Michael Dettinger


Dr. Michael Dettinger is a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, Branch of Western Regional Research, and a research associate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, who researchs the hydrology, climate, and water resources of the West, focusing on regional surface water and groundwater resources, hydroclimatic variability, and climate-change impacts. 

Dr. Michael Dettinger is a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, Branch of Western Regional Research, and a research associate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California. Dettinger has researched the hydrology, climate, and water resources of the West for over 30 years, focusing on regional surface water and groundwater resources and modeling, hydroclimatic variability, and climate-change impacts.  He was physical-sciences team leader for DOI-DOD ecosystem planning in the Mojave Desert, founding member of the CIRMONT Western Mountain Climate Sciences Consortium, climate advisor to the CALFED Bay-Delta Restoration Program, research advisor for USGS Surface-Water Discipline, member of the USGS Global Change Science Strategic Planning Team, and lead author of the Water Resources chapter of the 2013 National Climate Assessment. Dettinger has degrees from the University of California, San Diego (Physics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Civil Engineering/Water Resources), and a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles (Atmospheric Sciences). He has authored and co-authored 90+ scientific articles and chapters in scholarly journals and books, 20+ government reports, and 70+ other articles in less formal outlets.




Albano, C.M., Dettinger, M.D., McCarthy, M.I., Welborn, T.L., and Cox, D.A., 2016. Application of an extreme winter storm scenario to identify vulnerabilities, mitigation options, and science needs in the Sierra Nevada mountains, USA: Natural Hazards, 80, 879-900, DOI 10.1007/s11069-015-2003-4.

Dettinger, M.D., Ralph, F.M., and Lavers, D.A., 2016, Setting the stage for a global science of atmospheric rivers—Scripps International Atmospheric-Rivers Workshop, La Jolla, CA 15-17 June 2015: Eos, 97(1), p. 7. [Link]

Lavers, D., Waliser, D., Ralph, F.M., and Dettinger, M., 2016, Predictability of horizontal water vapor transport relative to precipitation--Enhancing situational awareness for forecasting Western U.S. extreme precipitation and flooding: Geophysical Research Letters, 43, doi:10.1002/2016GL067765.

Mahoney, K., Ralph, F.M., Wolter, K., Doeskin, N., Dettinger, M., Gottas, D., Coleman, T., and White, A., 2015, Climatology of extreme daily precipitation in Colorado and its diverse spatial and seasonal variability: Journal of Hydrometeorology, 16, 781-792.

Florsheim, J., and Dettinger, M., 2015, Promoting atmospheric-river and snowmelt fueled biogeomorphic processes by restoring river-floodplain connectivity in California’s Central Valley: in Hudson, P., and Middelkoop, H. (eds.), Geomorphic approaches to integrated floodplain management of lowland fluvial systems in North America and Europe, Springer, 119-141, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4939-2380-9_6.

Dettinger, M., 2015, Sturm und Drang—California’s Remarkable Storm-Drought Connection: Hydrolink, May 2015, 21-22.

Dettinger, M.D., and Anderson, M.L., 2015. Storage in California’s reservoirs and snowpack in this time of drought: San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, 13(2), 5 p. [Link]

Dettinger, M.D., Udall, B., and Georgakakos, A.P., 2015. Western water and climate change: Ecological Applications, 25(8), 2069-2093.

Eng, K., Wolock, D.M., and Dettinger, M.D., 2015. Sensitivity of intermittent streams to climate variations in the United States: River Research and Applications, 11 p, doi: 10.1002/rra.2939.

Lavers, D.A., Ralph, F.M., Waliser, D.E., Gershunov, A., and Dettinger, M.D., 2015. Climate change intensification of horizontal vapor transport in CMIP5: Geophysical Research Letters, 9 p, DOI://10.1002/2015GL064672.

Milly, P.C.D., Betancourt, J., Fallenmark, M., Hirsch, R.M., Kundzewicz, Z.W., Lettenmaier, D.P., Stouffer, R.J., Dettinger, M.D., and Krysanova, V., 2015. Commentary on Critiques of “Stationarity is Dead—Whither Water Management?”: Water Resources Research, 51, 5 p., doi:10.1002/2015WR017408.

Sahoo, G.B., Forrest, A.L., Schladow, S.G., Reuter, J.E., Coats, R., and Dettinger, M., 2015, Climate change impacts on lake thermal dynamics and ecosystem vulnerabilities: Limnology and Oceanography, 12 p., doi:10.1002/lno.10228.

Dettinger, M.D., and Cayan, D.R., 2014, Drought and the California Delta—A matter of extremes: San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, 12(2), 7 p. [Link]

Maurer, E.P., Brekke, L., Pruitt, T., Thrasher, B., Long, J., Duffy, P., Dettinger, M., Cayan, D., and Arnold, J., 2014, An enhanced archive facilitating climate impact analysis: Bulletin of American Meteorological Society, 95, 1011-1019, DOI:10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00126.1.

Polade, S.D., Pierce, D.W., Cayan, D.R., Gershunov, A., and Dettinger, M.D., 2014, The key role of dry days in changing regional climate and precipitation regimes: Nature Scientific Reports, 4:4364, 8 p., doi:10.1038/srep04364.

Ralph, F.M., Dettinger, M.D., White, A., Reynolds, D., Cayan, D., Schneider, T., Cifelli, R., Redmond, K., Anderson, M., Gehrke, F., Jones, J., Mahoney, K., Johnson, L., Gutman, S., Chandrasekar, V., Lundquist, J., Molotch, N., Brekke, L., Pulwarty, R., Horel, J., Schick, L., Edman, A., Mote, P., Abatzaglou, J., Pierce, R., Wick, G., 2014, A vision of future observations for western US extreme precipitation and flooding: Journal of Contemporary Water Resources Research and Education, 153, 16-32. [Link]

Ward, P.J., Eisner, S., Florke, M., Dettinger, M., and Kummu, M., 2014, Annual flood sensitivities to El Nino/Southern Oscillation at the global scale: Hydrology and Earth System Science, 18, 47-66, doi:10.5194/hess-18-47-2014. [Link]

Ward, P.J., Jongman, B., Kummu, M., Dettinger, M., Sperna-Weiland, F., and Winsemius, H., 2014, Strong influence of El Nino/Southern Oscillation on flood risk around the world: Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, 6 p., doi://10.1073/pnas.1409822111. [Link]

Georgakakos, A., P. Fleming, M. Dettinger, C. Peters-Lidard, Terese (T.C.) Richmond, K. Reckhow, K. White, and D. Yates, 2014, Ch. 3: Water Resources: in Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment, J. M. Melillo, Terese (T.C.) Richmond, and G. W. Yohe, Eds., U.S. Global Change Research Program, 69-112. [Link]

Dettinger, M., 2014, Climate change—Impacts in the third dimension: Nature Geoscience News and Views, 7, 166-167, doi:10.1038/ngeo2096.

Dettinger, M., and Cox, D., 2014, Planning for the Atmospheric River threat: USACE Silver Jackets Quarterly Newsletter (The Buzz), 8-9. [Link]

Albano, C., Cox, D.A., Dettinger, M.D., McCarthy, M., Schaller, K., and Wellborn, T., 2014, ARkStorm@Tahoe--Stakeholder perspectives on vulnerabilities and preparedness for an extreme storm event in the greater Lake Tahoe, Reno, and Carson City region: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Special Report 14-16, 43 p. [Link]

Sahoo, G. B.; Schladow, S. G.; Reuter, J. E.; Coats, R.; Dettinger, M.; Riverson, J.; Wolfe B.; Costa-Cabral, M., 2013. The response of Lake Tahoe to climate change. Climatic Change, 116, 71-95 p., DOI 10.1007/s10584-012-0600-8

Dettinger, M.D., 2013, Projections and downscaling of 21st Century temperatures, precipitation, radiative fluxes and winds over the southwestern US, with a focus on Lake Tahoe: Climatic Change, 116, 17-33, doi:10.1007/s10584-012-0501-x.

Burkett, V.R., Taylor, I.L., Kirtland, D.A., Belnap, J., Cronin, T.M., Dettinger, M.D., Frazier, E.L., Haines, J.W., Loveland, T.R., Milly, P.C.D., O’Malley, R., Thompson, R.S., Maule, A.G., McMahon, G., and Striegl, R.G., 2013, USGS Climate and Land Use Change Science Strategy—A framework for understanding and responding to global change: USGS Circular 1383-A, 50 p. [Link]

Brown, L.R., Bennett, W.A., Wagner, W., Morgan, T., Knowles, N., Feyrer, F., Schoellhamer, D., Stacey, M., and Dettinger, M.D., 2013, Implications for future survival of deltas smelt from four climate-change scenarios for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California: Estuaries and Coasts, 21 p., doi:10.1007/s12237-013-9585-4.

Coats, R., Sahoo, G., Riverson, J., Costa-Cabral, M., Dettinger, M., Wolfe, B., Reuter, J., Schladow, G., and Goldman, C., 2013, Historic and likely future impacts of climate change on Lake Tahoe [chapter 14], in C.R. Goldman, M. Kumagai, and R.D. Robarts [eds.], Climate change and inland waters—Impacts and mitigation approaches for ecosystems and society: Wiley-Blackwell, 231-254, DOI: 10.1002/9781118470596.ch14.

Dettinger, M., and Ingram, L., 2013, The coming megafloods: Scientific American, 308(1), 64-71. [Link]

Gershunov, A., Rajagopalan, B., Overpeck, J., Guirguis, K., Cayan, D., Hughes, M., Dettinger, M., Castro, C., Schwartz, R., Anderson, M., Ray, A., Barsugli, J., Cavazos, T., and Alexander, M., 2013, Future climate—Projected extremes: Chapter 7 in Garfin, G., Jardine, A., Merideth, R., Black, M., and Leroy, S. (eds.), Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States, Island Press, 126-147. [Link]

Hoerling, M., Dettinger, M., Wolter, K., Lukas, J., Eischeid, J., Nemani, R., Liebmann, B., and Kunkel, K., 2013, Present and climate--Evolving conditions: Chapter 5 in Garfin, G., Jardine, A., Merideth, R., Black, M., and LeRoy, S. (eds.), Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: Island Press, 74-100. [Link]

Neiman, P.J., Ralph, F.M., Moore, B.J., Hughes, M., Mahoney, K.M., and Dettinger, M.D., 2013, The landfall and inland penetration of a flood-producing atmospheric river in Arizona—Part I, Observed synoptic-scale and hydrometeorological characteristics: Journal of Hydrometeorology, 14(2), 460-484, doi:10.1175/JHM-DS-12-0101.1

Polade, S.D., Gershunov, A., Cayan, D.R., Dettinger, M.D., and Pierce, D.W., 2013, Natural modes of variability and their teleconnections over the Pacific-North American region in CMIP3 and CMIP5 models: Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 6 p., doi:10.1002/grl.50941.

Ralph, F.M., Coleman, T., Neiman, P.J., Zamora, R., and Dettinger, M., 2013, Observed impacts of duration and seasonality of atmospheric river landfalls on soil moisture and runoff: Journal of Hydrometeorology, 14(2), 443-459, DOI:10.1175/JHM-D-12-0.76.1.

Riverson, J., Coats, R., Costa-Cabral, M., Dettinger, M., Reuter, J., Sahoo, G., Schladow, G., and Wolfe, B., 2013, Modeling the impacts of climate change on streamflow, nutrient and sediment loads in the Tahoe basin: Climatic Change, 116, 35-50, doi:10.1007/s10584-012-06290-8.

Dettinger, M.D., 2013, Atmospheric rivers as drought busters on the US west coast: Journal of Hydrometeorology, 14, 16 p, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-13-02.1.

White, A.B., Anderson, M.L., Dettinger, M.D., Ralph, F.M., Hinajosa, A., Cayan, D.R., Hartman, R.K., Reynolds D.W., Johnson, L.E., Schneider, T.L., Cifelli, R., Toth, Z., Gutman, S.I., King, C.W., Gerhke, F., Johnston, P.E., Walls, C., Gottas, D.J., and Coleman, T., 2013, A 21st Century California observing network for monitoring extreme weather events: Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 30, 1585-1603, doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-12-00217.1.

Overpeck, J., Garfin, G., Jardine, A., Busch, D., Cayan, D., Dettinger, M., Fleishman, E., Gershunov, A., MacDonald, G., Redmond, K., Travis, W., and Udall, B.H., 2012, Assessment of climate change in the southwest United States—Summary for decisionmakers: Chapter 1 in Garfin, G., Jardine, A., Merideth, R., Black, M., and Leroy, S. (eds.), Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States, Island Press, 20 p. [Link]

Das, T., Maurer, E.P., Pierce, D.W., Dettinger, M.D., and Cayan, D.R., 2013, Increases flood magnitudes in California under warming climates: Journal of Hydrology, 501, 101-110, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.07.042.

Stahle, D.W., Griffin, R.D., Therrell, M.D., Edmondson, J.R., Cleaveland, M.K., Stahle, L.N., Burnette, D.J., Abatzoglou, J.T., Redmond, K.T., Meko, D.M., Dettinger, M.D., and Cayan. D.R., 2013, The ancient blue oak woodlands of California—Longevity and hydroclimatic history: Earth Interactions, 17, 1-23 p., doi:10.1175/2013EI000518.1.

Hanson, R. T.; Flint, L. E.; Flint, A. L.; Dettinger, M. D.; Faunt, C. C.; Cayan, D.; Schmid, W. , 2012. A method for physically based model analysis of conjunctive use in response to potential climate changes. , Water Resources Research 8, W00L08, 23 p.

Dettinger, M. D.; Martin, Ralph, F.; Hughes, M.; Das, T.; Neiman, P.; Cox, D.; Estes, G.; Reynolds, D.; Hartman, R.; Cayan, D.; Jones, L. , 2012. Design and quantification of an extreme winter storm scenario for emergency preparedness and planning exercises in California. , Natural Hazards 60, 1085-1111. [Link]

Ralph, F.M., and Dettinger, M.D., 2012, Historical and national perspectives on extreme west-coast precipitation associated with atmospheric rivers during December 2010: Bulletin, American Meteorological Society 93, 783-790, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00188.1.

Sahoo, G., Schladow, S.G., Reuter, J.E., Coats, R., Dettinger, M., Riverson, J., Wolfe, B., & Costa-Cabral, M., 2012, The response of Lake Tahoe to climate change: Climatic Change, 25 p., DOI 10.1007/s10584-012-0600-8.

Porter, Keith; Wein, Anne; Alpers, Charles; Baez, Allan; Barnard, Patrick; Carter, James; Corsi, Alessandra; Costner, James; Cox, Dale; Das, Tapash; Dettinger, Michael; Done, James; Eadie, Charles; Eymann, Marcia; Ferris, Justin; Gunturi, Prasad; Hughes, Mimi; Jarrett, Robert; Johnson, Laurie; Le-Griffin, Hanh Dam; Mitchell, David; Morman, Suzette; Neiman, Paul; Olsen, Anna; Perry, Suzanne; Plumlee, Geoffrey; Ralph, Martin; Reynolds, David; Rose, Adam; Schaefer, Kathleen; Serakos, Julie; Siembieda, William; Stock, Jonathan; Strong, David; Wing, Ian Sue; Tang, Alex; Thomas, Pete; Topping, Ken; Wills, Chris; Jones, Lucile, 2011. Overview of the ARkStorm scenario. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1312, xvi, 183 p.; Appendices [Link]

Burkett, Virginia R.; Taylor, Ione L.; Belnap, Jayne; Cronin, Thomas M.; Dettinger, Michael D.; Frazier, Eldrich L.; Haines, John W.; Kirtland, David A.; Loveland, Thomas R.; Milly, Paul C.D.; O'Malley, Robin; Thompson, Robert S., 2011. USGS global change science strategy: A framework for understanding and responding to climate and land-use change. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1033, iv, 32 p.[Link]

Cloern, James E.; Knowles, Noah ; Brown, Larry R.; Cayan, Daniel ; Dettinger, Michael D.; Morgan, Tara L.; Schoellhamer, David H.; Stacey, Mark T.; van der Wegen, Mick ; Wagner, R. Wayne; Jassby, Alan D., 2011. Projected evolution of California's San Francisco Bay-Delta-River System in a century of continuing climate change. Public Library of Science (PLoS One) , 13 p. [Link]

Dettinger, M. , 2011. Climate change, atmospheric rivers, and floods in California - a multimodel analysis of storm frequency and magnitude changes. , Journal of the American Water Resources Association 347, 514-523.

Das, T.; Dettinger, M. D.; Cayan, D. R.; Hidalgo, H. G. , 2011. Potential increase in floods in California's Sierra Nevada under future climate projections. , Climatic Change 109, 71-94.

Ralph, F. M.; Dettinger, M. D. , 2011. Storms, floods, and the science of atmospheric rivers. , Eos, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, 92(32), 265-266.

Wagner, R. Wayne; Stacey, Mark ; Brown, Larry R.; Dettinger, Michael, 2011. Statistical models of temperature in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta under climate-change scenarios and ecological implications. Estuaries and Coasts , 13 p.

Earman, S., and Dettinger, M.D., 2011, Potential impacts of climate change on groundwater resources—A global review: Journal of Water and Climate Change, 2(4) 213-229.

Major, D.C., Omojola, A., Dettinger, M., Hanson, R., and Sanchez-Rodriguez, R., 2011, Climate change, water and wastewater in cities, in Rosenzweig, C., Solecki, W., Hammer, S., and Mehrotra, S. (eds.), Climate Change and Cities--First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network: Cambridge University Press, 113-143.

Dettinger, M.D., Ralph, F.M., Das, T., Neiman, P.J., and Cayan, D., 2011, Atmospheric rivers, floods, and the water resources of California: Water, 3, 455-478. [Link]

Goddard, L., Aithcellouche, Y., Baethgen, W., Dettinger, M., Graham, R., Hayman, P., Kadi, M., Martinez, R., Meinke, H., and Conrad, E., 2010, Providing seasonal-to-interannual climate information for risk management and decision making: Procedia, Environmental Sciences, 1, 81-101.

Maurer, E.P., Hidalgo, H., Das, T., Dettinger, M., & Cayan, D., 2010, The utility of daily large-scale climate data in the assessment of climate change impacts on daily streamflow in California: Hydrology & Earth System Sciences, 14, 1125-1138, doi:10.5194/hess-14-1125-2010.

Ralph, F. M., E. Sukovich, D. Reynolds, M. Dettinger, S. Weagle, W. Clark, and P. J. Neiman, 2010, Assessment of extreme quantitative precipitation forecasts and development of regional extreme event thresholds using data from HMT-2006 and COOP observers: Special State of the Science of Precipitation Collection, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 11, 1286-1304, doi: 10.1175/2010JHM1232.1.

Yoshimura, K., Kanamitsu, M., and Dettinger, M., 2010, Regional downscaling for stable water isotopes—A case study of an atmospheric river event: Journal of Geophysical Research, 115(D18114), 13 p., doi:10.1029/2010D014032.

Brekke, L.D., Maurer, E.P., Anderson, J., Dettinger, M.D., Townsley, E.S., Harrison, A., and Pruitt, T., 2009, Assessing reservoir operations risk under climate change: Water Resources Research, W04411, doi:10.1029/2008WR006941, 16 p.

Das, T., Hidalgo, H., Cayan, D., Dettinger, M., Pierce, D., Bonfils, C., Barnett, T.P., Bala, G., and Mirin, A., 2009, Structure and origins of trends in hydrolongical measures over the western United States: Journal of Hydrometeorology, 10, 871-892, doi:10.1175/2009JHM1095.1.

Hidalgo H.G., Das T., Dettinger M.D., Cayan D.R., Pierce D.W., Barnett T.P., Bala G., Mirin A., Wood, A.W., Bonfils C., Santer B.D., and Nozawa T., 2009, Detection and attribution of stream flow timing changes to climate change in the western United States: Journal of Climate, 22, DOI: 10.1175/2009JCLI2470.1, 3838-3855.

White, M.A., de Beurs, K., Didan, K., Inouye, D., Richardson, A., Jensen, O., O’Keefe, J., Zhang, G., Nemani, R., van Leeuwen, W., Brown, J., de Wit, A., Schaepman, M., Lin, X., Dettinger, M., Baily, A., Kimball, J., Schwartz, M., Baldocchi, D., Lee, J., and Lauenroth, W., 2009, Intercomparison, interpretation and assessment of spring phenology in North America estimated from remote sensing for 1982 to 2006: Global Change Biology, 25 p., doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.01910.x.

Brekke, L. D.; Dettinger, M. D.; Maurer, E. P.; Anderson, M. , 2008. Significance of model credibility in estimating climate projection distributions for regional hydroclimatological risk assessments. , Climatic Change 89, 371-394.

Funk, C.; Dettinger, M. D.; Michaelsen, J. C.; Verdin, J. P.; Brown, M. E.; Barlow, M.; Hoell, A. , 2008. Warming of the Indian Ocean threatens eastern and southern African food security but could be mitigated by agricultural development. , Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 105, 11081-11086.

Barnett, T.P., Pierce, D.W., Hidalgo, H., Bonfils, C., Santer, B., Das, T., Bala, G., Wood, A., Nozawa, T., Mirin, A., Cayan, D., and Dettinger, M., 2008, Human-induced changes in the hydrology of the western United States: Science, 316, 1080-1083.

Cayan, D.R., Maurer, E.P., Dettinger, M.D., Tyree, M., and Hayhoe, K., 2008, Climate change scenarios for the California region: Climatic Change, 87(Suppl 1), S21-S42.

Dettinger, M.D., and Culberson, S., 2008, Internalizing climate change—Scientific resource management and the climate change challenges: San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, 17 p, http://repositories.cdlib.org/jmie/sfews/vol6/iss2/art6.

Healey, M., Dettinger, M., and Norgaard, R. (eds.), 2008, State of the science for the Bay-Delta: CALFED Science Program, 185 p, http://www.science.calwater.ca.gov/pdf/publications/sbds/

Coplen, T., Neiman, P., White, A., Landwehr, J., Ralph, F.M., & Dettinger, M., 2008, Extreme changes in stable hydrogen isotopes and precipitation characteristics in a landfalling Pacific storm: Geophysical Research Letters, L21808, doi:10.1029/2008GL035481, 5 p.

Florsheim, J.L., and Dettinger, M., 2007, Climate and floods still govern California levee breaks: Geophysical Research Letters, 34(L22403), 5 p.

Malamud-Roam, F., Dettinger, M.D., Ingram, B.L., Hughes, M., and Florsheim, J., 2007, Holocene climates and connections between the San Francisco Bay estuary and its watershed—A review: San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, 5(1), article 3.

Bales, R., Molotch, N., Painter, T., Dettinger, M., Rice, R., and Dozier, J., 2006, Mountain hydrology of the western US: Water Resources Research, 42, W08432, 13 p.

Knowles, N., Dettinger, M., and Cayan, D., 2006, Trends in snowfall versus rainfall for the Western United States: Journal of Climate, 19(18), 4545-4559.

Ralph, F.M., Neiman, P.J., Wick, G., Gutman, S., Dettinger, M., Cayan, D., and White, A.B., 2006, Flooding on California’s Russian River—Role of atmospheric rivers: Geophysical Research Letters, 33 (L13801), 5 p.

Koczot, Kathryn M.; Jeton, Anne E.; McGurk, Bruce; Dettinger, Michael D., 2005. Precipitation-runoff processes in the Feather River basin, northeastern California, and streamflow predictability, water years 1971-97. Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5202, 92 p. [Link]

Dettinger, Michael, 2005. Changes in streamflow timing in the western United States in recent decades... from the National Streamflow Information Program. Geological Survey (U.S.) Fact Sheet 2005-3018, 4 p. [Link]

Dettinger, M.D., 2005, From climate-change spaghetti to climate-change distributions for 21st Century California: San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, 3(1), article 4.

Hanson, R.T., and Dettinger, M.D., 2005, Ground-water/surface-water responses to ensembles of global climate simulations, Santa Clara-Calleguas basin, Ventura County, California, 1950-93: Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 41, 517-536.

Stewart, I., Cayan, D., and Dettinger, M., 2005, Changes towards earlier streamflow timing across western North America: Journal of Climate, 18, 1136-1155.

Dettinger, M.D., 2004, Fifty-two years of pineapple-express storms across the West Coast of North America: California Energy Commission PIER Energy-Related Environmental Research Report CEC-500-2005-004, 15 p.

Dettinger, M.D., Cayan, D.R., Meyer, M.K., and Jeton, A.E., 2004, Simulated hydrologic responses to climate variations and change in the Merced, Carson, and American River basins, Sierra Nevada, California, 1900-2099: Climatic Change, 62, 283-317.

Lundquist, J.D., Cayan, D.R., and Dettinger, M.D., 2004, Spring onset in the Sierra Nevada—When is snowmelt independent of elevation?: J. Hydrometeorology, 5, 325-340.

Simpson, J.J., Dettinger, M.D., Gerhke, F., McIntyre, T.J., and Hufford, G.I., 2004, Hydrologic scales, cloud variability, remote sensing and models—Implications for forecasting snowmelt and streamflow: Weather and Forecasting, 19, 251-276.

Stewart, I., Cayan, D.R., and Dettinger, M.D., 2004, Changes in snowmelt runoff timing in western North America under a ‘Business as Usual’ climate change scenario: Climatic Change, 62, 217-232.

Westerling, A., Brown, T., Gershunov, A., Cayan, D., and Dettinger, M., 2003, Climate and wildfire in the western United States: Bulletin, American Meteorological Soc., 84, 595-604.

Ghil, M., Allen, M.R., Dettinger, M.D., Ide, K., Kondrashov, D., Mann, M.E., Robertson, A.W., Saunders, A., Y.Tian, Varadi, F., and Yiou, P., 2002, Advanced spectral methods for climatic time series: Reviews of Geophysics, 40(3), 1003, 1-41.

McCabe, G.J., and Dettinger, M.D., 2002, Primary modes and predictability of year-to-year snowpack variations in the western United States from teleconnections with Pacific Ocean climate: Journal of Hydrometeorology, 3, 13-25.

Cayan, D.R., Kammerdiener, S., Dettinger, M.D., Caprio, J.M., and Peterson, D.H., 2001, Changes in the onset of spring in the western United States: Bulletin, American Meteorological Society, 82, 399-415.

Dettinger, M.D., Battisti, D.S., Garreaud, R.D., McCabe, G.J., and Bitz, C.M., 2001, Interhemispheric effects of interannual and decadal ENSO-like climate variations on the Americas, in V. Markgraf (ed.), Interhemispheric climate linkages: Present and Past Climates in the Americas and their Societal Effects: Academic Press, 1-16.

Dettinger, M.D., and Diaz, H.F., 2000, Global characteristics of streamflow seasonality and variability: Journal of Hydrometeorology, 1, 289-310.

McCabe, G.J., Jr., and Dettinger, M.D., 1999, Decadal variability in the relations between ENSO and precipitation in the western United States: International Journal of Climatology, 19, 1399-1410.

Cayan, D.R., Dettinger, M.D., Diaz, H.F., and Graham, N., 1998, Decadal variability of precipitation over western North America: Journal of Climate, 11, 3148-3166.

Dettinger, M.D., Cayan, D.R., Diaz, H.F., and Meko, D., 1998, North-south precipitation patterns in western North America on interannual-to-decadal time scales: Journal of Climate, 11, 3095-3111.

Dettinger, M.D., and Ghil, M., 1998, Seasonal and interannual variations of atmospheric CO2 concentrations and climate: Tellus 50B, 1-24.

White, W.B., Lean, J., Cayan, D.R., and Dettinger, M.D., 1997, Response of global upper ocean temperature to changing solar irradiance: Journal of Geophysical Research, 102, 3255-3266.

Thomas, J. M.; Welch, A. H.; Dettinger, M. D., 1996. Geochemistry and isotope hydrology of representative aquifers in the Great Basin region of Nevada, Utah, and adjacent states. Professional Paper 1409-C, p. C1-C100; 2 plates in pocket

Morgan, David S.; Dettinger, Michael D. , 1996. Ground-water conditions in Las Vegas Valley, Clark County, Nevada; Part 2, Hydrogeology and simulation of ground-water flow. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey ;Books and Open-File Reports Section [distributor] Water Supply Paper 2320-B, 124 p. 2v. :ill/, maps ;28 cm.; 2 plates in pocket

Dettinger, M. D.; Schaefer, Donald H., 1996. Hydrogeology of structurally extended terrain in the eastern Great Basin of Nevada, Utah, and adjacent states, from geologic and geophysical models. Hydrologic Atlas 694-D, 4 maps :col. ;34 x 24 cm. and 18 x 18 cm., on sheet 91 x 112 cm., folded in envelope 30 x 24 cm.

Jeton, A. E.; Dettinger, M. D.; Smith, J. L., 1996. Potential effects of climate change on streamflow, eastern and western slopes of the Sierra Nevada, California and Nevada. U.S. Geological Survey ; Earth Science Information Center, Open-File Reports Section [distributor], Water-Resources Investigations Report 95-4260, v, 44 p. :ill. ;28 cm.

Dettinger, M. D.; Harrill, J. R.; Schmidt, D. L.; Hess, J. W., 1995. Distribution of carbonate-rock aquifers and the potential for their development, southern Nevada and adjacent parts of California, Arizona, and Utah. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Resources Investigations Report 91-4146, vi, 100 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.

Peterson, David H.; Cayan, Daniel R.; Dettinger, Michael D.; DiLeo, Jeanne Sandra; Hager, Stephen E.; Knowles, Noah; Nichols, Frederic H.; Schemel, Laurence E.; Smith, Richard E.; Uncles, Reginald J., 1995. Seasonal/Yearly Salinity Variations in San Francisco Bay. Geological Survey (U.S.) Fact Sheet 213-95, Available online only [Link]

Dettinger, M.D., and Cayan, D.R., 1995, Large-scale atmospheric forcing of recent trends toward early snowmelt in California: Journal of Climate, 8, 606-623.

Dettinger, M.D., Ghil, M., Strong, C.M., Weibel, W., and Yiou, P., 1995, Software expedites singular-spectrum analysis of noisy time series: Eos, Transactions of American Geophysical Union 76(2), pp. 12, 14, 21.

Morgan, D. S.; Dettinger, M. D., 1994. Ground-water conditions in Las Vegas Valley, Clark County, Nevada; Part II, Hydrogeology and simulation of ground-water flow. U.S. Geological Survey ; U.S.G.S. Earth Science Information Center, Open-File Reports Section [distributor], Open-File Report 90-179, vii, 151 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.

Dettinger, M.D., 1989, Reconnaissance estimates of natural recharge to desert basins in Nevada, U.S.A., by using chloride-balance calculations: Journal of Hydrology, 106, 55-78.

Dettinger, M. D., 1987. Ground-water quality and geochemistry of Las Vegas Valley, Clark County, Nevada, 1981-83; implementation of a monitoring network. U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Resources Investigations Report 87-4007, v, 69 p. :ill., map ;28 cm.

Dettinger, M.D., and Wilson, J.L., 1981. First-order analysis of uncertainty in numerical models of groundwater flow, 1, Mathematical development: Water Resources Research, 17, 149-161.