Richard Palmer

NE CSC Principal Investigator
University Director, Northeast Climate Science Center
Department Head and Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
413-545-2508

Consortium Institution: 

University of Massachusetts

Education: 

Ph.D.: Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 1979
M.S.: Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1973
B.S.: Civil Engineering, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, 1972

Website: 

Experience: 

Professor and Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, March 2008 to present
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA September 1990 to March 2008
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA September 1985 to September 1990
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA September 1979 to September 1985

Research Interests: 

    Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources

Sub areas - Surface water hydrology, climate modeling & scaling, conflict resolution, resource policy & economics, groundwater hydrology.

My goal is to determine the impacts of climate change on the hydrology of river systems and the ecological and human services that these systems provide.  Of primary importance is the impact of climate change on the timing and volume of seasonal and annual streamflows, as well as its likely impacts on the frequency and magnitude of floods and droughts.  Our research focuses on how to translate these changes in hydrology to impacts on water temperature, ecological system services, hydropower production, flood control, water supply, recreation, and navigation.

Recent Publications

Click on the author's name to view all of their publications in the NECSC Library.

Evaluating the Performance of Multiple Alternative Operating Rules under Climate Change: A Case Study of New York City, DeCristofaro, L, and Palmer Richard N. , World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2015World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2015, 05/2015, Austin, TX, p.2147 - 2156, (2015)
Managing for Floodplains and Aquatic Species: A Framework for Multiobjective Reservoir Operations, Anleitner, Jocelyn, Palmer Richard N., and Lutz Kim , World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2014World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2014, Portland, OregonReston, VA, p.1060 - 1069, (2014)
Value of Forecasts in Reservoir Operations Management, Guihan, Rebecca, Polebitski Austin S., Palmer Richard N., and Wood Andy , World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2014, Portland, Oregon, p.1041 - 1049, (2014)
Bringing People, Data, and Models Together - Addressing Impacts of Climate Change on Stream Temperature, O’Neill, Kyle, Polebitski Austin S., Yang Y.C., and Palmer Richard N. , World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2013World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2013, Cincinnati, OhioReston, VA, p.1099 - 1109, (2013)