Associate Professor of Global Hydrology

Office: Mitchell 228
Lab: Mitchell 208
Phone: (919) 962-4239


Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles 2008, Geography
M.A. University of California Los Angeles 2004, Geography
B.A. Middlebury College 2001, Geography


Research Website

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on the intersections between hydrology, satellite remote sensing, and climate change. I work on scales ranging from the entire globe to a single large wetland, with a special interest in Arctic and Subarctic regions. Current research projects aim to address three questions:

  1. How can satellite remote sensing be used to understand the storage and movement of surface water?
  2. How accurately can regional climate models simulate hydrologic processes?
  3. How is anthropogenic warming impacting Arctic hydrologic and climatic systems?

Five Recent Publications (see research website for a full list)

Allen, G.H., T.M. Pavelsky, E.A. Barefoot, M.P. Lamb, D. Butman, A. Tashie, and C.J. Gleason (2018), Similarity of Stream Hydromorphology Across Headwaters Systems, Nature Communications, 9(1), 610.

Wrzesien, M.L., M.T. Durand, T.M. Pavelsky, S. Kapnick, Y. Zhang, J. Guo, and C.K. Shum (2018), A new estimate of North American mountain snow accumulation from regional climate model simulations, Geophysical Research Letters, 45(3), 1423-1432.

Pavelsky, T. M., and J. P. Zarnetske (2017), Rapid decline in river icings detected in Arctic Alaska: Implications for a changing hydrologic cycle and river ecosystems, Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 3228-3235.

Altenau, E. H., T. M. Pavelsky, P. D. Bates, and J. C. Neal (2017), The effects of spatial resolution and dimensionality on modeling regional-scale hydraulics in a multichannel river, Water Resources Research,53, 1683–1701.

Altenau, E. H., T. M. Pavelsky, D. Moller, C. Lion, L. H. Pitcher, G. H. Allen, P. D. Bates, S. Calmant, M. Durand, and L. C. Smith (2017),  AirSWOT measurements of river water surface elevation and slope: Tanana River, AK, Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 181–189.


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