Elizabeth Burakowski

Office: Earth Systems Research Center, Morse Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Elizabeth Burakowski

I use climate models, observations, and remote sensing to understand how landscapes interact with surface climate. Specifically, my research focuses on how changes in land cover (i.e. deforestation) influence surface temperature and fluxes of energy and water.

I also seek out interdisciplinary projects with economists to understand how decreases in snow affect the multi-billion dollar winter sports industry and how we might place economic value on albedo as an climate regulating ecosystem service.

I was previously a Visiting Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of New Hampshire in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis Lab.

Follow me on Twitter: @LizBurakowski

Publications by Burakowski
CV (Curriculum Vitae)


  • Ph.D., Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S., University of New Hampshire
  • B.A., Wellesley College

Courses Taught

  • ESCI 405: Global Environmental Change
  • ESCI 514: Introduction to Climate
  • ESCI 765/865: Paleoclimatology
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Earth Sciences

Selected Publications

Casson, N. J., Contosta, A. R., Burakowski, E. A., Campbell, J. L., Crandall, M. S., Creed, I. F., . . . Nelson, S. J. (2019). Winter Weather Whiplash: Impacts of Meteorological Events Misaligned With Natural and Human Systems in Seasonally Snow‐Covered Regions. Earth's Future, 7(12), 1434-1450. doi:10.1029/2019ef001224

Burakowski, E. A., Tawfik, A., Ouimette, A., Lepine, L., Zarzycki, C., Novick, K., . . . Bonan, G. (2019). Simulating surface energy fluxes using the variable-resolution Community Earth System Model (VR-CESM). Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 138(1-2), 115-133. doi:10.1007/s00704-019-02785-0

Contosta, A. R., Casson, N. J., Garlick, S., Nelson, S. J., Ayres, M. P., Burakowski, E. A., . . . Thornbrugh, C. (2019). Northern forest winters have lost cold, snowy conditions that are important for ecosystems and human communities. Ecological Applications, 29(7). doi:10.1002/eap.1974

Burakowski, E., Tawfik, A., Ouimette, A., Lepine, L., Novick, K., Ollinger, S., . . . Bonan, G. (2018). The role of surface roughness, albedo, and Bowen ratio on ecosystem energy balance in the Eastern United States. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 249, 367-376. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.11.030

Amaral, T., Wake, C. P., Dibb, J. E., Burakowski, E. A., & Stampone, M. (2017). A simple model of snow albedo decay using observations from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow-Albedo (CoCoRaHS-Albedo) Network. JOURNAL OF GLACIOLOGY, 63(241), 877-887. doi:10.1017/jog.2017.54

Contosta, A. R., Adolph, A., Burchsted, D., Burakowski, E., Green, M., Guerra, D., . . . Wollheim, W. (2017). A longer vernal window: the role of winter coldness and snowpack in driving spring transitions and lags. Global Change Biology, 23(4), 1610-1625. doi:10.1111/gcb.13517

Lutz, D. A., Burakowski, E. A., Murphy, M. B., Borsuk, M. E., Niemiec, R. M., & Howarth, R. B. (2016). Trade-offs between three forest ecosystem services across the state of New Hampshire, USA: timber, carbon, and albedo. Ecological Applications, 26(1), 146-161. doi:10.1890/14-2207

Burakowski, E. A., Ollinger, S. V., Lepine, L., Schaaf, C. B., Wang, Z., Dibb, J. E., . . . Martin, M. (2015). Spatial scaling of reflectance and surface albedo over a mixed-use, temperate forest landscape during snow-covered periods. Remote Sensing of Environment, 158, 465-477. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2014.11.023

Burakowski, E. A., Wake, C. P., Braswell, B., & Brown, D. P. (n.d.). Trends in wintertime climate in the northeastern United States: 1965–2005. Journal of Geophysical Research, 113(D20). doi:10.1029/2008jd009870

Bonan, G. B., Patton, E. G., Harman, I. N., Oleson, K. W., Finnigan, J. J., Lu, Y., & Burakowski, E. A. (n.d.). Modeling canopy-induced turbulence in the Earth system: a unified parameterization of turbulent exchange within plant canopies and the roughness sublayer (CLM-ml v0). Geoscientific Model Development, 11(4), 1467-1496. doi:10.5194/gmd-11-1467-2018

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