UNC College of Arts & Sciences

Geological Sciences

Tamlin M. Pavelsky

Global Hydrology

   Photo of Dr. Tamlin Pavelsky

Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles 2008
B.A.  Middlebury College 2001
Office: Mitchell 228
Lab:  Mitchell 208
Phone: (919) 962-4239
E-mail: pavelsky at unc.edu

Research Website


Research Interests

My research interests are focused on the intersections between hydrology, satellite remote sensing, and climate change. I work on scales ranging from the entire globe to a single large wetland, with a special interest in Arctic and Subarctic regions. Current research projects aim to address three questions:
(1) How can satellite remote sensing be used to understand the storage and movement of surface water?
(2) How accurately can regional climate models simulate hydrologic processes?
(3) How is anthropogenic warming impacting Arctic hydrologic and climatic systems?

Five Recent Publications (see research website for a full list)

Pavelsky, T.M., J. Boe, A. Hall, and E.J. Fetzer (2010), Atmospheric inversion strength over polar oceans in winter regulated by sea ice, Climate Dynamics, in press.

Pavelsky, T.M. and L.C. Smith (2009). Remote sensing of suspended sediment concentration, flow velocity, and lake recharge in the Peace-Athabasca Delta, Canada, Water Resources Research, 45, W11417.

Pavelsky, T.M. and L.C. Smith, (2008). RivWidth: A software tool for the calculation of river widths from remotely sensed imagery, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 5(1), 70-73.

Smith, L.C. and T.M. Pavelsky, (2008). Estimation of river discharge, propagation speed and hydraulic geometry from space: Lena River, Siberia, Water Resources Research, 44, W03427.

Pavelsky, T.M. and L.C. Smith, (2006). Intercomparison of four global precipitation data sets and their correlation with increased Eurasian river discharge to the Arctic Ocean, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 111, D21112.




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