Dr. Paul Kirshen

Research Professor 

 Phone: 603-862-4637

Fax: 603-862-3957
E-mail: Paul.Kirshen@unh.edu

University of New Hampshire
Department of Civil Engineering
Gregg HAll Room 344
35 Colovos Rd
Durham, NH 03824

 

Research Group: Environmental Engineering; Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space

Education

  • Ph.D.      Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Division of Water Resources, 1975
  • M.S.        Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Division of Water Resources, 1972
  • Sc.B.       Engineering, Brown University, 1970 

Research Interests

Water Resources Engineering and Management, Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning

Honors and Awards

Received 2004 award from the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management for best practice oriented paper (Westphal, K., Vogel, R., Kirshen, P., and Chapra, S., An Integrated Real Time Water Supply Decision Support System, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, May 2003). 

Journal Publications

Merrill, S., and Kirshen, P., Lessons Learned in Coastal Adaptation Planning; Case Studies in New England, in preparation for Environmental Management, 2012.

Kirshen, P., Caputo, L., Vogel, R., Rosner, A., and Mathisen, P., Urban Drainage Adaptation Planning, in preparation, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 2012.

Kirshen, P., Barreteau, O., Carlson, C., and Foltz, K, Stormwater as a Common Pool Resource: A New Perspective of LID for Urban Stormwater Management Practices under Climate Change, in review, Urban Water Journal, 2012.

Etkin, D., Kirshen, P., Watkins, W., Diallo, A.A.,  Hoogenboom, G., Roncoli, M.C., Sanfo, J., Sanon, M., Somé,L., and Zoungrana, J.,  Risk Based Decision Support for Reservoir Scheduling in West Africa, in review, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 2012

Kuhl, L., Kirshen, P., Ruth, M., Watson, C., Douglas, E., Adapting to Increased Coastal Flooding under Climate Change in Environmental Justice Communities Using Evacuation: Challenges and Best Practice Guidelines, in review, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 2011.

Limbrunner, J., Vogel, R., Chapra, S., and Kirshen, P., Optimal Location of Sediment-Trapping Best Management Practices for Nonpoint Source Load Management, in review,  Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 2011.

Paolisso, M., Douglas, E., Enrici, A., Kirshen, P., Watson, C., and Ruth, M., Environmental Justice and Climate Change: Knowledge and Adaptation among African American Communities in the Chesapeake Bay Region, in review, Weather, Climate, and Society, 2011.

Limbrunner, J., Vogel, R., Chapra, S., and Kirshen, P., Classic Optimization Techniques Applied to Stormwater and Nonpoint Source Pollution Management at the Watershed Scale, in press, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 2012.

Jagai, J., Griffiths, J., Kirshen, P., Webb, P., Naumova, E., Seasonal Patterns of Gastrointestinal Infections and Streamflow along the Ohio River, in press, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2012.

Douglas, E., Kirshen, P., Paolisso, M., Watson, C.,  Wiggin, J., Enrici, A., and Ruth, M., Coastal Flooding and Environmental Justice: Identifying Potential Strategies for Adapting to Climate Change in Two Urban Communities in the Boston Metropolitan Area, Massachusetts, in press,  Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 2012.

Ray, P., Kirshen, P., and Watkins, D., Stochastic Programming for Integrated Climate Change Adaptation of the Water Supply System of Amman, Jordan, in press, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 2012.

Jagai, J., Griffiths, J., Kirshen, P., Webb, P., And Naumova, E., Patterns of Protozoal Infections: Spatiotemporal Associations with Cattle Density, in press, Environmental Health Perspectives, 2012.

Kirshen, P., Merrill, S., Slovinsky, P., and Richardson, N., Simplified Method for Scenario-Based Risk Assessment Adaptation Planning in the Coastal Zone, Climatic Change, 113:3-4, 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-011-0379-z.

Yohe, G., Knee, K., and Kirshen, P., On the Economics of Coastal Adaptation Solutions in an Uncertain World, Climatic Change, 106:71–92, 2011.

Kirshen, P., Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources Infrastructure, Water Resources IMPACT, American Water Resources Association, special issue on climate change, 13(1), January, 2011.

Merrill, S., Yakovleff, D., Holman, D., Cooper, J., Kirshen, P.,Valuing Mitigation Strategies, A GIS-based Approach for Climate Adaptation Analysis, ArcUser Fall, 2010.

Zoltay, V., Vogel, R., Kirshen, P., and Westphal, K., Integrated Watershed Management Modeling: A Generic Optimization Model Applied to the Ipswich River Basin, September/October, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 2010.

Ray, P., Kirshen, P., and Vogel, R., Integrated Optimization of a Dual Quality Water and Wastewater System: A Case Study of Greater Beirut, Lebanon, January/February, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 2010.

Roncoli, C., Kirshen, P., Etkin, D., Sanon, M., Somé, L., Sanfo, J.,  Zoungrana, J., Hoogenboom, G., From Management to Negotiation: Technical and Institutional Innovations for Integrated Water Resource Management in the Upper Comoé River Basin, Burkina Faso. Environmental Management 40(4):695-711, 2009.

Rader, M., Kirshen, P., Roncoli, C., Hoogenboom, G., and Ouattara, F., A Decision Support System for Resource Poor Farmers in Burkina Faso, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, October/September 2009.

Lautze, J. and Kirshen, P., Water Allocation, Climate Change, and Sustainable Water Use in Israel/Palestine: The Palestinian Position, Water International, June 2009.

Roncoli, C., Jost, C., Kirshen, P., Sanon, M., Ingram, K., Woodin, M., Somé, L., Ouattara, F., Sanfo, B., Sia, C., Yaka, P., and Hoogenboom, G., From Accessing to Assessing Forecasts: An End-to-End Study of Participatory Forecast Dissemination in Burkina Faso (West Africa), Climatic Change, 92(3-4), February 2009.

Kirshen, P.H., Knee, K.,  Ruth, M., Adaptation to Sea Level Rise in Metro Boston, Climatic Change, 90(4), pages 453-473, October 2008.

Kirshen, P., Watson, C., Douglas, E., Gontz, A., Lee, J., and Tian, Y.,  Coastal Flooding in the Northeastern USA due to Climate Change, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 13(5-6), June 2008.

Kirshen, P., Ruth. M., and Anderson, W., Interdependencies of Urban Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies:  A Case Study of Metropolitan Boston USA, Climatic Change, 86:105-122, January, 2008.

Fernandes, A.M., Kirshen, P.H., Vogel, R., Optimal Siting of Regional Fecal Sludge Treatment Facilities: St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, January/February, 2008.

Heberger, M., Oriel, K., Kirshen, P., and Durant, J., Regression Models for Forecasting Beach Closures in Urban Rivers and Lakes, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, January/February, 2008.

Lautze, J., and Kirshen, P., Dams, Health, and Livelihoods: Lessons from the Senegal, Suggestions for Africa, International Journal of River Basin Management, 5(3) September 2007.

Lautze, J., McCartney, M., Kirshen, P., Olana, D., Jayasinghe, G., and Spielman, A., The Effect of a Large Dam on Malaria Risk: The Koka Reservoir, Ethiopia. Tropical Medicine and International Health 12(8): 982-989, 2007.

 

Kirshen, P., Ruth. M., and Anderson, W., Responding to Climate Change in Metropolitan Boston: The Role of Adaptation, New England Journal of Public Policy, Spring/Summer 2005.

Amato, A., Ruth, M., Kirshen, P., and Horwtiz, J., Regional Energy Demand Responses to Climate Change: Methodology and Application to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Climatic Change, 71(175-201), 2005.   

Lautze, J., Reeves, M., Vega., R., and Kirshen, P.H., “Climate” for Peace: Climate Change and Sustainable Peace in Israel/Palestine, Water International, June 2005.   

Kirshen, P., McCluskey, M., Vogel, R., and Strzepek, K., Global Analysis of Changes in River Basin Water Supply Yields and Costs under Climate Change: A Case Study of China, Climatic Change, 68:303-330, 2005.

Kirshen, P.H., Larsen, A., Vogel, R., and Moomaw, W., Influence of Climatic Factors on the Present Cost of Water Supply in the USA, Water Policy, Volume 6, pages 269-279, 2004.

Kirshen, P.H., Vogel, R., and Rogers, B., Challenges in Graduate Education in Integrated Water Resources Management, Editorial, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 130(3), 185-186, 2004

Hurd, B., Callaway, M., Smith, J., and Kirshen, P., Climatic Change and US Water Resources: From Modeled Watershed Impacts to National Estimates, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, pages 129-148, February, 2004.

Sanayei, M., Edgers, L., Alonge, J.,  and  Kirshen, P., Effects of Increased Wind Loads On a Tall Building, Civil Engineering Practice, 18(2), Fall/Winter, 2003.

Westphal, K., Vogel, R., Kirshen, P., and Chapra, S., Decision Support System for Adaptive Water Supply Management, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, May 2003.

Kirshen, P.H., Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Groundwater in Eastern Massachusetts: A Case Study of the Upper Charles River Basin, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, May/June 2002.

Ingram, K., Roncoli, C., and Kirshen, P., Opportunities and Constraints for Farmers of West Africa to Use Seasonal Precipitation Forecasts with Burkina Faso as a Case Study, Agricultural Systems, 74, 331-349, 2002.

Roncoli, C., Ingram, K., and Kirshen, P., Reading the Rains: Local Knowledge and Rainfall Forecasting among Farmers of Burkina Faso, Society and Natural Resources, 15, pp. 411-430. 2002.

Roncoli, C., Ingram, K., and Kirshen, P.H.,  The Costs and Risks of Coping with Drought: Livelihood Impacts and Farmers’ Responses in Burkina Faso, Climate Research, 19, 2, pp. 119-132, 2001. 

Roncoli, C., Ingram, K., Kirshen, P., and Jost, C., Integrating Indigenous and Scientific Rainfall Forecasting in Burkina Faso, Indigenous Knowledge Notes, IK Notes, n. 39, December, 2001.

Ruth, M, and Kirshen, P., Integrated Impacts of Climate Change upon Infrastructure Systems and Services in the Boston Metropolitan Area, World Resource Review 13(1), pgs 106-122, 2001.

Roncoli, C., Ingram, K. and Kirshen, P., Can Farmers of Burkina Faso Use Rainfall Forecasts? Practicing Anthropology, 22 (4), pp. 24-28, 2000.

 

Kirshen, P.H. and Flitcroft, I., Use of Seasonal Forecasting to Improve Agricultural Production in West Africa – An Institutional Analysis of Burkina Faso, Natural Resources Forum, August 2000.

Kirshen, P.H., Assessing Climate Change Implications for Water Resources Planning: A Comment on a paper by A.W. Wood et al., Climatic Change, 44(4), March 2000.

Vogel, R.M., Lane, M., Ravindiran, R., and Kirshen, P.H., Storage Reservoir Behavior in the United States, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, September/October1999.

Lane, M., Kirshen, P.H., and Vogel, R.M.,  Indicators of Impacts of Global Climate Change on U.S. Water Resources, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, July/August 1999.

Kirshen, P.H., and Fennessey, N., Possible Climate-Change Impacts on Water Supply of Metropolitan Boston, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, January/February 1995.

Gutowski, W.J., McMahon, G.G., Schluchter, S.S., and Kirshen, P.H., Effects of Global Warming on Hurricane-Induced Flooding, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, March/April, 1994.

Fennessey, N.M., and Kirshen, P.H., Evaporation and Evapotranspiration under Climate Change in New England, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, January/February, 1994. 

Kirshen, P.H., Book Review of Computerized Decision Support Systems for Water Managers (by Labadie et al), Water Resources Bulletin, October, 1990.

Kirshen, P., Lettenmaier, D., and Puri, A., Punching it up Through Automated Generation. Hydro Review, Winter 1985.

Heidell, P., and Kirshen, P., Organization and Political Processes in Community Small-hydro Development, Water Resources Bulletin, February 1982.

Kirshen, P., Small-scale Hydro in New England: 1960-1980.  Journal of the Energy Division, ASCE, May 1981.

Kirshen, P., and Amlin, J., Computer Model for Small-Scale Hydropower Policy Analysis, Journal of Water Resources and Planning, March 1981.

Lynch, D., and Kirshen, P., Impact of Economic and Financial Policies on Development of Small-Scale Hydroelectric Facilities in New England. Vermont Law Review, Fall 1980.

Kirshen, P., Spatial and Temporal Effects in a Regional Water Supply Planning Model, Water Resources Research, June 1980.

Kirshen, P., A Regional Water Supply Planning Model for the Sahel-Sudan Region, West Africa, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, September 1979.

Kirshen, P., and Marks, D., Mathematical Model for Screening Storm Water Control Alternatives, Journal of Environmental Engineering, August 1974.

Professional Affiliations

American Geophysical Union, American Society of Civil Engineers (Member and Past Chair of Operations Management Committee, Chair of the 1996 Operations Management Workshop, Steering Committee of several Operations Management Workshops including for 2006 and 2010, Member of Water Resources and Environmental Systems Committee), Sigma Xi