Peter Troch

Professor, Hydrology / Atmospheric Sciences

Member of the Graduate Faculty

Professor, Civil Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Peter A. Troch Full Professor Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences 1133 E. James E. Rogers Way, P.O. Box 210011 University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721 Science Director Biosphere 2   Professional Preparation: University of Ghent (B)     Agricultural Engineering           Agricultural Engineer, 1985 University of Ghent (B)     Systems Control Engineering   Systems Control Engineer MSc, 1989 University of Ghent (B)     Hydrology                                PhD, 1993   Appointments: 2012 – present: Biosphere 2 Science Director 2005 – present: Full Professor at Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, The University of Arizona, USA 1999–2005: Full Professor and Chair of Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management, Wageningen University, NL 1996–1999: Associate Professor at Department of Forest and Water Management, University of Ghent, B 1993–1995: Assistant Professor at Department of Forest and Water Management, University of Ghent, B 1992:         Research Associate at Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, USA 1987-1993: Research and Teaching Assistant at Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Management, University of Ghent, B 1986–1987: Researcher at Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Management, University of Ghent   Products   Five Publications Related to Project (Out of 150+ Peer-Reviewed Papers) Minseok K., L.A. Pangle, C. Cardoso, M. Lora, T.H.M. Volkmann, Y. Wang, C.J. Harman, and P.A. Troch (2016). Transit time distributions and StorAge Selection functions in a sloping soil lysimeter with time-varying flow paths: Direct observation of internal and external transport variability, Water Resources Research, 10.1002/2016WR018620 Troch, P.A., T. Lahmers, A. Meira, R. Mukherjee, J.W. Pedersen, T. Roy, and R. Valdes-Pineda (2015). Catchment coevolution: A useful framework for improving predictions of hydrological change? Water Resources Research, 10.1002/2015WR017032 Heidbuechel,I., P.A. Troch, and S.W. Lyon (2013). Separating physical and meteorological controls of variable transit times in zero-order catchments, Water Resources Research, 10.1002/2012WR013149 Heidbuechel, I., P.A. Troch, S.W. Lyon and M. Weiler (2012), The master transit time distribution of variable flow systems, Water Resour. Res., 48, W06520, doi:10.1029/2011WR011293. Hopp, L., C. Harman, S.L.E. Desilets, C.B. Graham, J.J. McDonnell, and P.A. Troch (2009). Hillslope hydrology under glass: confronting fundamental questions of soil-water-biota co-evolution at Biosphere 2, Hydrology and Earth System Science, 13(11), 2105-2118.   Five Other Significant Publications (Out of 150+ Peer-Reviewed Papers) Adams, H.D., M. Guardiola-Claramonte, G.A. Barron-Gafford, J.C. Villegas, D.D. Breshears, C.B. Zou, P.A. Troch and T.E. Huxman (2009). Temperature sensitivity of drought-induced tree mortality portends increased regional die-off under global-change-type drought, PNAS, 106(17), 7063-7066. Rasmussen, C., Troch, P.A., Chorover, J. , Brooks, P.D., Pelletier, J., and Huxman, T.E.; An open system framework for integrating critical zone structure and function, Biogeochemistry, 102(1-3), 15-29, doi: 10.1007/s10533-010-9476-8, 2011. Hurkmans, R., W. Terink, R. Uijlenhoet, P. Torfs, D. Jacob, P.A. Troch (2010). Changes in Streamflow Dynamics in the Rhine Basin under Three High-Resolution Regional Climate Scenarios, Journal of Climate, 23(3), 679-699. Thompson, S. E., C. J. Harman, P. A. Troch, P. D. Brooks, and M. Sivapalan (2011), Spatial scale dependence of ecohydrologically mediated water balance partitioning: A synthesis framework for catchment ecohydrology, Water Resour. Res., 47, W00J03, doi:10.1029/2010WR009998. Thompson, S.E. et al. (2011). Comparative hydrology across AmeriFlux sites: The variable roles of climate, vegetation, and groundwater, Water Resour. Res., 47, W00J07, doi:10.1029/2010WR009797.   Synergistic Activities: ICT based Freshman course at Wageningen University Introduction to the Science of Water (hhtp:// Three international workshops on Catchment-scale Hydrological Modeling and Data Assimilation (CAHMDA) (Wageningen, 2001; Princeton, 2004; Melbourne, 2008) Chair of the National Center for Hydrological Sciences (know as the Boussinesq Center) in the Netherlands in 2005 Member of the Foresight Study Committee on Hydrological Sciences of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (2002-2005); Science Steering Committee Hydrologic Synthesis Project UIUC (2008-2012); Science Steering Committee Biosphere 2 (2007-2012); Board of Directors CUAHSI (2012-present); Science Director Biosphere 2 (2012-present). Associate-editor of WRR for 7 years (1998-2005); Board of Editors of Adv. Water Res. (2002-present); editor of Hydrological Processes (2012-2015). Convener Chapman conference “Soil-mediated drivers of coupled biogeochemical and hydrological processes across scales”, Biosphere 2, Oracle, AZ, October 21-24, 2013   Advisors and advisees: Graduate and Postdoctoral Advisors: Francois De Troch (Professor Emeritus University of Ghent; graduate advisor), Eric Wood (Princeton University (Postdoctoral advisor)   PhD Thesis Advisor: Lamia Lajili (1999), Rafael Wojcik (2000), Niko Verhoest (2000), Yves van Herpe (2000), Martin Knotters (2001), Marc Hoffmann (2003), Arno Hilberts (2005), Ryan Teuling (2007), Shaakeel Hasan (2008), Ali Talebi (2008), Kaka Shahedi (2008), Hanneke Schuurmans (2008), Joost Heijkers (2008), Tessa van Wijnen (2008), Ruud Hurkmans (2009), Maite Guardiola (2009), Sharon Desilets (2007), Gustavo Carillo (2011), Ingo Heidbuechel (2011), Matt Switanek (2011), Patrick Broxton (2012), Xavier Zapata (2013), Antonio Meira (2017), Yadi Wang (2017) Total: 23   Postgraduate-scholar Sponsor: Emiel van Loon, Marc Hoffmann, Patrick Bogaart, Alexis Berne, Rafael Wojcik, Bas Henzing, Steve Lyon, Sharon Desilets, Eleonora Demaria, Ciaran Harman, Luke Pangle, Till Volkmann, Aditi Sengupta Total: 14

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Hydrology, Civil Engineering, Environmental Sciences

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May 2016

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