ECOS Department - 100 Morrissey Blvd. - Boston, MA 02125

Ellen Douglas with dogs

Ellen Marie Douglas



Assistant Professor

Office: (617) 287-7437

Fax: (617) 287-7474



Curriculum Vitae







  • Ph.D. Water Resources Engineering, 2002
    Tufts University, MA
  • M.S. Civil Engineering, 1994
    University of New Hampshire, NH
  • B.S. Hydrology, 1991 (summa cum laude)
    University of New Hampshire, NH
  • Professional Geologist, State of New Hampshire, 2002
  • Professional Engineer, State of New Hampshire, 1998










Prior to coming to UMB, I was a research scientist at the University of New Hampshire. My research involved the analysis of regional to global scale hydrologic processes and the impacts of human water use (particularly agricultural irrigation) on the hydrologic cycle. Specific research activities include quantifying non-sustainable water use globally and  investigating  the effects of irrgation on land-atmosphere interactions in India.

At UMB, I am developing a research program that will also include sustainable water use and water management issues at the watershed to regional scale. Specific areas of interes

  • estimating the impacts of climate change on hydroclimatology and coastal systems 
  • monitoring the effects of river restoration activities
  • using economic models for promoting sustainable water use










Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center: Developing a physically-based and policy-relevant river classification scheme for sustainable water and ecosystem management decisions PI Douglas, co-I Karen Simpson,  Mar 2010 - Feb 2011.

NASA Terrestrial Hydrology Program: The history of agricultural irrigation expansion - developing useful datasets of global irrigated areas and irrigation water use from remote sensing and hydrology modeling.

NOAA Sectoral Analysis Research Program: Coastal Management: Coastal Flooding and Environmental Justice: Developing Strategies for Adapting to Climate Change, co-Is Paul Kirshen (Tufts), Mathias Ruth (U. Maryland), Allen Gontz (UMB), Jack Wiggin (UMB-Urban Harbors Institute), Jul 2008-Jun 2010.









  • EEOS 657 Fluvial Hydrology
  • EEOS 261 Statistics for Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • EEOS 350 Quantitative Hydrogeology











  • EEOS Admissions Committee
  • EEOS IRB coordinator











Team Hydro Logo

  • Karen Simpson, PhD student
  • Mohammad Alshawaf, PhD student 
  • Elizabeth Sun, PhD student
  • Doina Oglavie, MS student
  • Kevin O'Brion, MS student
  • Michael Riccio, MS student
  • Mythreyi Balaji, BS EEOS 
  • Chandler Goodale, BS EEOS
  • Steve Kichefski, MS Env, Sci, graduated Dec 2009
  • Barry Fradkin, MS Env. Sci, graduated Dec 2009
  • Brett Hillman, MS student, graduated Dec 2009
  • Liz Carpenter, BA EEOS, graduated June 2009
  • Chelsea Faribank, BS EEOS, graduated May 2008
  • Mike Richardi, non-matriculated

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In Review or Preparation (as of 4/19/2010)

Douglas, E. M., C. Fairbank and S. Kichefski.  Is precipitation in New England becoming more extreme? J. Hydrologic Engineering, in review, April 2010. (PDF Format)

Ray, R. L., J. M. Jacobs, and E. M. Douglas, Landslide Susceptibility Analysis Based on VIC-3L Model Soil Moisture Profile, Journal of Hydrology, under revision, March 2010.

Freeman, S., E. M. Douglas, R. M. Vogel, P. Weiskel and C. J. Vörösmarty, Addressing water stress in Africa through green and blue water management indicators, Water Resources Management, in review Nov 2009.

Vörösmarty, C.J., E. M. Douglas, C. Fairbank, A. Thompson, J. Thouin, E. Rosameer and M. Rawlins. A global geography of non-sustainable water use, Science Brevia, anticipated submission, Jan 2010.

Kichefski, S., B. Fradkin and E. M. Douglas, Monitoring and modeling changes in flow and sediment transport in Red Brook, a small coastal stream in southeastern, Massachusetts, in preparation.

Hillman, B., E. M. Douglas and D. G. Terkla, Sustainable Water Use and Economic Valuation: A Case Study of the Yakima River in Washington, in preparation.

Simpson, K., B. Hillman and E. M. Douglas, Global river classification: linking hydrologic and ecologic data for a consistent classification method, in preparation.

Douglas, E., P. Kirshen, C. Watson, M. Paolisso, S. Goodwin and M. Ruth, in preparation.  Coastal flooding and climate change: impacts and adaptations for an environmental justice community in Boston, Massachusetts.

Faivre, E. and E. Douglas, C. Bolster and S. L. Dingman, A multivariate biogeomorphic analysis of mountainous forest streams in Georgia and Wyoming, Geomorphology, in preparation.


Wisser, D., E. M. Douglas, B. Fekete and C. J. Vörösmarty. Blue and green water: The significance of local water resources , special issue of J.  Hydrology, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.07.032, published on-line July 11, 2009. (PDF Format)

Douglas, E. M., J. M.  Jacobs, and D. M. Sumner, Calculated and Measured Potential Evapotranspiration across Land Uses in Florida, J. Hydrology, 373 (3-4): 366-376, 2009. (PDF Format)

Douglas, E. M., A. Beltran-Przekurat, D. S. Niyogi, R.A. Pielke, Sr., and C. J. Vörösmarty. Simulating Changes in Land-Atmosphere Interactions From Expanding Agriculture and Irrigation in India and the Potential Impacts on the Indian Monsoon, Global and Planetary Change, 67, (1-2): 117–128, 2009(PDF Format)

Wisser D, S Frolking, EM Douglas, BM Fekete, CJ Vörösmarty, AH Schumann. Global Irrigation Water Demand: Variability and Uncertainties Arising from Agricultural and Climate Data Sets, Geophysical Research Letters, VOL. 35, LXXXXX, doi:10.1029/2008GL035296, 2008(PDF Format)

Kirshen, P., C. Watson, E. Douglas, A. Gontz, J. Lee,  and Y. Tian. Coastal Flooding in the Northeastern USA under High and Low GHG Emission Scenarios, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 13:437–451, 2008. 
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Roy, S. S., R. Mahmodo, D. Niyogi, S. A. Foster, K. G. Hubbard, E. M. Douglas and R. A. Pielke, Sr. 2007. Impacts of the Agricultural Green Revolution Induced Land Use Changes on Air Temperatures in India, JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, VOL. 112, D21108, doi:10.1029/2007JD008834. (PDF Format)

Douglas, E. M., S. Wood, K. Sebastian and C. J. Vorosmarty. Policy implications of a pan-tropic assessment of the simultaneous hydrological and biodiversity impacts of deforestation. Water Resources Management, 21 (1): 211-232, 2007. (PDF Format)

Douglas, E. M., D. Niyogi, S. Frolking, J. B. Yeluripati, R. A. Pielke, Sr., N. Niyogi, C. J. Vorosmarty, and U. C. Mohanty (2006). Changes in moisture and energy fluxes due to agricultural land use and irrigation in the Indian Monsoon Belt. Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L14403. doi:10.1029/2006GL026550, 2006. (PDF Format)

Frolking S., J. B. Yeluripati, and E. Douglas. New district-level maps of rice cropping in India: a foundation for scientific input into policy assessment. Fields Crop Research, 98(2-3): 164-177, 2006.

Douglas, E. M. and R. M. Vogel. The behaviour of the Flood of Record for Basins in the U.S. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 11 (5): 482-488, 2006. (PDF Format)

Levy, M. A., C. Thurkelson, C. Vorosmarty, E. Douglas, and M. Humphreys. Freshwater availability anomalies adn the outbreak of internal war: results from a global spatial time series analysis. Human Security and Climate Change Workshop, Asker, Norway, June 21-23, 2006.

Sullivan, C., Vorosmarty, C., Craswell, E., Bunn, S., Cline, S., Heidecke, C., Storygard, A., Proussevitch, A., Douglas, E., Bossio, D., Gunther, D., Giacomello, A. M., O'Regan, D. and Meigh, J. Mapping the links between water, poverty and food security. Report on the Water Indicators Workshop held at the Center for Evcology and Hydrology, Wallingford, 16-19 May, 2005.

Vorosmarty, C. J., E. M. Douglas, P. A. Green and C. Revenga. Geospatial indicators of emerging water stress: an application in Africa. Ambio, 34(3):230-236, 2005. (PDF Format)

Vorosmarty, C. J., C. Leveque, C. Revenga (COnvening LEad Authors) Coordinating Lead Authors: Chris Caudill, John Chilton, Ellen M. Douglas, Michel Meybeck, Daniel Prager. Chapter 7: Fresh Water Ecosystems, In: Millenium Ecosystem Assessment, Volume 1: Condition and Trends Working Group Report, Island Press. 2005.

Douglas, E. M., K. Sebastian, C. J. Vörösmarty and S. Wood, 2005. The role of tropical forests in supporting biodiversity and hydrologic integrity, World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3635, Social Science Research Network, Washington, DC., 2005, available on-line at

Douglas, E. M. and A. P. Barros. Probable maximum precipitation estimation using multifractals: applications to the eastern United States. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 4(6):1012-1024, 2003. 
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Walker, Jr., F. R. and E. M. Douglas. Identifying hydrologic variability and change for strategic water supply planning and design. In AGU Monograph entitled Science and Water Resources Issues: Challenges and Opportunities. R. Lawford and H. Hartmann, eds. Water Resources Monograph 16, American Geophysical Union, 2003.

Douglas, E. M., R. M. Vogel and C. N. Kroll. Impact of streamflow persistence on hydrologic design. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 7(3):220-227, 2002. (PDF Format)

Douglas, E. M. The behavior of floods and low flows in the UNited States, Ph.D. Dissertation. Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, May 2002.

Douglas, E. M., R. M. Vogel and C. N. Kroll. Trends in flood and low flows in the United States: impact of spatial correlation. Journal of Hydrology, 240(1-2):90-105, 2000. (PDF Format)