Email: ealtenau(at)unc.edu
Office: Mitchell Hall 208

B.A., Environmental Studies, College of the Holy Cross, 2012
Ph.D., Geological Sciences, UNC, 2018


About me

I am a postdoctoral scholar in the Global Hydrology Lab working with Dr. Tamlin Pavelsky. My research background involves using remote sensing, hydrodynamic modeling, and field experiments to understand surface water dynamics along complex river systems. Currently, I am working on building a global database of river reaches in preparation for the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite mission.


Research Articles

  • Altenau, E.H., Pavelsky, T.M., Moller D.K., Pitcher, L.H, Bates, P.D., Durand, M.T., Smith, L.C. (in prep). Temporal changes in river water surface elevation and slope captured by AirSWOT.
  • Pitcher, L.H, Pavelsky, T.M., Smith, L.C., Moller D.K., Altenau, E.H., Allen, G.H., Lion, C., Butman, D., Cooley, S.W., Fayne, J., Bertram, M., (in review). AirSWOT InSAR mapping of surface water elevations and hydraulic gradient across the Yukon Basin Alaska.
  • Dai, C., Durand, M., Howat, I. M., Altenau, E. H., & Pavelsky, T. M. (2018). Estimating river surface elevation from ArcticDEM. Geophysical Research Letters45(7), 3107-3114, doi:10.1002/2018GL077379.
  • Altenau, E. H., Pavelsky, T. M., Bates, P. D., Neal, J. C. (2017). The effects of spatial resolution and dimensionality on modeling regional-scale hydraulics in a multichannel river. Water Resources Research, 53(2), doi:10.1002/2016WR019396.
  • Altenau, E. H., Pavelsky, T. M., Moller, D., Lion, C., Pitcher, L. H., Allen, G. H., Bates, P. D., Calmant, S., Durand, M., and Smith, L. C. (2017). AirSWOT measurements of river water surface elevation and slope: Tanana River, AK. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(1), 181-189, doi:10.1002/2016GL071577.
  • Durand, M., Gleason. C. J., Garambois, P. A., Bjerklie, D., Smith, L. C., Roux, H., Rodriguez, E., Bates, P. D., Pavelsky, T. M., Monnier, J., Chen, X., Di Baldassarre, G., Fiset, J. M., Flipo, N., Frasson, R. P. D. M., Fulton, J., Goutal, N., Hossain, F., Humphries, E., Minear, J. T., Mukolwe, M. M., Neal, J. C., Ricci, S., Sanders, B. F., and Schumann, G. J. P. (2016). An intercomparison of remote sensing river discharge estimation algorithms from measurements of river height, width, and slope. Water Resources Research, 52(6), 4527-4549, doi:10.1002/2015WR018434.
  • Mitchell, S. G., & Humphries, E. E. (2015). Glacial cirques and the relationship between equilibriumline altitudes and mountain range height. Geology, 43(1), 35-38, doi:10.1130/G36180.1.