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Ben Livneh – Assistant Professor
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Attribution and Predictability Assessments Team
Affiliation: CIRES
Phone: (303) 735-0288
Mailing Address:
University of Colorado
216 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0216

Fax: (303) 497-6020


Ben started working with PSD in August, 2014 where he is actively researching the hydrologic relationships and impacts of drought, targeting California and the Great Plains region. Previously, his projects with the Western Water Assessment explored the hydrologic impacts of bark beetle and dust-on-snow disturbance on Colorado River streamflow. His doctoral research focused on land surface model development relevant to both land-atmosphere interaction, hydrologic prediction, and cold-season processes. He has also developed two long-term daily hydro-meteorological data sets over the conterminous U.S., Mexico, and parts of Canada at a 1/16 degree (~ 6km) spatial resolution that have been widely used. Ben is primarily interested in projects that quantify hydrologic impacts across multiple spatial and temporal scales relevant to water resource management.

Research Interests

  • Impacts of changing land cover and climate on water resources
  • Land surface modeling and the terrestrial water balance
  • Regionalization of land surface processes and parameters


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering; emphasis: Hydrology, UW-Seattle, Jun 2012
  • M.Sc., Civil Engineering, University of Western Ontario, Apr 2006
  • B.Sc., Civil Engineering, University of Western Ontario, Apr 2004


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