• Jennifer Jacobs is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Jacobs received her Sc.B. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University in 1987, an M.S. from Tufts University in 1993, and her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1997. Her research focuses on characterization of hydrologic processes including evapotranspiration, soil-water dynamics, snow melt, and stream water energy across scales through experimentation and modeling. She uses emerging technologies and large data sets to enhance the understanding of distributed hydrological processes. She currently using microwave remote sensing and dynamically down-scaled AOGCM model output to understand continental scale patterns in snow accumulation and melt. She has over 50 published journal articles on these topics. She recently completed service as a member of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI) Executive Committee and Board of Directors and as Director of UNH’s Environmental Research Group. She is the PI of the NSF RCN SEES ICNet project.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2021 Climate change impacts on flexible pavement design and rehabilitation practicesRoad Materials and Pavement Design.  22:2098-2112. 2021
    2020 Extreme Value Snow Water Equivalent and Snowmelt for Infrastructure Design Over the Contiguous United StatesWater Resources Research.  56. 2020
    2020 A framework for the assessment of contribution of base layer performance towards resilience of flexible pavement to floodingInternational Journal of Pavement Engineering.  21:1223-1234. 2020
    2020 Potential Use of NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive Freeze-Thaw Tool to Assist in Minnesota Seasonal Load Restriction TimingTransportation Research Record.  2674:239-249. 2020
    2020 Improvement of operational airborne gamma radiation snow water equivalent estimates using SMAP soil moistureRemote Sensing of Environment.  240:Not-Available. 2020
    2020 Improving SMAP freeze-thaw retrievals for pavements using effective soil temperature from GEOS-5: Evaluation against in situ road temperature data over the U.SRemote Sensing of Environment.  237:Not-Available. 2020
    2020 How Satellite Soil Moisture Data Can Help to Monitor the Impacts of Climate Change: SMAP Case StudiesIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing.  13:1590-1596. 2020
    2020 The Value of Long-Term (40 years) Airborne Gamma Radiation SWE Record for Evaluating Three Observation-Based Gridded SWE Data Sets by Seasonal Snow and Land Cover Classifications.Water Resources Research.  56:e2019WR025813. 2020
    2019 Identifying Subsurface Drainage using Satellite Big Data and Machine Learning via Google Earth EngineWater Resources Research.  55:8028-8045. 2019
    2019 Comparison of Satellite Passive Microwave With Modeled Snow Water Equivalent Estimates in the Red River of the North BasinIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing.  12:3233-3246. 2019
    2019 Economics of Making Roadway Pavements Resilient to Climate Change: Use of Discounted Cash Flow and Real Options AnalysisJournal of Infrastructure Systems.  25:04019017. 2019
    2019 A Framework for Introducing Climate-Change Adaptation in Pavement ManagementSustainability.  11:4382-4382. 2019
    2019 Seasonal and Long-Term Changes to Pavement Life Caused by Rising Temperatures from Climate ChangeTransportation Research Record.  2673:267-278. 2019
    2019 Enhanced Identification of Snow Melt and Refreeze Events From Passive Microwave Brightness Temperature Using Air TemperatureWater Resources Research.  55:3248-3265. 2019
    2019 Remotely Sensed Freeze-Thaw from the Soil Moisture Active Passive Instrument to Inform the Timing of Seasonal Load Restrictions in AlaskaTransportation Research Record.  2673:410-418. 2019
    2019 Modeling Groundwater Rise Caused by Sea-Level Rise in Coastal New HampshireJournal of Coastal Research.  35:143-157. 2019
    2019 Quantifying the Impact of Climate Change on Flexible Pavement Performance and Lifetime in the United StatesTransportation Research Record.  2673:110-122. 2019
    2019 Spatial and temporal freeze-thaw variations in Alaskan roadsCold Regions Science and Technology.  157:149-162. 2019
    2018 Adaptation Planning to Mitigate Coastal-Road Pavement Damage from Groundwater Rise Caused by Sea-Level RiseTransportation Research Record.  2672:11-22. 2018
    2018 Recent and Future Outlooks for Nuisance Flooding Impacts on Roadways on the US East CoastTransportation Research Record.  2672:1-10. 2018
    2018 Evaluation of SMAP Freeze/Thaw Retrieval Accuracy at Core Validation Sites in the Contiguous United StatesRemote Sensing.  10:1483-1483. 2018
    2018 Modeling regional landslide susceptibility using dynamic soil moisture profilesJournal of Mountain Science.  15:1807-1824. 2018
    2018 Intercomparison of snow water equivalent observations in the Northern Great PlainsHydrological Processes.  32:817-829. 2018
    2018 Climate change: potential impacts on frost-thaw conditions and seasonal load restriction timing for low-volume roadwaysRoad Materials and Pavement Design.  19:1126-1146. 2018
    2018 Understanding the impact of climate change on pavements with CMIP5, system dynamics and simulationInternational Journal of Pavement Engineering.  19:697-705. 2018
    2017 Progress and Challenges in Incorporating Climate Change Information into Transportation Research and DesignJournal of Infrastructure Systems.  23:04017018. 2017
    2017 Development of a methodology and a tool for the assessment of vulnerability of roadways to flood-induced damageJournal of Flood Risk Management.  10:301-313. 2017
    2017 Effect of spatial variability of wet snow on modeled and observed microwave emissionsRemote Sensing of Environment.  198:310-320. 2017
    2017 Evaluating Consistency of Snow Water Equivalent Retrievals from Passive Microwave Sensors over the North Central U. S.: SSM/I vs. SSMIS and AMSR-E vs. AMSR2Remote Sensing.  9:465-465. 2017
    2017 Assessing the Effects of Rising Groundwater from Sea Level Rise on the Service Life of Pavements in Coastal Road InfrastructureTransportation Research Record.  2639:1-10. 2017
    2017 Combined Model Framework for Asphalt Pavement Condition Determination After FloodingTransportation Research Record.  2639:64-72. 2017
    2016 Comparison of In Situ Soil Moisture Measurements: An Examination of the Neutron and Dielectric Measurements within the Illinois Climate NetworkJournal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology.  33:1749-1758. 2016
    2016 Understanding the influence of climate change on the embodied energy of water supply.Water Research.  95:220-229. 2016
    2015 Climate Projections for Transportation Infrastructure Planning, Operations and Maintenance, and DesignTransportation Research Record.  2510:90-97. 2015
    2014 Comparison of passive microwave and modeled estimates of total watershed SWE in the continental United StatesWater Resources Research.  50:9088-9102. 2014
    2014 Use of System Dynamics to Understand Long-Term Impact of Climate Change on Pavement Performance and Maintenance CostTransportation Research Record.  2455:1-9. 2014
    2013 Considering Climate Change in Road and Building DesignEos.  94:264-264. 2013
    2013 Evaluation of drought indices via remotely sensed data with hydrological variablesJournal of Hydrology.  476:265-273. 2013
    2012 Vegetated Roof Water-Balance Model: Experimental and Model ResultsJournal of Hydrologic Engineering - ASCE.  17:858-868. 2012
    2012 Method for Evaluating Implications of Climate Change for Design and Performance of Flexible PavementsTransportation Research Record.  2305:111-120. 2012
    2011 Regional landslide susceptibility: spatiotemporal variations under dynamic soil moisture conditionsNatural Hazards.  59:1317-1337. 2011
    2011 Snowpack and runoff generation using AMSR-E passive microwave observations in the Upper Helmand Watershed, AfghanistanRemote Sensing of Environment.  115:3313-3321. 2011
    2011 Separation of river network-scale nitrogen removal among the main channel and two transient storage compartmentsWater Resources Research.  47. 2011
    2011 The Chemical Composition of Rainfall and Throughfall in Five Forest Communities: A Case Study in Fort Benning, GeorgiaWater, Air, and Soil Pollution Water, Air, and Soil Pollution: Focus.  218:323-332. 2011
    2011 Spatial soil moisture scaling structure during Soil Moisture Experiment 2005Hydrological Processes.  25:926-932. 2011
    2011 Spatiotemporal analyses of soil moisture from point to footprint scale in two different hydroclimatic regionsWater Resources Research.  47. 2011
    2010 Landslide susceptibility mapping using downscaled AMSR-E soil moisture: A case study from Cleveland Corral, California, USRemote Sensing of Environment.  114:2624-2636. 2010
    2010 Impacts of Unsaturated Zone Soil Moisture and Groundwater Table on Slope InstabilityJournal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering - ASCE Journal of Geotechcnical Engineering.  136:1448-1458. 2010
    2010 Time stability and variability of Electronically Scanned Thinned Array Radiometer soil moisture during Southern Great Plains hydrology experimentsHydrological Processes.  24:2807-2819. 2010
    2010 A comparison of storm-based and annual-based indices of hydrologic variability: a case study in Fort Benning, Georgia.Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.  167:297-307. 2010
    2009 The biogeochemical influences of NO(3)(-), dissolved O(2), and dissolved organic C on stream NO(3)(-) uptakeJournal of the North American Benthological Society.  28:894-907. 2009
    2009 Bahiagrass crop coefficients from eddy correlation measurements in central FloridaIrrigation Science.  28:5-15. 2009
    2009 A comparison of models for estimating potential evapotranspiration for Florida land cover typesJournal of Hydrology.  373:366-376. 2009
    2009 GOES Solar Radiation for Evapotranspiration Estimation and Streamflow PredictionJournal of Hydrologic Engineering - ASCE.  14:293-300. 2009
    2008 Assessment of clear and cloudy sky parameterizations for daily downwelling longwave radiation over different land surfaces in Florida, USAGeophysical Research Letters.  35. 2008
    2008 Remote sensing observatory validation of surface soil moisture using Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer E, Common Land Model, and ground based data: Case study in SMEX03 Little River Region, Georgia, USWater Resources Research.  44. 2008
    2008 Temporal Variability Corrections for Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer E (AMSR-E) Surface Soil Moisture: Case Study in Little River Region, Georgia, U.S.Sensors Diversity.  8:2617-2627. 2008
    2007 Relationships among remotely sensed soil moisture, precipitation and landslide eventsNatural Hazards.  43:211-222. 2007
    2007 Surface runoff contribution of nitrogen during storm events in a forested watershedBiogeochemistry.  85:253-262. 2007
    2007 Relationships between military land use and storm-based indices of hydrologic variabilityEcological Indicators.  7:553-564. 2007
    2007 Enhancing water cycle measurements for future hydrologc researchBulletin of the American Meteorological Society.  88:669-676. 2007
    2007 Soil moisture variability of root zone profiles within SMEX02 remote sensing footprintsAdvances in Water Resources.  30:883-896. 2007
    2007 Scaled spatial variability of soil moisture fieldsGeophysical Research Letters.  34. 2007
    2007 Comparison of evapotranspiration rates for flatwoods and ridge citrusTransactions of the ASABE.  50:83-94. 2007
    2006 Intercomparison study of the land surface process model and the common land model for a prairie wetland in FloridaJournal of Hydrometeorology.  7:1247-1258. 2006
    2006 Large scale measurements of soil moisture for validation of remotely sensed data: Georgia soil moisture experiment of 2003Journal of Hydrology.  323:120-137. 2006
    2006 Relationships between stream water chemistry and military land use in forested watersheds in Fort Benning, GeorgiaEcological Indicators.  6:458-466. 2006
    2006 Weighing lysimeters for evapotranspiration research in a humid environmentTransactions of the ASABE.  49:401-412. 2006
    2005 Energy dynamics and modeled evapotranspiration from a wet tropical forest in Costa RicaJournal of Hydrology.  315:274-294. 2005
    2005 Measurements and modeling of throughfall variability for five forest communities in the southeastern USJournal of Hydrology.  312:95-108. 2005
    2005 Daily potential evapotranspiration and diurnal climate forcings: influence on the numerical modelling of soil water dynamics and evapotranspirationJournal of Hydrology.  309:39-52. 2005
    2005 Utility of Penman-Monteith, Priestley-Taylor, reference evapotranspiration, and pan evaporation methods to estimate pasture evapotranspirationJournal of Hydrology.  308:81-104. 2005
    2005 Using modified Bellani plate evapotranspiration gauges to estimate short canopy reference evapotranspirationJournal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering - ASCE.  131:164-175. 2005
    2004 Agricultural water management in a humid region: sensitivity to climate, soil and crop parametersAgricultural Water Management.  70:51-65. 2004
    2004 SMEX02: Field scale variability, time stability and similarity of soil moistureRemote Sensing of Environment.  92:436-446. 2004
    2004 Solar radiation, longwave radiation and emergent wetland evapotranspiration estimates from satellite data in Florida, USAHydrological Sciences Journal.  49:461-476. 2004
    2004 Closure to "Atmospheric momentum roughness applied to stage-discharge relationships in flood plains" by Jennifer M. Jacobs and Min-Hui WangJournal of Hydrologic Engineering - ASCE.  9:447-447. 2004
    2003 Improved rainfall/runoff estimates using remotely sensed soil moistureJournal of the American Water Resources Association.  39:313-324. 2003
    2003 Atmospheric momentum roughness applied to stage-discharge relationships in flood plainsJournal of Hydrologic Engineering - ASCE.  8:99-104. 2003
    2003 Predicting daily net radiation using minimum climatological dataJournal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering - ASCE.  129:256-269. 2003
    1998 Optimal allocation of water withdrawals in a river basinJournal of Water Resources Planning and Management - ASCE.  124:357-363. 1998
    Physical Drivers of Thin Snowpack Spatial Structure from Unpiloted Aerial System (UAS) Lidar Observations


    Year Title
    New Hampshire Coastal Flood Risk Science Summary


    Year Title
    2017 Remote Sensing of Drivers of Spring Snowmelt Flooding in the North Central US.  21-45. 2017

    Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2014 Impact of climate change on pavement performance: Preliminary lessons learned through the infrastructure and climate network (ICNet)Climatic Effects on Pavement and Geotechnical Infrastructure - Proceedings of the International Symposium of Climatic Effects on Pavement and Geotechnical Infrastructure 2013. 1-9. 2014
    2007 Impact of Weather Station Fetch Distance on Reference Evapotranspiration CalculationWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2007. 2007
    2007 Net Radiation Estimations in Evapotranspiration Research over Different Canopy Surfaces in a Humid ClimateWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2007. 2007
    2006 Development of Bahiagrass Crop Coefficients Using Weighing Lysimeters and Eddy Correlation MethodsWorld Environmental and Water Resource Congress 2006. 2006
    2005 Enhancing Evapotranspiration Prediction to Improve Regional and Local Estimates of Agricultural Consumptive Water Use in FloridaImpacts of Global Climate Change. 2005
    2005 Impact of Net Radiation Estimation in Accurate Determination of Reference Evapotranspiration in Central FloridaImpacts of Global Climate Change. 2005
    2003 Comparison of consumptive water use models and methods for drought water requirements in FloridaAnnual Proceedings Soil and Crop Science Society of Florida. 30-37. 2003
    2001 Ecologically Sustainable Watershed Management using Annualized Flow Duration CurvesBridging the Gap. 2001
    2000 Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture Fields Applied to Curve Number Runoff EstimatesBuilding Partnerships. 2000
    1998 Allocation of water withdrawals in a river basinWATER RESOURCES AND THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT. 357-362. 1998

    Principal Investigator On

  • Using modeling and data assimilation for the definition of global snow characterization requirements  awarded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 2020 - 2024
  • Cold Region Science & Technology: Cold Climate Sensing  awarded by US DOD, Army 2021 - 2024
  • Collaborative Research: AccelNet: ICNet Global  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 2019 - 2022
  • Clean Water State Revolving Fund  awarded by Strafford Regional Planning 2020 - 2021
  • Spatial Characterization of Snow and Soil Interactions  awarded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 2016 - 2021
  • Cold Regions Operations and Assessment Research  awarded by US DOD, Department of Defense 2018 - 2021
  • Satellite Enhanced Snowmelt Flood Predictions in the Red River of the North Basin  awarded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 2015 - 2019
  • RCN SEES: Engineering Research Collaboratory for Sustainable Infrastructure in a Changing Climate  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 2012 - 2018
  • Newmarket Groundwater Modeling  awarded by Strafford Regional Planning 2016 - 2017
  • Modeling Soil Moisture at the Watershed Scale Using in situ Networks  awarded by US DA, Department of Agriculture 2015 - 2016
  • Temperature Regime Characteristics of High-Quality Coldwater Streams in New England  awarded by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2009 - 2012
  • Estimating the Magnitude of Peak Flows for Steep Gradient Streams in New England  awarded by US DOT, Federal Highway Administration 2009 - 2010
  • Landslide Susceptibility Mapping through Enhanced Dynamic Slope Stability Analysis using Earth Observing Satellite Measurements  awarded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 2005 - 2009
  • Georgia Evapotranspiration (ET) and Drought Estimation via Remotely Sensed Data  awarded by Georgia Southern University 2009
  • Evapotranspiration SVAT & MB Assililation  awarded by University of Florida 2004 - 2009
  • Satellite-Based Solar Radiation, net Radiation, and Potential and Reference Evapotranspiration Estimates Over Florida  awarded by US DOI, US Geological Survey 2005 - 2008
  • Multi-Scale Remote Assessment of Land-Surface Hydrologic Response to Natural and Anthropogenic Stressors Florida Everglades  awarded by University of Wisconsin 2006 - 2008
  • Estimating the Magnitude of Peak Flows for Steep Gradient Streams in New England  awarded by Connecticut, State of 2004 - 2008
  • Agricultural Field Scale Irrigation Requirements Crop Water Use Simulation Model  awarded by University of Florida 2004 - 2007
  • Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture for Rainfall Runoff  awarded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 2004 - 2007
  • Study of Minimum Flows and Levels Propogation Methodology  awarded by Suwannee River Water Management District 2004 - 2006
  • Development of Enhanced Techniques for Computing Potential  awarded by US DOC, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2002 - 2005
  • Teaching Activities

  • Engineering Hydrology Taught course 2022
  • Fluid Mechanics Taught course 2021
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2021
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2021
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2021
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2021
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2021
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2021
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2021
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2021
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2021
  • Spc Top/Fluid Mech Lab Only Taught course 2021
  • Spc Top/Snow Hydrology Taught course 2021
  • Statistical Hydrology Taught course 2021
  • Engineering Hydrology Taught course 2020
  • Open Channel Flow Taught course 2020
  • Engineering Hydrology Taught course 2019
  • Statistical Hydrology Taught course 2019
  • Spc Top/Snow Hydrology Taught course 2019
  • Adv Surface Water Hydrology Taught course 2018
  • Open Channel Flow Taught course 2018
  • Engineering Hydrology Taught course 2018
  • Open Channel Flow Taught course 2018
  • Statistical Hydrology Taught course 2017
  • Master's Project Paper Taught course 2016
  • Open Channel Flow Taught course 2016
  • Project Planning and Design Taught course 2016
  • Top/Snow Hydrology Taught course 2016
  • Fluid Mechanics Taught course 2015
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2015
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2015
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2015
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2015
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2015
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2015
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2015
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2015
  • Project Planning and Design Taught course 2015
  • Statistical Hydrology Taught course 2015
  • Top/GIS in Water Resources Taught course 2015
  • Fluid Mechanics Taught course 2014
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2014
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2014
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2014
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2014
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2014
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2014
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2014
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab Taught course 2014
  • Ecohydrology Taught course 2014
  • Project Planning and Design Taught course 2014
  • Sp Top/Snow Hydrology Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Brown University
  • M.S. Civil Engineering, Tufts University
  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Cornell University
  • Full Name

  • Jennifer Jacobs