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Oregon Climate Change Research Institute

David Rupp

David E. Rupp

Assistant Professor (Senior Research)
Oregon Climate Change Research Institute
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University

Hydrology and Water Resources
Climate Impacts

david.rupp at oregonstate.edu
Tel: (541) 737-5222
Fax: (541) 737-2540


  • Ph.D. Water Resources Engineering
    Oregon State University, Biological and Ecological Engineering Department - Corvallis, OR

  • M.S. Forestry
    Northern Arizona University, School of Forestry - Flagstaff, AZ

  • B.S. Atmospheric Sciences (Minor in Physics and Mathematics)
    University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

Research Interests


    Impact of climate variability and change on water resources and hazards

    Anthropogenic influence on regional climate

    Hydrology of swelling/shrinking soils

    Streamflow recession analysis for catchment/aquifer characterization

    Rainfall scaling and stochastic simulation

Peer-Reviewed Publications


Rupp, D. E., S. Li., P. W. Mote, K. Shell, N. Massey, S. N. Sparrow, D. C. H. Wallom, M. R. Allen. 2016. Seasonal spatial patterns of projected anthropogenic warming in complex terrain: A modeling study of the western USA, Climate Dynamics, in press.

Rupp, D. E. 2016. An evaluation of 20th century climate for the Southeastern United States as simulated by Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5), U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1047, 32 p., doi: 10.3133/ofr20161047.

Stewart, R. D., D. E. Rupp, M. R. Abou Najm, J. S. Selker. 2016. A unified model for soil shrinkage, subsidence, and cracking, Vadose Zone Journal (15), doi: 10.2136/vzj2015.11.0146.

Mote, P. W., M. R. Allen, R. G. Jones, S. Li, R. Mera, D. E. Rupp, A. Salahuddin, D. Vickers. 2016. Superensemble regional climate modeling for the western US, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (97), 203-215, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00090.1.

Mera, R., N. Massey, M. Allen, P. Mote, D. E. Rupp, P. C. Frumhoff. 2015. Climate change, climate justice, and the application of probabilistic event attribution to summer heat extremes in the California Central Valley, Climatic Change (133), 427-438, doi:10.1007/s10584-015-1474-3.

Li, S., P. W. Mote, D. E. Rupp, D. Vickers, R. Mera, M. R. Allen. 2015. Evaluation of a regional climate modeling effort for the western United States using a superensemble from weather@home, Journal of Climate (28), 7470–7488, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00808.1.

Vano, J. A., J. B. Kim, D. E. Rupp, P. W. Mote. 2015. Selecting climate change scenarios using impact-relevant sensitivities, Geophysical Research Letters (42), 5516–5525, doi: 10.1002/2015GL063208.

Clark, M. P., B. Nijssen, J. Lundquist, D. Kavetski, D. E. Rupp, R. A. Woods, E. D. Gutmann, A. W. Wood, D. Gochis, R. Rasmussen, D. Tarboton, V. Mahat, G. Flerschinger, D. Marks. 2015. A unified approach for process-based hydrologic modeling: Part 2. Model implementation and case studies, Water Resources Research (51), 2515–2542, doi: 10.1002/2015WR017200.

Clark, M. P., B. Nijssen, J. Lundquist, D. Kavetski, D. E. Rupp, R. A. Woods, J. E. Freer, E. D. Gutmann, A. E. Wood, L. D. Brekke, J. A. Arnold, D. Gochis, R. Rasmussen. 2015. A unified approach for process-based hydrologic modeling: Part 1. Modeling concept, Water Resources Research (51), 2498–2514, doi: 10.1002/2015WR017198.

Rupp, D. E., S. Li., N. Massey, S. N. Sparrow, P. W. Mote, M. R. Allen. 2015. Anthropogenic influence on the changing likelihood of an exceptionally warm summer in Texas, 2011, Geophysical Research Letters (42), 2392-2400, doi: 10.1002/2014GL062683.

Stewart, R. D., Z. Lui, D. E. Rupp, C. W. Higgins, J. S. Selker. 2015. A new instrument to measure plot-scale runoff, Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems (4), 57-64, doi: 10.5194/gi-4-57-2015.

Stewart, R. D., M. R. Abou Najm, D. E. Rupp, J. Lane, H. Uribe, J. Arumi, J. S. Selker. 2015. Hillslope runoff thresholds with shrink-swell clay soils, Hydrological Processes (29), 557-571, doi: 10.1002/hyp.10165.

Abatzoglou, J. T., D. E. Rupp, P. W. Mote. 2014. Questionable evidence of natural warming of the northwestern United States, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (111), E5605-E5606, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1421311112.

Uribe, H., D. E. Rupp, J. L. Arumi, R. D. Stewart, J. S. Selker. 2014. Assessment of current and potential yield of hand-dug wells in a semi-arid zone in south-central Chile using an analytical methodology, Chilean Journal of Agricultural Research (74), 219-224.

Abatzoglou, J. T., D. E. Rupp, P. W. Mote. 2014. Seasonal climate variability and change in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, Journal of Climate (27), 2125-2142, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00218.1.

Stewart, R. D., M. R. Abou Najm, D. E. Rupp, J. S. Selker. 2014. Non-destructive quantification of macropore volumes using shear thinning fluid, Soil Science Society of America Journal (78), 445-452, doi: 10.2136/sssaj2013.08.0346 – Journal cover article.

McMillan, H., M. Gueguen, E. Grimon, R. Woods, M. Clark, D. E. Rupp. 2014. Spatial variability of hydrological processes and model structure diagnostics in a 50 km2 catchment, Hydrological Processes (28), 4896–4913, doi: 10.1002/hyp.9988.

Bogaart, P., D. E. Rupp, J. S. Selker, Y. van der Velde. 2013. Late-time drainage from a sloping Boussinesq aquifer, Water Resources Research (49), 7498–7507, doi: 10.1002/2013WR013780.

Stewart, R. D., D. E. Rupp, M. R. Abou Najm, J. S. Selker. 2013. Modeling the effect of inital soil moisture on sorptivity and infiltration, Water Resources Research (49), 7037-7047, doi: 10.1002/wrcr.20508.

Rupp, D. E., J. T. Abatzoglou, K. C. Hegewisch, P. W. Mote. 2013. Evaluation of CMIP5 20th century climate simulations for the Pacific Northwest USA, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (188), doi: 10.1002/jgrd.50843.

Troch, P., A. Berne, P. Bogaart, C. Harman, A. Hilberts, S. Lyon, C. Paniconi, V. Pauwels, D. E. Rupp, J. Selker, A. Tueling, R. Uijlenhoet, N. Verhoest. 2013. The importance of hydraulic groundwater theory in catchment hydrology: The legacy of Wilfried Brutsaert and Jean-Yves Parlange, Water Resources Research (49), 5099-5116, doi: 10.1002/wrcr.20407.

Rupp, D. E., P. W. Mote, N. Massey, F. E. L. Otto, M. R. Allen. 2013. Human influence on the probability of low precipitation in the central United States in 2012, in Peterson, T. C., M. P. Hoerling, P. A. Stott, S. Herring, eds., Explaining extreme events of 2012 from a climate perspective, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (94), S2-S6.

Rupp, D. E., P. W. Mote, N. L. Bindoff, P. A. Stott, D. A. Robinson. 2013. Detection and attribution of observed changes in Northern Hemisphere spring snow cover, Journal of Climate (26), 6904-6914, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00563.1.

Stewart, R. D., R. Hut, D. E. Rupp, H. Gupta, J. S. Selker. 2012. A resonating rainfall and evaporation recorder, Water Resources Research (48), W08601, doi: 10.1029/2011WR011529.

Rupp, D. E., P. W. Mote, N. Massey, C. J. Rye, R. Jones, M. R. Allen. 2012. Did human influence on climate make the 2011 Texas drought more probable?, in Peterson, T. C., P. A. Stott, S. Herring, eds., Explaining extreme events of 2011 from a climate perspective, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (93), 1041-1067, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00021.1.

Stewart, R. D., M. R. Abou Najm, D. E. Rupp, J. S. Selker. 2012. An image-based method for determining bulk density and the soil shrinkage curve, Soil Science Society of America Journal (76), 1217-1221, doi: 10.2136/sssaj2011.0276n.

Stewart, R. D., M. R. Abou Najm, D. E. Rupp, J. S. Selker. 2012. Measurement tool for dynamics of soil cracks, Vadose Zone Journal (11), doi: vzj2011.0048.

Rupp, D. E., T. C. Wainwright, P. W. Lawson. 2012. Effect of forecast skill on management of the Oregon coast coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) fishery, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (69), 1016-1032, doi: 10.1139/f2012-040.

Rupp, D. E., P. Licznar, W. Adamowski, M. Leśniewski. 2012. Multiplicative cascade models for fine spatial downscaling of rainfall: Parameterization with rain gauge data, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (16), 671-684, doi: 10.5194/hess-16-671-2012.

Rupp, D. E., T. C. Wainwright, P. W. Lawson, W. T. Peterson. 2012. Marine environment-based forecasting of coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) adult recruitment, Fisheries Oceanography (21), 1-19, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2419.2011.00605.x.

Rupp, D. E., O. Reckmann, J. Vergara, H. Uribe, and J. S. Selker. 2011. Unconfined aquifer permeability near hand-dug wells in the Secano Costero and Interior, Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins Region, Chile, Chilean Journal of Agricultural Research (71), 267-274.

Licznar, P., T. G. Schmitt, D. E. Rupp. 2011. Distributions of microcanonical cascade weights of rainfall at small timescales, Acta Geophysica (59), 1013-1043, doi: 10.2478/s11600-011-0014-4.

Licznar, P., J. Łomotowski, D. E. Rupp. 2011. Random cascade driven rainfall disaggregation for urban hydrology: An evaluation of six models and a new generator, Atmospheric Research (99), 563-578, doi: /10.1016/j.atmosres.2010.12.014.

Rupp, D. E., J. Schmidt, R. A. Woods, V. J. Bidwell. 2009. Analytical assessment and parameter estimation of a low-dimensional groundwater model, Journal of Hydrology (377), 143-154, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.08.018.

Rupp, D. E., R. F. Keim, M. Ossiander, M. Brugnach, J. S. Selker. 2009. Timescale and intensity dependency in multiplicative cascades for temporal rainfall disaggregation, Water Resources Research (45), W07409, doi: 10.1029/2008WR007321.

Clark, M. P., D. E. Rupp, R. A. Woods, I. Tromp-van Meerveld, N. Peters, J. Freer. 2009. Consistency between hydrological models and field observations: Linking processes at the hillslope scale to hydrological responses at the watershed scale, Hydrological Processes (23), 311-319, doi: 10.1002/hyp.7154

Rupp, D. E., S. T. Larned, D. B. Arscott, J. Schmidt. 2008. Reconstruction of a daily flow record along a hydrologically complex alluvial river, Journal of Hydrology (359), 88-104, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2008.06.019.

Clark, M. P., D. E. Rupp, R. A. Woods, X. Zheng, R. P. Ibbitt, A. G. Slater, J. Schmidt, M. J. Uddstrom. 2008. Hydrological data assimilation with the ensemble Kalman filter: use of streamflow observations to update states in a distributed hydrological model, Advances in Water Resources (31), 1309-1324, doi: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2008.06.005.

Clark, M. P., A. G. Slater, D. E. Rupp, R. A. Woods, J. A. Vrugt, H. V. Gupta, T. Wagener, L. E. Hay. 2008. Framework for Understanding Structural Errors (FUSE): A modular framework to diagnosing differences between hydrological models, Water Resources Research (44), W00B02, doi: 10.1029/2007WR006735.

Rupp, D. E., R. A. Woods. 2008. Comment on ‘C.-P. Tung, N.-M. Hong, C.-H. Chen and Y.-C. Tan, Regional daily baseflow prediction. Hydrological Processes, 18 (2004) 2147-2164’, Hydrological Processes (22), 883-886, doi: 10.1002/hyp.6924.

Rupp, D. E., R. A. Woods. 2008. Increased flexibility in base flow modelling using a power law transmissivity profile, Hydrological Processes (22), 2667-2671, doi: 10.1002/hyp.6863.

Rupp, D. E., G. M. Smart. 2007. Comment on “Flow resistance equations without explicit estimation of the resistance coefficient for coarse-grained rivers” by Raúl López, Javier Barragán, and M. Àngels, Journal of Hydrology (346), 174-178, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2007.08.024.

Rupp, D. E., J. S. Selker. 2006. On the use of the Boussinesq equation for interpreting recession hydrographs from sloping aquifers, Water Resources Research (42), W12421, doi: 10.1029/2006WR005080.

Rupp, D. E., J. S. Selker. 2006. Information, artifacts, and noise in dQ/dt-Q recession analysis, Advances in Water Resources (29), 154-160, doi: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2005.03.019.

Rupp, D. E., R. E. Peachey, K. L. Warren, J. S. Selker. 2006. Diuron in surface runoff and tile drainage from two grass-seed fields, Journal of Environmental Quality (35), 303-311, doi: 10.2134/jeq2005.0093.

Rupp, D. E., J. S. Selker. 2005. Drainage of a horizontal Boussinesq aquifer with a power-law hydraulic conductivity profile, Water Resources Research (41), W11422, doi: 10.1029/2005WR004241.

Selker, J. S., D. E. Rupp. 2005. An environmentally driven time-integrating water sampler, Water Resources Research (41), W09201, doi: 10.1029/ 2005WR004040.

Rupp, D. E., J. M. Owens, K. L. Warren, J. S. Selker. 2004. Analytical methods for estimating saturated hydraulic conductivity in a tile-drained field, Journal of Hydrology (289), 111-127, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2003.11.004.

Rupp, D. E., J. S. Selker, J. Šimůnek. 2001. A modification to the Bouwer and Rice method of slug-test analysis for large-diameter, hand-dug wells, Ground Water (39), 308-314, doi: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2001.tb02313.x.

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