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Cedric H. David

Cédric joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in September 2014 as a Scientist.  Prior to that, he spent two years (2012-2014) at the University of California Center for Hydrologic Modeling as a Project Scientist and three years (2009-2012) as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Cédric was also a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering during his graduate education (2004-2009).

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA (2009)
  • Master of Science in Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA (2006)
  • Diplôme d'Ingénieur, Ecole Centrale de Lille, Lille, France (2004)

Research Interests

Cédric is interested in the terrestrial water cycle at the continental scale with particular focus on river flow within large networks.  His areas of expertise include Hydrologic Modeling, High-Performance Scientific Computing and Geographic Information Systems.  Two overarching questions currently motivate Cédric’s research:

  1. How does water flow within river networks?
  2. How can we best account for the influence humans have on surface water in current modeling approaches?


GRACE, the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, provide measurements of the Earth’s gravity field, including the variability of ocean mass.

The Surface Water Ocean Topography Mission provides measurements of land surface water storage and ocean surface dynamic topography.

Professional Experience
  • Project Scientist, University of California Center for Hydrologic Modeling, (2012-2014)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, (2009-2012)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Centre de Géosciences, Mines Paristech, (2007-2008)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Research in Water Resources, University of Texas at Austin, (2004-2007, 2008-2009)

Community Service

Panelist and/or Reviewer for Review Panels

  • The National Science Foundation (3 assignments)
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (2 assignments)

Peer reviews for international scientific journals

  • Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2 assignments)
  • Geophysical Research Letters (4 assignments)
  • Monthly Weather Review (1 assignment)
  • Water Resources Research (5 assignments)
  • Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (1 assignment)
  • Journal of Hydrometeorology (7 assignments)
  • Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres (3 assignments)
  • Hydrological Processes (2 assignments)
  • Journal of the American Water Resources Association (1 assignment)

Editorial Roles

  • Earth and Space Science, Guest Editor for the Special Issue on Geoscience Paper of the Future.

Session convener

  • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting  2015, Session Convener for “H088: Regional to Global Surface water storage and Runoff: Remote Sensing, in situ Data and Modeling”

Selected Awards
  • Horton (Hydrology) Research Grant, American Geophysical Union, (2008).
  • Advanced Study Program grant for Graduate Student Visitors, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, (2006).
  • George Foundation Fellow, RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, (2006).

Selected Publications
  1. David, C. H., J. S. Famiglietti, Z. –L. Yang, F. Habets, and D. R. Maidment (2016), A Decade of RAPID – Reflections on the Development of an Open Source Geoscience Code, Earth and Space Science, 3, 1-19, DOI: 10.1002/2015EA000142.
  2. Solander, K., J. T. Reager, B. F. Thomas, C. H. David, and J. S. Famiglietti (2015), Simulating human water regulation: the development of an optimal complexity, climate-adaptive reservoir management model for an LSM, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 17:3, 725-743, DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12355.
  3. Lin, P., Z. –L. Yang, X. Cai, and C. H. David (2015), Development and evaluation of a physically-based lake level model for water resource management: A case study for Lake Buchanan, Texas, Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 4(B), 661-674. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejrh.2015.08.005.
  4. Tavakoly, A. Ah, D. R. Maidment, T. Whiteaker, J. McClelland, Z. –L Yang, C. H. David, C. Griffin, A GIS Framework for Regional Modeling of Riverine Nitrogen Transport: Case Study: San Antonio and Guadalupe Basins (2015), Journal of the American Water Resources Association, xx, xx-xx. DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12355.
  5. David, C. H., J. S. Famiglietti, Z. –L. Yang, and V. Eijkhout, Enhanced fixed-size parallel speedup with the Muskingum method using a trans-boundary approach and a large sub-basins approximation (2015), Water Resources Research, 51, 1-25, DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016650.
  6. Häfliger, V., E. Martin, A. Boone, F. Habets, C. H. David, P.A. Garambois, H. Roux, and S. Ricci, L. Berthon, A. Thévenin (2015), Evaluation of regional-scale water level simulations using various river routing schemes within a hydrometeorological modelling framework for the preparation of the SWOT mission, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 16(4), 1821–1842, DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-14-0107.1.
  7. Bierkens, M. F. P., V. A. Bell, P. Burek, N. Chaney, L. E. Condon, C. H. David, A. de Roo, P. Döll, N. Drost, J. S. Famiglietti, M. Flörke, D. J. Gochis, P. Houser, R. Hut, J. Keune, S. Kollet, R. M. Maxwell, J. T. Reager, L. Samaniego, E. Sudicky, E. H. Sutanudjaja, N. van de Giesen, H. Winsemius, and E. F. Wood (2015), Hyper-resolution global hydrological modelling: what is next? Hydrological Processes, 29(2), 310-320, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10391.
  8. Habets, F., E. Philippe, E. Martin, C. H. David, and F. Leseur (2015), Small farm dams: impact on river flows and sustainability in a context of climate change (2014), 18, 4207-4222, DOI:10.5194/hess-18-4207-2014.
  9. Cai, X., Z. -L. Yang, C. H. David, G. -Y. Niu, and M. Rodell (2014), Hydrological evaluation of the Noah-MP land surface model for the Mississippi River Basin, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 119, 1-16, DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020792.
  10. David, C. H., Z. -L. Yang and J. S. Famiglietti (2013), Quantification of the upstream-to-downstream influence in the Muskingum method, and implications for speedup in parallel computations of river flow, Water Resources Research, 49, 1-18, DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20250.
  11. Smith, V. B., C. H. David, M. B. Cardenas and Z. -L. Yang (2013), Climate, river network, and vegetation cover relationships across a climate gradient and their potential for predicting effects of decadal-scale climate change, Journal of Hydrology, 488, 101-109, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.02.050.
  12. David, C. H., Z. -L. Yang and S. Hong (2013), Regional-scale river flow modeling using off-the-shelf runoff products, thousands of mapped rivers and hundreds of stream flow gauges, Environmental Modelling & Software, 42, 116-132. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2012.12.011.   
  13. David, C. H., F. Habets, D. R. Maidment and Z. -L. Yang (2011), RAPID applied to the SIM-France model, Hydrological Processes , 25(22), 3412-3425, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8070.
  14. David, C. H., D. R. Maidment, G.-Y. Niu, Z. -L. Yang, F. Habets and V. Eijkhout (2011), River network routing on the NHDPlus dataset, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 12(5), 913-934. DOI: 10.1175/2011JHM1345.1.
  15. David, C. H., D. J. Gochis, D. R. Maidment, W. Yu, D. N. Yates and Z. -L. Yang (2009), Using NHDPlus as the land base for the Noah-distributed model, Transactions in GIS, 13(4), 363-377, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9671.2009.01169.x. 

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