Paul Christopher Damian Milly

I perform research on the interaction of hydrology and climate at a USGS field office at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, NJ. I work on the development and application of global models of land water and energy balance, which are integrated into GFDL's physical climate models and more process-rich earth-system models.



Global hydrology. The continental land mass as part of the climate system. Modeling of water and energy balances of the continents. Unsaturated-zone soil-water transport. Evapotranspiration. Water-plant interactions. Climate change.


Princeton University, B.S.E., Civil Engineering, 1978.
MIT, S.M., Hydrology, 1980.
MIT, Ph.D., Hydrology, 1982.


Princeton University, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, 1982-1988.
Princeton University, Visiting Lecturer with Rank of Associate Professor, 1988-89.
U.S. Geological Survey, Research Hydrologist, 1988-present.


American Meteorological Society, Robert E. Horton Lectureship, 2015.
American Meteorological Society, Fellow, 2014.
American Geophysical Union, Hydrology Section, Hydrologic Sciences Award, 2013.
American Geophysical Union, Fellow, 2009.
U.S. Department of the Interior, Meritorious Service Award, 2002.
American Geophysical Union, Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, 1991.


Research published in Advances in Water Resources, Biogeosciences, Climatic Change, Earth Interactions, Geophysical Research Letters, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Hydrological Sciences Journal, Journal of Climate, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Journal of the Geodetic Society of Japan, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Hydrometeorology, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Nature, Nature Climate Change, Nature Geoscience, Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Quaternary Research, Science, Surveys in Geophysics, Transport in Porous Media, Water Resources Research.


At Universities. Univ. California, Davis, 1990. Univ. Arizona, 1991. Utah State Univ., 1991. Princeton Univ., 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998. MIT, 1993. Johns Hopkins Univ., 1998, 2003. Duke Univ., 1998, 2007. Univ. Delaware, 1999. Columbia Univ., 2003. Univ. Mass. Amherst, 2011.
At State/Regional Meetings. Lancaster, PA, 2008. New Brunswick, NJ, 2008. Raleigh, NC, 2009. Richmond, VA, 2009. Bordentown, NJ (NJ Assoc. Conservation Districts), 2015. Catonsville, MD (USGS), 2015. Annapolis, MD (Chesapeake Bay Program), 2016.
At National Scientific Meetings. American Geophysical Union, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991 (2), 1994, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2015. American Meteorological Society, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2015. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2015. American Water Resources Association, 2016. Aspen Global Change Institute, 2009. Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI), 2010, 2015. NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, 2013.
At International Scientific Meetings. NATO Adv. Res. Workshops, 1987, Lisbon, 1988 Arles. Int. Assoc. Hydrol. Sci., 1991 , Vienna, 1993, Yokohama. Inter. U. Geod. Geophys., 1995, Boulder. IGBP/WCRP, 1999, Paris. CNES (French Space Agency), 2003, Toulouse. WCRP, 2006, Paris. Riverfestival, 2006, Brisbane. Moroccan Acad. Sci. Tech., 2007, Rabat. CSIRO, 2012, Canberra.


American Association for the Advancement of Science.
American Geophysical Union. Water Resources Research, Associate Editor, 1982-87. Soviet Hydrology, Editorial Board, 1983-87. Translations Board, 1983-88. Water Resources Research Editor Search Committee, Chair, 1988. Hydrology Section: Unsaturated Zone Comm., 1988-92; Large-Scale Exper. Comm., 1984-91; Nominating Comm., 1992-94, 1998-2000; Horton Award Comm., 1995-98, Chair 1996-98; Executive Committee, 1996-98; Pubs. in Hydrol. Comm., 1994-96; Walter Langbein Lecturer Committee, 2014-2016, chair 2014-2016, organizer of several special sessions at annual meetings.
American Meteorological Society. Hydrology Committee, 1989-93.
International Association of Hydrological Sciences. International Committee for Atmosphere-Soil-Vegetation Relations, 1988-96. U. S. National Committee, 1992-93.


U.S. National Research Council, Global Water and Energy Cycle Experiment Panel, 1993-1998.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:
Fifth Assessment Report (2012-2013), reviewer.
Fourth Assessment Report (2007), contributing author, reviewer.
Third Assessment Report (2001), contributing author.
Second Assessment Report (1995), reviewer.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)” (2012)
U.S. Department of the Interior and Bureau of Reclamation, Presentation, 2006
U.S. Congress, USGS Congressional Briefing Series, 2007.
U.S. Senate, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water and Power, Testimony, 2007.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters, Presentation, 2007.
State of New Jersey, Flooding Conference, Office of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, 2007.
U.S. Senate, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water and Power, Staff Briefing, 2007.


Explained scientific findings to reporters for Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD), Arizona Daily Star, BBC World Service, Billings (MT) Gazette, Bloomberg News, Capital Times (Madison, WI), Chattanooga Times Free Press, Discovery Channel, Doylestown (PA) Intelligencer, Energy and Environment Daily, Forestry Source, Harpers, KCBS Radio, KQED Radio,, Los Angeles Times, Le Monde, National Geographic News, National Public Radio, Nature, Neue Zürcher (Zurich) Zeitung, New Scientist, New York Times, Oregonian, Physics Today, Pour la Science, Radio Ottawa, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO), San Diego Union-Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Der Tagesspiegel, (Toronto) Globe and Mail, TV Asahi (Japan), TV Globo (Brazil), United Press International, United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks, Water Engineering Australia.

Interviewed for popular non-fiction books
A Great Aridity (2011) by William deBuys.
The End of Stationarity: Searching for the New Normal… (2016) by Mark Schapiro.
The End of Country (2015) by Seamus McGraw.