Benjamin Abban

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • The University of Tennessee
  • Department of Civil & Engineering
  • 411 John D. Tickle Building
    851 Neyland Drive
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Knoxville, TN 37996
    Phone: 410 624 8266
    E-mail: babban@utk.edu

    Research Direction

    -Watershed Dynamics
    -Upland Erosion
    -In-stream Processes
    -Computational Hydraulics
    -Geoinformatics
     

    Selected Publications

    1. Tsakiris, A.G., A.N. Papanicolaou, I.V. Moustakidis, B.K. Abban. (2015). Identification of the Burial Depth of Radio Frequency Identification Transponders in Riverine Applications. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering.

    2. Bressan, F., A.N. Papanicolaou, and B. Abban. (2014). A model for knickpoint migration in first and second order streams. Geophysical Research Letters. 41(14):4987-4996. doi: 10.1002/2014GL060823.

    3. Abban, B., Papanicolaou, A.N., Cowles, M.K., and Wilson, C.G. (2014). Examining Seasonal Trends in Sediment Source Contributions in an Intensively Cultivated Midwestern Watershed using Bayesian Un-mixing. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2014: Water Without Borders, ASCE, Portland, Oregon, USA, June 1-5, 2014.

    4. Moustakidis, I., Tsakiris, A., Papanicolaou, A.N., and Abban, B. (2014). Framework for Bridge Scour Measurement Using Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID). World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2014: Water Without Borders, ASCE, Portland, Oregon, USA, June 1-5, 2014.

    5. Ettema, W., Papanicolaou, A.N., Wilson, C.G., and Abban, B. (2014). Alternative Tile Intake Design for Tile Drainage: A Case Study. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2014: Water Without Borders, ASCE, Portland, Oregon, USA, June 1-5, 2014.

    6. Wilson, C.G., Papanicolaou, A.N., and Abban, B. (2014). Quantifying Sediment Sources to the Suspended Load of an Agricultural Stream Using Radioisotopes. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2014: Water Without Borders, ASCE, Portland, Oregon, USA, June 1-5, 2014.

    7. Abban, B. and Papanicolaou, A.N. (2012). Using a one-dimensional morphodynamic model to study sediment transport in rills. Third International Symposium on Shallow Flows, Iowa City, Iowa, USA, 9 pp, June 4-6, 2012.

    8. Dermisis D., Papanicolaou, A.N., Wacha K., Abban, B., and Wilson C. (2012). Investigating the Effects of Soil Surface Roughness and Landscape Topography on the Dynamics of Upland Erosion Processes. Third International Symposium on Shallow Flows, Iowa City, Iowa, USA, 6 pp, June 4-6, 2012.

    9. Abban, B., Papanicolaou, A.N., Dermisis, D., Flanagan, D. and Frankenberger, J. (2011). “Coupling WEPP and 3ST1D models for improved prediction of flow and sediment transport at watershed scales”. Proceedings of the 7th IAHR Symposium on River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics, Beijing: Tsinghua University, China, 10 pp, September 6-8, 2011.

    10. Dermisis, D., Papanicolaou, A.N., Abban, B., Flanagan, D.C. and Frankenberger, J.R. (2011). The coupling of WEPP and 3ST1D numerical models for improved estimation of runoff and sediment yield at watershed scales. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011: Bearing Knowledge for Sustainability, ASCE, Palm Springs, California, USA, pp. 4749-4758, May 22-26, 2011.

    11. Kleynhans M, Abban B & Shand MJ (2010). River Rehabilitation and Impact Mitigation Structures. In James, C.S. and King, J.M. (Eds), Ecohydraulics for South African Rivers – A Review and Guide. WRC Report No. TT 453/10, Chapter 10.

    12. Abban B, Shand MJ, Kamish W, Makhabane M, Tente T, van Zyl B (2009). "Decision Support System for Environmental Flow Releases from the Berg River Dam and Supplement Scheme". Proceedings of the International Conference on Implementing Environmental Water Allocations, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, February 2009.

    13. Tente T, van Zyl B, Shand MJ, Makhabane M, Abban B, Kamish W (2008). "Berg Water Project reserve releases, Implementation of the reserve at the Berg River Dam and Supplement Scheme". Civil Engineering Vol. 16 No. 6, June 2008.

    14. Armitage N, Cunninghame M, Kabir A and Abban B (2007). Local Scour in Rivers; The extent of the problem in South Africa; The state of the art of numerical modelling. WRC Report No. KV 185/07

    15. Armitage N and Abban B (2007). Modelling of local scour using the Movability Number approach. Proceedings of the 32nd biennial congress of the International Association for Hydraulics Research, Venice, Italy.

    16. Abban B (2007). Using the Movability Number to Model Local Clear-water Scour in Rivers. MSc Thesis, The University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.

    17. Odai SN and Abban B (2005). Runoff modeling and drain-sizing software-KNUST drain design. Journal of the Ghana Institute of Engineers. 3(1):54-61.

     

    Selected Posters and Presentations

    1. Abban, B., Papanicolaou, A.N., Cowles, M.K., and Wilson, C.G. (2014). "Examining Seasonal Trends in Sediment Source Contributions in an Intensively Cultivated Midwestern Watershed using Bayesian Un-mixing". World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2014: Water Without Borders, ASCE, Portland, Oregon, USA, June 1-5, 2014.

    2. Abban, B. and Papanicolaou, A.N. (2012). “Using a one-dimensional morphodynamic model to study sediment transport in rills”. Third International Symposium on Shallow Flows, Iowa City, Iowa, USA, 9 pp, June 4-6, 2012.

    3. Dermisis D., Papanicolaou, A.N., Wacha K., Abban, B., and Wilson C. (2012). “Investigating the Effects of Soil Surface Roughness and Landscape Topography on the Dynamics of Upland Erosion Processes”. Third International Symposium on Shallow Flows, Iowa City, Iowa, USA, 6 pp, June 4-6, 2012.

    4. Abban, B., Papanicolaou, A.N., Jiao, F. and Cowles, M.K. (2012). “Identifying Sources of Sediment Transport Using a Bayesian Framework”. IGERT Annual Meeting, Washington DC, USA, May 30 – June 1, 2012.

    5. Abban, B., Papanicolaou, A.N., Cowles, M.K and Jiao, F. (2012). “A Bayesian Tool for Validating Process-Based Models”. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA, December 3-7, 2012.

    6. Dermisis, D., Abban, B., Papanicolaou, A.N., Wacha, K.M., Flanagan, D. and Frankenberger, J. (2012). “Accounting for the role of landscape heterogeneity in physically-based models: Linking upland and in-stream processes”. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA, December 3-7, 2012.

    7. Dermisis, D., Papanicolaou, A.N., and Abban, B. (2011). “Scale dependence in the efficiency of grassed waterways within an agricultural watershed”. The 13th Annual James F. Jakobsen Graduate Conference, Iowa City, Iowa, USA, March 21, 2011.

     

    Honors, Awards, Fellowships and Scholarships

    1. National Science Foundation (IGERT) Fellow - NSF, USA

    2. Best Engineering Student, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology - Unilever, Ghana.

    3. Overall best student, Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination - West African Examination Council, Ghana

     

    Service

    Peer Reviewer
    • Water Resources Research.
    • Journal of Hydrologic Engineering.
    • Journal of Hydraulic Engineering.
    • Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.