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Michael Dettinger

Research Hydrologist

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Dr. Michael Dettinger is a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, Branch of Western Regional Research, and a research associate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, who researchs the hydrology, climate, and water resources of the West, focusing on regional surface water and groundwater resources, hydroclimatic variability, and climate-change impacts. 



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Publications

Sahoo, G. B.; Schladow, S. G.; Reuter, J. E.; Coats, R.; Dettinger, M.; Riverson, J.; Wolfe B.; Costa-Cabral, M., 2013. The response of Lake Tahoe to climate change. Climatic Change, 116, 71-95 p., DOI 10.1007/s10584-012-0600-8

Hanson, R. T.; Flint, L. E.; Flint, A. L.; Dettinger, M. D.; Faunt, C. C.; Cayan, D.; Schmid, W. , 2012. A method for physically based model analysis of conjunctive use in response to potential climate changes. , Water Resources Research 8, W00L08, 23 p.

Dettinger, M. D.; Martin, Ralph, F.; Hughes, M.; Das, T.; Neiman, P.; Cox, D.; Estes, G.; Reynolds, D.; Hartman, R.; Cayan, D.; Jones, L. , 2012. Design and quantification of an extreme winter storm scenario for emergency preparedness and planning exercises in California. , Natural Hazards 60, 1085-1111. [Link]

Porter, Keith; Wein, Anne; Alpers, Charles; Baez, Allan; Barnard, Patrick; Carter, James; Corsi, Alessandra; Costner, James; Cox, Dale; Das, Tapash; Dettinger, Michael; Done, James; Eadie, Charles; Eymann, Marcia; Ferris, Justin; Gunturi, Prasad; Hughes, Mimi; Jarrett, Robert; Johnson, Laurie; Le-Griffin, Hanh Dam; Mitchell, David; Morman, Suzette; Neiman, Paul; Olsen, Anna; Perry, Suzanne; Plumlee, Geoffrey; Ralph, Martin; Reynolds, David; Rose, Adam; Schaefer, Kathleen; Serakos, Julie; Siembieda, William; Stock, Jonathan; Strong, David; Wing, Ian Sue; Tang, Alex; Thomas, Pete; Topping, Ken; Wills, Chris; Jones, Lucile, 2011. Overview of the ARkStorm scenario. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1312, xvi, 183 p.; Appendices [Link]

Burkett, Virginia R.; Taylor, Ione L.; Belnap, Jayne; Cronin, Thomas M.; Dettinger, Michael D.; Frazier, Eldrich L.; Haines, John W.; Kirtland, David A.; Loveland, Thomas R.; Milly, Paul C.D.; O'Malley, Robin; Thompson, Robert S., 2011. USGS global change science strategy: A framework for understanding and responding to climate and land-use change. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1033, iv, 32 p. [Link]

Cloern, James E.; Knowles, Noah ; Brown, Larry R.; Cayan, Daniel ; Dettinger, Michael D.; Morgan, Tara L.; Schoellhamer, David H.; Stacey, Mark T.; van der Wegen, Mick ; Wagner, R. Wayne; Jassby, Alan D., 2011. Projected evolution of California's San Francisco Bay-Delta-River System in a century of continuing climate change. Public Library of Science (PLoS One) , 13 p. [Link]

Dettinger, M. , 2011. Climate change, atmospheric rivers, and floods in California - a multimodel analysis of storm frequency and magnitude changes. , Journal of the American Water Resources Association 347, 514-523.

Das, T.; Dettinger, M. D.; Cayan, D. R.; Hidalgo, H. G. , 2011. Potential increase in floods in California's Sierra Nevada under future climate projections. , Climatic Change 109, 71-94.

Ralph, F. M.; Dettinger, M. D. , 2011. Storms, floods, and the science of atmospheric rivers. , Eos, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, 92(32), 265-266.

Wagner, R. Wayne; Stacey, Mark ; Brown, Larry R.; Dettinger, Michael, 2011. Statistical models of temperature in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta under climate-change scenarios and ecological implications. Estuaries and Coasts , 13 p.

Brekke, L. D.; Dettinger, M. D.; Maurer, E. P.; Anderson, M. , 2008. Significance of model credibility in estimating climate projection distributions for regional hydroclimatological risk assessments. , Climatic Change 89, 371-394.

Funk, C.; Dettinger, M. D.; Michaelsen, J. C.; Verdin, J. P.; Brown, M. E.; Barlow, M.; Hoell, A. , 2008. Warming of the Indian Ocean threatens eastern and southern African food security but could be mitigated by agricultural development. , Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 105, 11081-11086.

Koczot, Kathryn M.; Jeton, Anne E.; McGurk, Bruce; Dettinger, Michael D., 2005. Precipitation-runoff processes in the Feather River basin, northeastern California, and streamflow predictability, water years 1971-97. Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5202, 92 p. [Link]

Dettinger, Michael, 2005. Changes in streamflow timing in the western United States in recent decades... from the National Streamflow Information Program. Geological Survey (U.S.) Fact Sheet 2005-3018, 4 p. [Link]

Thomas, J. M.; Welch, A. H.; Dettinger, M. D., 1996. Geochemistry and isotope hydrology of representative aquifers in the Great Basin region of Nevada, Utah, and adjacent states. Professional Paper 1409-C, p. C1-C100; 2 plates in pocket

Morgan, David S.; Dettinger, Michael D. , 1996. Ground-water conditions in Las Vegas Valley, Clark County, Nevada; Part 2, Hydrogeology and simulation of ground-water flow. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey ;Books and Open-File Reports Section [distributor] Water Supply Paper 2320-B, 124 p. 2v. :ill/, maps ;28 cm.; 2 plates in pocket

Dettinger, M. D.; Schaefer, Donald H., 1996. Hydrogeology of structurally extended terrain in the eastern Great Basin of Nevada, Utah, and adjacent states, from geologic and geophysical models. Hydrologic Atlas 694-D, 4 maps :col. ;34 x 24 cm. and 18 x 18 cm., on sheet 91 x 112 cm., folded in envelope 30 x 24 cm.

Jeton, A. E.; Dettinger, M. D.; Smith, J. L., 1996. Potential effects of climate change on streamflow, eastern and western slopes of the Sierra Nevada, California and Nevada. U.S. Geological Survey ; Earth Science Information Center, Open-File Reports Section [distributor], Water-Resources Investigations Report 95-4260, v, 44 p. :ill. ;28 cm.

Dettinger, M. D.; Harrill, J. R.; Schmidt, D. L.; Hess, J. W., 1995. Distribution of carbonate-rock aquifers and the potential for their development, southern Nevada and adjacent parts of California, Arizona, and Utah. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Resources Investigations Report 91-4146, vi, 100 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.

Peterson, David H.; Cayan, Daniel R.; Dettinger, Michael D.; DiLeo, Jeanne Sandra; Hager, Stephen E.; Knowles, Noah; Nichols, Frederic H.; Schemel, Laurence E.; Smith, Richard E.; Uncles, Reginald J., 1995. Seasonal/Yearly Salinity Variations in San Francisco Bay. Geological Survey (U.S.) Fact Sheet 213-95, Available online only [Link]

Morgan, D. S.; Dettinger, M. D., 1994. Ground-water conditions in Las Vegas Valley, Clark County, Nevada; Part II, Hydrogeology and simulation of ground-water flow. U.S. Geological Survey ; U.S.G.S. Earth Science Information Center, Open-File Reports Section [distributor], Open-File Report 90-179, vii, 151 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.

Dettinger, M. D., 1987. Ground-water quality and geochemistry of Las Vegas Valley, Clark County, Nevada, 1981-83; implementation of a monitoring network. U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Resources Investigations Report 87-4007, v, 69 p. :ill., map ;28 cm.

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My Science Topics


Science Topic
Subtopic
Hydrologic Processesground-water flow
Hydrologic Processeshydrology
Hydrologic Processesstreamflow
Hydrologic Processeswater cycle
Natural Hazardsdroughts
Natural Hazardsfloods
Natural Hazardshazards
Water Resourcesestuaries
Water Resourcesfloodplains
Water Resourcesfloods
Water Resourcesground water
Water Resourcesmovement and recharge
Water Resourcesstreamflow
Water Resourcessurface water
Water Resourceswater budget
Water Resourceswater supply and demand
Water Resourceswater use



My USGS Science Strategy Areas

A National Hazard, Risk, and Resilience Assessment Program

A Water Census of the United States

Climate Variability & Change

Hydroclimatology of streams, estuaries, and aquifers of the Western US

My research focuses on improving our understanding and predictions of the variability, recent/future changes, and responses of rivers, groundwater, and water/living resources, mostly in the Western US, to natural and human-induced climatic influences.


Contact Information

Michael Dettinger
Scripps Inst. Of Oceanography, Room 0224
La Jolla, CA 92093
mddettin@usgs.gov
858-822-1507
858-534-8561 - Fax
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