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Steven Markstrom

Research Hydrologist

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Steve Markstrom is a hydrologist with the USGS National Research Program, Central Region, Denver, Colorado. He has been a member of the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling research group since 1991. The research group has the broad goal of understanding precipitation-runoff processes and developing improved hydrologic models.



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  1. LaFontaine, J.H., Hay, L.E., Viger, R.J., Markstrom, S.L., Regan, R.S., Elliott, C.M., and Jones, J.W., 2013, Application of the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in the Southeastern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report, 2013-5162, XX p.
  2. Battaglin, W.A., Hay, L.E., and Markstrom, S.L., 2012, Watershed scale response to climate change: East River Basin, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011-3126, 6 p.
  3. Bjerklie, D.M., Hay, L.E., and Markstrom, S.L., 2012, Watershed scale response to climate change: Pomperaug River Basin, Connecticut: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011-3122, 6 p.
  4. Chase, K.J., Hay, L.E., and Markstrom, S.L., 2012, Watershed scale response to climate change: South Fork Flathead River Basin, Montana: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011-3124, 6 p.
  5. Dudley, R.W., Hay, L.E., and Markstrom, S.L., 2012, Watershed scale response to climate change: Cathance Stream Basin, Maine: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3128, 6 p.
  6. Hay, L.E., Battaglin, W.A., and Markstrom, S.L., 2012, Watershed scale response to climate change: Yampa River Basin, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3117, 6 p.
  7. Hay, L.E., and Markstrom, S.L., 2012, Watershed scale response to climate change: Flint River Basin, Georgia: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3116, 6 p.
  8. Hunt, R.J., Walker, J.F., Westenbroek, S.M, Hay, L.E., and Markstrom, S.L., 2012, Watershed scale response to climate change: Black Earth Creek Basin, Wisconsin: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3129, 6 p.
  9. Koczot, K.M., Markstrom, S.L., and Hay, L.E., 2012, Watershed scale response to climate change: Feather River Basin, California: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3125, 6 p.
  10. Markstrom, S.L., 2012, P2S-Coupled simulation with the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) and the Stream Temperature Network (SNTemp) Models: U.S. Geological SUrvey Open-File Report 2012-116, 19 p.
  11. Markstrom, S.L., Hay, L.E., Ward-Garrison, C.D., Risley, J.C., Battaglin, W.A., Bjerklie, D.M., Chase, K.J., Christiansen, D.E. Dudley, R.W., Hunt, R.J., Koczot, K.M., Mastin, M.C., Regan, R.S., Viger, R.J., Vining, K.C., and Walker, J.F., 2012, Integrated watershed–scale response to climate change for selected basins across the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011–5077.
  12. Markstrom, S.L., Hay, L.E., and Regan, R.S., 2012, Watershed scale response to climate change: Sagehen Creek Basin, California: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3121, 6 p.
  13. Mastin, M.C., Hay, L.E., and Markstrom, S.L., 2012, Watershed scale response to climate change: Naches River Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3123, 6 p.
  14. Risley, J.C., Hay, L.E., and Markstrom, S.L., 2012, Watershed scale response to climate change: Sprague River Basin, Oregon: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3120, 6 p.
  15. Vinning, K.C., Hay, L.E., and Markstrom, S.L., 2012, Watershed scale response to climate change: Starkweather Coulee Basin, North Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3118, 6 p.
  16. Walker, J.F., Hunt, R.J., Hay, L.E., and Markstrom, S.L., 2012, Watershed scale response to climate change: Trout Lake Basin, Wisconsin: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3119, 6 p.
  17. Battaglin, W.A., Hay, L.E., and Markstrom, S.L., 2011, Simulating the potential effects of climate change in two Colorado Basins and at two Colorado ski areas: Earth Interactions, v. 15, no. 22, p. 1—23.
  18. Christiansen, D.E., Markstrom, S.L., and Hay, L.E., 2011, Impacts of climate change on growing season in the United States: Earth Interactions, v. 15, no.33, pp. 1—17.
  19. Hay, L. E., Markstrom, S. L., and Ward-Garrison, C.D., 2011, Watershed-scale response to climate change through the 21st century for selected basins across the United States: Earth Interactions, v. 15, no. 17, pp. 1—37.
  20. Koczot, K.M., Markstrom, S.L., and Hay, L.E., 2011, Effects of baseline conditions on the simulated hydrologic to projected climate change: Earth Interactions, v. 15, no. 27, pp. 1—23.
  21. Risley, J.C., Moradkhani, Hamid, Hay, L.E., and Markstrom, S.L., 2011, Statistical Comparisons of Watershed-Scale Response to Climate Change in Selected Basins across the United States: Earth Interactions, v. 15, no. 14, pp. 1—26.
  22. Viger, R.J., Hay, L.E., Markstrom, S.L., Jones, J.W. and Buell, G.R., 2011, Hydrologic effects of urbanization and climate change on the Flint River Basin, Georgia: Earth Interactions, v. 15, no. 20, pp.1—25.
  23. Walker, J.F., Hay, L.E., Markstrom, S.L., and Dettinger, M.D., 2011, Characterizing climate-change impacts on the 1.5-year flood flow in selected basins across the United States: a probabilistic approach: Earth Interactions, v. 15, no. 18, pp. 1—16.
  24. Goode, D.J., Koerkle, E.H., Hoffman , S.A., Regan , R.S., Hay, L.E., and Markstrom, S.L., 2010, Simulation of Runoff and Reservoir Inflow for Use in a Flood-Analysis Model for the Delaware River, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, 2004-2006:U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1014, 68 p
  25. Ward-Garrison, C., Markstrom, S.L., and Hay, L.E., 2009, Downsizer-A graphical user interface-based application for browsing, acquiring, and formatting time-series data for hydrologic models: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1166, 27 p.
  26. Markstrom, S.L., and Hay, L.E., 2009, Integrated watershed scale response to climate change for selected basins across the United States: Water Resources Impact, v. 11, no. 2, p. 8-10.
  27. Markstrom, S.L., Niswonger, R.G., Regan, R.S., Prudic, D.E. and Barlow, P.M., 2008, GSFLOW-Coupled ground-water and surface-water flow model based on the integration of the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) and the Modular Ground-Water Flow Model (MODFLOW-2005): U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods 6-D1, 240 p.
  28. Markstrom, S.L., and Koczot, K.M., 2008, User’s manual for the object user interface (OUI)-An environmental resource modeling framework: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1120, 39 p.
  29. McCabe, G.J., and Markstrom, S.L., 2007, A monthly water-balance model driven by a graphical user interface: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2007-1088, 6 p
  30. Hay, L.E. , Leavesley, G.H., Clark, M.P., Markstrom, S.L., Viger, R.J., and Umemoto, M., 2006, Step-wise, multiple-objective calibration of a hydrologic model for a snowmelt-dominated basin: Journal of American Water Resources, v. 42, no. 4, p. 877-890. (pdf 2.17 MB)
  31. Markstrom, S.L., Regan, R.S., Niswonger, R.G., and Prudic, D.E., 2006, GSFLOW - A basin-scale model for coupled simulation of ground-water and surface-water flow - Part A. Concepts for modeling surface-water flow with the U.S. Geological Survey Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System model: Proceedings of the 3rd Federal Hydrologic Modeling Conference, Reno, Nevada, April 2-6, 2006.
  32. Niswonger, R.G., and Prudic, D.E., Markstrom, S.L., and Regan, R.S., 2006, GSFLOW - A basin-scale model for coupled simulation of ground-water and surface-water flow - Part B. Concepts for modeling ground-water flow with the U.S. Geological Survey MODFLOW model: Proceedings of the 3rd Federal Hydrologic Modeling Conference, Reno, Nevada, April 2-6, 2006.
  33. Umemoto, M., Hay, L.E., Markstrom, S.L., and Leavesley, G.H., 2006, Luca: a wizard style GUI for easy and systematic multi-objective, step-wise calibration of Hydrologic models. Joint 8th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference abd 3rd Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference, April 2-6, 2006, Reno, Nevada.
  34. Leavesley, G.H., Markstrom, S.L., Viger, R.J., and Hay, L.E., 2005, USGS Modular Modeling System (MMS) - Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) MMS-PRMS, in Singh, V., and Frevert, D., eds., Watershed Models: Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, p. 159-177.
  35. Leavesley, G.H., Hay, L.E., Viger, R.J., and Markstrom, S. L., 2003, Use of a priori parameter estimation methods to constrain calibration of distributed-parameter models: in Duan, Q., Gupta, H.V., Sorooshian, S., Rousseau, A.N., and Turcotte, eds., Calibration of Watershed Models, WaterScience and Application 6, American Geophysical Union, p. 255-266.
  36. Leavesley, G.H., Markstrom, S.L., Viger, R.J., Coffelt, J.L., and Livingston, R.K., 2002, A decision support system for impact analysis of wildland fires: U. S. Geological Survey Open-File Report: 02-0011, p. 86.
  37. David, O., Markstrom, S. L., Rojas, K. W., Ahuja, L. R., and Schneider, I. W., 2002, The Object Modeling System, chapter in: Agricultural System Models in Field Research and Technology Transfer, CRC Press.
  38. Markstrom, S. L., McCabe, G., and David, O., 2002, Web-Based Distribution of Geo-Scientific Models, Computers and Geosciences 28: 577-581.
  39. Leavesley, G. H., Markstrom, S. L., Restrepo, P. J., and Viger, R. J., 2002, A modular approach to addressing model design, scale, and parameter estimation issues in distributed hydrological modeling. Hydrologic Processes 16: 173-187. (pdf 411 KB)
  40. Leavesley, G.H. Markstrom, S.L., and Viger, R.J., 2001, The modular modeling system - a modelng framework for water and environmental resource management: World Water and Environmental Resources Congress, Orlando, Florida [proceedings]
  41. Markstrom, S. L., King, D., and Davidson, P., 2001, Decision Support System for the Upper Gunnison River Basin, Colorado: in Proceedings of Decision Support Systems for Water Resources Management, American Water Resources Association, June 2001, Snowbird, UT, pp. 389 - 394.
  42. Leavesley, G. H., Markstrom, S. L., Brewer, M. S., and Viger, R. J., 1998, The Modular Modeling System (MMS) - The Physical Process Modeling Component of the Watershed and River System Management Program: in Proceedings of the First Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference, April 1998, Las Vegas, NV, pp. 5-93 to 5-100.
  43. Viger, R. J., Markstrom S. L., and G. H. Leavesley, 1998, The GIS Weasel - An Interface for the Treatment of Spatial Information in Watershed Modeling and Water Resource Management: Proceedings of the First Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference, pp. 7-73 - 7-80.
  44. Leavesley, G. H., Viger, R. J., Markstrom, S. L., and Brewer, M. S., 1997, A Modular Approach to Integrating Environmental Modeling and GIS: in Proceedings of the World Congress on Scientific Computation, Modeling, and Applied Mathematics. International Association for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, Berlin, Germany, Aug. 24-29, 1997. 7 p.
  45. Leavesley, G. H., Restrepo, P. J., Markstrom, S. L., Dixon, M., and Stannard, L. G., 1996, The Modular Modeling System (MMS): User's Manual: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 96-151, 142 p.
  46. Leavesley, G. H., Markstrom, S. L., Brewer, M. S., and Viger, R. J., 1996, The Modular Modeling System (MMS) - The Physical Process Modeling Component of a Database-Centered Decision Support System for Water and Power Management: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 90, pp. 303 - 311.
  47. Leavesley, G. H., Grant, G. E., Markstrom S. L., Viger, R. J., and Brewer, M. S., 1996, A Modular Modeling Approach to Watershed Analysis and Ecosystem Management: in Proceedings of Watershed '96, June 8 - 12, Baltimore, MD, pp. 794 - 797.
  48. Winkelbauer, L. and Markstrom, S. L., 1990, Symbolic and Numerical Methods in Hybrid Multi-Criteria Decision Support: Expert Systems with Applications 1(4), pp. 345 - 358.



                           

My Science Topics


Science Topic
Subtopic
Hydrologic Processesground-water flow
Hydrologic Processeshydrology
Hydrologic Processesrunoff
Hydrologic Processesstreamflow
Hydrologic Processeswater circulation
Hydrologic Processeswater cycle



My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Climate Variability & Change

Watershed Modeling

  • Surface-water and ground-water integration modeling
  • Integration of models with resource management
  • Land surface processes
  • Model development

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Steven Markstrom
West 6th Ave. & Kipling St., DFC Bldg. 53
Lakewood, CO 80225-0046
303-236-3330
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