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Scientists at NSIDC

Jeffrey Deems

Research Scientist II
PhD, Colorado State University, 2007

Specialties [top]

Snow properties; snow hydrology; snow depth mapping; climate change impacts on snow and water resources; LIDAR remote sensing; avalanche formation; hydrologic modeling

Current Projects [top]

Integrated Hydrologic Response to Extreme Deposition of the Snow Cover of the Colorado River Basin

Operation IceBridge

Activities [top]

Science Liaison, Operation Ice Bridge

Member, NASA Snow Working Group-Remote Sensing, Steering Committee

Member, American Geophysical Union

Member, American Avalanche Association

Publications [top]


Bryant, A. C., T. H. Painter, J. S. Deems, and S. M. Bender. 2013. Impact of dust radiative forcing in snow on accuracy of operational runoff prediction in the Upper Colorado River Basin. Geophysical Research Letters 40(15): 3,945-3,949, doi:10.1002/grl.50773.

Deems, J. S., T. H. Painter, J. J. Barsugli, J. Belnap, and B. Udall. 2013. Combined impacts of current and future dust deposition and regional warming on Colorado River Basin snow dynamics and hydrology. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 17(11): 4,401-4,413, doi:10.5194/hess-17-4401-2013.

Deems, J. S., T. H. Painter, and D. C. Finnegan. 2013. Lidar measurement of snow depth: a review. Journal of Glaciology 59(215): 467-479, doi:10.3189/2013JoG12J154.


Painter, T. H., S. M. Skiles, J. S. Deems, A. C. Bryant, and C. C. Landry. 2012. Dust radiative forcing in snow of the Upper Colorado River Basin: 1. A 6 year record of energy balance, radiation, and dust concentrations. Water Resources Research 48, W07521, doi:10.1029/2012WR011985.

Skiles, S. M., T. H. Painter, J. S. Deems, A. C. Bryant, and C. C. Landry. 2012. Dust radiative forcing in snow of the Upper Colorado River Basin: 2. Interannual variability in radiative forcing and snowmelt rates. Water Resources Research 48, W07522, doi:10.1029/2012WR011986.


Elsner, M. M., L. Cuo, N. Voisin, J. S. Deems, A. F. Hamlet, J. A. Vano, K. E. B. Mickelson, S.-Y. Lee, and D. P. Lettenmaier. 2010. Implications of 21st century climate change for the hydrology of Washington State. Climatic Change 102: 225-260, doi:10.1007/s10584-010-9855-0.

Lowry, C. S., J. S. Deems, S. P. Loheide II, and J. D. Lundquist. 2010. Linking snowmelt-derived fluxes and groundwater flow in a high elevation meadow system, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California. Hydrological Processes 24(20): 2,821-2,833, doi:10.1002/hyp.7714.

Painter, T. H., J. S. Deems, J. Belnap, A. F. Hamlet, C. C. Landry, B. Udall, B. 2010. Response of Colorado River runoff to dust radiative forcing in snow. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107(40): 17,125-17,130, doi:10.1073/pnas.0913139107.


Fassnacht, S. R., J. D. Stednick, J. S. Deems, and M. V. Corrao. 2009. Metrics for assessing snow surface roughness from digital imagery. Water Resources Research 45, W00D31, doi:10.1029/2008WR006986.


Deems, J. S., S. R. Fassnacht, and K. J. Elder. 2008. Interannual consistency in fractal snow depth patterns at two Colorado mountain sites. Journal of Hydrometeorology 9(5): 977-988, doi:10.1175/2008JHM901.1.


Deems, J. S., S. R. Fassnacht, and K. J. Elder. 2006. Fractal distribution of snow depth from LiDAR data. Journal of Hydrometeorology 7(2): 285-297, doi:10.1175/JHM487.1.

Fassnacht, S. R., and J. S. Deems. 2006. Measurement Sampling and Scaling for Deep Montane Snow Depth Data. Hydrological Processes 20: 829-838, doi:10.1002/hyp.6119.

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Related Resources[top]

Cooperative Institute for Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

Western Water Assessment

Operation Ice Bridge

NASA Snow Working Group-Remote Sensing, Steering Committee