Ben Livneh
Associate Professor • Joint Appointment with CIRES • Director, Western Water Assessment
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. F. Yao, B. Livneh, B. Rajagopalan. 2023: Earth’s large lakes are shrinking. TheScienceBreaker, 9(4).
  2. Williams, A.P., B. Livneh, K.A. McKinnon, W.D. Hansen, J.S. Mankin, B.I. Cook, J.E. Smerdon, A.M. Varuolo-Clarke, N.R. Bjarke, C.S. Juang, and D.P. Lettenmaier, 2022: Growing impact of wildfire on western United States water supply, Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, 119(10) e2114069119,
  3. Culler, E.S., *A.M. Badger, J.T. Minear, K.F. Tiampo, S. Zeigler, and B. Livneh, 2021: A Multi-sensor Evaluation of Precipitation Uncertainty for Landslide-triggering Storm Events, Hydrological Processes, 35(7), e14260,
  4. Heldmyer, A.J., B. Livneh, B. Rajagopalan, and N. Molotch, 2021: Investigating the Relationship Between Peak Snow-Water Equivalent and Snow Timing Indices in the Western U.S. and Alaska, Water Resources Research, 57, e2020WR029395,
  5. Abolafia-Rosenzweig, R., M. Pan, J.L. Zeng, and B. Livneh, 2021: A remotely sensed ensemble to observe the terrestrial water budget over major global river basins, Remote Sensing of Environment, 252, 112191,
  6. Bjarke, N.R., B. Livneh, S. Elmendorf, N. Molotch, E. Hinckley, J. Morse, N. Emery, P. Johnson, and K. Suding, 2021: Catchment scale observations at the Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research site, Hydrological Processes,
  7. Abolafia-Rosenzweig, R., *A.M. Badger, E.E. Small, and B. Livneh, 2020: A Continental-scale Soil Evaporation Dataset Derived from Soil Moisture Active Passive Satellite Drying Rates, Scientific Data, 7(1), 1-10,
  8. Barsugli, J. J., A. Ray, B. Livneh, C. Dewes, A. Heldmyer, I. Rangwala, J. Guinnotte, and S. Torbit, 2020: Projections of mountain snowpack loss for wolverine denning elevations in the Rocky Mountains, Earth’s Future, 8(10),
  9. Kampf, S., B. Gannon, C. Wilson, F. Saavedra, M. E. Miller, A. Heldmyer, B. Livneh, P. Nelson, and L. MacDonald, 2020: PEMIP: Post-fire Erosion Model Inter-comparison Project, Journal of Environmental Management, 268,
  10. Livneh, B., and *A.M. Badger, 2020: Drought less predictable under declining future snowpack, Nature Climate Change, 10, 452–458,
  11. Williams, A.P., E.R. Cook, J.E. Smerdon, B.I. Cook, R. Seager, J.T. Abatzoglou, K. Bolles, S.H. Baek, *A. Badger, and B. Livneh, 2020: Large contribution from anthropogenic warming to an emerging North American megadrought, Science, 368(6488), 314-318,