, "Flow structure and hydraulic capacity for dropshafts: Application to Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) project, Chicago, Illinois," UCOWR/NIWR Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, USA.

Catano-Lopera, Y., Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2009, "Flow structure and hydraulic capacity for dropshafts: Application to Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) project, Chicago, Illinois," XXXIII International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IAHR) Congress, Vancouver, Canada.

Catano-Lopera, Y.A., Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2009, "Numerical Simulation of the Flow Structure around a partially Buried Object on a Deformable Bed," 2009 Flow-3D World Users Conference, Seattle, WA,USA.

Motta, D., Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2009, "A modeling approach for organic sediment resuspension and oxygen demand," XXXIII International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IAHR) Congress, Vancouver, Canada.

Motta, D., Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2009, "Short and long term two-dimensional water quality modeling for Bubbly Creek, Chicago, Illinois," UCOWR Conference, Chicago, IL, USA.

Motta, D., Abad, J.D., Langendoen, E.J., and Garcia, M.H., 2009, "Merging of RVR Meander with CONCEPTS: simplified 2D model for long-term meander evolution," RCEM Conference, Santa Fe, Argentina.

Motta, D., Abad, J.D., Liu, X., and Garcia, M.H., 2009, "Two-dimensional BOD and DO water quality model for engineering applications: the case of Bubbly Creek in Chicago, Illinois," EWRI Conference, Kansas City, MO, USA.

Motta, D., Abad, J.D., Liu, X., and Garcia, M.H., 2009, "Two-dimensional bod and do water quality model for engineering applications: the case of Bubbly creek in Chicago, Illinois," World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, Kansas City, MO, USA.

Abad, J.D., Buscaglia, G., and Garcia, M.H., 2008, "2D Stream Hydrodynamic, sediment transport and bed morphology model for engineering applications," Hydrological Processes, pp. 1443-1459.

Abad, J.D., Rhoads, B.L., Guneralp, I., and Garcia, M.H., 2008, "Flow structure at different stages in a meander-bend with bendway weirs," Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, no.8, pp. 1052-1053.

Catano-Lopera, Y., Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2008, "Analisis estadistico de formas de fondo generadas por olas y corrientes: 2 casos estudiados," Congreso Latinoamericano de Hidráulica, Colombia.

Odgaard, A.J., and Abad, J.D., 2008, "Chapter 8: River meandering and channel stability," in ASCE Manual of Practice 110: Sedimentation Engineering, M.H. Garcia, ed., pp. 439-459, Reston, VA, USA.

Rhoads, B.L., Garcia, M.H., Rodriguez, J., Bombardelli, F., Abad, J.D., and Daniels, M., 2008, "Methods for evaluating the geomorphological performance of naturalized rivers: examples from the Chicago metropolitan area," in Uncertainty in River Restoration, S. Darby, and D. Sears, eds., John Wiley & Sons, UK.

Abad, J.D., Ancalle, J., and Garcia, M.H., 2007, "Mean and Turbulence Flow Structure in a High-amplitude Kinoshita-generated Meandering Channel," Hydraulics Measurement & Experimental Methods, Lake Placid, NY.

Abad, J.D., Ancalle, J., Buscaglia, G., and Garcia, M.H., 2007, "Effect of bend orientation on the Hydrodynamics of Kinoshita-generated meandering channels. Experimental and Numerical approaches," XXXII International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IAHR) Congress, Venice, Italy.

Abad, J.D., Ancalle, J., Buscaglia, G., and Garcia, M.H., 2007, "Hydrodynamics of high-amplitude Kinoshita meandering channels," National Surface-Water Conference and Hydroacoustics Workshop, St. Louis, MO, USA.

Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2007, "Bed morphology experiments in an asymmetric Kinoshita-generated meandering channel," 5th IAHR Symposium on River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.

Muller, D., Abad, J., Garcia, C., Gatner, J.W., and Garcia, M.H., 2007, "Errors in Acoustic Doppler Velocity measurements caused by flow disturbance," Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, no.12, pp. 1411-1420.

Abad, J., Spalletti, P.D., Garcia, M.H., and Brea, J.D., 2006, "Efecto de la construcción del puente Lavalle en la evolución de meandros en el río Bermejo," XXII Congreso Latinoamericano de Hidráulica, Venezuela.

Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2006, "Efficient algorithm for Computing Einstein Integrals by Junke Guo and Pierre Y. Julien," Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, no.12, pp. 1198-1201.

Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2006, "RVR Meander: A toolbox for re-meandering of channelized streams," Computers & Geosciences, pp. 92-101.

Abad, J.D., 2005, "CFD simulations of asymmetric Kinoshita-generated meandering bends," XXXI International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IAHR) Congress, Seoul, Korea.

Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2005, "Hydrodynamics of Kinoshita-generated meandering bends," 4th IAHR Symposium on River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA.

Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2004, "Conceptual and Mathematical Model for Evolution of Meandering Rivers in Naturalization Processes," World Water & Environmental Resources Congress,, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.

Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2004, "Modeling of Submerged Vanes for Bank Erosion Control," Illinois Water conference, Urbana, Illinois.

Abad, J.D., Guneralp, I., Garcia, M.H., and Rhoads, B., 2004, "Bank erosion control: CFD modeling of Submerged Vanes," FLOW-3D World User Conference, Chicago, IL, USA.

Abad, J.D., Musalem, R.A., Garcia, C.M., Cantero, M.I., and Garcia, M.H., 2004, "Exploratory study of the influence of the wake produced by acoustic Doppler Velocimeter probes on the water velocities within control volume," World Water & Environmental Resources Congress, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.

Rodriguez, J.F., Bombardelli, F.A., Garcia, M.H., Frothingham, K., Rhoads, B.L., and Abad, J.D., 2004, "High-resolution numerical simulations of flow through a highly sinuous river reach," Water Resources Management, pp. 177-199.

Abad, J.D., and Garcia, M.H., 2003, "Modelo Conceptual y Matemático para la Evolución de Ríos Sinuosos," XIV Congreso Nacional de Ingeniería Civil, Iquitos, PERU.

Abad, J.D., Cantero, M.I., Nino, Y.I., Bombardelli, F.A., and Garcia, M.H., 2003, "Resuspensión de sólidos mediante el uso de múltiples chorros de agua," XIV Congreso Nacional de Ingeniería Civil, Iquitos, PERU.

Avila, R., and Abad, J.D., 1999, "Asistente para el diseño de canales," XII Congreso Nacional de Ingeniería Civil, Huanuco, PERU.

Abad, J., Montoro, H., and Latrubesse, E., "TROPICAL RIVERS 2012: IGCP Annual Symposium, August 8 to August 12 of 2012," EOS, no.3, p. 32.

Brantley, S., Wilderman, C., and Abad, J., "Workshop Discusses Database for Marcellus Water Issues," EOS, no.34, p. 328.

Vidic, R., Brantley, S., Vandenbossche, J.M., Yoxtheimer, D., and Abad, J., "Impact of Shale Gas Development on Regional Water Quality," Science.