Daniel P. Loucks

Daniel P. Loucks

Professor Emeritus
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hollister Hall, Room 403


Daniel P. Loucks continues to teach and direct research in the development and application of economics, ecology and systems analysis methods to the solution of environmental and regional water resources problems at Cornell and in Delft, NL, and Vienna, Austria. He has written numerous articles and co-authored books on these topics, including two widely used text books on water resources planning and management. He has held positions of Department chair and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering. During periods of leave from Cornell, Loucks has had appointments at other universities in the US, Europe, and Australia, at the World Bank and at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria, and as a consultant to numerous governmental and international agencies and consulting companies.

Research Interests

Development and Application of Environmental Engineering, Economics, Ecology, and Systems Analysis methods for addressing regional environmental and water resources issues.

Teaching Interests

Water Resource Systems Modeling Public Systems Modeling Engineering Economics and Management

Selected Publications

  • “Sustainable Hydropower Development Alternatives for the Mekong: Maintaining the Flows that Nourish Life,” with Gregory Thomas; “Developed River Deltas – Are they Socio-economically and Ecologically Sustainable?”; and “Communicating Ecology-Energy-Food Tradeoffs to Decision Makers in the Lower Mekong,” with Tom Wild and Pat Reed, European Geophysical Union General Assembly – 2018, Vienna, Austria, April 9-12, Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 20, EGU2018-10729-1, 2018
  • Opgrand, Jeff, J, Paul V. Preckel, F.T. Sparrow, Gregory Thomas, Daniel P. Loucks, 2019, Restoring the natural flow regime of a large hydroelectric complex: Costs and considerations, J. Energy Volume 190, 1 January 2020, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2019.116260 1626www.elsevier.com/locate/energyhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2019.1162600360-5442/©2019 Elsevier Ltd, Energy
  • Loucks, D.P. 2019, Developed river deltas: are they sustainable? Environ. Res. Lett. 14(2019)113004 Institute of Physics Publishing, https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab4165 
  • Wild, T B, Loucks, D P and Annandale, G W., 2019, SedSim: A River Basin Simulation Screening Model for Reservoir Management of Sediment, Water, and Hydropower. Journal of Open Research Software, 7: 22. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/jors.261
  • Günter Blöschl, et al., 2019, Twenty-three Unsolved Problems in Hydrology (UPH) – a community perspective, Hydrological Sciences Journal/Journal des Sciences Hydrologiques 64(10):1141-1158, June, DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2019.1620507 ISSN: 0262-6667 (Print) 2150-3435 (Online) Journal homepage: https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/thsj20
  • Daniel P. Loucks and Laurel Saito, eds., 2019, Adventures in Managing Water: Real World Engineering Experiences, ASCE Press, Reston, Va. ISBN 978-0-7844-1533-7 (print) ISBN 978-0-7844-8227-8 (PDF)
  • Jennifer Badham, et al., 2019, Effective modeling for Integrated Water Resource Management: A guide to contextual practices by phases and steps and future opportunities. Environmental Modelling & Software, Volume 116, June 2019, Pages 40-56
  • Thomas B. Wild, Daniel P. Loucks, Martin Mallen-Cooper, and Erland D. Jensen, 2018, Supplementary Information: Balancing Hydropower Development and Ecological Impacts in the Mekong: Tradeoffs for Sambor Mega Dam, J. Water Resour. Plann. Manage, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001036 www.ascelibrary.org
  • Wild, T.B., Reed, P.M., Loucks, D.P., Mallen-Cooper, M, and Jensen, E.D., 2018, Balancing Hydropower Development and Ecological Impacts in the Mekong: Tradeoffs for Sambor Mega Dam, J. Water Resour. Plann. Manage., 2019, 145(2): 05018019, ASCE, ISSN 0733-9496
  • Loucks, D.P., 2017, Managing Water as a Critical Component of a Changing World; Water Resources Management, Volume 31, No.10, pp 2905-2916, DOI 10.1007/s11269-017-1705-7
  • Loucks, D.P. and van Beek, E., 2017, Water Resource Systems Planning and Management, An Introduction to Methods, Models, and Applications, Springer International Publishing, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-44234-1, Print ISBN 978-3-319-44232-7, Online ISBN 978-3-319-44234-1 https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-44234-1


  • “Water Resources Systems Analysis – Successes and Future Challenges,” Panel discussion, EWRI/ASCE World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, Pittsburgh, PA, May 19-23, 2019
  • “The Design and Operation of Water Resource Systems: A Perspective on Where the Discipline has been and where it’s going,” Fall Meeting, AGU, Washington, DC, December 2018 and Spring Meeting of European Geophysical Union, Vienna, Austria, April 9-13, 2019
  • “Issues in Ethics,” DK Symposium, Water Resources Systems, TU-Wien, held at Sopron, Hungary, December, 2018
  • “Ecology-Energy Tradeoffs in the Lower Mekong,” with Tom Wild and Pat Reed, International Symposium on Safety of Water Resources Engineering for Regulation of water Cycle in River Basin and Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, IWHR, Beijing, China, October, 2018
  • “Addressing Water Management Conflicts: Challenges and Experiences,” with Kaveh Madani, Proceedings, International Symposium on Efficient Use of Water Resources and New Technologies in Civil Engineering, Beijing, China, October, 2018

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (Management), December, 2016
  • Honorary Diplomate (American Academy of Water Resources Engineers) 2013
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (American Society of Civil Engineering Environmental & Water Resources Institute) 2010
  • Elected to Honorary Member (American Society of Civil Engineers) 1998
  • U.S. Senior Scientist Research Award (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany) 1992
  • Elected to the National Academy of Engineering 1989


Cornell University 1965