Daniel Peter Loucks
Daniel Peter Loucks
Cornell Institute for Public Affairs

403 Hollister Hall



Daniel P. Loucks obtained a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University, 1954; M.F. from Yale University, 1955; Ph.D. from Cornell University, 1965.  From 1965 to 2012, and now as an emeritus professor on the faculty of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University he teaches and directs research in the development and application of economics, ecology and systems analysis methods to the solution of environmental and regional water resources problems.  He served as Chair of his Department from 1974 to 1980, and as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering from 1980 to 1981.  Since 2006 he has served on the core faculty and teaches and advises graduate students in the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs.  

During periods of leave from Cornell, Loucks has been a Research Fellow at Harvard University (1968); an Economist at the Development Research Center of the World Bank (1972-73); a Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (1981-1982); and a Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1977-78), the University of Colorado in Boulder (1992), the University of Adelaide in South Australia (1992), the Aachen University of Technology in Germany (1993 and 1995), the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands (1995), the University of Texas in Austin (2000), and the Technical University of Vienna, Austria (2010-13).  Since 1969 he has served as a consultant to private and government agencies and various organizations of the United Nations, the World Bank, and NATO involved in regional water resources development planning in Asia, Australia, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.  From 1975 to 1978 he was a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency participating in the US-USSR exchange program on environmental protection.  Since 1976 he has been a visiting professor in water resources-environmental systems engineering at the UNESCO International Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands. 

Loucks has served on various committees and boards of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, and was appointed to US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board in 1994.  He served as Vice Chair of the EAB in 1995, as Chair from 1996 to 1998, and received the Commander's Award for Public Service in 1998.  He was given the first Maass/White Fellowship at the Corps’ Institute for Water Resources in Alexandria Va., in 2002.   He currently serves on the Governing Board of the Natural Heritage Institute, a law firm specializing in freshwater restoration located in San Francisco, California.  

 Modeling the hydropower development and sediment flows of the Lower Mekong River - funded by US Aid through the Natural Heritage Institute.   

Modeling the interaction between hydrologic systems and social systems.   

Adaptive policy analysis applications.   

Surface water quality management modeling


“Maintaining Sediment Flows through Hydropower Dams in the Mekong River Basin” with Thomas B. Wild, George W. Annandale and Prakash Kaini, 2016, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Vol. 142 No. 1 ASCE, ISSN 0733-9496/05015004(14)/

Cosgrove, W. J., and D. P. Loucks, 2015, Water management: Current and future challenges and research directions, Water Resour. Res., 51, 4823–4839, doi:10.1002/ 2014WR016869.

Warren E. Walker,  Daniel P. Loucks, Gemma Carr, 2015,  Social Responses to Water Management Decisions, Environmental Processes: Volume 2, Issue 3 (2015), Page 485-509,  DOI  10.1007/s40710-015-0083-5  Print ISSN 2198-7491 Online ISSN 2198-7505  Springer International Publishing

Barbour, E.J.,  L. Holz, G. Kuczera, C.A. Pollino, A.J. Jakeman, D.P. Loucks,  2016,  Optimisation as a process for managing river ecosystems, Environmental Modeling and Software, Volume 83, September, Pages 167–178

Loucks, DP, 2016, Moving from Models that Synthesize to Models that Innovate,  Integration and Implementation Insights, http://www.sesync.org/moving-from-models-that-synthesize-to-models-that-innovate

Loucks, DP, 2016, Model Complexity – What is the right amount?  Integration and Implementation Insights, https://i2insights.org/2016/11/03/model-complexity/

Carr, G.,  A. R. Blanch, A. P. Blaschke, R. Brouwer, C. Bucher, A. H. Farnleitner, A. Fürnkranz-Prskawetz, D. P. Loucks, E. Morgenroth, J. Parajka, N. Pfeifer, H. Rechberger, W. Wagner,

M. Zessner and G. Blöschl, 2017, Emerging outcomes from a cross-disciplinary doctoral programme on water resource systems, Water Policy, doi: 10.2166/wp.2017.054

Carr, G., Loucks, D. P. & Blöschl, G. 2017, Evaluating interdisciplinary research and education programmes: a framework. Research Policy,  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2017.09.010

Loucks, D.P. and van Beek, E., 2017, Water Resource Systems Planning and Management, An Introduction to Methods, Models, and Applications, Springer International Publishing, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-44234-1,   Print ISBN 978-3-319-44232-7,  Online ISBN 978-3-319-44234-1   https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-44234-1

Loucks, D.P., 2017, Managing Water as a Critical Component of a Changing World; Water Resources Management, Volume 31, No.10, pp 2905-2916, DOI 10.1007/s11269-017-1705-7


 Member of various professional organizations and their technical committees.  This includes UNESCO, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Geophysical Union, European Geosciences Union, and the National Academy of Engineering.  Teachinig courses at universities in Delft, NL, and Vienna, Austria.   Consultant to a 5-year project involving hydropower dam development and ecosystem impacts in the Mekong River Basin.  

 In the course I teach in public systems modeling I attempt to make it both challenging and enjoyable.   If we are not having fun then I have failed.   I encourage questions and arguments.  That way we all learn more about how to analyze and identify and evaluate possible solutions to public sector issues and problems.   

 My teaching has been focused on the application of systems analysis methods for analyzing water, environmental, ecologic, and public sector issues.     

 Teaching courses in university graduate programs in Delft, NL, and Vienna, Austria, as well as at Cornell of course.  

 Member of Executive Committee (treasurer) of Cornell Association of Emeritus Professors  (CAPE)

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