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Michelle Stern

The U.S. Geological Survey
United States Virgin Islands


Michelle is a hydrologist at the USGS California Water Science Center in Sacramento, CA. Her research focus is on climate change and soil moisture as key processes of watershed and regional-scale hydrologic modeling. Other research interests include geospatial analysis and sediment transport. She has also performed extensive laboratory work determining physical properties of soil samples and sediment cores. Current research includes refining and applying the Basin Characterization Model (BCM), and the development of an Hydrologic Simulation Program - FORTRAN (HSPF) model of the Sacramento River basin to determine future sediment supply to the Bay-Delta as part of the Computational Assessments of Scenarios of Change for the Delta Ecosystem (CASCaDE) project. A key goal of all her research is to determine a holistic understanding of watershed hydrologic processes at different spatial scales.

Research Interest

hydrology sediment transport climate change soil properties


  • Characterizing Changes in Streamflow and Sediment Supply in the Sacramento River Basin, California, Using Hydrological Simulation Program—FORTRAN (HSPF)

  • Characterizing changes in streamflow and sediment supply in the Sacramento River Basin, California, using hydrological simulation program—FORTRAN (HSPF)

  • Geothermal implications of a refined composition-age geologic map for the volcanic terrains of southeast Oregon, northeast California, and southwest Idaho, USA

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