• I use climate models, observations, and remote sensing to understand how landscapes interact with surface climate. Specifically, my research focuses on how changes in land cover (i.e. deforestation) influence surface temperature and fluxes of energy and water.

    I also seek out interdisciplinary projects with economists to understand how decreases in snow affect the multi-billion dollar winter sports industry and how we might place economic value on albedo as an climate regulating ecosystem service.

    I was previously a Visiting Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of New Hampshire in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis Lab.

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    Publications by Burakowski
    CV (Curriculum Vitae)
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2020 Snowmelt control on spring hydrology declines as the vernal window lengthensEnvironmental Research Letters.  15:114040-114040. 2020
    2020 Reforestation and surface cooling in temperate zones: Mechanisms and implications.Global Change Biology.  26:3384-3401. 2020
    2020 Divergent carbon cycle response of forest and grass-dominated northern temperate ecosystems to record winter warming.Global Change Biology.  26:1519-1531. 2020
    2019 Winter Weather Whiplash: Impacts of Meteorological Events Misaligned With Natural and Human Systems in Seasonally Snow-Covered RegionsEarth's Future.  7:1434-1450. 2019
    2019 Northern forest winters have lost cold, snowy conditions that are important for ecosystems and human communities.Ecological Applications.  29:e01974. 2019
    2019 Simulating surface energy fluxes using the variable-resolution Community Earth System Model (VR-CESM)Theorectical and Applied Climatology.  138:115-133. 2019
    2019 Converting snow depth to snow water equivalent using climatological variablesCryosphere.  13:1767-1784. 2019
    2019 Converting Snow Depth to Snow Water Equivalent Using Climatological VariablesCryosphere Discussions.  1-34. 2019
    2018 Novel Measurements of Fine-Scale Albedo: Using a Commercial Quadcopter to Measure Radiation FluxesRemote Sensing.  10:1303-1303. 2018
    2018 Modeling canopy-induced turbulence in the Earth system: a unified parameterization of turbulent exchange within plant canopies and the roughness sublayer (CLM-ml v0)Geoscientific Model Development.  11:1467-1496. 2018
    2018 The role of surface roughness, albedo, and Bowen ratio on ecosystem energy balance in the Eastern United StatesAgricultural and Forest Meteorology.  249:367-376. 2018
    2017 A simple model of snow albedo decay using observations from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow-Albedo (CoCoRaHS-Albedo) NetworkJournal of Glaciology.  63:877-887. 2017
    2017 A longer vernal window: the role of winter coldness and snowpack in driving spring transitions and lags.Global Change Biology.  23:1610-1625. 2017
    2016 Winter soil respiration in a humid temperate forest: The roles of moisture, temperature, and snowpackJournal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences.  121:3072-3088. 2016
    2016 Evaluating the Climate Effects of Reforestation in New England Using a Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model Multiphysics EnsembleJournal of Climate.  29:5141-5156. 2016
    2016 Trade-offs between three forest ecosystem services across the state of New Hampshire, USA: timber, carbon, and albedo.Ecological Applications.  26:146-161. 2016
    2015 Tradeoffs between three forest ecosystem services across the state of New Hampshire, USA: timber, carbon, and albedoEcological Applications.  150512173442001-150512173442001. 2015
    2015 Spatial scaling of reflectance and surface albedo over a mixed-use, temperate forest landscape during snow-covered periodsRemote Sensing of Environment.  158:465-477. 2015
    2015 Sampling in the SnowThe Science Teacher.  082. 2015
    2013 Putting the capital 'A' in CoCoRAHS: an experimental programme to measure albedo using the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow (CoCoRaHS) NetworkHydrological Processes.  27:3024-3034. 2013
    2009 Trends in wintertime climate in the northeastern United States: 1965-2005 (vol 113, art no D20114, 2008)Journal of Geophysical Research.  114. 2009
    2008 Trends in wintertime climate in the northeastern United States: 1965-2005Journal of Geophysical Research.  113. 2008
    Physical Drivers of Thin Snowpack Spatial Structure from Unpiloted Aerial System (UAS) Lidar Observations
    Shallow snow depth mapping with unmanned aerial systems lidar observations: A case study in Durham, New Hampshire, United States
    Snow depth mapping with unpiloted aerial system lidar observations: a case study in Durham, New Hampshire, United StatesCryosphere.  15:1485-1500.


    Year Title
    New Hampshire Coastal Flood Risk Science Summary

    Teaching Activities

  • Global Environmental Change Taught course 2021
  • Paleoclimatology Taught course 2021
  • Paleoclimatology Taught course 2021
  • Paleoclimatology Taught course 2021
  • Global Environmental Change Taught course 2019
  • Adv Rsrch Exp/Earth Sciences Taught course 2019
  • Paleoclimatology Taught course 2019
  • Global Environmental Change Taught course 2018
  • Global Environmental Change Taught course 2018
  • Adv Rsrch Exp/Earth Sys ResCen Taught course 2017
  • Introduction to Climate Taught course 2017
  • Paleoclimatology Taught course 2017
  • Education And Training

  • B.A., Wellesley College
  • M.S., University of New Hampshire
  • Ph.D. Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of New Hampshire
  • Full Name

  • Elizabeth Burakowski