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Kenny Eng


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Dr. Ken Eng is a hydrologist whose research focuses on predicting and understanding how streamflows are altered due to direct human modifications and climate variations.

Dr. Eng recieved his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University and his MS and PhD in Hydrology from Cornell University in 2001. He later joined the USGS National Research Program in 2002. 


Eng, K., Wolock, D.M., and Dettinger, M.D., 2015. Sensitivity of intermittent streams to climate variations in the USA: River Research and Applications, doi: 10.1002/rra.2939. [Download File]

Carlisle, D.M., Nelson, S.M., and Eng, K., 2014. Macroinvertebrate community condition associated with the severity of streamflow alteration: River Research and Applications, v. 30(1), p. 29-39. doi: 10.1002/rra.2626. [Download File]

Kiang, J.E., Stewart, D.W., Archfield, S.A., Osborne, E.B., and Eng, K., 2013. A national streamflow network gap analysis: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2013-5013, 79 p. [Link]

Eng, K., Carlisle, D.M., Wolock, D.M., and Falcone, J.A., 2013. Predicting the likelihood of altered streamflows at ungaged rivers across the conterminous United States: River Research and Applications, v. 29(6), p. 781-791. doi: 10.1002/rra.2565. [Download File]

Eng, K., Wolock, D.M., and Carlisle, D.M., 2013. River flow changes related to land and water management practices across the conterminous United States: Science of the Total Environment, v. 463-464, p. 414-422. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.06.001. [Download File]

Curran C.A., Eng, K., and Konrad, C.P., 2012. Analysis of low flows and selected methods for estimating low-flow characteristics at partial-record and ungaged stream sites in western Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012-5078, 46 p. [Link]

Wood, W. W., Eckardt, F., Kraemer, T. F., and Eng, K., 2011. Quantitative eolian transport of evaporite salts from the Makgadikgadi Depression (Ntwetwe and Sua Pans) in northeastern Botswana: Implications for regional ground-water quality. in Hans-Jorg Barth, ed.; Sabkha Ecosystems, Tasks for Vegetation Science, v. 46, p. 27-37, Africa Kluwer Academic Publishers. [Link]

Eng, K., Kiang, J.E., Chen, Y.-Y., Carlisle, D.M., and Granato, G. E., 2011. Causes of systematic over- or underestimation of low streamflows by use of index-streamgage approaches in the United States: Hydrological Processes, v. 25(14), p. 2211-2220. doi: 10.1002/hyp.7976. [Download File]

Ries, K., G., III, and Eng, K., 2010.Estimation of selected streamflow statistics for a network of low flow partial-record stations in areas affected by base realignment and closure (BRAC) in Maryland: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5170, 67 p. [Link]

Funkhouser, J. E., and Eng K., 2009. Floods of selected streams in Arkansas, Spring 2008: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2008-3103, 4 pages. [Link]

Eng, K., Chen, Y.-Y., and Kiang, J. E., 2009. User’s guide to the weighted-multiple-linear regression program (WREG version 1.0): U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods 4-A8, 74 p. [Link]

Funkhouser, J., Eng, K., and Moix, M. W., 2008. Low-flow characteristics for selected streams and regionalization of low-flow characteristics in Arkansas: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5065, 161 p. [Link]

Eng, K., Milly, P. C. D., and Tasker, G. D., 2007. Flood regionalization: a hybrid geographic and predictor-variable region-of-influence regression method: J. Hydrologic Engrg., ASCE, v. 12(6), p. 585-591. [Download File]

Eng, K., Stedinger, J. R., and Gruber, A. M., 2007. Regionalization of streamflow characteristics for the Gulf-Atlantic Rolling Plains using leverage-guided region-of-influence regression, Paper 40927- 3050: World Environmental and Water Resources Conference-Restoring our Natural Habitat, K. C. Kabbes editor, Tampa, Florida, May 15-18, 2007. [Download File]

Eng, K. and Milly, P. C. D., 2007. Relating low-flow characteristics to the base flow recession time constant at partial record stream gages: Water Resour. Res., v. 43, W01201, doi:10.1029/2006WR005293. [Download File]

Eng, K., Tasker, G. D., and Milly, P. C. D., 2005. An analysis of region-of-influence methods for flood regionalization in the Gulf-Atlantic Rolling Plains: J. Amer. Water Resour. Assoc., v. 41(1), p. 135-143. [Download File]

Eng, K., Coulter, R. L., and Brutsaert, W., 2003. Vertical velocity variance in the mixed layer from radar wind profilers: J. Hydrologic Engrg., ASCE, v. 8(6), p. 301-307. [Download File]

Eng, K. and Brutsaert, W., 2002. How representative are local measurements of the surface shear stress for regional values?: Adv. Water Res., v. 25, p. 1,349-1,355. [Download File]

Eng, K. and Brutsaert, W., 1999. The generality of drought flow characteristics within the Arkansas River basin: J. Geophys. Res., v. 104, D16, p. 19,435-19,441. [Download File]


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Water Resourceswater use
Water Resourcessurface water
Water Resourcesstreamflow
Water Resourcesirrigation
Water Resourcesfloods
Water Resourcesdroughts
Ecology and Environmentaquatic ecosystems
Hydrologic Processesstreamflow
Hydrologic Processeshydrology

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

A Water Census of the United States

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Current Research Interests

Image of Current Focus for Current Research Interests

(1) Maintaining stream ecosystem health is important to water managers. We have identified on a regional scale the types of streamflow characteristics that are associated with impairment of stream ecosystems (macroinvertebrates and fish). We also examine the predictability of these characteristics at ungauged locations since locations that collect biological data are rarely collocated with a USGS streamflow gauging station. 

(2) Understanding how direct-human modificiations to watersheds, such as dams and agriculture, have impacted streams on a regional scale.

(3) Exploring the sensitivity of different types of intermittent/ephemeral streams to climate variations and direct-human modifications across the United States.

Contact Information

Kenny Eng
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr
Reston, VA 20192
703-648-5484 - Fax
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