Scott D. Peckham

Scott D. Peckham CV

Research Associate


  • 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
4001 Discovery Drive, SEEC Building


Hydrology, Geomorphology, Modeling, Cyberinfrastructure

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




Badham, J., Elsawah, S., Guillaume, J. H. A., Hamilton, S. H., Hunt, R. J., Jakeman, A. J., Pierce, S. A., Snow, V. O., Babbar-Sebens, M., Fu, B., Gober, P., Hill, M. C., Iwanaga, T., Loucks, D. P., Merritt, W. S., Scott D. Peckham, Richmond, A. K., Zare, F., Ames, D., Bammer, G. 2019: Effective modeling for Integrated Water Resource Management: A guide to contextual practices by phases and steps and future opportunities. Environmental Modelling and Software, 116: 40-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.02.013

Scott D. PeckhamMaria Stoica, Jafarov, E., Endalamaw, A., Bolton, W. R. 2017: Reproducible, component-based modeling with TopoFlow, a spatial hydrologic modeling toolkit. Earth and Space Science, 4(6): 377-394. DOI: 10.1002/2016EA000237

North, E. W., Adams, E. E., Thessen, A. E., Schlag, Z., He, R.-Y., Socolofsky, S. A., Masutani, S. M., Scott D. Peckham 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

Scott D. Peckham, Goodall, J. L. 2013: Driving plug-and-play models with data from web services: A demonstration of interoperability between CSDMS and CUAHSI-HIS. Computers & Geosciences, 53: 154-161. DOI: 10.1016/j.cageo.2012.04.019

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

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Teaching Statement



Past Courses

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