Publications

At Western Water Assessment, we communicate the results of our research and provide other climate-related information through several types of publications. Peer-reviewed scientific journals are an important outlet for sharing our new work with our research colleagues and with stakeholders. We have also produced a number of WWA reports and white papers that describe individual projects or synthesize broader sets of research findings. In addition to these avenues, our research has been published in book chapters, special reports released by other organizations, and in conference proceedings. As part of our Intermountain West Climate Summary climate digest, since 2005 we have published several dozen short articles on WWA research, relevant research projects led by others, and climate information resources.

2021

  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Kroepsch, A. C., and K. R. Clifford (2021). On environments of not knowing: How some environmental spaces and circulations are made inscrutable. Geoforum.   https://doi.org/10.1016/J.GEOFORUM.2021.05.009
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Musselman, Keith N., Nans Addor, Julie A. Vano, and Noah P. Molotch (2021). Winter Melt Trends Portend Widespread Declines in Snow Water Resources. Nature Climate Change 11 (5): 418–24.   https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-021-01014-9
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Pan, Jinmei, M. T. Durand, Z. Courville, B. J. Vander Jagt, N. P. Molotch, S. A. Margulis, E. J. Kim, M. Schneebeli, and C. Mätzler (2021). Evaluation of Stereology for Snow Microstructure Measurement and Microwave Emission Modeling: A Case Study.International Journal of Digital Earth, March, 1–21.   https://doi.org/10.1080/17538947.2021.1902006
  • Briefings, Short Assessments, and Fact Sheets
    Payton, E. and J. Lukas (2021). Colorado River basin climate and hydrology state of the science: A synthesis report to support water planning and management. Colorado Water, 38:1.   Climate Change and Adaptation Issue of Colorado Water, June 2021
  • Reports, Syntheses, and Assessments
    Payton, Elizabeth, Joel Biederman, and Marcos Robles. 2021. “Snowtography: Snowpack & Soil Moisture Monitoring Handbook.” Western Water Assessment, University of Colorado Boulder. Snowtography: Snowpack & Soil Moisture Monitoring Handbook  https://doi.org/10.25810/r9s7-4t28
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Pierce, D. W., L. Su, D. R. Cayan, M.D. Risser, B. Livneh, and D.P. Lettenmaier, 2021: An extreme-preserving long-term gridded daily precipitation data set for the conterminous United States, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 22(7), 1883-1895.   https://doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-20-0212.1
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Rangwala, Imtiaz, Wynne Moss, Jane Wolken, Renee Rondeau, Karen Newlon, John Guinotte, and William Riebsame Travis. 2021. “Uncertainty, Complexity and Constraints: How Do We Robustly Assess Biological Responses under a Rapidly Changing Climate?” Climate 9 (12): 177.   https://doi.org/10.3390/cli9120177
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Schneider, Dominik, Noah P. Molotch, Jeffrey S. Deems, and Thomas H. Painter (2021). Analysis of Topographic Controls on Depletion Curves Derived from Airborne Lidar Snow Depth Data. Hydrology Research52 (1): 253–65.   https://doi.org/10.2166/nh.2020.267
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Schulz T., H. Wilmer, H.M. Yocum, E. Winford, D. Peck, AA.C. Monlezun, H. Schmalz, T. Klemm, K. Epstein, V. Jansen, W. Kelley, R. Bruegger, S. Fick, J. Gazing Wolf, J. Grace, R. Mann, and J. Derner (2021). Campfire Conversations at the 2020 Annual Meeting: Insights & lessons learned from “cuss-and-discuss” rather than “chalk-and-talk.” Rangelands.     https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rala.2021.04.003
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Su, Juhn-Yuan, Ramesh Goel, Steven Burian, Sarah J. Hinners, Adam Kochanski, Courtenay Strong, and Michael E. Barber. 2021. “Water Quality Trading Framework with Uncertainty for River Systems Due to Climate and Population Characteristics.” Water 13 (13): 1738.   https://doi.org/10.3390/w13131738

2020

  • Briefings, Short Assessments, and Fact Sheets
    Arens, Seth, Jeff Lukas, and Lineke Woelders (2020). Climate, snow, streamflow, and drought information resources for the Mountain West. Western Water Assessment. Climate information two-pager 2020.pdf  
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Barsugli, J.J., A.J. Ray, B. Livneh, C.F. Dewes, A. Heldmyer, I. Rangwala, J.M. Guinotte, and S. Torbit (2020). Projections of Mountain Snowpack Loss for Wolverine Denning Elevations in the Rocky Mountains. Earth's Future.   doi: 10.1029/2020EF001537
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Clifford K.R., and W.R. Travis (2020). The New (Ab)Normal: Outliers, Everyday Exceptionality, and the Politics of Data Management in the Anthropocene. Annals of the American Association of Geographers.   doi: 10.1080/24694452.2020.1785836.
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Clifford, K. R. (2020). Problematic Exclusions: Analysis of the Clean Air Act’s Exceptional Event Rule Revisions. Society & Natural Resources, 34(2), 135-148.   https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2020.1780358
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Clifford, K.R. (2020). Problematic Exclusions: Analysis of the Clean Air Act’s Exceptional Event Rule Revisions. Society & Natural Resources.   doi: 10.1080/08941920.2020.1780358
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Clifford, K.R., L. Yung, W.R. Travis, R. Rondeau, B. Neely, I. Rangwala, N. Burkardt, and C. Wyborn (2020). Navigating Climate Adaptation on Public Lands: How Views on Ecosystem Change and Scale Interact with Management Approaches. Environmental Management.   doi: 10.1007/s00267-020-01336-y
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Clifford, K.R., W.R. Travis, and L.T. Nordgren (2020). A climate knowledges approach to climate services. Climate Services, Vol. 18, April.   doi: 10.1016/j.cliser.2020.100155
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Hobbins, M. and J. Barsugli (2020). Threatening the Vigor of the Colorado River. Science, 367 (6483): 1192–93.   doi: 10.1126/science.abb3624
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Livneh, Ben, and A.M. Badger (2020). Drought less predictable under declining future snowpack. Nature Climate Change, 10, 452–458.   doi: 10.1038/s41558-020-0754-8
  • Reports, Syntheses, and Assessments
    Lukas, J., and E. Payton, eds. (2020). Colorado River Basin Climate and Hydrology: State of the Science. Western Water Assessment, University of Colorado Boulder. ColoRiver_StateOfScience_WWA_2020_FullReport_hi-res.pdf   doi: 10.25810/3hcv-w477
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Page, R. and L. Dilling (2020). How experiences of climate extremes motivate adaptation among water managers. Climatic Change.   doi: 10.1007/s10584-020-02712-7
  • Reports, Syntheses, and Assessments
    Quebbeman, J., G. Van Houtven, H. Yocum, Travis Williams, and Nick Flores (2020). NASA Impacts and Benefits Assessment from Improved Streamflow Forecasts. RTI International, Western Water Assessment, University of Colorado Boulder, June 16. NASA Impacts and Benefits Assessment from Improved Streamflow Forecasts.pdf  
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Steinberg, D., B.K. Mignone, J. Macknick, Y. Sun, K. Eurek, Badger, A.M., B. Livneh, and K.B. Averyt, (2020). Decomposing supply-side and demand-side impacts of climate change on the U.S. electricity system through 2050. Climatic Change.   doi: 10.1007/s10584-019-02506-6
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Switanek, M.B., J. Barsugli, M. Scheuerer, T. Hamill (2020). Present and past sea surface temperatures: A recipe for better seasonal climate forecasts. Weather Forecast, 35 (4): 1221–1234.   doi: 10.1175/WAF-D-19-0241.1
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Williams, A.P., E.R. Cook, J.E. Smerdon, B.I. Cook, R. Seager, J.T. Abatzoglou, K. Bolles, S.H. Baek, A. Badger, and B. Livneh (2020). Large contribution from anthropogenic warming to an emerging North American megadrought. Science, 368(6488), 314-318.   doi: 10.1126/science.aaz9600
  • Reports, Syntheses, and Assessments
    Woelders, L., J. Lukas, E. Payton, and B. Duncan (2020). Snowpack Monitoring in the Rocky Mountain West: A User Guide. Western Water Assessment. Snowpack_Monitoring_in_the_Rocky_Mountain_West_A_User_Guide.pdf  

2019

  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Dilling, L., A. Prakash, Z. Zommers, F. Ahmad, N. Singh, S. de Wit, J. Nalau, M. Daly, and K. Bowman (2019). Is Adaptation Success a Flawed Concept? Nature Climate Change, 9 (8): 572–74.   doi: 10.1038/s41558-019-0539-0
  • Reports, Syntheses, and Assessments
    Grecni, Z., L. Shore, and B. Duncan (2019). Learning from Success in Climate-Informed Decision-Making: Case Studies across Three U.S. Regions. Honolulu, Hawaii: East-West Center. Learning from Success in Climate-Informed Decision-Making Case Studies Across Three U.S. Regions.pdf  
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Hoerling, M., J. Barsugli, B. Livneh, J. Eischeid, X. Quan, and A. Badger (2019). Causes for the Century-Long Decline in Colorado River Flow. Journal of Climate, 32 (23): 8181–8203.   doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0207.1
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Kirchhoff, C.J., J.J. Barsugli, G.L. Galford, A.V. Karmalkar, K. Lombardo, S.R. Stephenson, M. Barlow, A. Seth, G. Wang, and A. Frank (2019). Climate Assessments for Local Action. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 100 (11): 2147–52.   doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0138.1

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