Paul Kirshen



Paul Kirshen Ph.D
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA



Dr. Kirshen conducts research in developed and developing countries in integrated water resources management, climate change impacts and adaptation, water resources operations, decision support systems and urban water systems. His teaching concentrations include water resources engineering and integrated water resources management.

Dr. Kirshen holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His past experience includes extensive work in the private sector as a program manager, principal engineer and consultant. Before joining the private sector, he taught at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Dartmouth College.

Throughout his career, Dr. Kirshen has provided expertise in a range of water resources fields, including global climate change and water resources, watershed/river basin planning and analysis, water quality assessment, decision support systems, water resources engineering, policy analysis, hydropower systems, hydrology, optimization and simulation modeling, and global water issues.

Dr. Kirshen’s publication credits consist of contributions to six books and numerous periodicals, such as Water International and the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, and Climatic Change. As the UCOWR Fellow at IWR, he participated in the Shared Vision Planning study on the Connecticut River.

Research Interests/Expertise: integrated water resources planning and management; climate change impacts and adaptation

Selected Publications

Neumann, J.E., Emanuel, K., Ravela, S., Ludwig, L., Kirshen, P., Bosma, K., & Martinich, J. (2015) Joint effects of storm surge and sea-level rise on US Coasts: new economic estimates of impacts, adaptation, and benefits of mitigation policy. Climatic Change, 129(1-2), pp. 337 – 349. doi: 10.1007/s10584-014-1304-z

Kirshen, P., Caputo, L., Vogel, R.M., Mathisen, P., Rosner, A., & Renaud, T. (2015). Adapting Urban Infrastructure to Climate Change: A Drainage Case Study. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 141(4), article number 04014064. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000443

Carlson, C., Barreteau, O., Kirshen, P., & Foltz, K. (2015). Storm Water Management as a Public Good Provision Problem: Survey to Understand Perspectives of Low-Impact Development for Urban Storm Water Management Practices under Climate Change. Journal of water Resources Planning and Management, 141(6).  doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000476.

Ray, P.A., Kirshen, P.H., & Vogel, R.M. (2010). Integrated Optimization of a Dual Quality Water and Wastewater System. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management – ASCE, 136(1), pp. 37-47.

Kirshen, P., Matthias, R., & Anderson, W. (2008). Interdependencies of urban climate change impacts and adaptation strategies: a case study of Metropolitan Boston USA. Climatic Change, 86(1-2), pp. 105-112. doi:10.1007/s10584-007-9252-5