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Dennis Flanagan

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Agricultural & Biological Engineering
Purdue University Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering
225 South University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2093


Dennis Flanagan is a Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University. He is also an Agricultural Engineer with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, at the National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory, located on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, Indiana. Dennis received his B.S. degree from The Ohio State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University.

His research work deals with soil erosion by water mechanics and prediction. An ongoing laboratory study is investigating the interaction effects of rainfall intensity and flow depth on rill sediment transport and deposition. Recent field experiments with both natural and simulated rainfall are examining the usefulness of organic polymers at controlling soil erosion during the critical period of grass establishment on steep slopes or in concentrated flow regions. In the erosion prediction area, Dr. Flanagan is continuing to work on the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP), with major efforts in graphical interface development and linkage of WEPP with a geographic information system (GIS).

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