About Me

I am a hydrologist for the USGS – New Mexico Water Science Center and in charge of all technical watershed-modeling activities. I have developed data processing and analysis techniques and serve as the center's technical authority on all precipitation runoff modeling system (PRMS) and snow hydrology activities. I am currently developing and implementing novel characterizations of forest canopy as well as snow modeling tools in order to quantify the effects of canopy disturbance on snow water resources from a recently awarded competitive grant from the South Central Climate Science Center.

Contact Details

C. David Moeser
300 Hermosa DR NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108 USA
+1 (77five) 3five7- 66six8
cdmoeser(at)yahoo(dot)com

Education

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich (ETH)

PhD December 2015

Surface Water HydrologyDepartment of Environmental Systems Science

Dissertation: The Influence of Forest Canopy Structure on Snow Hydrology. Download here

Funding: Successful Swiss National Science Foundation Grant Proposal. Download here

 

University of Nevada, Reno

M.S.December 2010

Surface Water HydrologyDepartment of Hydrologic Sciences

Thesis: Development, Analysis and Use of a Distributed Wireless Sensor Network for Quantifying Spatial Trends of Snow Depth and Snow Water Equivalence. Download here

Fort Lewis College

B.S.December 2004

Environmental Geology / Chemistry minorDepartment of Geosciences

Thesis: Discriminating Pre- and Post- Mining Effects on The Middle Fork of Mineral Creek, Silverton, CO, Using Tree Core Analysis

Awarded outstanding senior in the earth sciences (Eugene M. Shoemaker Award)

Work

United States Geological Survey

New Mexico Water Science Center

Hydrologist July 2016 - Present

  • Snow hydrology program development
  • Center wide watershed modeling capacity development
  • Model developement, data processing, and data analysis tools
  • WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF

    Davos, Switzerland

    Snow Hydrologist / PhD Candidate February 2012 - February 2016

  • Snow model and analysis tool development
  • Aerial and terrestrial LiDAR (light detection and ranging) data gathering, and manipulation
  • Snow survey campaign supervision (total: 12 employees)
  • World Business Council For Sustainable Development

    Geneva, Switzerland

    Contract Hydrologist September 2011 - February 2012

  • Water and energy use linkage analyses between food, feed, and fiber management scenarios
  • Knowledge exchange coordination between UN organizations, research institutes, and businesses for water related projects
  • WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF

    Davos, Switzerland

    Snow Hydrology Intern January 2011 - July 2011

  • Snow survey campaign leader within a high alpine basin in avalanche terrain
  • Snow melt modeling implementation and analysis
  • Geographic data parsing and analysis
  • University of Nevada, Reno

    Research Assistant September 2008 - December 2010

  • Wireless snow depth sensing equipment and affiliated meteorological station deployment, maintenance, and analysis
  • Statistical and geo-statistical modeling of snow
  • Stilling well and V-notch weir installation in an urban watershed
  • Bureau of Land Management/ U.S. Forest Service

    Public Lands Center - Durango, Colorado

    Hydrologic Technician 2005 - 2007

  • Surface and groundwater water quantity and quality monitoring in springs and streams within Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico
  • Groundwater monitoring well and piezometer installation
  • Forest stream remediation and characterization
  • Teaching

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)

    Zürich, Switzerland

    (2013 - 2014) Department of Environment Systems Science

    'Environmental Measurement Laboratory' (701)

  • Course and laboratory structure development for a 6-hour lecture module designed to integrate matlab programing with remotely sensed data
  • University of Nevada, Reno

    (2008 - 2010) Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science

    'Principles of Ecohydrology' (295)

    'Ecohydrology Field Camp (400)

  • New course material and method development
  • Field and laboratory lecturing and supervision 
  • University of Nevada, Reno Cooperative Extension

    (2009 - 2010) 'Discover your Future'

  • Basic hydrologic field methods and applications: activity leader and guest lecturer for high school students
  • Graduate Student Advising

  • MSc – Snow hydrology (2012) – Charles University, Prague – Czech Rep.
  • MSc – Snow hydrology (2015) – ETH, Zürich - Switzerland
  • Published Papers

    Moeser, D., G. Mazzotti, N. Helbig, T. Jonas; Representing spatial variability of forest snow: Implementation of a new interception model, 2016; Water Resources Research, doi: 10.1002/2015WR017961 (link)

    Moeser, D., M. Stähli, T. Jonas; Improved snow interception modeling using novel canopy parameters from airborne LIDAR data, 2015; Water Resources Research, doi: 10.1002/2014WR016724 (link)

    Moeser, D., F. Morsdorf, T. Jonas; Novel forest structure metrics from airborne LiDAR data for improved snow interception estimation, 2015; Agriculture and Forest Meteorology, doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.04.013 (link)

    Moeser, D., J. Roubinek, P. Schleppi, F. Morsdorf, T. Jonas; Canopy closure, LAI and radiation transfer from airborne LiDAR synthetic images; 2014; Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2014.06.008 (link)

    External Reports and Grant Writing

    South Central Climate Science Center – ‘The Effects of Wildfire on Snow Water Resources Under Multiple Climate Conditions (2017): ~375,000 USD

    Swiss National Science Foundation – ‘Snow Distribution Dynamics under Forest Canopy’ (2012) (link) : ~175,000 USD

    Agriculture Research Service – ‘Recommended Procedure for Assessing Soil Disturbances in Vegetation Management Projects within Sensitive Areas of the Lake Tahoe Basin’ (2008)

    Conference Papers and Presentations

    Moeser, D., M. Stähli; ‘Forest Canopy Controls on Snow Hydrology,’ poster presentation, Western Snow Conference, Boise, Idaho, March 2017

    Moeser, D.; ‘Forest snow hydrology,’ Department colloquium series, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, New Mexico, January 2017

    Moeser, D.; ‘The influence of forest canopy structure on snow hydrology: Novel modeling and visualization approaches,’ Department colloquium series, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, December 2016

    Moeser, D., M. Stähli; ‘The influence of canopy structure on snow,’ poster presentation, American Geophysical Union meeting, San Francisco, California, December 2016

    Moeser, D., M. Stähli, T. Jonas; ‘Snow interception modeling,’ oral presentation, The International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, Prague, Czech Republic, June 2015

    Moeser, D., F. Morsdorf, T. Jonas; ‘Improving snow interception modeling using LiDAR data,’ poster presentation, American Geophysical Union meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 2014

    Moeser, D., J. Roubinek, F. Morsdorf, T. Jonas; ‘Snow distribution dynamics under forest canopy,’ poster presentation, American Geophysical Union meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 2013

    Moeser, D., T. Jonas, F. Morsdorf; ‘Linking snow accumulation patterns in forests with LiDAR derived canopy structure data,’ oral presentation, Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly – The International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, Davos, Switzerland, July 2013

    Jonas, T., D. Moeser, F. Morsdorf; ‘Linking forest snow distribution measurements with canopy structure data,’ Presented by Dr. Tobias Jonas at the American Geophysical Union meeting, San Francisco, California, December 2012

    Jonas, T., D. Moeser, J. Magnusson, M. Bavay; ‘Validation of multiple approaches for modeling SWE Distribution and subsequent snowmelt in a small alpine watershed,’ Presented by Dr. Tobias Jonas at the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, Melbourne, Australia, July 2011

    Moeser, D., M. Walker, C. Skalka, J. Frolik; ‘A distributed wireless sensor network for quantifying spatial trends of snow depth and snow water equivalent,’ Presented by Dr. Mark Walker at the 79th Annual Western Snow Conference, Stateline, NV, April 2011

    Moeser, D., M. Walker, C. Skalka, J. Frolik; ‘Development, analysis & sse of a distributed wireless sensor network for quantifying spatial trends of snow,’ Presented by Dr. Mark Walker at the Nevada Water Resources Association, Annual conference Reno, NV, February 2011

    Moeser, D., Skalka, C., M. Walker, J. Frolik; ‘Snowcloud: development of a distributed in situ instrument for snowpack monitoring,’ Poster presentation, American Geophysical Union meeting, San Francisco, California, December 2009

    Languages

  • English – native
  • German – CEFR level B2 | Chur, Switzerland (2012-2014) | Davos, Switzerland (2014-2016)
  • Spanish – CEFR level B2 | Xela, Guatemala (2005) | Bogota, Colombia (2006) | La Paz, Bolivia (2007)
  • Hobbies

  • Rock Climbing and Mountaineering
  • Travel
  • Language
  • Carpentry and Woodworking
  • Skills

    Scripting / Coding is and has been an integral part of my work flow for over ten years. After I open my email each morning, I typically then open the command line window and start a blank matlab script. My scripting activities range from daily data analysis to dyanmically programmed interfaces and stand alone programs to process and analyze environmental data. I have several packages for novel LiDAR data manipulation, analysis and visualization available upon request. I coinisder myself an expert in Matlab, highly proficient in R, and have a base foundation in Python and Fortran as well as HTML and CSS.

    Deployment and Development of Meteorological Equipment

    Global Water is local water!

    The Water Cycle is affected by our changing world and climate; as such, we need more accurate measures to quantify the distribution of this critical resource over the landscape.

    . David Moeser

    Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or ideas. Collaboration keeps it fun!

    Water use Facts

    • Just 0.3% of total freshwater ( less than 0.007% of total water) is seen on the surface as rivers and lakes.

      The United Nations World Water Assesment Programme
    • Water scarcity affects > 40 percent of the global population, over 1.7 billion people are living in river basins where water use exceeds recharge.

      The United Nations World Water Assesment Programme
    • On average the water footprint of a U.S. citizen is 32,911 glasses of water a day. CHECK YOUR PERSONAL WATER FOOTPRINT HERE.

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