John C Hammond, PhD

John is a Hydrologist with the USGS.  His research focuses on hydroclimatic variability and trends, identifying emprical streamflow relationships across gage networks, and incorporating remotely sensed data into hydrologic models. Current projects include extending NHM-PRMS to Alaska, updating DE+DC flood-frequency relationships, and examining low flow variability in the Delaware River Basin.



2018. PhD, Geosciences: Watershed Science, Colorado State University. Dissertation: Effects of snow persistence on soil moisture and streamflow generation in mountain regions of the western U.S.

2014. M.S., Water Resources Science, Oregon State University. Thesis: Trends in streamflow above and below dams across the Columbia River Basin from 1950 to 2012: assessing sub-basin sensitivity.

2012. B.S., Environmental Science & Policy, University of Maryland, College Park. Concentration: Global Environmental Change. Citation: College Park Scholars – Environmental Studies. Cum Laude.


Kampf, S.K., Burges S.J., Hammond, J.C., Covinom T.P., Eurich, A., Harrison, H., Martin, C., Puntenney-Desmond, K. (2020). The case for an open water balance: Reenvisioning network design and data analysis for a complex, uncertain world. Water Resources Research, Paper #2019WR026699RR.

Hammond, J. C., & Kampf, S. K. (2020). Subannual streamflow responses to rainfall and snowmelt inputs in snow‐dominated watersheds of the western United States. Water Resources Research, 56, e2019WR026132.

Zimmer, M.A., Kaiser, K.E., Blaszczak, J.R., Zipper, S.C., Hammond, J.C., …Allen, D.C. (2020). Zero or not? Causes and consequences of zero‐flow stream gage readings. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews7(3).

Sexstone, G. A., Driscoll, J. M., Hay, L. E., Hammond, J. C., & Barnhart, T. B. (2020). Runoff sensitivity to snow depletion curve representation within a continental scale hydrologic model. Hydrological Processes

Hammond, J. C., Harpold, A. A., Weiss, S., and Kampf, S. K. (2019). Partitioning snowmelt and rainfall in the critical zone: effects of climate type and soil properties, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss.,

Hammond, J. C., Saavedra, F. A., & Kampf, S. K. (2018). How does snow persistence relate to annual streamflow in mountain watersheds of the Western U.S. with wet maritime and dry continental climates? Water Resources Research, 54.

Hammond, J. C., Saavedra, F. A., & Kampf, S. K. (2018). Global snow zone maps and trends in snow persistence 2001-2016. International Journal of Climatology.

Kampf, S., Strobl, B., Hammond, J.C., Anenberg, A., Etter, S., Martin, C., Puntenney-Desmond, K., Seibert, J., and I. van Meerveld (2018), Testing the waters: Mobile apps for crowdsourced streamflow data, EOS, 99, 

Shanafield, M., Godsey S., Datry, T., Hale, R. , Zipper, S., Costigan, K., Krabbenhoft, C., Dodds, W., Zimmer, M., Allen, D., Bogan, M., Kaiser, K., Burrows, R., Hammond, J.C., Busch, M., Kampf, S., Mims, M., Burgin, A., and J. Olden (2020), Science gets up to speed on dry rivers, Eos, 101, Published on 13 February 2020.

Other relevant reports

Kampf, S.K., Eurich, A., Hammond, J.C., Livneh, B., Cepeda, J. (2019). Streamflow prediction in Colorado ungauged basins. Final Report Submitted to Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Kampf, S.K., Hammond, J.C., Eurich, A., Puntenney-Desmond, K. (2018). When and where does river flow originate? Colorado Water Newsletter March/April, Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University.

Richard, G., Eurich, A. Hammond, J.C., Kampf, S.K. (2018). Water Yield Sensitivity to Snow Loss in Colorado Headwater Streams. Colorado Water Newsletter May/June, Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University.

In review

Jones, J.A., Hammond, J.C. (In review). Observed long-term response of river management to
declining inflows in the Columbia River Basin, USA. Hydrological Processes.

Kampf, S.K., Bhaskar, A.S., Green, T.R., Hammond, J.C., Erskine, R.H., Johnson, A., MacDonald, L., Schmeer, S., Sosa Pérez, G., Wagenbrenner, J., Wilson, C. (In review). Empirical and model-derived rainfall thresholds for infiltration excess overland flow and surface erosion. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering

Robles, M.D., Hammond, J.C., Kampf, S.K., Biederman, J.C., Demaria, E.M.C. (In review). Winter Rain-on-Snow Buffers Streamflow Sensitivity to Snowpack Losses in the Salt River Watershed in Semi-Arid Southwest. Water Resources Research.

Journal Reviewer

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Geophysical Research Letters (

Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (

Hydrological Sciences Journal (

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