Keith Cherkauer

Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering
(765) 496-7982


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering,
    University of Washington, 2001
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering,
    University of Colorado, 1994
  • B.A., Physics,
    Augustana College, 1992

Research Summary

Dr. Cherkauer's research integrates field observations, remote sensing products, and hydrology models to address environmental change and the hydrologic cycle. Recent research includes studying seasonal soil frost in North America; monitoring snow cover, soil moisture, temperature and seasonal freeze-thaw processes; quantification of land use and climate change impacts on the movement of water through the environment; and the applicability of remote sensing for monitoring water quality in rivers and lakes.

Selected Publications

  • Yang, G., L. C. Bowling; K. A Cherkauer, and B. C Pijanowski (2011), The impact of urban development on hydrologic regime from catchment to basin scales, Landscape and Urban Planning, doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.08.003.
  • Mishra, V. and K. A. Cherkauer (2011), Influence of cold season climate variability on lakes and wetlands in the Great Lakes region, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, D12111, doi:10.1029/2010JD015063.
  • Cherkauer, K. A., and T. Sinha (2010), Hydrologic Impacts of Projected Future Climate Change in the Lake Michigan Region, Journal of Great Lakes Research, doi: 10.1016/j.jglr.2009.11.012.

Awards and Honors