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

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 https://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab4165

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/energy https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2019.1162600360-5442/ ©2019 Elsevier Ltd, Energy

Loucks, D.P., 2020, From Analyses to Implementation and Innovation, Water 2020, 12(4), 974; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12040974; also pp 7-18 in Simonovic, Slobodan P. (Ed.), 2020, Application of the Systems Approach to the Management of Complex Water Systems, MDPI, Nov. 2022 December ISBN 978-3-03943-769-6 (Hbk); ISBN 978-3-03943-770-2 (PDF) https://doi.org/10.3390/books978-3-03943-770-2

Wild, T.B,, A. Birnbaum, P. Reed, D.P. Loucks, 2021, An open source reservoir and sediment simulation framework for identifying and evaluating siting, design, and operation alternatives, Environmental Modelling and Software, Volume 136, February, 104947 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2020.104947

Kron, W., T. Tingsanchali, D.P. Loucks, F.G. Renaud, J.J. Bogardi, A. Fekete, 2021, Chapter 22, Water-related hazard and risk management, in, Bogardi, J.J., Tingsanchali, T., Nandalal, K.D.W., Gupta, J., Salamé, L., van Nooijen, R.R.P., Kolechkina, A.G., Kumar, N., Bhaduri, A. (Eds.), Handbook of Water Resources Management: Discourses, Concepts and Examples, Springer International Publishing, DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-60147-8 ISBN 978-3-030-60145-4

Loucks, D.P. Science Informed Policies for Managing Water. Hydrology 2021, 8, 66. https://doi.org/10.3390/hydrology8020066

Loucks, D.P., 2021, Impacts of climate change on economies, ecosystems, energy, environments, and human equity: A systems perspective, Chapter 2 of The Impacts of Climate Change: A Comprehensive Study of Physical, Biophysical, Social and Political Issues, Trevor M. Letcher (Editor), Elsevier Amsterdam, Netherlands, ISBN: 978-0-12-822373-4, pp 19-50

Boland, J.J. and D.P. Loucks, 2021, Infrastructure capacity planning for reducing risks of future hydrologic extremes, Water Policy, Official Journal of the World Water Council, Volume 23 | Issue S1 | December, doi: 10.2166/wp.2021.242. Chapter in ‘Water infrastructure planning, management and design under climate uncertainty: Methods and approaches in support of the UN High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP)’ ISSN 1366-7017 EISSN 1996-9759

Loucks, D.P., 2022, Public Systems Modeling: Methods for Identifying and Evaluating Alternative Plans and Policies, International Series in Operations Research & Management Science. Springer, 328pp. DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-93986-1; Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-93985-4; eBook ISBN 978-3-030-93986-1

Loucks, D.P., 2022, Meeting Climate Change Challenges: Searching for More Adaptive and Innovative Decisions, Water Resources

Conference presentations

“Water Quality Monitoring, Modeling and Management: Current Challenges, Needs and Opportunities,” 35th Annual National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC) ‘Emerging Environmental Issues, Jacksonville, FL 5-10 August, 2019.

“Twenty-three unsolved problems in hydrology: Who cares and why?” Decennale Societa' Idrologica Italiana, Aula Prodi, Bologna, Italy, September, 2019. Also presented at the 10th Annual DK Symposium of TU-Wien, Zeillern, Austria, October 2019, and European Geophysical Union 2020, May 5, 2020.

“From Analyses to Implementation,” 10th International Environmental Modelling and Software Society Conference, Brussels, 14-18 September 2020. 

“Social Surprises on the Way to Achieving Water Security,” WRAA 2020: The 2nd International conference on Water Resources in Arid Areas, Muscat, Oman, Nov 9-11, 2020. 

“Adventures and Lessons Learned Managing Water” Global Engineering Brigade Speaker Series, Boston University, 11 April, 2021 (remote).

“Implementation of Hydro-economic models”, Hydro-Economic Modelling (HEM) – Building Forward Better initiative, FAO, Rome. May 18-19, 2021.

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