Ben Livneh
Assistant Professor • Joint Appointment with CIRES
Hydrology, Water Resources & Environmental Fluid Mechanics • Mortenson Center in Global Engineering

Office: SEEC C251

Mailing Address:
216 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0216


  • PhD, Civil Engineering (emphasis in hydrology), University of Washington-Seattle, 2012
  • MESc, Civil Engineering, University of Western Ontario, 2006

Honors and Distinctions:

  • NASA New Investigator Award (2018)
  • Symposium Scholar, DISCCRS VIII: Dissertations Initiative for the Advancement of Climate Change Research, 2013
  • CIRES Visiting Fellowship Award, 2012. 

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Geophysical Union

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
  • Sediment transport

Recent Publications:

  1. Badger, A.M., B. Livneh, Hoerling, M.P., and J.K. Eischeid, 2018: Understanding the 2011 Upper Missouri River Basin floods in the context of a changing climate, Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 19, 110-123, Link.
  2. Hein C.J., S. Gopalakrishnan, J.E. Ten Hoeve, B. Livneh, H.D. Adams, E.L. Marino, and S.C. Weiler, 2018: Overcoming Early Career Barriers to Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change, e530, 1-18, Link.
  3. Jennings, K.S., T. Winchell, B. Livneh, and N.P. Molotch, 2018: Spatial variation of the rain-snow temperature threshold across the Northern Hemisphere, Nature Communications, 9, 1148.
  4. Friedrich, K., R. Grossman, J. Huntington, P. Blanken, J. Lenters, K. Holman, D. Gochis, B. Livneh, J. Prairie, E. Skeie, N. Healey, K. Dahm, C. Pearson, T. Finnessey, S. Hook, and T. Kowalski, 2018: Reservoir Evaporation in the Western United States: Current Science, Challenges, and Future Needs, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00224.1.
  5. Shellito, P., E. E. Small, and B. Livneh, 2018: Controls on surface soil drying rates observed by SMAP and simulated by the Noah land surface model, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22(3), 1649.
  6. Henn, B., A.J. Newman, B. Livneh, C. Daly, and J.D. Lundquist, 2018: An assessment of differences in gridded precipitation datasets in complex terrain, Journal of Hydrology, 556, 1205-1219.
  7. Marlier, M.E., M. Xiao, R. Engel, B. Livneh, J.T. Abatsoglou, and D.P. Lettenmaier, 2017: The 2015 drought in Washington State: A harbinger of things to come? Environmental Research Letters, 12 114008.
  8. Stewart, J.S., B. Livneh, J.R. Kasprzyk, J.T. Minear, B. Rajagopalan, and W.J. Raseman, 2017: A multi-algorithm approach to land surface modeling of suspended sediment in the Colorado Front Range, Journal of Advances in Models Earth Systems, 9(7), 2526-2544.
  9. Yanto, B. Livneh, and B. Rajagopalan, 2017: Development of a gridded meteorological dataset over Java island, Indonesia 1985–2014, Nature Scientific Data, 4, 170072.
  10. Hallar, A.G., N.P. Molotch, J. Hand, B. Livneh, I.B. McCubbin, R. Petersen, J. Michalsky, D. Lowenthal, 2017: Impacts of Increasing Aridity and Wildfires on Aerosol Loading in the Intermountain Western U.S., Environmental Research Letters, 12(1), 014006.