Research

Recent Projects

  • 2021 Wasatch Front in Utah
    Usability of medium-range forecasting for water system reliability
    This project aims to build water system resilience by increasing understanding of the impacts of persistent low streamflows on water systems that rely on surface water sources.
  • 2021 Western Water Assessment
    After the fire: Informing water systems management in burned landscapes
    Wildfires create hazards for lives and property through combustion and high temperatures, as well as their impacts to catchment source water. This project focuses on these water-related vulnerabilities, which include far-reaching effects on flood risks (Ebel et al., 2012), on aquatic habitats, and on water treatment costs (Hohner et al., 2019; Pitlick and Van Steeter, 1998).
  • 2021 Sunrise over the Teton Mountains
    Sense of Place, Underserved Communities, and Adaptive Capacity in the Intermountain West
    Planners, public land managers, and community decision-makers anecdotally understand and experience the importance of sense of place but may not understand how it can be leveraged to build adaptive capacity to help communities respond to and navigate change (Knapp and Trainor 2013). In this project we will collect and compare data across the Intermountain West to better understand how sense of place might be leveraged to assist in adaptation efforts.
  • 2021 Map of study area
    ACCESS: Anthropogenic Water Management, Climate Change, and Environmental Sustainability in the Southwestern US
    ACCESS is a collaborative project among researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Colorado Boulder funded by the National Science Foundation.
    Led by Drs. Yadu Pokhrel and Lifeng Luo at MSU and Dr. Ben Livneh and Liz Payton at CU, the project engages with stakeholders throughout the Southwest US to assess whether current management practices can meet future water demands while maintaining environmental water requirements, and if not, whether there are alternative approaches to achieving water and environmental sustainability. The project uses a comprehensive modeling framework that integrates key drivers of hydrologic change and water management while also accounting for environmental water needs.
  • 2021 WWA hosts a workshop with water managers
    Building understanding for water system resilience to changing streamflows
    In this project, we will engage with water providers, tribal representatives, agricultural and other water users, ecological interests, and recreational groups about future snowpack and streamflow conditions, increasing understanding of how they view water system resilience to compound hazards. This continued engagement is essential both to disseminate new research findings and to understand evolving information and planning landscapes.

Recent Publications

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

Payton, Elizabeth, Joel Biederman, and Marcos Robles. 2021. “Snowtography: Snowpack & Soil Moisture Monitoring Handbook.” Western Water Assessment, University of Colorado Boulder.   https://doi.org/10.25810/r9s7-4t28

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

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

Esit, Musa, Sanjiv Kumar, Ashutosh Pandey, David M. Lawrence, Imtiaz Rangwala, and Stephen Yeager. 2021. “Seasonal to Multi-Year Soil Moisture Drought Forecasting.” Npj Climate and Atmospheric Science 4 (1): 16.   https://doi.org/10.1038/s41612-021-00172-z

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