Dr. Marc Parlange is the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia, and is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. Prior to assuming his position at UBC in 2013, he served as Dean of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and held faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins University and the University of California at Davis. His research in the broad area of environmental fluid mechanics primarily relates to the measurement and simulation of air and water flows over complex terrain, with a focus on how air turbulence and atmospheric dynamics (atmospheric boundary layer flow) influence water evaporation and transpiration in plants and soil. He is also active in addressing water resources challenges in remote communities through his research on hydrology and climate change. He has received numerous awards for his academic achievements, including the Macelwane Medal of the American Geophysical Union in 1997 and the Dalton Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2007.
Water Resources; Atmospheric Boundary Layer; Wind engineering; Evaporation; Turbulence; Large Eddy Simulation; Soil and snow physics; Environmental wireless sensor networks; Watershed and eco-hydrology; Lidar.