Dr. Modrick Hansen joined the Hydrologic Research Center in September 1998 as a Hydrologic Engineer. Her interests include flash flood simulation, prediction, and warnings, climate change impacts on hydrologic processes, distributed hydrologic modeling, quantifying impacts of uncertainty in hydrologic simulations and forecasts, climatology, and precipitation modeling and forecasting. Dr. Modrick Hansen has been highly involved in the development and implementation of HRC’s regional Flash Flood Guidance (FFG) systems in Central America, Central Asia, the Black Sea region, Oman, Romania, Southern Africa, southeastern Europe, and Vietnam.
Dr. Modrick Hansen received her B.S.E. (1991) and M.S. (1993) degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa, and her Ph.D. in 2011 from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography of University of California – San Diego. Her doctoral research focused on climatic variability of small-scale flooding and potential changes to flash flood occurrence in Southern California under future climate.
Prior to joining HRC, Dr. Modrick Hansen held the positions of Hydraulic Engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, and Research Scientist at the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research. She has been active in various professional societies, including the American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, and Society of American Military Engineers.