Albert J. Kettner (he/his)

Associate Professor - Research

  • Assistant Director, INSTAAR
  • Director, DFO - Flood Observatory


  • PhD: Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, 2007
  • MS: Wageningen University, the Netherlands, 1997
  • BS: Wageningen University, the Netherlands, 1993

Contact Information

(Office) 303 735-5486
Room N154
Sustainability, Energy, & Environment Complex (SEEC)
University of Colorado
Campus Box 450
Boulder CO 80309-0450


Hydrology, sediment transport, flooding, remote sensing, numerical modeling

Research Interests

My current research focuses on modeling sediment flux responses within river basins to human impact and climate change on a global scale. This includes developing methodology to simulate sediment properties based on provenance. I’m also interested in influences of rapid climate change (deglaciation) during the late Quaternary on sediment fluxes to the ocean.


  • PROSE Award for Best Earth Science Book, Association of American Publishers, 2019




Nienhuis, J. H., Ashton, A. D., Edmonds, D. A., Hoitink, A. J. F., Albert J. Kettner (he/his), Rowland, J. C., Törnqvist, T. E. 2020: Global-scale human impact on delta morphology has led to net land area gain. Nature, 577: 514-518. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1905-9

Qing, Y., Shen, X., Anagnostou, E. N., Mo, C., Eggleston, J. R., Albert J. Kettner (he/his) 2021: A high-resolution flood inundation archive (2016–the present) from Sentinel-1 SAR imagery over CONUS. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 102(5): E1064-E1079. DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0319.1

Huang, Z., Wu, H., Adler, R. F., Guy Schumann, Gourley, J. J., Albert J. Kettner (he/his), Nanding, N. 2021: Multi-sourced flood inventories over the contiguous United States for actual and natural conditions. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 102(6): E1133-E1149. DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-20-0001.1

Elsawah, S., Filatova, T., Jakeman, A. J., Albert J. Kettner (he/his)Zellner, M. L., Athanasiadis, I. N., Hamilton, S. H., Axtell, R. L., Brown, D. G., Gilligan, J. M., Janssen, M. A., Robinson, D. T., Rozenberg, J., Ullah, I. I. T., Lade, S. J. 2020: Eight grand challenges in socio-environmental systems modeling.. Socio-Environmental Systems Modelling, 2: 16,226-16,226. DOI: 10.18174/sesmo.2020a16226

Sheng, H., Xu, X., Gao, J. H., Albert J. Kettner (he/his), Shi, Y., Xue, C. F., Wang, Y. P., Gao, S. 2020: Frequency and magnitude variability of Yalu River flooding: Numerical analyses for the last 1000 years. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 24(10): 4743-4761. DOI: 10.5194/hess-24-4743-2020

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