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Cedric H. David

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-323

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Water & Ecosystems

Group Supervisor


Cédric joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2014 as a Scientist, and has been serving as the Supervisor for the Water & Ecosystems (formerly: Terrestrial Hydrology) Group since 2018.


  • 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)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology:
    - Group Supervisor (2018-current)
    - Scientist (2014-current)
  • University of California Center for Hydrologic Modeling:
    - Project Scientist (2012-2014)
  • Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin:
    - Postdoctoral Fellow (2009-2012)
  • Centre de Géosciences, Mines Paristech:
    - Graduate Research Assistant (2007-2008)
  • Center for Research in Water Resources, University of Texas at Austin:
    - Graduate Research Assistant (2004-2007, 2008-2009)

Community Service

Panelist and/or Reviewer for Review Panels

  • The National Science Foundation
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Dutch Research Council

Peer reviews for international scientific journals

  • Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • Nature Scientific Reports
  • Geophysical Research Letters
  • American Geophysical Union Monologue
  • Monthly Weather Review
  • Water Resources Research
  • Journal of Hydrology
  • Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
  • Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics
  • Journal of Hydrometeorology
  • Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres
  • Journal of Geophysical Research – Space Physics
  • Environmental Modelling and Software
  • Hydrological Processes
  • Journal of the American Water Resources Association

Editorial Roles

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

Advisory committees

  • Board Member, JPL Observational Products for End-Users from Remote Sensing Analysis (OPERA), in support of NASA’s Satellite Needs Working Group (2020-current).
  • Appointed member of the AGU Hydrology Section Task Force on Open Access Model Evaluation for Water Resources Research (2019-current)
  • Appointed member of the AGU Hydrology Section Remote Sensing Technical Committee (2017-current)
  • Appointed member of the advisory committee for the NSF EarthCube OntoSoft Project, and Ambassador for the Geoscience Paper of the Future (2015-2017)

Research Interests

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

  1. How does water flow within river networks?
  2. How can Earth-orbiting satellites be used along with computer models to best understand surface water dynamics?

Selected Awards

  • Team Award, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2021
  • Early Career Public Achievement Medal, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2018
  • Voyager Award, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2016
  • Azure Research Grant, Microsoft Research, 2014
  • Horton (Hydrology) Research Grant, American Geophysical Union, 2008.

Selected Publications

The most up-to-date list is at: or on my Curriculum Vitae which can be downloaded on this page. A subset of recent papers is below.

  1. Emery, C. M., A. Paris, S. Biancamaria, A. Boone, S. Calmant, P. -A. Garambois, J. Santos da Silva, and C. H. David (2022), Discharge Estimation Via Assimilation of Multi-satellite-based Discharge Products: Case Study Over the Amazon Basin, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 19, 1-5, DOI: 10.1109/LGRS.2020.3020285.
  2. Riggs, R. M., G. H. Allen, C. H. David, P. Lin, M. Pan, X. Yang, and C. Gleason (2021), RODEO: An algorithm and Google Earth Engine application for river discharge retrieval from Landsat, Environmental Modelling & Software, 148, 105254, DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2021.105254.
  3. McStraw T. C., S T. Pulla, N. L. Jones, G. P. Williams, C. H. David, J. E. Nelson, D. P. Ames (2021), An Open-Source Web Application for Regional Analysis of GRACE Groundwater Data and Engaging Stakeholders in Groundwater Management, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 1-15, DOI:
  4. Yang, Y., M. Pan, P. Lin, H. E. Beck, Z. Zeng, D. Yamazaki, C. H. David, H. Lu, K. Yang, Y. Hong, and E. F. Wood (2021), Global Reach-level 3-hourly River Flood Reanalysis (1980-2019), Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 102(11), E2086–E2105, DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-20-0057.1.
  5. International Altimetry Team (including C. H. David) (2021), Altimetry for the future: Building on 25 years of progress, Advances in Space Research, 68 (2021) 319–363, DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2021.01.022.
  6. Frasson, R. P. M., M. T. Duran, K. Larnier, C. Gleason, K. M. Andreadis, M. Hagemann, R. Dudley, D. Bjerklie, H. Oubanas, P.-A. Garambois, P.-O. Malaterre, P. Lin, T. M. Pavelsky, J. Monnier, C. B. Brinkerhoff, C. H. David (2021), Exploring the factors controlling the error characteristics of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission discharge estimates, Water Resources Research, 57(6), 1-29, DOI: 10.1029/2020WR028519.
  7. Clark, M. P, C. H. Luce, A. AghaKouchak, W. Berghuijs, C. H. David, Q. Duan, S. Ge, I. van Meerveld, C. Zheng, M. B. Parlange, and S. W. Tyler (2021), Open science: Open data, open models, …and open publications?, Water Resources Research, 57, 1-8, DOI: 10.1029/2020WR029480.
  8. Sikder, M. S., M. Bonnema, C. M. Emery, C. H. David, P. Lin, M. Pan, S. Biancamaria, and M. M. Gierach (2021), A Synthetic Dataset Inspired by Satellite Altimetry and Impacts of Sampling on Global Spaceborne Discharge Characterization, Water Resources Research, 57(2), 1-12, DOI: 10.1029/2020WR029035.
  9. Allen, G. H., X. Yang, J. Gardener, J. Holliman, C. H. David, and M. Ross (2020), Timing of Landsat Overpasses Effectively Capture Flow Conditions of Large Rivers, Remote Sensing, 12(9), 1510, DOI: 10.3390/rs12091510.
  10. Emery, C. M., S. Biancamaria, A. Boone, S. Ricci, M. C. Rochoux,V. Pedinotti, and C. H. David (2020), Assimilation of wide-swath altimetry water elevation anomalies to correct large-scale river routing model parameters, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 24, 2207–2233, DOI: 10.5194/hess-24-2207-2020.
  11. Massoud, E., M. Turmon, J. Reager, J. Hobbs, Z. Liu, and C. H. David (2020), Cascading Dynamics of the Hydrologic Cycle in California Explored through Observations and Model Simulations, Geosciences, 10 (71), 1-13, DOI: 10.3390/geosciences10020071.
  12. Emery, C. M., C. H. David, K. M. Andreadis, M. J. Turmon, J. T. Reager, and J. M. Hobbs (2020), Underlying Fundamentals of Kalman Filtering for River Network Modeling, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 21, 453-474, DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-19-0084.1.
  13. Sikder, M. S., C. H. David, G. H. Allen, X. Qiao, E. J. Nelson, and M. A. Matin (2019), Evaluation of Available Global Runoff Datasets through a River Model in Support of Transboundary Water Management in South and Southeast Asia, Frontiers in Environmental Science, 7:171, DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2019.00171.
  14. Yang, Y., P. Lin, C. K. Fisher, M. Turmon, J. Hobbs, C. M. Emery, J. T. Reager, C. H. David, H. Lud, K. Yang, Y. Hong, E. F. Wood, and M. Pan (2019), Enhancing SWOT Discharge Assimilation through Spatiotemporal Correlations, Remote Sensing of Environment, 234, 111450, DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2019.111450.
  15. Purdy, A. J., C. H. David, M. S. Sikder, J. T. Reager, H. A. Chandanpurkar, N. L. Jones, M. A. Matin (2019), An open-source tool to facilitate the processing of GRACE Observations and GLDAS outputs: An evaluation in Bangladesh, Frontiers in Environmental Science, 7:155, DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2019.00155.
  16. Nelson, E. J., S. T. Pulla, M. A. Matin, K. Shakya, N. L. Jones, D. P. Ames, W. L. Ellenburg, K. N. Markert, C. H. David, B. F. Zaitchik, P. Gatlin, and R. Hales (2019), Enabling Stakeholder Decision-Making with Earth Observation and Modeling Data Using Tethys Platform, Frontiers Environmental Science, 7:148, DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2019.00148.
  17. Qiao, X., E. J. Nelson, D. Ames, Z. Li, C. H. David, G. Williams, W. Roberts, J. L. Sanchez-Lozano, C. Edwards, M. Souffront, and M. Matin (2019), A Systems Approach to Routing Global Gridded Runoff through Local High-Resolution Stream Networks for Flood Early Warning Systems, Environmental Modelling & Software, 120, 104501, DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.104501.
  18. Lin, P., M. Pan, H. E. Beck, Y. Yang, D. Yamazaki, R. Frasson, C. H. David, M. Durand, T. M. Pavelsky, G. H. Allen, C. J. Gleason, and E. F. Wood (2019), Global Reconstruction of Naturalized River Flows at 2.94 Million Reaches, Water Resources Research, 55, 6499-6516, DOI: 10.1029/2019WR025287.
  19. Nickles, C., R. E. Beighley, Y. Zhao, M. T. Durand, C. H. David, and H. Lee (2019), How does the unique space-time sampling of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) Mission influence river discharge series characteristics? Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 8154–8161, DOI: 10.1029/2019GL083886.
  20. 20. Ehalt Macedo, H., R. E. Beighley, C. H. David, and J. T. Reager (2019), Using GRACE in a streamflow recession to determine drainable water storage in the Mississippi River Basin. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 23, 3269–3277, DOI: 10.5194/hess-23-3269-2019.
  21. 21. David, C. H., J. M. Hobbs, M. J. Turmon, C. M. Emery, J. T. Reager, and J. S. Famiglietti (2019), Analytical Propagation of Runoff Uncertainty into Discharge Uncertainty through a Large River Network, Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 8102–8113, DOI: 10.1029/2019GL083342.
  22. 22. Zhou, Y.Q., A. H. Sawyer, C. H. David, and J. S. Famiglietti (2019), Fresh submarine groundwater discharge to the near-global coast, Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 5855–5863, DOI: 10.1029/2019GL082749.
  23. 23. Stampoulis, D., J. T. Reager, C. H. David, K. M. Andreadis, J. S. Famiglietti, T. G. Farr, A. R. Trangsrud, R. R. Basilio, J. L. Sabo, G. B. Osterman, P. R. Lundgren, and Z. Liu (2019) Model-data fusion of hydrologic simulations and GRACE Terrestrial Water Storage observations to estimate changes in water table depth, Advances in Water Resources, 128, 13-27, DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2019.04.004.
  24. 24. Oaida, C. M., J. T. Reager, K. M. Andreadis, C. H. David, S. R. Levoe, T. H. Painter, K. J. Bormann, A. R. Trangsrud, M. Girotto, J. S. Famiglietti (2018) A high-resolution data assimilation framework for snow water equivalent estimation across the Western United States and validation with the Airborne Snow Observatory, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 20, 357-378, DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-18-0009.1.
  25. 25. Zhou, Y., K. M. Befus, A. H. Sawyer, and C. H. David (2018), Opportunities and challenges in computing fresh groundwater discharge to continental coastlines: A multimodel comparison for the United States Gulf and Atlantic Coasts, Water Resources Research, DOI: 10.1029/2018WR023126.
  26. 26. Lin, P., Z. -L. Yang, D. J. Gochis, W. Yu, D. R. Maidment, M. A. Somos-Valenzuela, and C. H. David (2018), Implementation of a vector-based river network routing scheme in the community WRF-Hydro modeling framework for flood discharge simulation, Environmental Modelling & Software, 107, 1-11, DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.05.018.
  27. 27. Allen, G. H., C. H. David, K. M. Andreadis, F. Hossain, and J. S. Famiglietti (2018), Global estimates of river flow wave travel times and implications for low-latency satellite data, Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1029/2018GL077914.
  28. 28. Hossain, F., M. Srinivasan, C. Peterson, A. Andral, et al. (2017), Engaging the User Community for Advancing Societal Applications of the Surface Water Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0161.1.
  29. 29. Knights, D, K. C. Parks, A. H. Sawyer, C. H. David, T. N. Browning, K. M. Danner, and C. D. Wallace (2017), Direct groundwater discharge and vulnerability to hidden nutrient loads along the Great Lakes coast of the United States, Journal of Hydrology, 554, 331-341, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.09.001.
  30. 30. Salas, F. R., M. A. Somos-Valenzuela, A. Dugger, D. R. Maidment, D. J. Gochis, C. H. David, W. Yu, D. Ding, E. P. Clark, and N. Noman (2017), Towards Real-Time Continental Scale Streamflow Simulation in Continuous and Discrete Space, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 54(1), 7-27, DOI: