• Professor, Civil And Environmental Engin


  • R. Khanal & M.E. Barber (2023). Integration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Imagery with Landsat Imagery for Better Watershed Scale ET Prediction. Hydrology. Published, 05/2023.
  • D. Hassan & S.J. Burian, R.C. Johnson, S. Shin, M.E. Barber (2022). The Great Salt Lake Water Level is Becoming Less Resilient to Climate Change. Water Resources Management. Published, 12/2022.
  • R. Khanal, M.P. Brady, C.O. Stockle, K. Rajagopalan, J. Yoder & M.E. Barber (2021). The Economic and Environmental Benefits of Partial Leasing of Agricultural Water Rights. Water Resources Research. Published, 11/01/2021.
  • J.Y. Su, R. Goel, S. Burian, S.J. Hinners, A. Kochanski, C. Strong & M.E. Barber (2021). Water Quality Trading Framework with Uncertainty for River Systems Due to Climate and Population Characteristics. Water. Vol. 13(13)1738. Published, 06/23/2021.
  • H.E. Tavakol-Davani, H. Tavakol-Davani, S.J. Burian, B.J. McPherson & M.E. Barber (2019). Green Infrastructure Optimization to Achieve Pre-Development Conditions of a Semiarid Urban Catchment. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology. Vol. 6. Published, 06/01/2019.

Research Statement

Dr. Barber’s research has field investigations and numerical modeling studies of water, nutrients, and primary productivity in rivers and lakes with focus on stream-groundwater interaction, climate change implications, and human adaptation.  He is currently working on the investigation of climate change impacts on water quantity and quality, remote sensing, and understanding the impacts of bioenergy on water demand.  Michael is very involved in multi-stakeholder projects where consensus building and information transfer are vital components of the research.

Research Keywords

  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Water Quality
  • Remote Sensing
  • Climate Change Impact on Water Resources


  • R. Khanal & M.E. Barber, “Predicting the Effect of Evapotranspiration Estimation Methods on Natural Flow of Water Estimation.” ASCE EWRI World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, Las Vegas, NV, May 2023. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/2023.
  • M. Hasan & M.E. Barber, “Estimating Contribution of Upstream Watersheds in Mountainous River System during Low Flow Conditions under Climate Change Scenarios.” American Geophysical Union, Poster, San Francisco, CA, December 2019. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 12/2019.
  • M. Hasan, &.M.E. Barber, “Studying the Influence of Upstream Mountainous Watersheds on a River Flow System under Different Climate Change Scenarios.” AWRA Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, November 2019. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2019.
  • R.L. Mahler, R. Simmons, and M. Barber, (2019). “Problems, Perceptions, and Solutions to Increased Flooding Threats in Urban Areas of the Pacific Northwest, USA,” International Journal of Environmental Impacts, 2(2):107-116. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/30/2019.
  • M.M. Hasan & M.E. Barber, “Validating statistically downscaled climate projections for mountainous watersheds using historic runoff data coupled with the Distributed Hydrologic Soil Vegetation Model (DHSVM).” American Geophysical Union, Poster, Washington, DC, December 2018. Other, Presented, 12/2018.
  • K. Rajagopalan, J. Yoder, J. Cook, M.P. Brady, J.C. Adam, C. Stockle, T. Peters, L. Khot, J. Padowski, N. Pickering, M. Liu, G. Yorgey, C. Kruger, M.E. Barber, B. Njissen, J. Abatzoglou, R. Young, & D. Haller, “Technology for trade: new tools and rules to improve water use in agriculture and beyond.” American Geophysical Union, Poster, Washington, DC, December 2018. Other, Presented, 12/2018.
  • H. Li, C. Hansen, N. Von Stackelberg, R. Goel, S. Burian, & M. Barber, “Assessing and Modeling Climate Change Impacts on Cyanobacteria in Utah Lake.” 2018 UCOWR/NIWR Annual Water Resources Conference, Oral Presentation, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2018. Other, Presented, 06/2018.
  • C.T. Smith, M. Barber, and R. Mahler, (2018). “Hydrologic Assessment of Woody Biomass Removal for Biofuel Production,” International Journal of Environmental Impacts, 1(3):353-363. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/2018.
  • Z. Rakib, M. Barber, and R. Mahler, (2017). “Climate Change Impacts on Urban Stormwater Best Management Practices,” International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, 12(1):155-164. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 12/2016.
  • Z. Rakib, M. Barber, & R. Mahler, “Climate Change Impacts on Urban Stormwater Best Management Practices” Urban Water 2016, 3rd International Conference on Design, Construction, Maintenance, Monitoring and Control of Urban Water Systems, Venice, Italy, June 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/2016.
  • C. Hansen, P. Dennison, S. Burian, M. Barber, & G. Williams, “Hindcasting Water Quality in an Optically Complex System.” Water Pollution 2016, 13th International Conference on Modelling, Monitoring, and Management of Water Pollution, Venice Italy, June 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/2016.
  • M. Barber, M. Hasan, J. Petrie, & R. Goel, “Impacts of Woody Biomass Biofuel Production on Sustainable River Basin Management.” 2016 UCOWR/NIWR Annual Conference, Oral Presentation, Pensacola Beach, FL, June 2016. Other, Presented, 06/2016.
  • Z. Rakib, M. Barber, & R. Mahler, “Modeling Flow, Nutrient and Dissolved Oxygen Concentrations in the Spokane River under Multiple Year Conditions.” 8th International conference on Sustainable Water Resources Management, A Coruna, Spain, June 2015. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/2015.
  • H. Baxter, T. Nguyen, J. Adam, M. Barik, M. Barber, & A. Hossain, “Impacts of future changes on low flow in a highly connected river-aquifer system: A case study of the Spokane River and the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer.” Northwest Science Association, Pasco, WA, April 2015. Other, Presented, 04/2015.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Republic of Korea