Scott D. Peckham

Scott D. Peckham CV

Research Scientist III

  • Senior Research Scientist



  • PhD, Geophysics: University of Colorado, Boulder, 1995
  • MS, Mathematics: Oregon State University, Corvallis, 1989
  • BS, Physics: Oregon State University, Corvallis, 1987
  • BS, Engineering Physics: Oregon State University, Corvallis, 1987

Contact Information

(Office) 303 492-6752
(Fax) 303 735-8180
1560 30th Street, Boulder, CO 80303


Hydrology, Geomorphology, Modeling

Research Interests

Research interests include: cyberinfrastructure for modeling, hydrologic modeling, fluvial landscape evolution, seafloor and stratigraphic evolution, nonlinear PDEs, differential geometry, scaling theory, sediment plumes, coastal dynamics, efficient computer algorithms, source-to-sink sediment transport.


Dr. Scott D. Peckham is a research scientist at INSTAAR, which is a research institute at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Scott has been honored to pursue research as a NASA Global Change Student Fellow (1990-1993) and a National Research Council Research Associate (1995-1998).  His research interests include physically-based mathematical and numerical modeling, watershed-scale hydrologic systems, source-to-sink sediment transport, scaling analysis, differential geometry, component-based modeling, grid-based computational methods, efficient computer algorithms and fluvial landscape evolution models. Scott has authored numerous, open-source, earth surface process models including a spatially-distributed hydrologic model called TopoFlow and a fluvial landscape evolution model called Erode. He is also CEO and founder of Rivix, LLC which sells a software product for terrain and watershed analysis called RiverTools.


  • National Research Council Research Associate, National Research Council (NRC), 1995
  • NASA Global Change Student Fellow, NASA, 1990




Scott D. Peckham,Kelbert, A.,Hill, M. C.,Eric Hutton{/exp:playa:children, 2016: Towards uncertainty quantification and parameter estimation for Earth system models in a component-based modeling framework. Computers & Geosciences part B, 90: 152-161. DOI: 10.1016/j.cageo.2016.03.005

North, E. W., Adams, E. E., Thessen, A. E., Schlag, Z., He, R.-Y., Socolofsky, S. A., Masutani, S. M.,{playa3UmJPDoF:title}{/exp:playa:children, 2015: The influence of droplet size and biodegradation on the transport of subsurface oil droplets during the Deepwater Horizon spill: A model sensitivity study. Environmental Research Letters, 10(2): article 024016. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/2/024016

Laniak, G. F.,Olchin, G.,Goodall, J.,Voinov, A.,Hill, M.,Glynn, P.,Whelan, G.,Geller, G.,Quinn, N.,Blind, M.,Scott D. Peckham,Reaney, S.,Gaber, N.,Kennedy, R.,Hughes, A, 2013: Integrated environmental modeling: A vision and roadmap for the future. Environmental Modelling & Software, 39(SI): 3-23. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2012.09.006

{playajV3zOIRm:title},Jaia Syvitski,{playaQ6hv8PO1:title}{/exp:playa:children, 2009: Producing CSDMS-compliant morphodynamic code to share with the RCEM community. In Vionnet, C., Garca, M. H., Latrubesse, E. M., and Perillo, G.M.E. (eds.), River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics: RCEM 2009. London: Taylor & Francis Group, 959 962.

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Teaching Statement



Past Courses

  • GEOL/GEOG 5700: Surface Process Modeling: Applying the CSDMS Modeling Tool