James Doss-Gollin

James Doss-Gollin
Rice University · Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy
Available positions: see https://dossgollin-lab.github.io/join-the-lab/.

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Introduction
I’m motivated by challenging questions at the intersection of climate dynamics, water management, data science, and decision science and their real-world implications. My current projects develop conceptual and computational frameworks that integrate hard and soft instruments for adaptive flood risk management. Future work will integrate these tools to inform planning for coastal resilience, urban water security, and regional flood risk management.

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Publications (22)
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General Circulation Models (GCMs) have been demonstrated to produce estimates of precipitation, including the frequency of extreme precipitation, with substantial bias and uncertainty relative to their representation of other fields. Thus, while theory predicts changes in the hydrologic cycle under anthropogenic warming, there is generally low con...
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During the austral summer 2015/16, severe flooding displaced over 170 000 people on the Paraguay River system in Paraguay, Argentina, and southern Brazil. These floods were driven by repeated heavy rainfall events in the lower Paraguay River basin. Alternating sequences of enhanced moisture inflow from the South American low-level jet and local con...
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The assessment and implementation of structural or financial instruments for climate risk mitigation requires projections of future climate risk over the operational life of each proposed instrument. A point often neglected in the climate adaptation literature is that the physical sources of predictability differ between projects with long and shor...
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The property damaged and the lives disrupted by recent hurricanes, floods, droughts, and water quality violations highlight the inadequacy of water infrastructure in the United States and around the world. Decisions about managing these infrastructure systems are strongly informed by societal perceptions of risk, which in turn are shaped through na...
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This preprint (open access at the link above) contextualizes the February 2021 cold snap that caused widespread failures of the electricity and energy systems in Texas within the historical temperature record. We find that previously recorded storms, including one in 1989, were at least as cold.
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Winter storm Uri brought severe cold to the southern United States in February 2021, causing a cascading failure of interdependent systems in Texas where infrastructure was not adequately prepared for such cold. In particular, the failure of interconnected energy systems restricted electricity supply just as demand for heating spiked, leaving milli...
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Pluvial flood risk is mostly excluded in urban flood risk assessment. However, the risk of pluvial flooding is a growing challenge with a projected increase of extreme rainstorms compounding with an ongoing global urbanization. Considered as a flood type with minimal impacts when rainfall rates exceed the capacity of urban drainage systems, the aft...
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During the austral summer 2015/16, severe flooding displaced over 170 000 people on the Paraguay River system in Paraguay, Argentina, and southern Brazil. These floods were driven by repeated heavy rainfall events in the lower Paraguay River basin. Alternating sequences of enhanced moisture inflow from the South American low-level jet and local con...
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Evaluating and optimizing investments in climate adaptation requires projecting future climate risk over the operational life of each proposed investment. While many studies have considered that different climate change scenarios may emerge over the course of this M-year future period, adaptation policies remain vulnerable to the temporal and spati...
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During the austral summer 2015-16, severe flooding displaced over 170 000 people on the Paraguay River system in Paraguay, Argentina, and Southern Brazil. These floods were driven by repeated heavy rainfall events in the Lower Paraguay River Basin. Alternating sequences of enhanced moisture inflow from the South American Low-Level Jet and local con...
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Supporting Information for "Regional extreme precipitation events: robust inference from credibly simulated GCM variables"
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During the austral summer 2015-16, severe flooding displaced over 170000 people on the Paraguay River system in Paraguay, Argentina, and Southern Brazil. These floods were driven by repeated heavy rainfall events in the Lower Paraguay River Basin. Alternating sequences of enhanced moisture inflow from the South American Low-Level Jet and local conv...
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Climate exhibits organized low-frequency and regime-like variability at multiple time scales, causing the risk associated with climate extremes such as floods and droughts to vary in time. Despite broad recognition of this nonstationarity, there has been little theoretical development of ideas for the design and operation of infrastructure consider...
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Regional-scale extreme rainfall and flooding are temporally and spatially associated with the occurrence of tropical moisture exports (TMEs) in the Ohio River Basin (ORB). TMEs are related to but not synonymous with atmospheric rivers, which refer to specific filiamentary organizational processes. TMEs to the ORB may be driven by strong, persistent...
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During the past two decades, government efforts to provide water access to rural communities in Brazil's semiarid Northeast region have focused on building systems to capture and store rainwater, most importantly through the One Million Cisterns Program (P1MC). This article presents an analytic model based on daily precipitation data to evaluate th...
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RESUMO – O emprego de cisternas para captação de água de chuva como uma alternativa de abastecimento para comunidades rurais e peri-urbanas situadas no semiárido brasileiro tem sido objeto de programas governamentais específicos e de outros patrocinados por ONG's ao longo das duas últimas décadas. A heterogeneidade climática do semiárido resulta em...
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RESUMO – Este trabalho tem como objetivo avaliar a persistência da seca meteorológica ao longo dos anos e caracterizar tanto espacialmente como temporalmente níveis de severidade de seca para o Nordeste Setentrional Brasileiro (NSB). A fim de alcançar os objetivos traçados alguns índices podem ser utilizados como índice de Palmer, o índice de sever...

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Projects (4)
Project
+ To analyze cross-timescale interference between climate drivers acting at multiple time scales, and their impact on climate hazard predictability. + To define and apply a seamless diagnostic framework comparing modeled and observed weather type's statistics, spatial patterns and physical links to climate drivers across timescales. + To assess predictive skill of forecast systems at multiple timescales
Archived project
Working with the Water Resources and Climate Risk group at the Federal University of Ceará, I spent three months evaluating different water supply strategies for NE Brazil. We looked specifically at the response of rainwater harvesting systems to variability of water supply and compared results with stated goals of Brazilian federal investment in rainwater harvesting for rural communities.