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Faculty Publications in Sustainability

November, 2010

Monem Beitelmal (Mechanical Engineering) and Chandrakant Patel (HPLabs): “A steady-state model for the design and optimization of a centralized cooling system,” International Journal of Energy Research.

October, 2010

Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering): “Contrasting lumped and distributed hydrology models for estimating climate change impacts on California watersheds,” Maurer, E.P., L.D. Brekke, and T. Pruitt, 2010, Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 46(5):1024–1035. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2010.00473.x.

September, 2010

Silvia Figueira and graduate student Ginger Tseng (Computer Engineering): “An Analysis of the Energy Efficiency of Multi-Threading on Multi-Core Machines,” IEEE Green Computing Conference, Workshop on Progress in Green Computing, August 2010; “Multi-Threading on Multi-Core Machines: Performance Gains and Energy Savings,” Computer Measurement Group Conference, December 2010.

Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering): “The utility of daily large-scale climate data in the assessment of climate change impacts on daily streamflow in California,” Maurer, E. P., Hidalgo, H. G., Das, T., Dettinger, M. D., and Cayan, D. R., 2010, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 1125-1138, doi:10.5194/hess-14-1125-2010.

April 2010

Mark Aschheim (Civil Engineering): “ASCE Engineered Bamboo I-Joists;” Journal of Structural Engineering, Mark A Aschheim, Ph.D.; Luisa Maria Gil-Martin, Ph.D.; Enrique Hernandez-Montes, Ph.D.

Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering): Vicuna, S., J. A. Dracup, J. R. Lund, L. L. Dale, and E. P. Maurer (2010), “Basin-scale water system operations with uncertain future climate conditions: Methodology and case studies,” Water Resour. Res., 46, W04505, doi: 10.1029/ 2009 WR007838.

January 2010

Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering): Maurer, E.P., L.D. Brekke, T. Pruitt, K. White, E. Ochs, P. Duffy, and E.H. Girvetz, “User-driven downscaling: advances in data apportioning and analysis to augment adaptation planning,” 90th annual meeting of the American Meteorological Association, 18th Conference on Applied Climatology, Atlanta, GA, 1/21/2010.

December 2009

Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering): Girvetz, E., Zganjar, C, Raber, G., Maurer, E.P., Kareiva, P., Lawler, J.J., 2009, “Applied climate-change analysis: The Climate Wizard Tool,” PLoS ONE 4(12): e8320.

November 2009

Mark Aschheim (Civil Engineering):  "Refinements to Compression Field Theory, with Application to Wall-Type Structures,"  Hernandez-Montes, E., Aschheim, M., and Pantazopoulou, S., American Concrete Institute Fall Convention, New Orleans, delivered by Hernandez-Montes on Nov. 9, 2009.

April, 2009

Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering): Cayan, D., M. Tyree, M. Dettinger, H. Hidalgo, T. Das, E. Maurer, P. Bromirski, N. Graham, and R. Flick, 2009, Climate change scenarios and sea level rise estimates for the California 2008 Climate Change Scenarios Assessment, Public Interest Energy Research Program Reports, Publication # CEC-500-2009-014-D, California Energy Commission, Sacramento, CA, 62 pp. This biennial update outlines some of the latest projections of changes in temperature, precipitation, and sea level we face in California, largely due to past and continuing use of fossil fuels.

Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering): "Assessing reservoir operations risk under climate change," published in the latest issue of the journal Water Resources Research. The study examined the relationship between uncertainties in future climate projections and the subsequent impacts of California's water system, and how systems might respond depending on how risk-averse water managers are.

March, 2009

Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering): Lawler, J. J., S. L. Shafer, D. White, P. Kareiva, E. P. Maurer, A. R. Blaustein, and P. J. Bartlein, 2009, Projected climate-induced faunal change in the western hemisphere, Ecology, 90(3), 588–597. By assessing the impact of climate change on thousands of species of birds, mammals, and amphibians, the authors found local loss of at least 10% of the vertebrate fauna over much of North and South America. The largest changes are projected for the tundra, Central America, and the Andes Mountains where faunal distributions in the future will bear little resemblance to those of today.

February, 2009

Mark Aschheim (Civil Engineering): Šćepanović B., Gil-Martín L. M., Hernández-Montes E., Aschheim M., and Lučić D., Ultimate Strength of I-Girders Under Eccentric Patch Loading: Derivation of a New Strength Reduction Coefficient, Engineering Structures.

Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering): "Climate model based consensus on the hydrologic impacts of climate change to the Rio Lempa basin of Central America" in the journal Hydrology and Earth System Science (Vol.13, pp. 183-194, 2009). This article represents a collaborative effort with co-authors from Washington State University and 3Tier Group in Seattle, and benefited from the assistance of colleagues at the Universidad Centroamericana in El Salvador. The conclusion is that projections of drier conditions, lower streamflow, and decreased hydropower capacity for the region are robust and high confidence.

October, 2008

Mark Aschheim (Civil Engineering): Lee, H. J., Aschheim, M., Hernández-Montes, E., and Gil-Martin, L. M., “Optimum RC Column Reinforcement Considering Multiple Load Combinations,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization.

Mark Aschheim (Civil Engineering): Hernández-Montes, E., Gil-Martín, L. M., Pasadas-Fernández, M., and Aschheim, M. (2008): “Theorem of Optimal Section Reinforcement,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 36(5):509-521, Nov.

August, 2008

Jorge Gonzalez, Tim Hight, and Ph.D. student Rabindra Pokhrel (Mechanical Engineering): Rabindra Pokhrel, Jorge E. Gonzalez, Tim Hight, Thorsteinn Adalsteinsson; “Analysis and Design of a Paraffin/Graphite Composite PCM Integrated in a Thermal Storage Unit,” presented at the 2008 International Conference on Energy Sustainability in the Solar Heating & Cooling Topical Area. Named “Best Paper” of the ASME Solar Energy Division. Five Best Papers were awarded at the Conference of a total of 177 in five different Topical Areas.

Edwin Maurer (Civil Engineering): Brekke, L.D., Dettinger, M.D., Maurer, E.P., and Anderson, M., 2008, Significance of model credibility in projection distributions for regional hydroclimatological impacts of climate change: Climatic Change, 89, doi:10.1007/s10584-007-9388-3, 371-394. The paper summarizes results of a US Bureau of Reclamation research effort, in which the authors evaluate the historical skill of global climate models and conclude that historic skill plays only a modest role in framing future climate projections.

Edwin Maurer (Civil Engineering): Hayhoe, K., C. Wake, B. Anderson, X.-Z. Liang, E. Maurer, J. Zhu, J. Bradbury, A. DeGaetano, A.M. Stoner and D. Wuebbles, 2008, Regional climate change projections for the Northeast USA, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change Vol. 13 (5-6), 425-436, doi: 10.1007/s11027-007-9133-2. This article  provides an assessment of climate change impacts to the Northeastern U.S.


July, 2008:



Jorge Gonzalez (mechanical engineering) and Daniel E. Comarazamy: “On the Validation of the Simulation of Early Season Precipitation on the Island of Puerto Rico Using a Mesoscale Atmospheric Model,” Journal of Hydrometeorology, pp 507-520, June 2008.


March, 2008:

Mark Aschheim (Civil Engineering), Hernández-Montes, E., and Gil-Martín, L.M. (2008). “Design of Optimally-reinforced RC Beam, Column, and Wall Sections,” Journal of Structural Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 134(2):231-239.


Maurer, E.P. (Civil Engineering) and H.G. Hidalgo, 2008, “Utility of daily vs. monthly large-scale climate data: an intercomparison of two statistical downscaling methods,” Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Vol. 12, 551-563.

Singh, Sukhmander (Civil Engineering), "Sustainable Solutions for an Environmentally and Socially Just Society," Geocongress 2008, New Orleans, March 9-12, 2008.

February, 2008:



Edwin Maurer (Civil Engineering): Cayan, D.R., E.P. Maurer, M.D. Dettinger, M. Tyree and K. Hayhoe, 2008, Climate change scenarios for the California region, Climatic Change, Vol. 87, Suppl. 1, 21-42 doi: 10.1007/s10584-007-9377-6.

November, 2007:

Edwin Maurer (Civil Engineering): "Fine-resolution climate projections enhance regional climate change impact studies" by Maurer, E. P., L. Brekke, T. Pruitt, and P. B. Duffy (2007),  Eos Trans. AGU, 88(47), 504.

April, 2007:

Maurer, E.P. (Civil Engineering), 2007, Uncertainty in hydrologic impacts of climate change in the Sierra Nevada, California under two emissions scenarios, Climatic Change, Vol. 82, No. 3-4, 309-325, doi: 10.1007/s10584-006-9180-9.

March, 2007:

Vicuna, S., E.P. Maurer (civil engineering), B. Joyce, J.A. Dracup, D. Purkey, 2007, The sensitivity of California water resources to climate change scenarios, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Vol. 43 No. 2, 482-498, doi: 10.1111 / j.1752-1688.2007.00038.

February, 2007:

Mark Aschheim (Civil Engineering) collaborated with three Santa Clara University seniors, two faculty at the Universidad Centroamericana, and one at the National University of Mexico in writing “Enhancing The Sustainability and Earthquake Resistance of Confined Masonry Dwellings in El Salvador" (Aschheim, M., Flanagan, S., Harlander, J., Pitt, C., Alfaro, A., Rivas, C., Rodriguez, M. E.), which was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Earthquake Engineering.

Gil-Martin LM, Hernandez-Montes E, Aschheim M (Civil Engineering), Optimal design of planar frames based on stability criterion using first-order analysis ENGINEERING STRUCTURES 28 (13): 1780-1786 NOV 2006.