Under Dr. Mariza
is positioned to
become a leading company in the
impacts of global change. Prior to joining nhc, Mariza founded
Hydrology Futures, LLC, in
2007, a specialized small science
company that attracted a number of major projects.
Mariza was a tenured scientist at the Helmholtz- Zentrum Geesthacht Research Center in Germany, where she developed and applied atmospheric transport models over the European domain, and co-developed a model of sediment transport for the Elbe River basin. She also worked at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she applied state-of- the-art hydrologic models developed by the Land Surface Hydrology Research Group to Southeast Asia's largest river basin - the Mekong.
Mariza's current work focuses on the impacts of climate change on precipitation intensity and storm surge (hence flooding risk) at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley (see project). Her recent work focused on impacts of projected climate change on the snowpack of the Eastern Sierra Nevada. With a team of fellow researchers (see project) she studied possible impacts on water resources for the city of Los Angeles, for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. She also joined a research team examining impacts on the water quality of Lake Tahoe (see project).
Costa-Cabral holds a PhD in Hydrology from the University of Washington, a Master of Science in Hydrology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master of Arts in Energy and Environment from Boston University. Her PhD Thesis received the 1997 international Lorenz G. Straub Award for best thesis in Water Resources. She was Associate Editor of Geomorphology in 1999-2005; and is a member of AGU, AMS, AWRA, and Portugal's WRA.