Jennifer Jacobs

Phone: (603) 862-0635
Office: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Gregg Hall Rm 240, Durham, NH 03824
Jennifer Jacobs

Jennifer Jacobs is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Jacobs received her Sc.B. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University in 1987, an M.S. from Tufts University in 1993, and her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1997. Her research focuses on characterization of hydrologic processes including evapotranspiration, soil-water dynamics, snow melt, and stream water energy across scales through experimentation and modeling. She uses emerging technologies and large data sets to enhance the understanding of distributed hydrological processes. She currently using microwave remote sensing and dynamically down-scaled AOGCM model output to understand continental scale patterns in snow accumulation and melt. She has over 50 published journal articles on these topics. She recently completed service as a member of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI) Executive Committee and Board of Directors and as Director of UNH’s Environmental Research Group. She is the PI of the NSF RCN SEES ICNet project.


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Cornell University
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Tufts University
  • B.S., Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Brown University

Courses Taught

  • CEE 751: Open Channel Flow
  • CEE 754: Engineering Hydrology
  • CEE 796: Spc Top/Snow Hydrology
  • CEE 951: Statistical Hydrology
  • CEE 955: Adv Surface Water Hydrology
  • CIE 642: Fluid Mechanics Lab
  • CIE 741: Open Channel Flow
  • CIE 788: Project Planning and Design
  • CIE 796: Top/Snow Hydrology
  • CIE 888: Master's Project Paper
  • CIE 951: Statistical Hydrology

Selected Publications

Mallick, R. B., Jacobs, J. M., Miller, B. J., Daniel, J. S., & Kirshen, P. (2018). Understanding the impact of climate change on pavements with CMIP5, system dynamics and simulation. International Journal of Pavement Engineering, 19(8), 697-705. doi:10.1080/10298436.2016.1199880

Ray, R. L., Jacobs, J. M., & Douglas, E. M. (2018). Modeling regional landslide susceptibility using dynamic soil moisture profiles. Journal of Mountain Science, 15(8), 1807-1824. doi:10.1007/s11629-018-4896-3

Daniel, J. S., Jacobs, J. M., Miller, H., Stoner, A., Crowley, J., Khalkhali, M., & Thomas, A. (2018). Climate change: potential impacts on frost–thaw conditions and seasonal load restriction timing for low-volume roadways. Road Materials and Pavement Design, 19(5), 1126-1146. doi:10.1080/14680629.2017.1302355

Tuttle, S. E., Jacobs, J. M., Vuyovich, C. M., Olheiser, C., & Cho, E. (2018). Intercomparison of snow water equivalent observations in the Northern Great Plains. Hydrological Processes, 32(6), 817-829. doi:10.1002/hyp.11459

Douglas, E., Jacobs, J., Hayhoe, K., Silka, L., Daniel, J., Collins, M., . . . Wake, C. (2017). Progress and Challenges in Incorporating Climate Change Information into Transportation Research and Design. Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 23(4), 04017018. doi:10.1061/(asce)is.1943-555x.0000377

Douglas, E. M., Jacobs, J. M., Sumner, D. M., & Ray, R. L. (2009). A comparison of models for estimating potential evapotranspiration for Florida land cover types. Journal of Hydrology, 373(3-4), 366-376. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.04.029

Choi, M., & Jacobs, J. M. (2007). Soil moisture variability of root zone profiles within SMEX02 remote sensing footprints. Advances in Water Resources, 30(4), 883-896. doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2006.07.007

Bosch, D. D., Lakshmi, V., Jackson, T. J., Choi, M., & Jacobs, J. M. (2006). Large scale measurements of soil moisture for validation of remotely sensed data: Georgia soil moisture experiment of 2003. Journal of Hydrology, 323(1-4), 120-137. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2005.08.024

Sumner, D. M., & Jacobs, J. M. (2005). Utility of Penman–Monteith, Priestley–Taylor, reference evapotranspiration, and pan evaporation methods to estimate pasture evapotranspiration. Journal of Hydrology, 308(1-4), 81-104. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2004.10.023

JACOBS, J. (2004). SMEX02: Field scale variability, time stability and similarity of soil moisture. Remote Sensing of Environment, 92(4), 436-446. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2004.02.017

Most Cited Publications