Dr. Jennifer M. Jacobs


Dr. Jennifer M. Jacobs

Professor of Civil Engineering

Director of the Infrastructure and Climate Network (ICNet)


240 Gregg Hall
35 Colovos Road
Durham, NH 03824

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Research Overview

 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.

Publications (*Indicates Jacobs Graduate Student or Post-Doc)

In Review

  1. Vuyovich, C.M., J.M Jacobs and S.F. Daly. Comparison of passive microwave and SNODAS estimates of total watershed SWE in the continental U.S. Water Resources Research. In review. September 2013.
  2. Mallick, R.B., M.J. Radzicki, J.S. Daniel, and J.M. Jacobs.  Use of System Dynamics to Understand the Long Term Impact of Climate Change on Pavement Performance and Maintenance Cost. TRB Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board. In review. August 2013.
  3. Daniel, J.S., J.M. Jacobs, E. Douglas, R.B. Mallick, and K. Hayhoe. 2013. Impact of Climate Change on Pavement Performance: Preliminary Lessons Learned through the Infrastructure and Climate Network (ICNet). ASCE Construction Institute. In review. September 2013.


  1. Jacobs, J.M. P.H. Kirshen, and J.S. Daniel. 2013. Considering Climate Change in Road and Building Design. EOS Transactions. 94(30). DOI: 10.1002/2013EO300008.
  2. Choi*, M., J.M. Jacobs, M. Anderson, and D. Bosch. 2013. Evaluation of drought indices via remotely sensed data with hydrological variables: Little River experimental watershed, Georgia U.S. Journal of Hydrology. 476, 265-273. 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.10.042.


  1. Meagher*, W., J.S. Daniel, J.M. Jacobs, and E. Linder. 2012. A methodology to evaluate the implications of climate change on the design and performance of flexible pavements. Transportation Research Record. Vol. 2305/ 111-120. DOI: 10.3141/2305-12.
  2. Sherrard*, J.A. and J.M. Jacobs. 2012. The Vegetated Roof Water Balance Model: Experimental and Modeling Resulting, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering.  17(8), 858–868. 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-558.40000531.


  1. Ray*, R.L., J.M. Jacobs, and T.P. Ballestero. 2011. Regional landslide susceptibility: Statistical distribution in space and time. Natural Hazards Journal. 59(3). 1317-1337.
  2. Vuyovich*, C. and J.M. Jacobs. 2011. Snowpack and runoff generation using AMSR-E passive microwave observations in the Upper Helmand Watershed, Afghanistan. Remote Sensing of Environment. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2011.07.014. 115 (12). 3313-3321.
  3. Stewart, R.J., W.M. Wollheim, M.N. Gooseff, M.A. Briggs, J.M. Jacobs, B.J. Peterson, and C.S. Hopkinson. 2011. Separation of river network scale nitrogen removal among main channel and two transient storage compartments, Water Resour. Res., 47. 10.1029/2010WR009896.
  4. Bhat*, S., J.M. Jacobs, and M.L. Bryant*. 2011. The chemical composition of rainfall and throughfall in five forest communities: A case study in Fort Benning, Georgia. Water, Air and Soil Pollution. 218(1-4). 323-332.
  5. Choi*, M. and J.M. Jacobs. 2011. Soil moisture structure for different topographies during Soil Moisture Experiment 2005 (SMEX05). Hydrological Processes. 25(6). 926-932.
  6. Joshi, C., B.P. Mohanty, J.M. Jacobs, and A.V.M. Ines. 2011. Spatiotemporal analyses of soil moisture from point to footprint scale in two different hydro-climatic regions, Water Resour. Res., 47, W01508, doi:10.1029/2009WR009002.
  7. Mecikalski, J.R., Sumner, D.M., Jacobs, J.M., Pathak, C.S., Paech, S. J.. and E.M. Douglas. Use of Visible Geostationary Operational Meteorological Satellite Imagery in Mapping Reference and Potential Evapotranspiration over Florida in Evapotranspiration. L. Labedzki, ed. Intech. 2011. pp. 229-254.


  1. Ray*, R.L., J.M. Jacobs, and P. de Alba. 2010. Impacts of unstaturated zone soil moisture and groundwater table on slope instability, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. 136(10). 1448-1458.
  2. Ray*, R.L., J.M Jacobs, and M.H. Cosh 2010. Landslide susceptibility mapping using downscaled AMSR-E soil moisture: A case study from Cleveland Corral, California, US, Remote Sensing of Environment. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2010.05.033. 114(11). 2624-2636.
  3. Jacobs, J.M. E. Hsu*, and M. Choi*. 2010. Electronically Scanned Thinned Array Radiometer (ESTAR) soil moisture characterization during Southern Great Plains (SGP) hydrology experiments. Hydrologic Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.7703.
  4. Bhat*, S., J.M. Jacobs, K. Hatfield, and W. Graham. 2010. A comparison of storm-based and annual-based indices of hydrologic variability: A case study in Fort Benning, Georgia. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 16:297-307. DOI 10.1007/s10661-009-1050-2.


  1. Jia*, X., M.D. Dukes, and J.M. Jacobs. 2009. Bahia grass crop coefficient by eddy correlation measurements in Central Florida. Transactions of the ASABE. 28(1), 5-15.
  2. Douglas, E.M., J.M. Jacobs, D.M. Sumner and R.L. Ray*. 2009. Potential evapotranspiration method selection for Florida land cover types. Journal of Hydrology. 373, 366-376.
  3. Thouin*, J.A., W.M. Wolheim, C.J. Vorosmarty, J.M. Jacobs, and W.H. McDowell. 2009. The biogeochemical influence of nitrate, dissolved oxygen, and dissolved organic carbon on stream nitrate uptake. Journal of the North American Benthological Society. 28(4):894-907  doi:10.1899/08-183.1.
  4. Jacobs, J.M., B. Lowry*, M. Choi*, and C.H. Bolster. 2009. GOES solar radiation for evapotranspiration estimation and streamflow prediction. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. 14(3), 293-300.


  1. Choi*, M., J.M. Jacobs, and W. Kustas. 2008. Assessment of clear and cloudy sky parameterizations for daily downwelling longwave radiation over different land surfaces in Florida, USA. Geophysical Research Letters. 35. L20402, doi:10.1029/2008GL035731.
  2. Choi*, M., and J.M. Jacobs. 2008. Temporal variability corrections for Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer E (AMSR-E) surface soil moisture: Case study in SMEX03 Little River, Georgia, U.S. Sensor. 8(4). 2617-2627.
  3. Choi*, M., J.M. Jacobs, and D.D. Bosch. 2008. Remote sensing observatory validation of surface soil moisture using Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer E, Common Land Model and ground base data: Case study in SMEX03 Little River, Georgia, U.S. Water Resources Research. 44, W08421, doi:10.1029/2006WR005578.


  1. Loescher, H., J.M. Jacobs, O. Wendroth, D.A Robinson., G.S. Poulos, K. McGuire, P. Reed, B.P. Mohanty, J.B. Shanley, and W. Krajewski. 2007. Enhancing water cycle measurements for future hydrologic research. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, DOI:10.1175/BAMS-88-5-669.
  2. Ray*, R. and J.M. Jacobs. 2007. Relationships among remotely sensed soil moisture, precipitation and landslide events. Natural Hazards Journal. 43:211-222. DOI 10.1007/sl11069-006-9059-9.
  3. Bhat*, S., K. Hatfield, J.M. Jacobs, and W. Graham.  2007. Relationships between Military Land Use and Storm-Based Indices of Hydrologic Variability. Ecological Indicators. 7, 553-564, doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2006.06.003.
  4. Choi*, M. and J.M. Jacobs. 2007. Soil moisture variability of root zone profiles within SMEX02 remote sensing footprints. Advances in Water Resources. 30, 883-896.
  5. Choi*, M., J.M. Jacobs, and M. Cosh. 2007. Scaled spatial variability of soil moisture fields, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L01401, doi:10.1029/2006GL028247.
  6. Jia*, X., A. Swancar, J.M. Jacobs, M.D. Dukes, and K. Morgan. 2007. Comparison of evapotranspiration rates for flatwoods and ridge citrus. Transactions of the ASABE. 50(1), 83-94.
  7. Bhat*, S., K. Hatfield, J.M. Jacobs, R. Lowrance, and R. Williams. 2007. Surface Runoff Contribution of Nitrogen during Storm Events in a Forested Watershed: Application of Riparian Ecosystem Management Model (REMM). Biogeochemistry. 85(3), 253-262.


  1. Whitfield*, B., J.M. Jacobs, and J. Judge. 2006. Intercomparison Study of the Land Surface Process Model and the Common Land Model for a Prairie Wetland in Florida. Journal of Hydrometeorology. 7(6), 1247-1258.
  2. Bosch, D.D., V. Lakshmi, T. Jackson, Choi*, M. and J.M. Jacobs. 2006. Large scale measurements of soil moisture for validation of remotely sensed data: Georgia soil moisture experiment of 2003. Journal of Hydrology. 323, 120-137.
  3. Robinson, D., J. Selker, B. Bowden, J. Duncan, J. Durant, R. Hooper, J. Jacobs, and R. Knight. 2006. Survey provides guidance for Consortium's Hydrologic Measurement Facility. Transactions, American Geophysical Union. 87(23), 222.
  4. Jia*, X., M.D Dukes, J.M. Jacobs, and S. Irmak*. 2006. Large scale weighing lysimeters for evapotranspiration research in a humid environment. Transactions of the ASAE. 49(2), 1-12.
  5. Bhat*, S., J.M. Jacobs, K. Hatfield, and J. Prenger. 2006. Relationships between stream water chemistry and military land use in Fort Benning, GA. Ecological Indicators. 6(2), 458-466.


  1. Loescher*, H.W., Gholz, H.L., Jacobs, J.M., and S.F. Oberbauer. 2005. Energy dynamics and modeled evapotranspiration from a wet tropical forest in Costa Rica. Journal of Hydrology. 315, 274-294.
  2. Bryant*, M.L., Bhat*, S., and J.M. Jacobs. 2005. Throughfall characterization of heterogeneous forest communities in the southeastern U.S. Journal of Hydrology. 312, 95-108, 2005.
  3. Liu*, S., Graham, W.D., and J.M. Jacobs. 2005. The value of climate forcings to capture soil water dynamics and evapotranspiration using daily potential evapotranspiration. Journal of Hydrology. 309, 39-52.
  4. Irmak*, S., M.D. Dukes, and J.M. Jacobs. 2005. Using modified Bellani plat evapotranspiration gauges to estimate short canopy evapotranspiration. ASCE Journal of Irrigation and Drainage. 131(2), 164-175.
  5. Sumner, D.M. and J.M. Jacobs. 2005. Utility of Penman-Monteith, Priestley-Taylor, reference evapotranspiration, and pan evaporation methods to estimate pasture evapotranspiration. Journal of Hydrology. 308, 81-104.


  1. Jacobs, J.M., Mohanty, B.P., Hsu*, E., and D.A. Miller. 2004. Field scale soil moisture variability and similarity from point measurements during SMEX02. Remote Sensing of Environment. 92, 436-446.
  2. Jacobs, J.M. 2004. Closure to Atmospheric momentum roughness to determine stage-discharge relationships in vegetated flood plains. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. 9(5), p. 447.
  3. Satti*, S.R., J.M. Jacobs and S. Irmak*. 2004. Agricultural water management in a humid region: Sensitivity to climate, soil and crop parameters. Agricultural Water Management. 70(1), 51-65.
  4. Jacobs, J.M., M.C. Anderson, L.C. Friess, and G.R. Diak. 2004. Solar radiation, longwave radiation and emergent wetland evapotranspiration estimates from satellite data in Florida, USA. Hydrological Sciences Journal. 49(3), 461-476.
  5. Satti*, S.R. and J.M. Jacobs. 2004. A GIS-based model to estimate the regionally distributed drought water demand. Agricultural Water Management. 66, 1-13.
  6. Boupha*, K., J.M. Jacobs, and K. Hatfield. 2004. MDL Groundwater Modeling: Laplace transforms and the De Hoog algorithm to solve contaminant transport equations. Computers in Geosciences. 30(5), 445-453. Download MDL Software>>
  7. Satti*, S.R. and J.M. Jacobs. 2004. A comparison of Florida crop evapotranspiration and consumptive use permitting methods. Soil and Crop Society of Florida. 62, 30-37.


  1. Guha*, A., J.M. Jacobs, T.J. Jackson, M. Cosh, E. Hsu*, and J. Judge. 2003. Soil moisture mapping using ESTAR from the Southern Great Plains experiment (SGP99). IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters. 41(10), 2392-2397.
  2. Jacobs, J.M., D.A. Myers*and B.M. Whitfield*. 2003. Improved rainfall-runoff estimates using remotely sensed soil moisture. Journal of American Water Resources Association. 39(2), 313-324.
  3. Jacobs, J.M. and M. Wang*, 2003. Atmospheric momentum roughness to determine stage-discharge relationships in vegetated flood plains. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 8(2), 99-104.
  4. Irmak*, S., Irmak, A., J.W. Jones, T.A. Howell, J.M. Jacobs, R.G. Allen, and G. Hoogenboom. 2003. Predicting net radiation in the humid regions of the Southeast United States. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. 129(4), 256-259.

1998 - 2002

  1. Jacobs, J.M., D.A. Myers*, M.L.Anderson, and G.R. Diak. 2002. GOES surface insolation to estimate wetlands evapotranspiration. Journal of Hydrology. 266, 53-65.
  2. Jacobs, J.M., S.L. Mergelsberg*, A. Lopera*, and D.A. Myers*. 2002. Evapotranspiration from a wet prairie wetland under drought conditions: Paynes Prairie Preserve, Florida, USA. Wetlands. 22(2), 374-385.
  3. Jacobs, J.M. and R.M. Vogel. 2000. Closure to: The optimal allocation of water withdrawals in a river basin. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 126(1), p.38.
  4. Jacobs, J. M., R. L. Coulter and W. Brutsaert. 2000. Surface flux estimation by bulk ABL similarity with radiosonde and wind-profiler/RASS observations over a land-surface with small roughness, Advances in Water Resources., 23(4), 339-348.
  5. Jacobs, J.M. and W. Brutsaert. 1998. Momentum roughness and view-angle dependent heat roughness at a Southern Great Plains test-site. Journal of Hydrology, 211, 61-68.
  6. Jacobs, J.M. and R.M. Vogel. 1998. The optimal allocation of water withdrawals in a river basin. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, ASCE, 124(6), 357-363.



• FHWA, 2013-2015. “Flooded Pavement Assessment”. Co-PI. PI: Daniel

• NSF, 2012-2016: “RCN-SEES: Engineering Research Collaboratory for Sustainable Infrastructure in a Changing Climate.” PI.

• NASA, 2012-2014: “EPSCoR CAN: Passive Microwave Detection of Snowmelt and Runoff”. PI.

• NSF ADVANCE (internal), 2009-2010: “Stormwater and Streams – Optimizing Stormwater Management to Protect the Thermal Regime in Streams.” Co-PI. PI: A. Watts

• USEPA, 2009-2012: “Temperature Regime Characteristics of High-Quality Coldwater Streams in New England.” PI.

• USDA, 2009: “Georgia Evapotranspiration (ET) and Drought Estimation via Remotely Sensed Data.” PI.

• NSF, 2008: “Understanding Hyporheic Zone Extent and Exchange in a Coastal New Hampshire Stream Using Heat as a Tracer.” (LIDAR Aircraft Flight Time). PI.

• USGS, 2008-2010: “Urbanization Impacts on NH Streamwater Thermal Loading.” PI. Co-PIs: T. Ballestero and R. Roseen.

• NHDES, 2004-2005. Instream Flow Studies and Water Management Plan for the Souhegan River Designated Reach”. Co-PI.  PI:  T. Ballestero.

• NHDES, 2006-2008. Instream Flow Studies and Water Management Plan for the Lamprey River Designated Reach”. Co-PI.  PI:  T. Ballestero.

• New England Transportation Consortium. 2004-2006. Estimating the Magnitude of Peak Flows for Steep Gradient Streams in New England”. PI. Co-PIs: T. Ballestero and R. Vogels (Tufts University).

• NASA, 2005-2009: “Landslide Susceptibility Mapping through Enhanced Dynamic Slope Stability Analysis using Earth Observing Satellite Measurements”. PI.

• USGS/Florida WMDs, 2004-2007: “Satellite-Based Solar Radiation, Net Radiation, And Potential And Reference Evapotranspiration Estimates Over Florida”. PI.

• NWS/NOAA, 2004-2005: Development of Enhanced Techniques for Computing Potential Evapotranspiration”. PI.

• NASA, 2004-2007: “Multi-Scale Remote Assessment of Land-Surface Hydrological Response to Natural and Anthropogenic Stressors: A Case Study in the Florida Everglades Protection Area”. Co-PI. PI: M. Anderson, USDA.

• NSF, 2004-2007: “Improved Estimation of Evapotranspiration and Recharge from a Dynamic SVAT Model through Assimilation of Microwave Brightness”. Co-PI. PI: J. Judge (UF)

• NASA NIP Award, 2001-2007:Characterization and Simulation of Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture for Rainfall-Runoff Modeling”. PI.

• SERDP, 1999-2004: “Ecological Indicators of Environmental Change”. Co-PI. PI: S. Rao (UF)

• St. Johns River Water Management District, 2000-2007: “Evaluation of Reference Evapotranspiration Methodologies and AFSIRS Crop Water Simulation”. PI.

• Florida Department of Transportation, 2002-2004: Seasonal Variability of Near Surface Soil Water and Groundwater Tables in Florida”. PI.

• Florida Space Grant Consortium, 2001-2002:Characterization and Simulation of Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture for Rainfall-Runoff Modeling – Undergraduate Scholar”. PI.

• Suwannee River Water Management District, 2001-2002:“Minimum Flows and Levels for the Lower Suwannee River Implementation Methodology”. PI.

• USGS, 2001-2002:“ Flow Duration Curves to Advance Ecologically Sustainable Water Management” PI.

• North West Florida River Water Management District, 2001-2002:“ AFSIRS Evaluation of Georgia Crop Water Use”. PI.

Teaching Interests

  • CiE 642 Fluid Mechanics
  • CIE 741/841 Open Channel Hydraulics
  • CIE 745/845 Engineering Hydrology
  • CIE 750/850 Ecohydrology
  • CIE 795/895 Snow Hydrology
  • CIE 795/895 GIS and Water Resources


Director, Environmental Research Group, University of New Hampshire, 2010 – 2012

Professor. University of New Hampshire, Dept. of Civil Engineering,
June 2011 – present

Associate Professor. University of New Hampshire, Dept. of Civil Engineering,
June 2005 – present

Assistant Professor. University of New Hampshire, Dept. of Civil Engineering,
August 2003 – June 2005

Associate Professor. University of Florida, Dept. of Civil and Coastal Engineering,

Assistant Professor. University of Florida, Dept. of Civil and Coastal Engineering,
 1997 –2004

Affiliate Faculty Member. University of Florida, College of Natural Resources and Environment, 2000 - 2006

Affiliate Faculty Member. University of Florida, Environmental Engineering Sciences,
2001- 2006

Environmental Consultant. Eastern Research Group, Lexington, MA, 1989 - 1993

Consultant. Boston Systems Group, Boston, MA, 1987 - 1989

Graduate Students

Jeremy Belanger, Master's Candidate

Michael Bogonko,Ph.D. Candidate

Bryan Carignan, Master's Candidate

Christopher Grabe, Master's Candidate

Carrie Vuyovich, Ph.D. Candidate

Recent Grads

Shirish Bhat, Ph.D.

Malcom Lewis Bryant, M.S.

Minha Choi, Ph.D. Candidate

Clinton Howerton, M.S.

Gary Lemay, M.S.

Brian Lowry, M.S.

William Meagher, M.S.

Ram L. Ray, Ph.D. Candidate

Gerard Ripo, M.S.

Eileen Romesser, M.S.

Sudheer Satti, M.S.

James Sherrard, M.S.

Danna Truslow, M.S.

Carrie Vuyovich, M.S.

Min-hui Wang, M.S.

Lifang. Wang, M.S.

Brent Whitfield, M.S.

S. Ramasundaram (Co-chair), F. Masters (Co-chair)


Past Post-Doctoral Scholars

Xinhua Jia, Assoc. Prof., North Dakota State University

Suat Irmak, Assoc. Prof., University of Nebraska