Keith Cherkauer

Keith Cherkauer

Professor Agricultural & Biological Engineering
Purdue University
Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering
225 South University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2093
Office: LILY L-22
Phone: +1 765 49-67982
Areas of Interest
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
  • Data Science and Digital Agriculture


Keith Cherkauer is a Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University. He received a B.A. in Physics from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois; an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering (Environmental Remote Sensing) from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado; and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Before joining the ABE department in 2004, he worked for two years as a Research Scientist in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington.

Keith works to integrate field based observations, remote sensing products and hydrology models to address questions and concerns related to environmental change and to further our understanding of land-atmosphere interactions and the hydrologic cycle. His recent research has included the impact of snow and soil frost on the surface water and energy balance in the upper Mississippi River basin, as well as an investigation of the applicability of aircraft- and satellite-based thermal remote sensing to monitoring stream temperatures.

Publication reprints available upon request or at my Google Scholar page.