Albert J. Kettner

Associate Professor - Research

  • Assistant Director, INSTAAR


  • 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, 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

Sheng, H., Xu, X., Gao, J. H., Albert J. Kettner, 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

Chen, M., Voinov, A., Ames, D. P., Albert J. Kettner, Goodall, J. L., Jakeman, A. J., Barton, M. C., Harpham, Q., Cuddy, S. M., DeLuca, C., Yue, S. S., Wang, J., Zhang, F. Y., Wen, Y. N., Lu, G. N. 2020: Open web-distributed integrated geographic modelling and simulation to enable broader participation and applications. Earth-Science Reviews, 207: 103223. DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2020.103223

Harvey, J., Gomez-Velez, J., Schmadel, N., Scott, D., Boyer, E., Alexander, R., Eng, K., Golden, H., Albert J. Kettner, Konrad, C., Moore, R., Pizzuto, J., Schwarz, G., Soulsby, C., Choi, J. 2019: How hydrologic connectivity regulates water quality in river corridors. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 55(2): 369-381. DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12691

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