Dr. Richard N. Palmer, P.E.

Professor

Department Head

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College of Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst
222 Marston Hall
130 Natural Resources Road
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
Phone: (413) 545-2508
Fax: (413) 545-2840

E-Mail: palmer@ecs.umass.edu

 

Personal Research Web Page

Full Curriculum Vitae

Water resources, climate & society research group

Research Interests

  • 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

Education

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

Registration

Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington, #21154

Professional Experience

  • Professor and Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, March 2008 - Present
  • Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, 1990-2008
  • Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, 1985-1990
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, 1979-1985
  • Intergovernmental Personal Assignment (IPA), Institute for Water Resources, US Army Corps of Engineers, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, 1997
  • Visiting Scholar, Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Blanes, Spain, and Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1987 - 1988
  • Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Assistant/Ph.D. Candidate, The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, 1975-1979
  • Hydrologist, Water Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA; Environmental Engineer, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, Bethesda, MD; Environmental Engineer, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., 1973-1977

Classes Taught

Civil Engineering Systems
Water Resources Planning
Water Resources Management
Deterministic Systems
Stochastic Systems
Water Quality Modeling

Recent Papers Published

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

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

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.

Recent Honors and Award

ASCE Julian Hinds Award, 2006