Devendra Amatya

Adjunct Assoc Professor

Research Hydrologist, USDA Forest Service

USDA Forest Service,
Center for Forested Wetlands Research

2730 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC 29414
(843) 769-7012

Education

Ph.D. 1993

Biological and Agricultural Engineering

NC State University

M.S. 1985

Hydrology

Duke University

M. Sc. 1974

Hydrotechnical

Lumumba University, India

Research Description

Hydrology of low-gradient managed forests and naturally drained forests, Hydrology of forested wetlands, Specific research on runoff and evapotranspiration dynamics of coastal forests (freshwater and tidal), Hydrologic and water quality studies on effects of land and water management, prescribed/wild fire, land use change, climate variability and change, sea level rise, and extreme events on low-gradient coastal landscapes from freshwater to tidally affected landscapes using monitoring and modeling approaches, Assessment of long-term trends and variability in hydrology and their potential applications in developing and testing hydrology and water quality models for terrestrial freshwater lands linked to the downstream tidal marshes/estuaries, Application of remote sensing tools and products for watershed hydrologic modeling, Specific modeling tools for research: DRAINMOD, SWAT, MIKESHE, and SWMM

Publications

Modeling water, carbon, and nitrogen dynamics for two drained pine plantations under intensive management practices
Tian, S. Y. and Youssef, M. A. and Skaggs, R. W. and Amatya, D. M. and Chescheir, G. M. (2012), Forest Ecology and Management, 264(), 20-36.
Sensitivity analysis of the DRAINWAT model applied to an agricultural watershed in the lower coastal plain, North Carolina, USA
Kim, H. and Amatya, D. M. and Broome, S. W. and Hesterberg, D. L. and Choi, M. (2012), Water and Environment Journal, 26(1), 130-145.
Energy and water balance of two contrasting loblolly pine plantations on the lower coastal plain of North Carolina, USA
Sun, G. and Noormets, A. and Gavazzi, M. J. and McNulty, S. G. and Chen, J. and Domec, J. C. and King, J. S. and Amatya, D. M. and Skaggs, R. W. (2010), Forest Ecology and Management, 259(7), 1299-1310.
Nitrogen balance for a plantation forest drainage canal on the North Carolina coastal plain
Appelboom, T. W. and Chescheir, G. M. and Skaggs, R. W. and Gilliam, J. W. and Amatya, D. M. (2008), Transactions of the ASABE, 51(4), 1215-1233.
Application of DRAINMOD-GIS to a lower coastal plain watershed
Fernandez, G. and Chescheir, G. M. and Skaggs, R. W. and Amatya, D. M. (2007), Transactions of the ASABE, 50(2), 439-447.
Simulation of the hydrologic effects of afforestation in the Tacuarembo River basin, Uruguay
Stackelberg, N. O. and Chescheir, G. M. and Skaggs, R. W. and Amatya, D. M. (2007), Transactions of the ASABE, 50(2), 455-468.
Effects of orifice-weir outlet on hydrology and water quality of a drained forested watershed
Amatya, D. M. and Skaggs, R. W. and Gilliam, J. W. and Hughes, J. H. (2003), Southern Journal of Applied Forestry, 27(2), 130-142.
Watgis: A GIS-based lumped parameter water quality model
Fernandez, G. P. and Chescheir, G. M. and Skaggs, R. W. and Amatya, D. M. (2002), Transactions of the ASAE, 45(3), 593-600.
A comparison of the watershed hydrology of coastal forested wetlands and the mountainous uplands in the Southern US
Sun, G. and Mcnulty, S. G. and Amatya, D. M. and Skaggs, R. W. and Swift, L. W. and Shepard, J. P. and Riekerk, H. (2002), Journal of Hydrology, 263(1-4), 92-104.
Effects of timber management on the hydrology of wetland forests in the southern United States
Sun, G. and McNulty, S. G. and Shepard, J. P. and Amatya, D. M. and Riekerk, H. and Comerford, N. B. and Skaggs, W. and Swift, L. (2001), Forest Ecology and Management, 143(1-3), 227-236.
Hydrologic modeling of a drained pine plantation on poorly drained soils
Amatya, D. M. and Skaggs, R. W. (2001), Forest Science, 47(1), 103-114.
Climate change impacts on the hydrology and productivity of a pine plantation
Sun, G. and Amatya, D. M. and McNulty, S. G. and Skaggs, R. W. and Hughes, J. H. (2000), Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 36(2), 367-374.
Effects of controlled drainage on storm event hydrology in a loblolly pine plantation
Amatya, D. M. and Gregory, J. D. and Skaggs, R. W. (2000), Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 36(1), 175-190.
Effects of controlled drainage on forest water quality
Amatya, D. M. and Gilliam, J. W. and Skaggs, R. W. and Lebo, M. E. and Campbell, R. G. (1998), Journal of Environmental Quality, 27(4), 923-935.
Evaluation of a watershed scale forest hydrologic model
Amatya, D. M. and Skaggs, R. W. and Gregory, J. D. (1997), Agricultural Water Management, 32(3), 239-258.
Hydrology of a drained forested pocosin watershed
Amatya, D. M. and Skaggs, R. W. and Gregory, J. D. and Herrmann, R. B. (1997), Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 33(3), 535-546.
Predicting effects of orifice/weir structures at the outlets of drained pine forests
Amatya, D. M. and Skaggs, R. W. (1997), Paper (American Society of Agricultural Engineers), (972096), 5.

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