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Richard Palmer

Professor, Department Head
UMassAmherst


Featured Projects

Research and Background

Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources, Water Resources Planning, Drought Management, Flood Management, Expert Systems, Risk Analysis, Optimization and Simulation Modeling of Engineering Systems

Contact Info

Richard Palmer
palmer@ecs.umass.edu
222 Marston Hall, College of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 130 Natural Resources Road,
Amherst, Massachusetts

Research in Action

Education

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1979; M.S., Stanford University, 1973; B.S., Lamar University, 1972.

Publications

Ahn, K.H., Merwade, V., Ojha, C.S.P., Palmer, R.N., (2015) “Quantifying Relative Uncertainties in the Detection and Attribution of Human-induced Climate Change on Winter Streamflow,” submitted to Water Resources Research.

Falconi, S.M., Werick, W., and Palmer, R.N. (2015) “The Continuing Experiment in Interdisciplinary Research—What Makes Models Effective Participatory Decision Tools,” submitted to Water Resources Research.

Demaria, E.M.C., Roundy, J. K., Palmer, R.N., and Wi, S., (2015) “The Effects of Climate Change on Seasonal Snowpack and the Hydrology of the Northeastern and Upper Midwest, U.S.”, submitted to Water Resources Research.

Bernstein, A., Anleiter, J., Steinschneider, and Palmer, R. (2014) “Sustainable Water Management Using Environmental Flows in the Connecticut River,” Reviewed by ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, minor revisions requested.

Ahn, K.H., and Palmer, R.N., (2015) “Use of a Nonstationary Copula to Predict Future Bivariate Low Flow Frequency in the Connecticut River Basin,” accepted for publication in: Hydrologic Processes.

Ahn, K. and Palmer, R. (2015). "Trend and Variability in Observed Hydrological Extremes in the United States." J. Hydrol. Eng., Vol. 21(2) February 2016, 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001286.

Demaria E. M.C., Palmer, R. N., Roundy, J.K, “Northeast Regional climate change projections of streamflow characteristics in the Northeast and Midwest U.S.” Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 8 December 2015, doi:10.1016/j.ejrh.2015.11.007.

Rossi, N., DeCristofaro, L, Steinschneider, S., Brown, C., and Palmer, R. (2015) “Potential Impacts of Changes in Climate on Turbidity in New York City’s Ashokan Reservoir,” ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 142(12), DOI: 10.1061/ (ASCE) WR.1943-5452.0000614.

Whateley, S., Palmer, R.N., and Brown, C. (2014) “Seasonal Climate Forecasts as Innovations and the Challenges of Adoption by Water Managers," ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000466, 04014071.

Steinschneider, S., Bernstein, A., Palmer, R.N., and Polebitski, A. (2013). “Reservoir Management Optimization for Basin-Wide Ecological Restoration in the Connecticut River,” ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 140(9), 04014023

Langsdale, S., Beall, A., Bourget, E., Hagen, E., Kudlas, S., Palmer, R., Tate, D. and Werick, W. (2013) “Collaborative modeling for decision support in water resources: Principles and best practices,” Journal of the American Water Resources Association Volume 49, 3, pp. 629-638. DOI: 10.1111/jawr.12065

Palmer, R. N., Cardwell, H.E., Lorie, M.A. and Werick, W. (2013) “Disciplined Planning, Structured Participation, and Collaborative Modeling – Applying Shared Vision Planning to Water Resources,” Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Volume 49, 3, pp. 614-628. DOI: 10.1111/jawr.12067.

Polebitski, A.S. and Palmer, R.N, (2013) “Analysis and predictive models of single-family customer response to water curtailments during drought," Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Vol. 49, 1, pp. 40-51.

Kim, Y.O., Lee, J.K., and Palmer, R.N., (2012) “A Drought Outlook Study in Korea,” Hydrological Sciences Journal, 57:6, 1141-1153

Traynham, L., Palmer, R. N. and Polebitski, A. S. (2011) “Impacts of Future Climate Conditions and Forecasted Population Growth on Water Supply Systems in the Puget Sound Region.” ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Vol. 137, 4, pp. 318-326.

Polebitski, A.S., Palmer, R.N., and Waddell, P. (2011) “Evaluating Water Demands Incorporating Climate Change and Transitions in the Urban Environment,” ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Vol.137, 3, pp. 249-257.

Eum, H.I., Kim, Y.O., and Palmer, R.N. (2011) “Optimal Drought Management Using Sampling Stochastic Dynamic Programming with a Hedging Rule,” ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Vol. 137, 1, pp. 113-122.

Alemu, E.T., Palmer R. N., Polebitski A. S., and Meaker B.A. (2011) “Decision Support System for Optimizing Reservoir Operations Using Ensemble Streamflow Predictions,” ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Vol. 137, 1, pp. 72-82.

Polebitski, A.S., Palmer, R.N., and Waddell, P. (2010) “Evaluating Water Demands Incorporating Climate Change and Transitions in the Urban Environment,”ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, to appear in Vol.137, 1, January 1, 2011.

Polebitski, A. S., and R. N. Palmer (2010). Seasonal Residential Water Demand Forecasting for Census Tracts. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Vol.136, 1, pp.27-36.

Vano, J.A., Voisin, N., Cuo, L., Hamlet, A.F., McGuire Elsner, M., Palmer, R.N., Polebitski, A.S., and D.P. Lettenmaier (2010) "Climate change impacts on water management in the Puget Sound region, Washington, USA." Climatic Change. 102:261–286.

Ryu, J.H., R.N. Palmer, M.W. Wiley, and S. Jeong, (2009) Mid-range streamflow forecasts based on climate modeling – Statistical Correction and Evaluation, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 45(2), 355-368.

Ryu, J.H., R.N. Palmer, S. Jeong, J.Lee, and Y.O. Kim, (2009) Sustainable Water ResourcesManagement in a Conflict Resolution Framework, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 45(3), 485-499.

Ostendorf, D.W., Palmer, R.N., and Hinlein, E.S. (2009) Seasonally Varying Highway Deicing Agent Contamination in a Groundwater Plume from an Infiltration Basin, Hydrology Research, Vol. 40, No. 6, pp. 520-532.

Wiley, M.W., and Palmer, R.N. (2008) Estimating the Impacts and Uncertainty of Climate Change on a Municipal Water Supply System, ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 134(3), 239-246.

Werick, W.J. and Palmer, R.N. (2008) It’s Time for Standards of Practice in Water Resources Planning, ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 134 (1), 1-2.

Palmer, R.N. (2007) The Confluence of a Career: Virtual Droughts, Shared-Vision Planning, and Climate Change, ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 133 (4), 287-288.

Battin, J., Wiley, M.W., Ruckelshaus, M.H., Palmer, R.N., Korb, E., Bartz, K.K., and Imaki, H., (2006) Projected impacts of future climate change on salmon habitat restoration actions in a Puget Sound river, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104:6720-6725.

Christensen, N. S., A.W. Wood, D.P. Lettenmaier, and R.N. Palmer, (2004) Effects of climate change on the hydrology and water resources of the Colorado River basin, Climatic Change, 62(1-3), 337-363.

Payne, J. T., A.W. Wood, A.F. Hamlet, R.N. Palmer, and D.P. Lettenmaier, (2004) Mitigating the effects of climate change on the water resources of the Columbia River basin, Climatic Change Climatic Change, 62(1-3), 233-256.

VanRheenen, N. T., A.W. Wood, A.F. Hamlet, R.N. Palmer, and D.P. Lettenmaier, (2004) Potential implications of PCM climate change scenarios for Sacramento - San Joaquin River Basin hydrology and water resources, Climatic Change, 62(1-3), 257-281.

VanRheenen, N.T., R.N. Palmer, and R.N. Hahn, (2003) Evaluating potential climate change impacts on water resource systems operations: Case studies of Portland, Oregon and the Central Valley, California, Water Resources Update, Issue 124, 35-50.

Jeong, S. M., J.H. Ryu, J.H. Lee, and R.N. Palmer, (2003) Development of a shared vision model for optimal water distribution, Korean Society of Civil Engineers, 23(3B), 191-199.

Recent Conference Proceedings

DeCristofaro, L. and Palmer, R. (2015) Evaluating the Performance of Multiple Alternative Operating Rules under Climate Change: A Case Study of New York City. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2015: pp. 2147-2156. doi: 10.1061/9780784479162.210.

Anleitner, J., Palmer, R., Lutz, K., and Kennedy, K. (2014) “Managing for Floodplains and Aquatic Species: A Framework for Multi-Objective Reservoir Operations,” Proceedings of ASCE's 2014 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, pp. 1060-1069.

Guihan, R., Polebitski, A., Palmer, R., and Wood, A. (2014) “The Value of Forecasts in Reservoir Operations Management,” Proceedings of ASCE's 2014 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, pp. 1041-1049.

Bernstein, A., Palmer, R.N., (2013) “Subdaily Hydropower Optimization for Relicensing in the Connecticut River,” Proceedings of ASCE's 2013 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, pp. 2096-2105.

Guihan, R., Polebitski, A., Palmer, R., and Brown, C., (2013) “Integrating Climate Forecasts and Reforecast Products into Reservoir Operations Management,” Proceedings of ASCE's 2013 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, pp. 1574-1580.

O’Neil, K., Bernstein, A., Steinschneider, S., Polebitski, and Palmer, R.N., (2013) “Modeling the Impact of Climate Change on Hydropower Operations in the Connecticut River Basin,” Proceedings of ASCE's 2013 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, pp. 1175-1184.

O’Neil, K., Polebitski, A., Yang, Y.C., and Palmer, R.N., (2013) “Bringing People, Data, and Models Together – Addressing Impacts of Climate,” Proceedings of ASCE's 2013 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, pp. 1099-1109.

Pica, J., and Palmer, R.N., (2012) “Climate Impacts on Municipal Water Supplies in New England: A Comparison of Two Systems,” Proceedings of ASCE's 2012 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, pp. 3361-3365, May 2012. (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/9780784412312.338)

Steinschneider, S, Palmer, R.N., Brown, C., and Ahlfeld, D., (2012) “Coordinated Reservoir Management Planning for Large-Scale Ecological Restoration,” Proceedings of ASCE's 2012 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, pp. 3378-3382, May 2012. (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/9780784412312.340)

Polebitski, A., Steinschneider, S, Palmer, R.N., Brown, C., and Ahlfeld, D., “Climate Change Response of Three Physically Based Hydrologic Models in the Connecticut River Basin,” Proceedings of ASCE's 2011 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, pp. 1233-1236, Palm Springs, CA, May 2011.

Steinschneider, S., Brown, C., and Palmer, R.N., and Ahlfeld, D., “Seasonal hydrologic Forecasts in Multi-Objective Water Resources Management: Safeguards Against Forecast Failure,” Proceedings of ASCE's 2011 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, pp. 1375-1378, Palm Springs, CA, May 2011.

Steinschneider, S., Brown, C., and Palmer, R.N., and Ahlfeld, D., “Hydrology Models for Climate Change Assessment: Inter-Decadal Climate Variability and Parameter Calibration, Proceedings of ASCE's 2011 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, pp. 4121-4123. Palm Springs, CA, May 2011.

Adamec, K., Palmer, R.N., Polebitski, A., Ahlfeld, D., Steinschneider, S., Pitta, B., and Brown, C., Evaluation of Climate Change Impacts to Reservoir Operations within the Connecticut River Basin, Proceedings of ASCE's 2010 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, Providence, RI, May 2010.

Polebitski, A, and Palmer, R.N., Impacts of Climate Change and Growth on Water Demands in the Puget Sound Region, Proceedings of ASCE's 2010 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, pp. 125-134, Providence, RI, May 2010.

Steinschneider, S., Brown, C., and Palmer, R.N., Relations between Large-Scale Atmospheric Circulation Patterns and New England River Flow, Proceedings of ASCE's 2010 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, pp. 2231-2240, Providence, RI, May 2010.

Pitta, B., Palmer, R.N., Adamec, K., Polebitski, A., and Steinschneider, S., “Optimizing Reservoir Operations in the Connecticut River Basin,” Proceedings of ASCE's 2010 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, pp. 2241-2250, Providence, RI, May 2010.

Palmer, R. N., Evaluation of Climate Change Impacts to Water Supply and Demand in the Puget Sound Region,Proceedings of ASCE's 2009 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, Kansas City, Missouri, May 2009.

Palmer, R. N., and Polebitski, A., “A Decision Support System for Optimizing Reservoir

Operations Using Ensemble Streamflow Predictions (ESP), Proceedings of ASCE's 2009 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, Kansas City, Missouri, May 2009.

Palmer, R. N., Evaluating the Impacts of Climate Change on Water Supplies: Approaches and Examples, Proceeding of the 33rd International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research Congress, Vancouver, British Columbia, August, 2009.

Recent Research Contracts Funded

DOI Northeast Climate Science Center, with 6 other universities, total funding to reach $20 million over 5 years, funded, initial funding $7.5 million. 2011.

Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN), with Columbia University along with others, $3.5 million, 5 years, UMass Portion, $180,000 per year for 5 years, 2010

The Effects of Climate Change on the New England Environment, with Raymond Bradley, University of Massachusetts Science and Technology Fund, $180,000, 2009

Impacts of Climate Change and Reservoir Operations on the Connecticut River, The Nature Conservancy, $351,134, 2009.

Hydropower Operations with Streamflows and Energy Forecasts, Snohomish Public Utility District (SnoPUD), $65,000,2008.

Hydropower Operations with Streamflows and Energy Forecasts, Snohomish Public Utility District (SnoPUD), $68,900, 2007

Impacts of El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Events on Chinese Rice Production and the World Rice Market, with R. Naylor, S. Rozelle, W. Falcon, and D. Battisti, $650,000 over three years total, $210,000 to the University of Washington, National Science Foundation. 2006.

Climate Impacts of Water Management II ($291,674) 2006.

Climate Change Impacts on Salmon ($8,000) 2006.

Climate Impacts on Water Management ($218,000) 2005.

River Data Compilation Project III ($25,363) 2005.

River Data Compilation Project II ($74,759) 2005.

Using Climate Signals to Forecast Streamflows and Fish Needs $30,000 (6 months) 2005.

Climate Change Impacts on Salmon ($23,000) 2004.

Columbia River Data Compilation Project I ($71,250) 2004.

Using Climate Signals to Forecast Streamflows and Fish Needs $60,000 (12 months) 2004.

Evaluating the Impacts of Climate Change on Tualatin Water Supply, $49,000 (12 months). 2003.

An Evaluation of Computer Models for Conflict Resolution in the Kum River Basin, Korea, $75,000 (18 months) 2003.

Full Curriculum Vitae

Full Curriculum Vitae