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Jim Stagge

  • Assistant Professor, Civil, Envir & Geod Eng
  • 614-247-247-0085
    417E Hitchcock Hall, 2070 Neil Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43210


Dr. Stagge is a civil engineer and hydrologist with research interests in hydrologic extremes and managing water resources to decrease drought vulnerability.

Dr. Stagge's research group models drought risk across long time scales, either by generating long synthetic time series or by linking centuries of pre-Industrial reconstructions with modern observations and climate change projections. This long temporal scale is critical for understanding changing trends in drought and other natural hazards that are, by definition, rare.

Research Interests

  • Indices and measurement of hydrologic drought
  • Reconstruction of flow and drought using tree-rings
  • Climate change impacts on water resource availability
  • Societal, economic, and environmental impacts of drought
  • Water management and reservoir optimization


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Jim Stagge CV



  • November, 2019

    Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring.

  • April, 2018-
    April, 2018

    Early Career Scientist's Travel Support (ECSTS).

  • April, 2018-
    April, 2018

    Abstract of Special Interest.

  • January, 2018

    Top 100 Earth Science papers in Scientific Reports for 2017.

  • January, 2017

    Top Cited Invited Commentary published by Hydrological Processes in 2016.



  • 2019. "Chapter 11: Past and Future Droughts." In Hydrological Drought (2nd Edition), edited by Tallaksen, L.; van Lanen, H.A.J.,
  • 2019. "Chapter 7: Statistical Modelling." In Hydrological Drought (2nd edition), edited by Tallaksen, L.; van Lanen, H.A.J.; Stagge, J.H.,
  • 2019. "Ch 12: Drought Impacts." In Hydrological Drought (2nd Edition), edited by Tallaksen, L.; van Lanen, H.A.J.,


Journal Articles


  • Stagge, J.H.; Rosenberg, D.E.; Abdallah, A.M.; Akbar, H. et al., 2019, "Assessing data availability and research reproducibility in hydrology and water resources.." Sci Data 6, 190030 - 190030.


  • Stagge, J.H.; Rosenberg, D.E.; DeRose, R.J.; Rittenour, T.M., 2018, "Monthly paleostreamflow reconstruction from annual tree-ring chronologies." Journal of Hydrology 557, 791-804 - 791-804.
  • Rizzi, J.; Nilsen, I.B.; Stagge, J.H.; Gisnås, K. et al., 2018, "Five decades of warming: Impacts on snow cover in Norway." Hydrology Research 49, no. 3, 670-688 - 670-688.


  • Nilsen, I.B.; Stagge, J.H.; Tallaksen, L.M., 2017, "A probabilistic approach for attributing temperature changes to synoptic type frequency." International Journal of Climatology 37, no. 6, 2990-3002 - 2990-3002.
  • Stagge, J.H.; Moglen, G.E., 2017, "Water Resources Adaptation to Climate and Demand Change in the Potomac River." JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGIC ENGINEERING 22, no. 11,
  • Ionita, M.; Tallaksen, L.M.; Kingston, D.G.; Stagge, J.H. et al., 2017, "The European 2015 drought from a climatological perspective." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 21, no. 3, 1397-1419 - 1397-1419.
  • Laaha, G.; Gauster, T.; Tallaksen, L.M.; Vidal, J.P. et al., 2017, "The European 2015 drought from a hydrological perspective." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 21, no. 6, 3001-3024 - 3001-3024.
  • Stagge, J.H.; Kingston, D.G.; Tallaksen, L.M.; Hannah, D.M., 2017, "Observed drought indices show increasing divergence across Europe." Scientific Reports 7, no. 1,


  • Stagge, J.H.; Seagren, E.A.; Song, X., 2016, "Sorption of Naphthalene onto Natural and Surfactant-Amended Soils." Journal of Environmental Engineering (United States) 142, no. 4,
  • Stagge, J.H.; Tallaksen, L.M.; Gudmundsson, L.; Van Loon, A.F. et al., 2016, "Response to comment on 'Candidate Distributions for Climatological Drought Indices (SPI and SPEI)'." International Journal of Climatology 36, no. 4, 2132-2138 - 2132-2138.
  • Stahl, K.; Kohn, I.; Blauhut, V.; Urquijo, J. et al., 2016, "Impacts of European drought events: Insights from an international database of text-based reports." Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 16, no. 3, 801-819 - 801-819.
  • Van Lanen, H.A.J.; Laaha, G.; Kingston, D.G.; Gauster, T. et al., 2016, "Hydrology needed to manage droughts: the 2015 European case." Hydrological Processes 30, no. 17, 3097-3104 - 3097-3104.
  • Blauhut, V.; Stahl, K.; Stagge, J.H.; Tallaksen, L.M. et al., 2016, "Estimating drought risk across Europe from reported drought impacts, drought indices, and vulnerability factors." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20, no. 7, 2779-2800 - 2779-2800.


  • Stagge, J.H.; Tallaksen, L.M.; Gudmundsson, L.; Van Loon, A.F. et al., 2015, "Candidate Distributions for Climatological Drought Indices (SPI and SPEI)." International Journal of Climatology 35, no. 13, 4027-4040 - 4027-4040.
  • Stagge, J.H.; Kohn, I.; Tallaksen, L.M.; Stahl, K., 2015, "Modeling drought impact occurrence based on meteorological drought indices in Europe." Journal of Hydrology 530, 37-50 - 37-50.
  • Bartholomeus, R.P.; Stagge, J.H.; Tallaksen, L.M.; Witte, J.P.M., 2015, "Sensitivity of potential evaporation estimates to 100 years of climate variability." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 19, no. 2, 997-1014 - 997-1014.
  • Kingston, D.G.; Stagge, J.H.; Tallaksen, L.M.; Hannah, D.M., 2015, "European-scale drought: Understanding connections between atmospheric circulation and meteorological drought indices." Journal of Climate 28, no. 2, 505-516 - 505-516.
  • Casey, M.J.; Stagge, J.H.; Moglen, G.E.; McCuen, R.H., 2015, "Effects of watershed subdivision on peak discharge in rainfall-runoff modeling in the WinTR-20 model." Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 20, no. 10,


  • Stagge, J.H.; Moglen, G.E., 2014, "Evolutionary algorithm optimization of a multireservoir system with long lag times." Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 19, no. 9,


  • Stagge, J.H.; Moglen, G.E., 2013, "A nonparametric stochastic method for generating daily climate-adjusted streamflows." Water Resources Research 49, no. 10, 6179-6193 - 6179-6193.


  • Stagge, J.H.; Davis, A.P.; Jamil, E.; Kim, H., 2012, "Performance of grass swales for improving water quality from highway runoff." Water Research 46, no. 20, 6731-6742 - 6731-6742.
  • Davis, A.P.; Stagge, J.H.; Jamil, E.; Kim, H., 2012, "Hydraulic performance of grass swales for managing highway runoff." Water Research 46, no. 20, 6775-6786 - 6775-6786.


Papers in Proceedings



  • Gunst, L.; Rego, F.C.; Dias, S.; Bifulco, C. et al. "Impact of meteorological drought on crop yield on pan-European scale, 1979-2009." (1 2015).
  • Tallaksen, L.M.; Stagge, J.H.; Stahl, K.; Gudmundsson, L. et al. "Characteristics and drivers of drought in Europe-a summary of the DROUGHT-R&SPI project." (1 2015).


  • Hannah, D.M.; Fleig, A.K.; Kingston, D.G.; Stagge, J.H. et al. "Connecting streamflow and atmospheric conditions in Europe: State-of-the-art review and future directions." (1 2014).
  • Stagge, J.H.; Tallaksen, L.M.; Xu, C.Y.; Van Lanen, H.A.J. "Standardized precipitation-evapotranspiration index (SPEI): Sensitivity to potential evapotranspiration model and parameters." (1 2014).