Jeffrey Deems

Research Scientist II


PhD, Colorado State University, 2007


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

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


Science Liaison, Operation Ice Bridge

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

Member, American Geophysical Union

Member, American Avalanche Association



López-Moreno, J. I., J. Revuelto, E. Alonso-Gonzalez, A. Sanmiguel-Vallelado, S. R Fassnacht, J. Deems, and E. Moran-Tejeda. 2017. Using very long-range terrestrial laser scanner to analyze the temporal consistency of the snowpack distribution in a high mountain environment. Journal of Mountain Science 14(5): 823-842. doi:10.1007/s11629-016-4086-0.


Painter, T. H., D. F. Berisford, J. W. Boardman, K. J. Bormann, J. S. Deems, F. Gehrke, A. Hedrick, M. Joyce, R. Laidlaw, D. Marks, C. Mattmann, B. McGurk, P. Ramirez, M. Richardson, S. M Skiles, F. C. Seidel, and A. Winstral. 2016. The Airborne Snow Observatory: Fusion of scanning lidar, imaging spectrometer, and physically-based modeling for mapping snow water equivalent and snow albedo. Remote Sensing of the Environment 184: 139-152. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2016.06.018.


Deems, J. S., P. J. Gadomski, D. Vellone, R. Evanczyk, A. L. LeWinter, K. W. Birkeland, and D. C. Finnegan. 2015. Mapping start zone snow depth with a ground-based lidar to assist avalanche control and forecasting. Cold Regions Science and Technology 120: 197-204. doi:10.1015/j.coldregions.2015.09.002.

Livneh, B., J. S. Deems, B. Buma, J. J. Barsugli, D. Schneider, N. P. Molotch, K. Wolter, and C. A. Wessman. 2015. Catchment response to bark beetle outbreak and dust-on-snow in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Journal of Hydrology 523: 196-210. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.01.039.


Livneh, B., J. S. Deems, D. Schneider, J. J. Barsugli, and M. P. Molotch. 2014. Filling in the gaps: Inferring spatially distributed precipitation from gauge observations over complex terrain. Water Resources Research 50(11): 8,589-8,610. doi:10.1002/2014WR015442.

Tedesco, M., C. Derksen, J. S. Deems, and J. L. Foster. 2014. Remote sensing of snow depth and snow water equivalent. In Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere, ed. M. Tedesco. Chichester, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. doi:10.1002/9781118368909.ch5.


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

Cooperative Institute for Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

Western Water Assessment

Operation Ice Bridge

NASA Snow Working Group-Remote Sensing, Steering Committee