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

J. Toby Minear

Research Interests

Dr. Minear completed his undergraduate degree at Colorado College and later received Masters and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining CIRES, Dr. Minear worked as a Research Hydrologist at the United States Geological Survey at the California Water Science Center and the National Research Program. Dr. Minear works on a variety of river research and hydrodynamic modeling projects in California and the Western U.S., including the San Joaquin River, Trinity River, Klamath River, Merced River in Yosemite National Park, and Elwha River Dam Removal Project. Dr. Minear is a Science Team and Cal/Val Team member for the upcoming NASA Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) Mission and serves on the U.S. Subcommittee on Sedimentation.


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  • Yao F; Minear JT; Rajagopalan B; Wang C; Yang K; Livneh B. (Aug 2023). Estimating Reservoir Sedimentation Rates and Storage Capacity Losses Using High‐Resolution Sentinel‐2 Satellite and Water Level Data. Geophysical Research Letters , 50(16). 10.1029/2023gl103524
  • Durand M; Gleason CJ; Pavelsky TM; Frasson RPDM; Turmon M; David CH; Altenau EH; Tebaldi N; Larnier K; Monnier J. (Apr 2023). A Framework for Estimating Global River Discharge From the Surface Water and Ocean Topography Satellite Mission. Water Resources Research , 59(4). 10.1029/2021WR031614
  • Brucker CP; Livneh B; Minear JT; Rosario-Ortiz FL. (Jan 2022). A review of simulation experiment techniques used to analyze wildfire effects on water quality and supply. Environmental Science Processes and Impacts. 10.1039/d2em00045h
  • Randle TJ; Morris GL; Tullos DD; Weirich FH; Kondolf GM; Moriasi DN; Annandale GW; Fripp J; Minear JT; Wegner DL. (Jul 2021). Sustaining United States reservoir storage capacity: Need for a new paradigm. Journal of Hydrology , 602. 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.126686
  • Culler ES; Badger AM; Minear JT; Tiampo KF; Zeigler SD; Livneh B. (May 2021). A multi‐sensor evaluation of precipitation uncertainty for landslide‐triggering storm events. Hydrological Processes. 10.1002/hyp.14260
  • Harlan ME; Gleason CJ; Altenau EH; Butman D; Carter T; Chu VW; Cooley SW; Dolan WD; Durand MT; Eidam E. (Mar 2021). Discharge Estimation From Dense Arrays of Pressure Transducers. Water Resources Research , 57(3). 10.1029/2020WR028714
  • Pitcher LH; Smith LC; Cooley SW; Zaino A; Carlson R; Pettit J; Gleason CJ; Minear JT; Fayne JV; Willis MJ. (Nov 2020). Advancing Field-Based GNSS Surveying for Validation of Remotely Sensed Water Surface Elevation Products. Frontiers in Earth Science , 8. 10.3389/feart.2020.00278
  • Bjerklie DM; Fulton JW; Dingman SL; Canova MG; Minear JT; Moramarco T. (Mar 2020). Fundamental Hydraulics of Cross Sections in Natural Rivers: Preliminary Analysis of a Large Data Set of Acoustic Doppler Flow Measurements. Water Resources Research , 56(3). 10.1029/2019WR025986
  • Wright, SA; Minear, JT. (Jul 2019). Dam effects on bedload transport on the upper Santa Ana River, California, and implications for native fish habitat. RIVER RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS , 35(6). 10.1002/rra.3443
  • Montazem, AS; Garambois, PA; Calmant, S; Finaud-Guyot, P; Monnier, J; Moreira, DM; Minear, JT; Biancamaria, S. (Jun 2019). Wavelet-Based River Segmentation Using Hydraulic Control-Preserving Water Surface Elevation Profile Properties. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS , 46(12). 10.1029/2019GL082986
  • Langhorst, T; Payelskyl, TM; Frasson, RPD; Wei, R; Domeneghetti, A; Altenau, EH; Durand, MT; Minear, JT; Wegmann, KW; Fuller, MR. (May 2019). Anticipated Improvements to River Surface Elevation Profiles From the Surface Water and Ocean Topography Mission. FRONTIERS IN EARTH SCIENCE , 7. 10.3389/feart.2019.00102
  • Wyman, MT, MJ Thomas, RR McDonald, AR Hearn, RD Battleson, ED Chapman, P Kinzel, JT Minear, EA Mora, JM Nelson, MD Pagel and AP Klimley. (May 2018). Fine-scale habitat selection of green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris) within three spawning locations in the Sacramento River, California. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC SCIENCES , 75(5). 10.1139/cjfas-2017-0072
  • Stewart, JR, B Livneh, JR Kasprzyk, B Rajagopalan, JT Minear and WJ Raseman. (Nov 2017). A Multialgorithm Approach to Land Surface Modeling of Suspended Sediment in the Colorado Front Range. JOURNAL OF ADVANCES IN MODELING EARTH SYSTEMS , 9(7). 10.1002/2017MS001120
  • Frasson, RPD, R Wei, M Durand, JT Minear, A Domeneghetti, G Schumann, BA Williams, E Rodriguez, C Picamilh, C Lion, T Payelsky and PA Garamboi. (Oct 2017). Automated River Reach Definition Strategies: Applications for the Surface Water and Ocean Topography Mission. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH , 53(10). 10.1002/2017WR020887
  • Stern M; Flint L; Minear J; Flint A; Wright S. (Sep 2016). Characterizing Changes in Streamflow and Sediment Supply in the Sacramento River Basin, California, Using Hydrological Simulation Program—FORTRAN (HSPF). Water: an open access journal , 8(10), 432-432. 10.3390/w8100432
  • Durand M; Gleason CJ; Garambois PA; Bjerklie D; Smith LC; Roux H; Rodriguez E; Bates PD; Pavelsky TM; Monnier J. (Jun 2016). An intercomparison of remote sensing river discharge estimation algorithms from measurements of river height, width, and slope. Water Resources Research , 52(6), 4527-4549. 10.1002/2015wr018434
  • East AE; Pess GR; Bountry JA; Magirl CS; Ritchie AC; Logan JB; Randle TJ; Mastin MC; Minear JT; Duda JJ. (Oct 2015). Reprint of: Large-scale dam removal on the Elwha River, Washington, USA: River channel and floodplain geomorphic change. Geomorphology , 246, 687-708. 10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.04.027
  • East AE; Pess GR; Bountry JA; Magirl CS; Ritchie AC; Logan JB; Randle TJ; Mastin MC; Minear JT; Duda JJ. (Jan 2015). Large-scale dam removal on the Elwha River, Washington, USA: River channel and floodplain geomorphic change. Geomorphology , 228, 765-786. 10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.08.028
  • Kondolf GM; Rubin ZK; Minear JT. (Jun 2014). Dams on the Mekong: Cumulative sediment starvation. Water Resources Research , 50(6), 5158-5169. 10.1002/2013wr014651
  • Venditti JG; Nelson PA; Minear JT; Wooster J; Dietrich WE. (Jun 2012). Alternate bar response to sediment supply termination. Journal of Geophysical Research , 117(F2). 10.1029/2011jf002254
  • Minear JT; Kondolf GM. (Dec 2009). Estimating reservoir sedimentation rates at large spatial and temporal scales: A case study of California. Water Resources Research , 45(12). 10.1029/2007wr006703
  • Baron JS; Rueth HM; Wolfe AM; Nydick KR; Allstott EJ; Minear JT; Moraska B. (Jul 2000). Ecosystem responses to nitrogen deposition in the Colorado Front Range. Ecosystems , 3(4), 352-368. 10.1007/s100210000032