Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

CU Boulder Computational Geomorphology Group


The Computational Geomorphology Group studies the processes that shape the Earth's surface. As the 18th century founders of geology recognized, our planet's surface is continually sculpted by processes that obey the basic laws of physics and chemistry. Most of these processes can be seen in action on today's Earth. We focus on discovering how the physics of processes like floods and landslides interact to shape the land surface, drive mass and energy across it, and determine how a landscape will respond to forcing from the atmosphere above and the solid earth below. We also develop software tools to enable computational modeling of earth-surface processes.

  

Current Projects

Past, present, and future erosion in a post-glacial landscape

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Landlab: lowering the barrier for earth-surface process modeling

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Extensional faulting and landscape evolution

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Past Projects

Sediment transport and dispersion

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Debris flows and landscape evolution

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Rio Puerco flooding and erosion project

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From Peaks to Prairie: Two Natural Experiments in Decadal Landscape Evolution

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  • Shobe, CM; Bennett, GL; Tucker, GE; Roback, K; Miller, SR; Roering, JJ (2021), Boulders as a lithologic control on river and landscape response to tectonic forcing at the Mendocino triple junction. Version: 1 GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BULLETIN 133 (4-Mar) 647-662, issn: 0016-7606, doi: 10.1130/B35385.1
  • Hutton E; Piper M; Tucker G (2020), The Basic Model Interface 2.0: A standard interface for coupling numerical models in the geosciences. Version: 1 Journal of Open Source Software 5 (51) , doi: 10.21105/joss.02317
  • Litwin D; Tucker G; Barnhart K; Harman C (2020), GroundwaterDupuitPercolator: A Landlab component for groundwater flow. Version: 1 Journal of Open Source Software 5 (46) , doi: 10.21105/joss.01935
  • Barton CM; Alberti M; Ames D; Atkinson J-A; Bales J; Burke E; Chen M; Diallo SY; Earn DJD; Fath B (2020), Call for transparency of COVI D-19 models. Version: 1 Science 368 (6490) , doi: 10.1126/science.abb8637
  • Calyam P; Wilkins-Diehr N; Miller M; Brookes EH; Arora R; Chourasia A; Jennewein DM; Nandigam V; LaMar MD; Cleveland SB (2020), Measuring success for a future vision: Defining impact in science gateways/virtual research environments. Version: 1 Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience , doi: 10.1002/cpe.6099
  • Barnhart, KR; Tucker, GE; Doty, SG; Glade, RC; Shobe, CM; Rossi, MW; Hill, MC (2020), Projections of Landscape Evolution on a 10,000 Year Timescale With Assessment and Partitioning of Uncertainty Sources. Version: 1 JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-EARTH SURFACE 125 (12) , Art. No. e2020JF005795, issn: 2169-9003, doi: 10.1029/2020JF005795
  • Schnepf, RR; Cordell, JJ; Tellekamp, MB; Melamed, CL; Greenaway, AL; Mis, A; Brennecka, GL; Christensen, S; Tucker, GJ; Toberer, ES; Lany, S; Tamboli, AC (2020), Utilizing Site Disorder in the Development of New Energy-Relevant Semiconductors. Version: 1 ACS ENERGY LETTERS 5 (6) 2027-2041, issn: 2380-8195, doi: 10.1021/acsenergylett.0c00576
  • Barnhart, KR; Tucker, GE; Doty, SG; Shobe, CM; Glade, RC; Rossi, MW; Hill, MC (2020), Inverting Topography for Landscape Evolution Model Process Representation: 3. Determining Parameter Ranges for Select Mature Geomorphic Transport Laws and Connecting Changes in Fluvial Erodibility to Changes in Climate. Version: 1 JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-EARTH SURFACE 125 (7) , Art. No. e2019JF005287, issn: 2169-9003, doi: 10.1029/2019JF005287
  • Barnhart, KR; Hutton, EWH; Tucker, GE; Gasparini, NM; Istanbulluoglu, E; Hobley, DEJ; Lyons, NJ; Mouchene, M; Nudurupati, SS; Adams, JM; Bandaragoda, C (2020), Short communication: Landlab v2.0: a software package for Earth surface dynamics. Version: 1 EARTH SURFACE DYNAMICS 8 (2) 379-397, issn: 2196-6311, doi: 10.5194/esurf-8-379-2020
  • Barnhart, K.R.; Tucker, G.E.; Doty, S.; Shobe, C.M.; Glade, R.C.; Rossi, M.W.; Hill, M.C. (2020), Projections of Landscape Evolution on a 10,000 Year Timescale With Assessment and Partitioning of Uncertainty Sources. JGREarth Surface Version: 1, doi: 10.1029/2020JF005795
  • Barnhart, KR; Tucker, GE; Doty, SG; Shobe, CM; Glade, RC; Rossi, MW; Hill, MC (2020), Inverting Topography for Landscape Evolution Model Process Representation: 2. Calibration and Validation. Version: 1 JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-EARTH SURFACE 125 (7) , Art. No. e2018JF004963, issn: 2169-9003, doi: 10.1029/2018JF004963
  • Barnhart, KR; Tucker, GE; Doty, SG; Shobe, CM; Glade, RC; Rossi, MW; Hill, MC (2020), Inverting Topography for Landscape Evolution Model Process Representation: 1. Conceptualization and Sensitivity Analysis. Version: 1 JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-EARTH SURFACE 125 (7) , Art. No. e2018JF004961, issn: 2169-9003, doi: 10.1029/2018JF004961
  • Carriere, A; Le Bouteiller, C; Tucker, GE; Klotz, S; Naaim, M (2020), Impact of vegetation on erosion: Insights from the calibration and test of a landscape evolution model in alpine badland catchments. Version: 1 EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES AND LANDFORMS 45 (5) 1085-1099, issn: 0197-9337, doi: 10.1002/esp.4741
  • Duvall, AR; Harbert, SA; Upton, P; Tucker, GE; Flowers, RM; Collett, C (2020), River patterns reveal two stages of landscape evolution at an oblique convergent margin, Marlborough Fault System, New Zealand. Version: 1 EARTH SURFACE DYNAMICS 8 (1) 177-194, issn: 2196-6311, doi: 10.5194/esurf-8-177-2020
  • Rossi, MW; Anderson, RS; Anderson, SP; Tucker, GE (2020), Orographic Controls on Subdaily Rainfall Statistics and Flood Frequency in the Colorado Front Range, USA. Version: 1 GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS 47 (4) , Art. No. e2019GL085086, issn: 0094-8276, doi: 10.1029/2019GL085086
  • Tucker, GE; Hobley, DEJ; McCoy, SW; Struble, WT (2020), Modeling the Shape and Evolution of Normal-Fault Facets. Version: 1 JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-EARTH SURFACE 125 (3) , Art. No. e2019JF005305, issn: 2169-9003, doi: 10.1029/2019JF005305
  • Gray, HJ; Keen-Zebert, A; Furbish, DJ; Tucker, GE; Mahan, SA (2020), Depth-dependent soil mixing persists across climate zones. Version: 1 PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 117 (16) 8750-8756, issn: 0027-8424, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1914140117, PubMed ID: 32265279
  • Reitman, NG; Mueller, KJ; Tucker, GE; Gold, RD; Briggs, RW; Barnhart, KR (2019), Offset Channels May Not Accurately Record Strike-Slip Fault Displacement: Evidence From Landscape Evolution Models. Version: 1 JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH 124 (12) 13427-13451, issn: 2169-9313, doi: 10.1029/2019JB018596
  • Gray, HJ; Jain, M; Sawakuchi, AO; Mahan, SA; Tucker, GE (2019), Luminescence as a Sediment Tracer and Provenance Tool. Version: 1 REVIEWS OF GEOPHYSICS 57 (3) 987-1017, issn: 8755-1209, doi: 10.1029/2019RG000646
  • Bandaragoda, C; Castronova, A; Istanbulluoglu, E; Strauch, R; Nudurupati, SS; Phuong, J; Adams, JM; Gasparini, NM; Barnhart, K; Hutton, EWH; Hobley, DEJ; Lyons, NJ; Tucker, GE; Tarboton, DG; Idaszak, R; Wang, S (2019), Enabling Collaborative Numerical Modeling in Earth Sciences using Knowledge Infrastructure. Version: 1 ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE 120 , Art. No. UNSP 104424, issn: 1364-8152, doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.03.020
  • Kochanski, K; Anderson, RS; Tucker, GE (2019), The evolution of snow bedforms in the Colorado Front Range and the processes that shape them. Version: 1 CRYOSPHERE 13 (4) 1267-1281, issn: 1994-0416, doi: 10.5194/tc-13-1267-2019
  • Glade, RC; Shobe, CM; Anderson, RS; Tucker, GE (2019), Canyon shape and erosion dynamics governed by channel-hillslope feedbacks. Version: 1 GEOLOGY 47 (7) 650-654, issn: 0091-7613, doi: 10.1130/G46219.1
  • Rossi, M.W., R.S. Anderson, S.P. Anderson and G.E. Tucker (2019), Orographic controls on subdaily rainfall statistics and flood frequency in the Colorado Front Range, USA. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1, doi: https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL085086
  • Collett, CM; Duvall, AR; Flowers, RM; Tucker, GE; Upton, P (2019), The Timing and Style of Oblique Deformation Within New Zealands Kaikura Ranges and Marlborough Fault System Based on Low-Temperature Thermochronology. Version: 1 TECTONICS 38 (4) 1250-1272, issn: 0278-7407, doi: 10.1029/2018TC005268
  • Barnhart, KR; Glade, RC; Shobe, CM; Tucker, GE (2019), Terrainbento 1.0: a Python package for multi-model analysis in long-term drainage basin evolution. Version: 1 GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT 12 (4) 1267-1297, issn: 1991-959X, doi: 10.5194/gmd-12-1267-2019
  • Rossi, M.W., R.A. Anderson, S.P. Anderson and G.E. Tucker (2019), Orographic Controls on Subdaily Rainfall Statistics and Flood Frequency in the Colorado Front Range, USA. Geophys Rsh Lett Version: 1, doi: 10.1029/2019GL085086
  • Harbert, SA, AR Duvall and GE Tucker (2018), The Role of Near-Fault Relief Elements in Creating and Maintaining a Strike-Slip Landscape. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 45 (21) 11683-11692, issn: 0094-8276, ids: HC5GX, doi: 10.1029/2018GL080045
  • Kochanski, K, RS Anderson and GE Tucker (2018), Statistical Classification of Self-Organized Snow Surfaces. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 45 (13) 6532-6541, issn: 0094-8276, ids: GO2FL, doi: 10.1029/2018GL077616
  • Tucker, GE, SW McCoy and DEJ Hobley (2018), A lattice grain model of hillslope evolution. Earth Surf. Dyn. Version: 1 6 (3) 563-582, issn: 2196-6311, ids: GN6KO, doi: 10.5194/esurf-6-563-2018
  • Gray, HJ, GE Tucker and SA Mahan (2018), Application of a Luminescence-Based Sediment Transport Model. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 45 (12) 6071-6080, issn: 0094-8276, ids: GM8QY, doi: 10.1029/2018GL078210
  • Shobe, CM, GE Tucker and MW Rossi (2018), Variable-Threshold Behavior in Rivers Arising From Hillslope-Derived Blocks. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 123 (8) 1931-1957, issn: 2169-9003, ids: GT3QG, doi: 10.1029/2017JF004575
  • Rengers, FK, LA McGuire, BA Ebel and GE Tucker (2018), The evolution of a colluvial hollow to a fluvial channel with periodic steps following two transformational disturbances: A wildfire and a historic flood. Geomorphology Version: 1 309 121-130, issn: 0169-555X, ids: GD5DP, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.01.003
  • Pelletier, JD, GA Barron-Gafford, H Gutierrez-Jurado, ELS Hinckley, E Istanbulluoglu, LA McGuire, GY Niu, MJ Poulos, C Rasmussen, P Richardson, TL Swetnam and GE Tucker (2018), Which way do you lean? Using slope aspect variations to understand Critical Zone processes and feedbacks. Earth Surf. Process. Landf. Version: 1 43 (5) 1133-1154, issn: 0197-9337, ids: GC3TV, doi: 10.1002/esp.4306
  • Strauch, R, E Istanbulluoglu, SS Nudurupati, C Bandaragoda, NM Gasparini and GE Tucker (2018), A hydroclimatological approach to predicting regional landslide probability using Landlab. Earth Surf. Dyn. Version: 1 6 (1) 49-75, issn: 2196-6311, ids: FV2JZ, doi: 10.5194/esurf-6-49-2018
  • Langston, AL and GE Tucker (2018), Developing and exploring a theory for the lateral erosion of bedrock channels for use in landscape evolution models. Earth Surf. Dyn. Version: 1 6 (1) 1-27, issn: 2196-6311, ids: FS1IM, doi: 10.5194/esurf-6-1-2018
  • Gray, HJ, CM Shobe, DEJ Hobley, GE Tucker, AR Duvall, SA Harbert and LA Owen (2018), Off-fault deformation rate along the southern San Andreas fault at Mecca Hills, southern California, inferred from landscape modeling of curved drainages. Geology Version: 1 46 (1) 59-62, issn: 0091-7613, ids: FQ8CD, doi: 10.1130/G39820.1
  • Shobe, CM, GE Tucker and KR Barnhart (2017), The SPACE 1.0 model: a Landlab component for 2-D calculation of sediment transport, bedrock erosion, and landscape evolution. Geosci. Model Dev. Version: 1 10 (12) 4577-4604, issn: 1991-959X, ids: FQ3UQ, doi: 10.5194/gmd-10-4577-2017
  • Gray, HJ, GE Tucker, SA Mahan, C McGuire and EJ Rhodes (2017), On extracting sediment transport information from measurements of luminescence in river sediment. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 122 (3) 654-677, issn: 2169-9003, ids: ES2IC, doi: 10.1002/2016JF003858
  • Adams, JM, NM Gasparini, DEJ Hobley, GE Tucker, EWH Hutton, SS Nudurupati and E Istanbulluoglu (2017), The Landlab v1.0 OverlandFlow component: a Python tool for computing shallow-water flow across watersheds. Geosci. Model Dev. Version: 1 10 (4) 1645-1663, issn: 1991-959X, ids: ES8JP, doi: 10.5194/gmd-10-1645-2017
  • Glade, RC, RS Anderson and GE Tucker (2017), Block-controlled hillslope form and persistence of topography in rocky landscapes. Geology Version: 1 45 (4) 311-314, issn: 0091-7613, ids: EN6PK, doi: 10.1130/G38665.1
  • Hobley, DEJ, JM Adams, SS Nudurupati, EWH Hutton, NM Gasparini, E Istanbulluoglu and GE Tucker (2017), Creative computing with Landlab: an open-source toolkit for building, coupling, and exploring two-dimensional numerical models of Earth-surface dynamics. Earth Surf. Dyn. Version: 1 5 (1) 21-46, issn: 2196-6311, ids: EK6TT, doi: 10.5194/esurf-5-21-2017
  • Rengers, F, M Lunacek and G Tucker (2016), Application of an evolutionary algorithm for parameter optimization in a gully erosion model. Environ. Modell. Softw. Version: 1 80 297-305, issn: 1364-8152, ids: DM3AD, doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.02.033
  • Ebel, BA, FK Rengers and GE Tucker (2016), Observed and simulated hydrologic response for a first-order catchment during extreme rainfall 3 years after wildfire disturbance. Water Resour. Res. Version: 1 52 (12) 9367-9389, issn: 0043-1397, ids: EJ6HV, doi: 10.1002/2016WR019110
  • Roy, SG, GE Tucker, PO Koons, SM Smith and P Upton (2016), A fault runs through it: Modeling the influence of rock strength and grain-size distribution in a fault-damaged landscape. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 121 (10) , issn: 2169-9003, ids: EI9LS, doi: 10.1002/2015JF003662
  • Rengers, FK, GE Tucker and SA Mahan (2016), Episodic bedrock erosion by gully-head migration, Colorado High Plains, USA. Earth Surf. Process. Landf. Version: 1 41 (11) 1574-1582, issn: 0197-9337, ids: DW4LZ, doi: 10.1002/esp.3929
  • Roy, SG, PO Koons, P Upton and GE Tucker (2016), Dynamic links among rock damage, erosion, and strain during orogenesis. Geology Version: 1 44 (7) 583-586, issn: 0091-7613, ids: DQ7AH, doi: 10.1130/G37753.1
  • Shobe, CM, GE Tucker and RS Anderson (2016), Hillslope-derived blocks retard river incision. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 43 (10) 5070-5078, issn: 0094-8276, ids: DP2UC, doi: 10.1002/2016GL069262
  • Roy, SG, PO Koons, B Osti, P Upton and GE Tucker (2016), Multi-scale characterization of topographic anisotropy. Comput. Geosci. Version: 1 90 102-116, issn: 0098-3004, ids: DK3HL, doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2015.09.023
  • Tucker, GE, DEJ Hobley, E Hutton, NM Gasparini, E Istanbulluoglu, JM Adams and SS Nudurupati (2016), CellLab-CTS 2015: continuous-time stochastic cellular automaton modeling using Landlab. Geosci. Model Dev. Version: 1 9 (2) 823-839, issn: 1991-959X, ids: DN3AF, doi: 10.5194/gmd-9-823-2016
  • Rengers, FK, GE Tucker, JA Moody and BA Ebel (2016), Illuminating wildfire erosion and deposition patterns with repeat terrestrial lidar. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 121 (3) 588-608, issn: 2169-9003, ids: DJ6TL, doi: 10.1002/2015JF003600
  • Langston, AL, GE Tucker and RS Anderson (2015), Interpreting climate-modulated processes of terrace development along the Colorado Front Range using a landscape evolution model. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 120 (10) 2121-2138, issn: 2169-9003, ids: CW3FE, doi: 10.1002/2014JF003403
  • Duvall, AR and GE Tucker (2015), Dynamic Ridges and Valleys in a Strike-Slip Environment. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 120 (10) 2016-2026, issn: 2169-9003, ids: CW3FE, doi: 10.1002/2015JF003618
  • Rengers, FK and GE Tucker (2015), The evolution of gully headcut morphology: a case study using terrestrial laser scanning and hydrological monitoring. Earth Surf. Process. Landf. Version: 1 40 (10) 1304-1317, issn: 0197-9337, ids: CO6HX, doi: 10.1002/esp.3721
  • Ebel, BA, FK Rengers and GE Tucker (2015), Aspect-dependent soil saturation and insight into debris-flow initiation during extreme rainfall in the Colorado Front Range. Geology Version: 1 43 (8) 659-662, issn: 0091-7613, ids: CO2VK, doi: 10.1130/G36741.1
  • Langston, AL, GE Tucker, RS Anderson and SP Anderson (2015), Evidence for climatic and hillslope-aspect controls on vadose zone hydrology and implications for saprolite weathering. Earth Surf. Process. Landf. Version: 1 40 (9) 1254-1269, issn: 0197-9337, ids: CM3PB, doi: 10.1002/esp.3718
  • Harris, NB and GE Tucker (2015), Soils, slopes and source rocks: Application of a soil chemistry model to nutrient delivery to rift lakes. Sediment. Geol. Version: 1 323 31-42, issn: 0037-0738, ids: CK9JI, doi: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2015.04.003
  • Roy, SG, PO Koons, P Upton and GE Tucker (2015), The influence of crustal strength fields on the patterns and rates of fluvial incision. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 120 (2) 275-299, issn: 2169-9003, ids: CD9AB, doi: 10.1002/2014JF003281
  • Rengers, FK and GE Tucker (2014), Analysis and modeling of gully headcut dynamics, North American high plains. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 119 (5) 983-1003, issn: 2169-9003, ids: AJ4DH, doi: 10.1002/2013JF002962
  • Griffin, ER, MC Perignon, JM Friedman and GE Tucker (2014), Effects of woody vegetation on overbank sand transport during a large flood, Rio Puerco, New Mexico. Geomorphology Version: 1 207 30-50, issn: 0169-555X, ids: AB8QW, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.10.025
  • Wilcox, T, K Mueller, P Upton, LK Powell, YG Chen, ST Huang, BJ Yanites and G Tucker (2013), Structural inheritance and erosional controls on thrust kinematics in western Taiwan. Geosphere Version: 1 9 (4) 1091-1101, issn: 1553-040X, ids: 221SM, doi: 10.1130/GES00819.1
  • Kean, JW, SW McCoy, GE Tucker, DM Staley and JA Coe (2013), Runoff-generated debris flows: Observations and modeling of surge initiation, magnitude, and frequency. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 118 (4) 2190-2207, issn: 2169-9003, ids: 292AH, doi: 10.1002/jgrf.20148
  • Bradley, DN and GE Tucker (2013), The storage time, age, and erosion hazard of laterally accreted sediment on the floodplain of a simulated meandering river. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 118 (3) 1308-1319, issn: 2169-9003, ids: 238VC, doi: 10.1002/jgrf.20083
  • Perignon, MC, GE Tucker, ER Griffin and JM Friedman (2013), Effects of riparian vegetation on topographic change during a large flood event, Rio Puerco, New Mexico, USA. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 118 (3) 1193-1209, issn: 2169-9003, ids: 238VC, doi: 10.1002/jgrf.20073
  • McCoy, SW, GE Tucker, JW Kean and JA Coe (2013), Field measurement of basal forces generated by erosive debris flows. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 118 (2) 589-602, issn: 2169-9003, ids: 225VU, doi: 10.1002/jgrf.20041
  • Tucker, GE and P van der Beek (2013), A model for post-orogenic development of a mountain range and its foreland. Basin Res. Version: 1 25 (3) 241-259, issn: 0950-091X, ids: 147FZ, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2012.00559.x
  • Godard, V, GE Tucker, GB Fisher, DW Burbank and B Bookhagen (2013), Frequency-dependent landscape response to climatic forcing. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 40 (5) 859-863, issn: 0094-8276, ids: 134VG, doi: 10.1002/grl.50253
  • Anderson, RS, SP Anderson and GE Tucker (2013), Rock damage and regolith transport by frost: an example of climate modulation of the geomorphology of the critical zone. Earth Surf. Process. Landf. Version: 1 38 (3) 299-316, issn: 0197-9337, ids: 103CY, doi: 10.1002/esp.3330
  • Anderson, SP, RS Anderson and GE Tucker (2012), Landscape scale linkages in critical zone evolution. C. R. Geosci. Version: 1 344 (12-Nov) 586-596, issn: 1631-0713, ids: 062NH, doi: 10.1016/j.crte.2012.10.008
  • Bradley, DN and GE Tucker (2012), Measuring gravel transport and dispersion in a mountain river using passive radio tracers. Earth Surf. Process. Landf. Version: 1 37 (10) 1034-1045, issn: 0197-9337, ids: 983LU, doi: 10.1002/esp.3223
  • McCoy, SW, JW Kean, JA Coe, GE Tucker, DM Staley and TA Wasklewicz (2012), Sediment entrainment by debris flows: In situ measurements from the headwaters of a steep catchment. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 117 , Art. No. F03016, issn: 2169-9003, ids: 988CI, doi: 10.1029/2011JF002278
  • Wilcox, T, K Mueller, P Upton, YG Chen, ST Huang, BJ Yanites and G Tucker (2011), Linking Taiwans subcritical Hsuehshan Range topography and foreland basin architecture. Tectonics Version: 1 30 , Art. No. TC4011, issn: 0278-7407, ids: 810LT, doi: 10.1029/2010TC002825
  • Hoke, MRT, BM Hynek and GE Tucker (2011), Formation timescales of large Martian valley networks. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. Version: 1 312 (2-Jan) 1-12, issn: 0012-821X, ids: 867LP, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.09.053
  • Langston, AL, GE Tucker, RS Anderson and SP Anderson (2011), Exploring links between vadose zone hydrology and chemical weathering in the Boulder Creek critical zone observatory. Appl. Geochem. Version: 1 26 S70-S71, issn: 0883-2927, ids: 858HZ, doi: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.03.033
  • Yanites, BJ, GE Tucker, HL Hsu, CC Chen, YG Chen and KJ Mueller (2011), The influence of sediment cover variability on long-term river incision rates: An example from the Peikang River, central Taiwan. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 116 , Art. No. F03016, issn: 2169-9003, ids: 813KZ, doi: 10.1029/2010JF001933
  • Attal, M, PA Cowie, AC Whittaker, D Hobley, GE Tucker and GP Roberts (2011), Testing fluvial erosion models using the transient response of bedrock rivers to tectonic forcing in the Apennines, Italy. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 116 , Art. No. F02005, issn: 2169-9003, ids: 751VM, doi: 10.1029/2010JF001875
  • Tucker, GE, SW McCoy, AC Whittaker, GP Roberts, ST Lancaster and R Phillips (2011), Geomorphic significance of postglacial bedrock scarps on normal-fault footwalls. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 116 , Art. No. F01022, issn: 0148-0227, ids: 737XW, doi: 10.1029/2010JF001861
  • Yanites, BJ and GE Tucker (2010), Controls and limits on bedrock channel geometry. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 115 , Art. No. F04019, issn: 0148-0227, ids: 680GU, doi: 10.1029/2009JF001601
  • Wobus, CW, GE Tucker and RS Anderson (2010), Does climate change create distinctive patterns of landscape incision?. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 115 , Art. No. F04008, issn: 0148-0227, ids: 666CN, doi: 10.1029/2009JF001562
  • McCoy, SW, JW Kean, JA Coe, DM Staley, TA Wasklewicz and GE Tucker (2010), Evolution of a natural debris flow: In situ measurements of flow dynamics, video imagery, and terrestrial laser scanning. Geology Version: 1 38 (8) 735-738, issn: 0091-7613, ids: 624UT, doi: 10.1130/G30928.1
  • Yanites, BJ, GE Tucker, KJ Mueller and YG Chen (2010), How rivers react to large earthquakes: Evidence from central Taiwan. Geology Version: 1 38 (7) 639-642, issn: 0091-7613, ids: 614WE, doi: 10.1130/G30883.1
  • Yanites, BJ, GE Tucker, KJ Mueller, YG Chen, T Wilcox, SY Huang and KW Shi (2010), Incision and channel morphology across active structures along the Peikang River, central Taiwan: Implications for the importance of channel width. Geol. Soc. Am. Bull. Version: 1 122 (8-Jul) 1192-1208, issn: 0016-7606, ids: 605MI, doi: 10.1130/B30035.1
  • Tucker, GE and DN Bradley (2010), Trouble with diffusion: Reassessing hillslope erosion laws with a particle-based model. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 115 , Art. No. F00A10, issn: 2169-9003, ids: 572UN, doi: 10.1029/2009JF001264
  • Bradley, DN, GE Tucker and DA Benson (2010), Fractional dispersion in a sand bed river. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 115 , Art. No. F00A09, issn: 2169-9003, ids: 572UM, doi: 10.1029/2009JF001268
  • Tucker, GE and GR Hancock (2010), Modelling landscape evolution. Earth Surf. Process. Landf. Version: 1 35 (1) 28-50, issn: 0197-9337, ids: 556MF, doi: 10.1002/esp.1952
  • van Balen, RT, FS Busschers and GE Tucker (2010), Modeling the response of the Rhine-Meuse fluvial system to Late Pleistocene climate change. Geomorphology Version: 1 114 (3) 440-452, issn: 0169-555X, ids: 537KA, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2009.08.007
  • Yanites, BJ, GE Tucker and RS Anderson (2009), Numerical and analytical models of cosmogenic radionuclide dynamics in landslide-dominated drainage basins. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 114 , Art. No. F01007, issn: 0148-0227, ids: 398RY, doi: 10.1029/2008JF001088
  • Fleurant, C, GE Tucker and HA Viles (2008), Modelling cockpit karst landforms. Geol. Soc. Spec. Publ. Version: 1 296 47-62, Ed. Gallagher, K; Jones, SJ; Wainwright, J, issn: 0305-8719, ids: BJP45, isbn: 978-1-86239-250-2, doi: 10.1144/SP296.4
  • Whittaker, AC, M Attal, PA Cowie, GE Tucker and G Roberts (2008), Decoding temporal and spatial patterns of fault uplift using transient river long profiles. Geomorphology Version: 1 100 (4-Mar) 506-526, issn: 0169-555X, ids: 350XU, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2008.01.018
  • Attal, M, GE Tucker, AC Whittaker, PA Cowie and GP Roberts (2008), Modeling fluvial incision and transient landscape evolution: Influence of dynamic channel adjustment. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 113 (F3) , Art. No. F03013, issn: 2169-9003, ids: 336BT, doi: 10.1029/2007JF000893
  • Fleurant, C, GE Tucker and HA Viles (2008), A model of cockpit karst landscape, Jamaica. Geomorphologie Version: 1(1) 3-14, issn: 1266-5304, ids: 303BL
  • Cowie, PA, AC Whittaker, M Attal, G Roberts, GE Tucker and A Ganas (2008), New constraints on sediment-flux-dependent river incision: Implications for extracting tectonic signals from river profiles. Geology Version: 1 36 (7) 535-538, issn: 0091-7613, ids: 322ZX, doi: 10.1130/G24681A.1
  • Wobus, CW, JW Kean, GE Tucker and RS Anderson (2008), Modeling the evolution of channel shape: Balancing computational efficiency with hydraulic fidelity. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 113 (F2) , Art. No. F02004, issn: 2169-9003, ids: 289TK, doi: 10.1029/2007JF000914
  • Solyom, PB and GE Tucker (2007), The importance of the catchment area-length relationship in governing non-steady state hydrology, optimal junction angles and drainage network pattern. Geomorphology Version: 1 88 (2-Jan) 84-108, issn: 0169-555X, ids: 244UX, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2006.10.014
  • Whittaker, AC, PA Cowie, M Attal, GE Tucker and GP Roberts (2007), Contrasting transient and steady-state rivers crossing active normal faults: new field observations from the Central Apennines, Italy. Basin Res. Version: 1 19 (4) 529-556, issn: 0950-091X, ids: 235QN, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2007.00337.x
  • Arnold, LJ, RM Balley and GE Tucker (2007), Statistical treatment of fluvial dose distributions from southern Colorado arroyo deposits. Quat. Geochronol. Version: 1 11th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating 2 (4-Jan) 162-167, Kardinal Schulte Haus, Cologne, GERMANY, JUL 24-29, 2005, issn: 1871-1014, ids: 178GU, doi: 10.1016/j.quageo.2006.05.003
  • Whittaker, AC, PA Cowie, M Attal, GE Tucker and GP Roberts (2007), Bedrock channel adjustment to tectonic forcing: Implications for predicting river incision rates. Geology Version: 1 35 (2) 103-106, issn: 0091-7613, ids: 132NC, doi: 10.1130/G20738.1
  • Lyew-Ayee, P, HA Viles and GE Tucker (2007), The use of GIS-based digital morphometric techniques in the study of cockpit karst. Earth Surf. Process. Landf. Version: 1 32 (2) 165-179, issn: 0197-9337, ids: 138YN, doi: 10.1002/esp.1399
  • Wobus, CW, GE Tucker and RS Anderson (2006), Self-formed bedrock channels. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 33 (18) , Art. No. L18408, issn: 0094-8276, ids: 090IE, doi: 10.1029/2006GL027182
  • Clevis, Q, GE Tucker, G Lock, ST Lancaster, N Gasparini, A Desitter and RL Brass (2006), Geoarchaeological simulation of meandering river deposits and settlement distributions: A three-dimensional approach. Geoarchaeology Version: 1 21 (8) 843-874, issn: 0883-6353, ids: 106KQ, doi: 10.1002/gea.20142
  • Tucker, GE, L Arnold, RL Bras, H Flores, E Istanbulluoglu and P Solyom (2006), Headwater channel dynamics in semiarid rangelands, Colorado high plains, USA. Geol. Soc. Am. Bull. Version: 1 118 (8-Jul) 959-974, issn: 0016-7606, ids: 058XO, doi: 10.1120/B25928.1
  • Cowie, PA, M Attal, GE Tucker, AC Whittaker, M Naylor, A Ganas and GP Roberts (2006), Investigating the surface process response to fault interaction and linkage using a numerical modelling approach. Basin Res. Version: 1 18 (3) 231-266, issn: 0950-091X, ids: 082QL, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2006.00298.x
  • Istanbulluoglu, E, RL Bras, H Flores-Cervantes and GE Tucker (2005), Implications of bank failures and fluvial erosion for gully development: Field observations and modeling. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 110 (F1) , Art. No. F01014, issn: 2169-9003, ids: 905ER, doi: 10.1029/2004JF000145
  • Tucker, GE (2004), Drainage basin sensitivity to tectonic and climatic forcing: Implications of a stochastic model for the role of entrainment and erosion thresholds. Earth Surf. Process. Landf. Version: 1 29 (2) 185-205, issn: 0197-9337, ids: 778EP, doi: 10.1002/esp.1020
  • Collins, DBG, RL Bras and GE Tucker (2004), Modeling the effects of vegetation-erosion coupling on landscape evolution. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 109 (F3) , Art. No. F03004, issn: 0148-0227, ids: 863PA, doi: 10.1029/2003JF000028
  • Solyom, PB and GE Tucker (2004), Effect of limited storm duration on landscape evolution, drainage basin geometry, and hydrograph shapes. J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf. Version: 1 109 (F3) , Art. No. F03012, issn: 0148-0227, ids: 031NM, doi: 10.1029/2003JF000032
  • Gasparini, NM, GE Tucker and RL Bras (2004), Network-scale dynamics of grain-size sorting: Implications for downstream fining, stream-profile concavity, and drainage basin morphology. Earth Surf. Process. Landf. Version: 1 29 (4) 401-421, issn: 0197-9337, ids: 816FI, doi: 10.1002/esp.1031
  • Snyder, NP, KX Whipple, GE Tucker and DJ Merritts (2003), Importance of a stochastic distribution of floods and erosion thresholds in the bedrock river incision problem. J. Geophys. Res.-Solid Earth Version: 1 108 (B2) , Art. No. 2117, issn: 0148-0227, ids: 663BR, doi: 10.1029/2001JB001655
  • Baldwin, JA, KX Whipple and GE Tucker (2003), Implications of the shear stress river incision model for the timescale of postorogenic decay of topography. J. Geophys. Res.-Solid Earth Version: 1 108 (B3) , Art. No. 2158, issn: 0148-0227, ids: 667JD, doi: 10.1029/2001JB000550
  • Bogaart, PW, GE Tucker and JJ de Vries (2003), Channel network morphology and sediment dynamics under alternating periglacial and temperate regimes: a numerical simulation study. Geomorphology Version: 1 54 (4-Mar) 257-277, issn: 0169-555X, ids: 723RK, doi: 10.1016/S0169-555X(02)00360-4
  • Snyder, NP, KX Whipple, GE Tucker and DJ Merritts (2002), Interactions between onshore bedrock-channel incision and nearshore wave-base erosion forced by eustasy and tectonics. Basin Res. Version: 1 14 (2) 105-127, issn: 0950-091X, ids: 561FJ, doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2117.2002.00169.x
  • Whipple, KX and GE Tucker (2002), Implications of sediment-flux-dependent river incision models for landscape evolution. J. Geophys. Res.-Solid Earth Version: 1 107 (B2) , Art. No. 2039, issn: 0148-0227, ids: 609MP, doi: 10.1029/2000JB000044
  • Tucker, GE and KX Whipple (2002), Topographic outcomes predicted by stream erosion models: Sensitivity analysis and intermodel comparison. J. Geophys. Res.-Solid Earth Version: 1 107 (B9) , Art. No. 2179, issn: 0148-0227, ids: 634WU, doi: 10.1029/2001JB000162
  • Tucker, GE, F Catani, A Rinaldo and RL Bras (2001), Statistical analysis of drainage density from digital terrain data. Geomorphology Version: 1 36 (4-Mar) 187-202, issn: 0169-555X, ids: 400KR, doi: 10.1016/S0169-555X(00)00056-8
  • Niemann, JD, NM Gasparini, GE Tucker and RL Bras (2001), A quantitative evaluation of Playfair's law and its use in testing long-term stream erosion models. Earth Surf. Process. Landf. Version: 1 26 (12) 1317-1332, issn: 0197-9337, ids: 494RZ, doi: 10.1002/esp.272
  • Tucker, GE and RL Bras (2000), A stochastic approach to modeling the role of rainfall variability in drainage basin evolution. Water Resour. Res. Version: 1 36 (7) 1953-1964, issn: 0043-1397, ids: 329VH, doi: 10.1029/2000WR900065
  • Snyder, NP, KX Whipple, GE Tucker and DJ Merritts (2000), Landscape response to tectonic forcing: Digital elevation model analysis of stream profiles in the Mendocino triple junction region, northern California. Geol. Soc. Am. Bull. Version: 1 112 (8) 1250-1263, issn: 0016-7606, ids: 339FD, doi: 10.1130/0016-7606(2000)112<1250:LRTTFD>2.3.CO;2
  • Whipple, KX and GE Tucker (1999), Dynamics of the stream-power river incision model: Implications for height limits of mountain ranges, landscape response timescales, and research needs. J. Geophys. Res.-Solid Earth Version: 1 104 (B8) 17661-17674, issn: 0148-0227, ids: 224LL, doi: 10.1029/1999JB900120
  • Gasparini, NM, GE Tucker and RL Bras (1999), Downstream fining through selective particle sorting in an equilibrium drainage network. Geol. Version: 1 27 (12) 1079-1082, issn: 0091-7613, ids: 263XH, doi: 10.1130/0091-7613(1999)027<1079:DFTSPS>2.3.CO;2
  • Tucker, GE and RL Bras (1998), Hillslope processes, drainage density, and landscape morphology. Water Resour. Res. Version: 1 34 (10) 2751-2764, issn: 0043-1397, ids: 124UN, doi: 10.1029/98WR01474
  • Tucker, GE and R Slingerland (1997), Drainage basin responses to climate change. Water Resour. Res. Version: 1 33 (8) 2031-2047, issn: 0043-1397, ids: XP366, doi: 10.1029/97WR00409
  • Tucker, GE and R Slingerland (1996), Predicting sediment flux from fold and thrust belts. Basin Res. Version: 1 8 (3) 329-349, issn: 0950-091X, ids: VF679, doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2117.1996.00238.x
  • TUCKER, GE and RL SLINGERLAND (1994), EROSIONAL DYNAMICS, FLEXURAL ISOSTASY, AND LONG-LIVED ESCARPMENTS - A NUMERICAL MODELING STUDY. J. Geophys. Res.-Solid Earth Version: 1 99 (B6) 12229-12243, issn: 0148-0227, ids: NT168, doi: 10.1029/94JB00320

Dr. Tucker teaches the following courses in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder:

  • GEOL 1010 Introduction to Geology
  • GEOL 3820 The Fluid Earth (normally offered every year during fall semester)
  • GEOL 5042 Computational Tools (co-taught with Prof. Sebastian Kopf)
  • GEOL 5702 Geomorphology Seminar (normally offered each semester; topics vary)
  • GEOL 5775 Introduction Numerical Modeling in Earth Sciences (usually spring semester even-numbered years; co-taught with Prof. Bob Anderson) 

Greg Tucker

Computational geomorphology enthusiast, Professor of Geological Sciences, and Executive Director of CSDMS.

 

Matt Rossi

My research primarily focuses on unraveling feedbacks among climate, ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, and tectonics in erosional landscapes. However, my inter-disciplinary interests have also spawned new collaborative efforts characterizing the nonlinear dynamics of coupled socio-environmental systems. I work with Earth Lab.

 

Vanessa Gabel

I study how rivers erode landscapes in response to changes in tectonic or climatic regimes; I'm particularly fascinated by how these erosional processes play out across lithologic boundaries. My work is currently focused on the High Plains, which is where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains.

 

The CSDMS Integration Facility Team

The CSDMS Integration Facility team includes:

  • Benjamin Campforts (postdoctoral research scientist)
  • Tian Gan (postdoctoral research scientist)
  • Eric Hutton (research software engineer)
  • Albert Kettner (research professor and associate director of INSTAAR)
  • Lynn McCready (project coordinator)
  • Julia Moriarty (assistant professor, INSTAAR & ATOC)
  • Irina Overeem (deputy director; assistant professor, INSTAAR & GEOL)
  • Mark Piper (research software engineer)
  • Greg Tucker (executive director; professor, CIRES & GEOL)

Learn more about CSDMS here.

 

 

 

Gregory Tucker

Professor

My interests lie in geomorphology and landscape evolution. My group seeks to understand the physics of diverse geomorphic processes, and how these processes interact to shape terrain and move sediment.

Contact

Address

Greg Tucker
Benson 246D
Department of Geological Sciences
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, Colorado 80309
Phone: 303-492-6985
Email