Douglas Boyle

Dr. Douglas P. Boyle

Associate Professor & Nevada State Climatologist

University of Nevada, Reno/MS 0154
104B Mackay Science Hall
Reno, NV 89557-0154

(775) 784-6672
Fax: (775) 784-1058

Research Statement

Dr. Boyle is a watershed hydrologist with over 20 years of experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of complex computer-based models of surface and groundwater hydrologic systems in arid and semi-arid environments. He was recently invited to join Dr. Wallace Broecker’s Paleohydrology Group, based at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, to help further the group’s understanding of paleoclimate and pluvial lake levels in the Great Basin.

Research Areas of Interest

Integrated computer-based modeling of hydrologic processes to understand the impacts of historic and future climate on water resources in arid and semi-arid environments using paleoclimate information (e.g., pluvial lake shore dating, tree ring records and other climate indicators), global climate model estimates (e.g., paleo, historic, and future precipitation and temperature estimates from both statistical and dynamically downscaled studies), and instrumental ground-based information (e.g., NWS Co-op data, NRCS SNOTEL data, and PRISM data sets). Additional research interests include streamflow forecasting, water leasing and banking, water markets, GIS, remote sensing, parameter estimation and uncertainty analysis, and automated multi-criteria optimization. Dr. Boyle is a former Director of the Nevada Water Resources Research Institute.

Professional Preparation

University of Southern California - Aerospace Engineering B.S. 1989
University of Nevada, Reno - Hydrology and Hydrogeology M.S. 1996
University of Arizona - Hydrology with minor in Systems Engineering Ph.D. 2001

Selected Publications

Gupta, H., D.S. Brookshire, V. Tidwell, and D.P. Boyle, “Chapter II: Modeling: A Basis for Linking Policy to Adaptive Water Management,” Chapter II in New Mexico Water Policy and Management Issues: Science, Modeling, Institutions and the Future, edited by D. Brookshire, H. Gupta, O.P. Matthews, to be published in the Resources for the Future Book Series: Issues in Water Resources Policy, Series editor, Ariel Dinar. Anticipated publication date March 2011.

McAlpine, J.D., D. Koracin, D.P. Boyle, J.A. Gillies, and E. McDonald, "Development of a rotorcraft dust-emission parameterization using a CFD model," Environmental Fluid Mechanics, 2010.

Carroll, R.W.H., G. Pohll, D. McGraw, C. Garner, A. Knust, D.P. Boyle, T. Minor, S. Bassett, and K. Pohlmann, “Mason Valley Groundwater Model: Linking Surface Water and Groundwater in the Walker River Basin, Nevada,” Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 2010.

McAlpine, J.D., D. Koracin, K. Veropoulos, D.P. Boyle, E. McDonald, and G. Lamorey, “Determining atmospheric dust concentrations during strong flow perturbations using a digital-optical technique,” Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Advances in Visual Computing, 4841, 393-402, 2007.

Boyle, D.P., G. Lamorey, A. Huggins, "Application of a hydrologic model to assess the effects of cloud seeding in the Walker River basin, Nevada," Journal of Weather Modification, 2006.

Krause, P., D.P. Boyle, D, F. Base, "Comparison of different efficiency criteria for hydrological model assessment," Advances in Geosciences, 2005.

Boyle, D.P., H.V. Gupta, and S. Sorooshian, “Multicriteria calibration of hydrologic models,” Chapter 8 of Advances in Calibration of Watershed Models, Edited by Q. Duan, S. Sorooshian, H.V. Gupta, A.N. Rousseau, R. Turcotte, Monograph Series on Water Resources, American Geophysical Union, 2003.

Gupta, H.V., S. Sorooshian, T. Hogue, and D.P. Boyle,“Advances in Automatic Calibration of Watershed Models”, Chapter 1 of Advances in Calibration of Watershed Models, Edited by Q. Duan, S. Sorooshian, H.V. Gupta, A.N. Rousseau, R. Turcotte, Monograph Series on Water Resources, American Geophysical Union, 2003.

Boyle, D.P., H.V. Gupta, S. Sorooshian, V. Koren, Z. Zhang, and M. Smith, “Towards improved streamflow forecasts: The value of semi-distributed modeling,” Water Resources Research, AGU, 37(11), 2749-2759, 2001.

Wagener, T., D.P. Boyle, M.J. Lees, H.S. Wheater, H.V. Gupta, and S. Sorooshian, “A framework for development and application of hydrological models,” Hydrology and Earth System Science, European Geophysical Society, 5(1), 13-26, 2001.

Boyle, D.P., H.V. Gupta, and S. Sorooshian, “Toward improved calibration of hydrologic models: Combining the strengths of manual and automatic methods,” Water Resources Research, AGU, 36(12), 3663-3674, 2000.