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.

2012

  • WWA Project White Papers
    Travis, W. R., and R. Klein (2012). Socioeconomic Impacts and Adaptation Strategies: Assessing Research on Quantification of Drought Impacts. Western Water Assessment White Paper.   
  • Reports, Syntheses, and Assessments
    Vogel J., E. Gordon, J. Brislawn, J. Barsugli, E. LeDolce, D. Mills, J. Smith, G. Aggett, and B. Harding (2012). Boulder County Climate Change Preparedness Report. Prepared by Stratus Consulting, Inc. for Boulder County Commissioner's Sustainability Office.   
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Welsh, A. P., C. M. U. Neale, J. Endter-Wada, and R. K. Kjelgren (2012). Custom software application for analyzing urban landscape water use. Remote Sensing and Hydrology, IAHS Publ. 352.   https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/envs_facpub/858/

2011

  • Averyt, K. (2011). The Coal Conundrum. In: The Water-Energy Nexus in the Western United States, D. Kenney and R. Wilkinson, Eds. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.   https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Water_Energy_Nexus_in_the_American_W/CDe9ndOLu3AC?hl=en&gbpv=0
  • Reports, Syntheses, and Assessments
    Averyt, K., J. Fisher, A. Huber-Lee, A. Lewis, J. Macknick, N. Madden, J. Rogers, and S. Tellinghuisen (2011). Freshwater use by U.S. power plants: Electricity’s thirst for a precious resource. A report of the Energy and Water in a Warming World initiative. Cambridge, MA: Union of Concerned Scientists.   https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/freshwater-use-us-power-plants
  • Bracken, C. (2011). Seasonal to Inter-Annual Streamflow Simulation and Forecasting on the Upper Colorado River Basin and Implications for Water Resources Management. M.S. Thesis, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder.   https://www.colorado.edu/cadswes/sites/default/files/attached-files/bracken-ms_thesis-2011.pdf
  • Gangwer, K. (2011). Dryness and Desperate Measures: The Implications of Land Tenure on Rocky Mountain Ranchers’ Drought Experiences and Behaviors. M.S. Thesis, Department of Geography, University of Colorado Boulder.   
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Gray, S.T., J. J. Lukas, and C. A. Woodhouse (2011). Millennial-Length Records of Streamflow from Three Major Upper Colorado River Tributaries. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 47(4): 702-712.   
  • Kenney, D.S., and R. Wilkinson, Eds. (2011). The Water-Energy Nexus in the Western United States. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.   
  • Reports, Syntheses, and Assessments
    Klein, R., E. S. Gordon, W. R. Travis, J. J. Lukas, B. Udall, K. Averyt, J. Vogel, and J. Smith (2011). Colorado Climate Preparedness Project Final Report. Report to the State of Colorado. 108 pp. Colorado Climate Preparedness Project Final Report.pdf  
  • Reports, Syntheses, and Assessments
    Neely, B., R. Rondeau, J. Sanderson, C. Pague, B. Kuhn, J. Siemers, L. Grunau, J. Robertson, P. McCarthy, J. Barsugli, T. Schulz, and C. Knapp, Eds. (2011). Gunnison Basin: Vulnerability Assessment for the Gunnison Climate Working Group. Report by The Nature Conservancy, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Western Water Assessment, and University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Project of the Southwest Climate Change Initiative. Gunnison Basin Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment.pdf  
  • Nowak, K. (2011). Stochastic Streamflow Simulation at Interdecadal Times Scales and Implications for Water Resources Management in the Colorado River Basin. Ph.D. Thesis, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder.   https://scholar.colorado.edu/concern/graduate_thesis_or_dissertations/sn009x95s
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Nowak, K., B. Rajagopalan, and E. Zagona (2011). Wavelet Auto-Regressive Method (WARM) for multi-site streamflow simulation of data with non-stationary spectra. Journal of Hydrology, 410 (1-2): 1-12.   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.08.051

2010

  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Averyt, K. (2010). Are We Successfully Adapting Science to Climate Change? Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, June 2010: 725-726.   
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Bracken, C., B. Rajagopalan, and J. Prairie (2010). A Multi-Site Seasonal Ensemble Streamflow Forecasting Technique. Water Resources Research, 46: W03302.   
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Brickey, C., K. H. Engel, K. Jacobs, J. Matter, D. F. Luecke, M. L. Miller, J. T. Overpeck, and B. Udall (2010). How to Take Climate Change into Account: A Guidance Document for Judges Adjudicating Water Disputes. Environmental Law Reporter, 40: 11215.   
  • Reports, Syntheses, and Assessments
    Gordon, E. and L. Dilling (2010). An Empirical Approach to Defining Success in Adaptation. Paper presented at Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding Through the Social Sciences (ICARUS) Workshop on Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation: Theory and Cases, Champaign, IL.   
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Guentchev, G., J. J. Barsugli, and J. Eischeid (2010). Homogeneity of Gridded Precipitation Datasets for the Colorado River Basin. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 49: 2404–2415.   
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Kenney, D., A. J. Ray, B. Harding, R. S. Pulwarty, and B. Udall (2010). Rethinking Vulnerability on the Colorado River. Water Resources Research, 144(1): 5-10.   
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Nowak, K., J. Prairie, B. Rajagopalan, and U. Lall (2010). A nonparametric stochastic approach for multisite disaggregation of annual to daily streamflow. Water Resources Research, 46: W08529.   
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Painter, T. H., J. S. Deems, J. Belnap, A. F. Hamlet, C. C. Landry, and B. Udall (2010). Response of Colorado River Runoff to Dust Radiative Forcing in Snow. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(40): 17125-17130.   

2009

  • Reports, Syntheses, and Assessments
    Averyt, K., C. McNutt, and R. Pulwarty (2009). Research Directions in Support of the Fifth IPCC Report: A Report to the USGCRP. Report to the U.S. Global Change Research Program.   
  • Reports, Syntheses, and Assessments
    Averyt, K., J. Lukas, C. Alvord, J. Barsugli, and N. Doesken (2009). The “Dealing with Drought: Adapting to a Changing Climate” Workshops: Report to the Colorado Water Conservation Board.   
  • Barsugli, J., C. Anderson, J. Smith, and J. M. Vogel (2009). Options for Improving Climate Modeling to Assist Water Utility Planning for Climate Change. Water Utility Climate Alliance, San Francisco, CA, 146 pp.   
  • Barsugli, J., C. Anderson, J. Smith, and J. Vogel (2009). What's Needed from Climate Modeling to Advance Actionable Science for Water Utilities? American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting Abstract, H331-08.   
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Barsugli, J., K. Nowak, B. Rajagopalan, J. Prairie, and B. Harding (2009). Comment on “When Will Lake Mead go Dry?” by T. P. Barnett and D. W. Pierce. Water Resources Research, 45, W09601.   
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Gangopadhyay, S., B. Harding, B. Rajagopalan, J. Lukas, and T. Fulp (2009). A Non-Parametric Approach for Paleohydrologic Reconstruction of Annual Streamflow Ensembles. Water Resources Research, 45, W06417.   
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
    Hoerling, M., D. Lettenmaier, D. Cayan, and B. Udall (2009). Reconciling Future Colorado River Flows. Southwest Hydrology, 8(3).   
  • Book/Book Chapter
    Kenney, D. (2009). The Colorado River: What Prospect for ‘A River No More’. In F. Molle and P. Wester, eds., River Basins: Trajectories, Societies, Environments: Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture, CAB International: Wallingford England: 123-146.   
  • WWA Project White Papers
    Klein, R., and D. Kenney (2009). The Land Use Planning, Water Resources and Climate Change Adaptation Connection: Challenges and Opportunities -- A Review. Western Water Assessment white paper.   

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