Purdue Water Community

Keith Cherkauer

Contact Information

ABE 312
Purdue University Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering
225 South University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2093


Keith Cherkauer is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University. He received a B.A. in Physics from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois; an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering (Environmental Remote Sensing) from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado; and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Before joining the ABE department in 2004, he worked for two years as a Research Scientist in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington.

Keith works to integrate field based observations, remote sensing products and hydrology models to address questions and concerns related to environmental change and to further our understanding of land-atmosphere interactions and the hydrologic cycle. His recent research has included the impact of snow and soil frost on the surface water and energy balance in the upper Mississippi River basin, as well as an investigation of the applicability of aircraft- and satellite-based thermal remote sensing to monitoring stream temperatures.

Selected Publications (last 5 years)
Ashfaq, M., L.C. Bowling, K.A. Cherkauer, J.S. Pal, and N.S. Diffenbaugh. 2010. Influence of climate model biases and daily-scale temperature and precipitation events on hydrological impacts assessment: A case study of the United States. J Geophys Res 115, D14116, doi:10.1029/2009JD012965, 2010.
Mishra, V., K.A. Cherkauer, D. Niyogi, M. Lei, B.C. Pijanowski, D.K. Ray, L.C. Bowling, and G. Yang. 2010. A regional scale assessment of land use/land cover and climatic changes on water and energy cycle in the upper Midwest United States. Int J Climatol. DOI: 10.1002/joc.2095.
Mishra, V. and K.A. Cherkauer. 2010. Parameterization of Lakes and Wetlands for Energy and Water Balance Studies in the Great Lakes Region. J Hydrometeor 11:1057-1082.
Najm, Majdi R.A., R.H. Mohtar, K.A. Cherkauer, and B.F. French. 2010. Effect of Integrating Hydrologic Scaling Concepts on Students Learning and Decision Making Experiences. Adv in Engr Educ. Spring.
Sinha, T., K.A. Cherkauer, and V. Mishra. 2010. Impacts of Historic Climate Variability on Seasonal Soil Frost in the Midwestern United States. J Hydrometerol 11:229-252.
Sinha, T. and K.A. Cherkauer. 2010. Impacts of future climate change on soil frost in the midwestern United States. J Geophys Res 115, D08105, doi:10.1029/2009JD012188.
Yang, G., L.C. Bowling, K.A. Cherkauer, B.C. Pijanowski, and D. Niyogi. 2010. J Hydrometeorology 11:122-138.
Mao, D. and K.A. Cherkauer. 2009. Impacts of land-use change on hydrologic responses in the Great Lakes region. J Hydrol 374:71-82.
Mishra, V. , K.A. Cherkauer, and S. Shukla. 2009. Assessment of Drought due to Historic Climate Variability and Projected Future Climate Change in the Midwestern United States. J Hydrometeorol 11:46-68.

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