Professor of civil and environmental engineering and university director, Northeast Climate Science Center
Water resources planning, Flood management, Drought management, Impacts of climate change on water resources and flood levels, Modeling of engineering systems
Richard Palmer is the department head and professor of civil and environmental engineering. His primary area of interest is water resource planning and management, including impacts of climate change on water resources, drought planning and real-time water resource management, and he pioneered the use of “virtual drought exercises.”
In 2006, he received the Julian Hinds Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for his contributions to water resources planning and his research related to the impacts of climate change on water resources. He has current research funding is from NOAA, the Nature Conservancy, the Department of Defense, and a variety of public utilities. He is the principal investigator of the new Northeast Climate Science Center, funded by the Department of Interior, a five-year project to evaluate the impacts of climate change. He is active in the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute, and was the technical chairman of their 2010 national congress.