Dr. Casey Brown

Associate Professor

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College of Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst
12B Marston Hall
130 Natural Resources Road
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
Phone: (413) 577-2337
Fax: (413) 545-2202

 E-Mail: cbrown@ecs.umass.edu


Personal Academic Webpage

Full Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Hydroclimatologic variability and change
  • Climate risk management in infrastructure systems
  • Water, climate and economic development
  • Sustainable water resources planning and management


Ph.D., Harvard University, 2004.
M.S., University of Massachusetts, 1994.
B.S., University of Notre Dame, 1993.

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2013 - present
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2008-2013
  • Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, IRI, Columbia University, 2008-present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Earth & Environmental Science, Columbia University, 2007-2008
  • Associate Research Scientist, IRI for Climate and Society, Columbia University, 2006-2008

Classes Taught

CE-ENGIN 462 Water Resources Engin & Sustain

CE-ENGIN 662 Water Resource Systems Analysis

Water Resources Engineering

Recent Papers Published

Steinschneider, Polebitski, Brown, Letcher. A statistical framework to test the significance of hydrologic alteration under future climate scenarios. "Water Resources Research ", 2012. (accepted)

Steinschneider and Brown. Forecast-informed low-flow frequency analysis in a hierarchical Bayesian framework for the Eastern United States. "Water Resources Research ". (accepted)

Ward, Brown, Baraong, Khalil. Reservoir performance and dynamic management under plausible assumptions of future climate over seasons to decades. "Climatic Change". (accepted)

Weaver, Lempert, Brown, Hall, Revell, Sarewitz. Climate Modelling Needs for Supporting Robust Decision Frameworks. "WIRES Interdisciplinary Research Climate Change". (accepted)

Moody and Brown. Modeling Stakeholder Defined Climate Risk on the Upper Great Lakes. "Water Resources Research ", vol 48, number W10524, 2012. (accepted)

Brown, Ghile, Laverty, Li. Decision Scaling: Linking bottom-up vulnerability analysis with climate projections in the water sector. "Water Resources Research ", vol 48, number W09537, 2012.

Steinschneider and Brown. Dynamic reservoir management with real options risk hedging as a robust adaptation to nonstationary climate. "Water Resources Research ", vol 48, number W05524, 2012.

Brown, C. and M. Carriquiry, “Managing hydroclimatic risk with option contracts and reservoir index insurance,” Water Resources Research, 2007WR006093 (accepted)

Westra, S., Brown, C., Sharma, A., and U. Lall, "Modeling multivariable hydrological series: Principal Component Analysis or Independent Component Analysis?" Water Resources Research, 2006WR005617 (accepted)

Brown, C. and U. Lall. (2006) “Water and Economic Development: The Role of Variability and a Framework for Resilience,” Natural Resources Forum 30: 4, 306 – 317. doi:10.1111/j.1477-

Xu, K., C. Brown, H-H. Kwon, U. Lall, J. Zhang, S. Hayashi and Z. Chen. (2006) “Climate Teleconnections to Yangtze River seasonal streamflow at the Three Gorges Dam, China,” International Journal of Climatology DOI: 10.1002/joc.1439.

Brown, C. and P. Rogers. (2006) “Effect of Forecast-based Pricing on Irrigated Agriculture: A
Simulation,” ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 122, 6, pp. 403-413.
Best Policy Oriented Paper Award, ASCE JWRPM 2006

*Brown, C. (2006) “Designing an Index of Vulnerability to Climate Variability” Proceedings of Global Water Hotspots: Water-related social vulnerabilities and resilience-building, 23-26 July, Hohenkammer, Germany.
*Best Policy Oriented Paper Award, ASCE, 2006

Brown, C., and P. Rogers. (2006) “Demand Management of Groundwater with Monsoon Forecasting,” Agricultural Systems 90, 293 - 311.

Recent Research Contracts Funded

Evaluation of Adaptive Management of Lake Superior amid Climate Variability and Change, $168,200.

NOAA Collaborative Development of Climate Information for the Connecticut River Basin using Shared Vision Forecasting, $300,872.

World Bank: Assessment of Climate Change Risks to the Niger Basin Investment Program, $119,662.

NSF: CAREER: Robust Water Management, $414,573.

R. Palmer, R. Bradley, and C. Brown, with Columbia University, Northeast Urban RISA (subcontract), $689,000 for UMass portion.

DOD SERDP Decision Scaling: A framework for DOD climate change risk assessment, $1,980,000.

NOAA "Building a Knowledge Network of Water Managers for the Urban Northeast", $280,000.

The World Bank, "Climate Risk Assessment of the Indus River Basin.", $173,000.

US Army Corps of Engineers, "Climate Risk Assessment and Management, $138,000.

Water Environment Research Foundation, "Transforming Our Cities: High Performance Green Infrastructure" (subcontract with Geo-Syntec). $67,000.

Earth Institute Cross Cutting Initiative, “Water, Poverty and Growth in Africa,” $27,000, 2007-2008.

NOAA, Sector Applications Research Program, “Urban Water Supply and Flood Control in the
Delaware River Basin,” $297,000 (co-PI), 2007-2009.

World Bank-Netherlands Water Partnership, “Design of a Water Vulnerability Index,” $99,000, 2007.

Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, “Coming Down the Mountain: Climate Change and Water Resources in the Andes,” $50,000, 2007-2009.

PECASE, “Improving Economic Development through Prediction and Management of HydroClimate Variability,” 2006.

Harvard Program on Water and Health Research Grant, “Groundwater Management in Tamil, Nadu, India,” $5,000, 2004.

Recent Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation Career Grant, 2011
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering, 2006.
  • Best Policy Oriented Paper Award, ASCE J. of Water Res. Plan. & Man., 2006.
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2001 – 2004.

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