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Abrams, Daniel

Associate Research Scientist, Groundwater Flow Modeler

Address and Contact Information

2204 Griffith Dr.
M/C 674
Champaign, IL  61820
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Ph.D. in Environmental Science, 2013, Indiana University Bloomington, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Masters of Science in Environmental Science, 2010, Indiana University Bloomington, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Bachelors of Science in Public Affairs, 2007, Indiana University Bloomington, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Research Biography

Current Projects

Communicate model results and use public feedback to improve the models or develop scenarios useful for water supply planning. Recent work has focused on working with communities and industries to understand risk to their water supply in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago. 

Develop and apply regional and local scale groundwater flow models for Illinois.

Create new approaches to identify at-risk groundwater users, both locally and regionally. 

Design a framework for automatically updating the groundwater flow models with new datasets, such as withdrawals and geologic data.

Selected Publications

See complete publications at Google Scholar.

Abrams, D.B. and C. Cullen. 2020. Analysis of Risk to Sandstone Water Supply in the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago. CR2020-04. Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, IL.

Abrams, D.B. and H.M. Haitjema. 2018. How aquifer characteristics of a watershed affect transit time distributions of groundwater. Groundwater. 56(4): 517-520.

Abrams, D.B., G.S. Roadcap, and D.H. Mannix. 2017. Developing potentiometric surfaces and flow fields with a head-specified MODFLOW model. Groundwater. 56(1): 8-17. 

Kelly, W., D. Abrams, V. Knapp, S. Meyer, Z. Zhang, B. Dziewgielewski, D. Hadley, G. Roadcap, D. Mannix, and Y. Lian. 2016. Water Supply Planning: Middle Illinois Progress Report. Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, IL.

Abrams, D.B., H.M. Haitjema, D.T. Feinstein, and R.J. Hunt. (2015) Field test of a hybrid finite-difference and analytic element regional model. Groundwater. doi: 10.1111/gwat.12319

Abrams, D.B., D.R. Hadley, D.H. Mannix, G.S. Roadcap, S.C. Meyer, K.J. Hlinka, K.L. Rennels, K.R. Bradbury, P.M. Chase, J.J. Krause. (2015) Changing groundwater levels in the sandstone aquifers of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin: Impacts on available water supply. Illinois State Water Survey Contract Report 2015-02. Champaign, IL

Tesoriero, A.J., Terziotti, S., and Abrams, D.E., 2015, Predicting redox conditions in groundwater at a regional scale: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 49, p. 9657-9664.  doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b01869

Gusyev, M.A., D.B. Abrams, M.W. Toews, U. Morgenstern, and M.K. Stewart. (2014) A comparison of particle-tracking and solute transport methods for simulation of tritium concentrations and groundwater transit times in river water. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 18: 3109-3119.

Meyer, S.C. Y.F. Lin, D.B. Abrams, and G.S. Roadcap. 2013. Groundwater simulation modeling and potentiometric surface mapping, McHenry County, Illinois. Contract Report 2013-06.

Abrams, D.B., H.M. Haitjema, and L.J. Kauffman. 2013. On modeling weak sinks in MODPATH. Groundwater. DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2012.00995.x                       

Abrams, D.B. 2013. Correcting transit time distributions in coarse resolution MODFLOW-MODPATH models. Groundwater. DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2012.00985.x  

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