Venkatesh Merwade

Contact Information
Dr. Venkatesh Merwade, Associate Professor
Hampton Hall of Civil Engineering
550 Stadium Mall Drive
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

Office: HAMP 1101G
Email: vmerwade "at"
Phone:(765) 494-2176
Fax: (765) 494-0395
Useful Purdue Links
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
Burke Hydraulics and Hydrology Lab
Hydraulics and Hydrology group in Purdue Civil Engineering
Purdue Water Community

Prospective Graduate Student Resources
Apply to graduate program in Civil Engineering at Purdue
Civil Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Council

Project Websites


RWater is a cyber-enabled tool, developed by using Purdue's HUBZero technology, for hydrology instruction through programming in R. Users do not need to install any tools - the R interface is embeded within RWater, and public domain data can be accessed through web services from RWater.


SWATShare is a portal for publishing and sharing of Soil Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) models. In addition to these capabilities, you can run normal simulations, sensitivity analysis and calibration of any SWAT model by using distributed computing resources on SWATShare. Get a login, and begin sharing your work!

Geoinformatics Modules for Hydrology Education

This site offers multiple online modules for hydrology instructors to complement their traditional class-room teaching with online modules that students can complete on their own by using GIS or Time Series data with GIS and other computional tools. If you are interested in exploring, send me an email to get a log-in because this is not open to public yet.

Soil Based Floodplain Maps for Indiana

This site offers floodplain maps derived by using SSURGO soil data for the whole state of Indiana. Floodplain maps can be viewed and downloaded for each county as a shapefile. These maps should be used as a resource when flood risk maps are not available and/or for scientific investigations. These are not meant to replace or supplement Flood Insurance Rate Maps.