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Nathalie Voisin

Nathalie Voisin

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Dr. Nathalie Voisin joined PNNL in 2010. Nathalie is a hydro-meteorologist engineer specialized in land surface hydrology modeling and forecasting and in water resources management modeling. She is especially interested in applied research and development of water resources modeling and forecasting for integration with other models: coastal, water resources management, energy models. She is also interested in the development and application of ensemble flow forecast systems (pre and post processing, data assimilation). Her background and experience covers meteorology and climatology to surface hydrology modeling and water resources management models, from local watershed to global simulations, and horizons ranging from short range to seasonal including climate change impact prediction.

Synergetic activities: Convener and/or chair:

  • Advances in Hydro-meteorological research and applications: Fall Meeting of the AGU, San Francisco, December 2011
  • Ensemble flow forecast verification: HEPEX workshop, The Netherlands, June 2011
  • Assessment of the water resources management modeling in the Deschutes River Basin, OR; stakeholders modeling workshop, Seattle, January 2012
  • Hydrological forecasting: challenges in uncertainty estimation, data assimilation, post-processing, real-time control and decision-making: General Assembly of EGU, Austria, April 2012
  • Advances in Hydro-meteorological research and applications: Fall Meeting of the AGU, San Francisco, December 2012
  • Advances in Hydro-meteorological research and applications: Fall Meeting of the AGU, San Francisco, December 2013
  • Advances in global reservoir modeling and monitoring: Fall Meeting of the AGU, San Francisco, December 2013

Section Editor of the Handbook of Hydrometeorological Ensemble Forecasting, edited by Qingyun Duan, Florian Pappenberger, Jutta Thielen, Andy Wood, Hannah Cloke and John C. Schaake. Chapter on Verification of ensemble hydro-meteorological forecasts. Springer.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. (2010), Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle WA, USA
  • M.Sc. (2003) Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • M. Eng. (2001) & B. Eng. (2000), Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics Engineering, ENSEEIHT Engineering School, Toulouse, France

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member of the Hydrological Ensemble Prediction Experiment (HEPEX) science steering committee: 2010-present
  • Member of the American Meteorological Society: 2004-present
  • Member of the American Geophysical Union: 2003-present
  • Member of the European Geophysical Union: 2007-present

PNNL Publications


  • Burleyson CD, N Voisin, ZT Taylor, YL Xie, and IP Kraucunas. 2018. "Simulated Building Energy Demand Biases Resulting from the Use of Representative Weather Stations." Applied Energy 209:516-528.  doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.08.244
  • Voisin N, MCW Kintner-Meyer, D Wu, R Skaggs, T Fu, T Zhou, TB Nguyen, and IP Kraucunas. 2018. "Opportunities for joint water-energy management: sensitivity of the 2010 Western U.S. electricity grid operations to climate oscillations." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 99(2):299-312.  doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0253.1
  • Zhou T, N Voisin, G Leng, M Huang, and IP Kraucunas. 2018. "Sensitivity of regulated flow regime to climate change in the Western United States." Journal of Hydrometeorology 19(3):499-515.  doi:10.1175/JHM-D-17-0095.1


  • Voisin N, MI Hejazi, LYR Leung, L Liu, M Huang, H Li, and TK Tesfa. 2017. "Effects of spatially distributed sectoral water management on the redistribution of water resources in an integrated water model." Water Resources Research 53(5):4253-4270.  doi:10.1002/2016WR019767


  • Voisin N, LYR Leung, and MI Hejazi. 2016. "Drivers of Change in Managed Water Resources: Modeling the Impacts of Climate and Socioeconomic Changes Using the US Midwest as a Case Study." Chapter 9 in Terrestrial Water Cycle and Climate Change: Natural and Human-Induced Impacts, vol. 221, ed. Q Tang and T Oki, pp. 169-192.  John Wiley & Sons, Inc., HOBOKEN, NJ. 
  • Anghileri D, N Voisin, AF Castelletti, F Pianosi, B Nijssen, and DP Lettenmaier. 2016. "Value of long-term streamflow forecast to reservoir operations for water supply in snow-dominated catchments." Water Resources Research 52(6):4209-4225.  doi:10.1002/2015WR017864
  • Leng G, M Huang, N Voisin, X Zhang, GR Asrar, and LYR Leung. 2016. "Emergence of new hydrologic regimes of surface water resources in the Conterminous United States under future warming." Environmental Research Letters 11(11):Article No. 114003.  doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/11/114003
  • Liu X, Q Tang, N Voisin, and C Huijuan. 2016. "Projected impact of climate change on hydropower potential in China." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20(8):3343-3359.  doi:10.5194/hess-20-3343-2016
  • Scott MJ, DS Daly, MI Hejazi, GP Kyle, L Liu, HC McJeon, A Mundra, PL Patel, JS Rice, and N Voisin. 2016. "Sensitivity of Future U.S. Water Shortages to Socioeconomic and Climate Drivers: A Case Study in Georgia Using an Integrated Human-Earth System Modeling Framework." Climatic Change 136(2):233-246.  doi:10.1007/s10584-016-1602-8
  • Voisin N, MCW Kintner-Meyer, R Skaggs, TB Nguyen, D Wu, JA Dirks, YL Xie, and MI Hejazi. 2016. "Vulnerability of the US Western Electric Grid to Hydro-Climatological Conditions: How bad can it get?" Energy 115(Part 1):1-12.  doi:10.1016/
  • Zhao G, H Gao, BS Naz, SC Kao, and N Voisin. 2016. "Integrating Reservoir Regulation Scheme into a Spatially Distributed Hydrological Model." Advances in Water Resources 98:16-31.  doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2016.10.014


  • Li H, LYR Leung, A Getirana, M Huang, H Wu, Y Xu, J Guo, and N Voisin. 2015. "Evaluating Global Streamflow Simulations by a Physically-based Routing Model Coupled with the Community Land Model." Journal of Hydrometeorology 16(2):948-971.  doi:10.1175/JHM-D-14-0079.1
  • Li H, LYR Leung, TK Tesfa, N Voisin, MI Hejazi, L Liu, Y Liu, JS Rice, H Wu, and X Yang. 2015. "Modeling stream temperature in the Anthropocene: An earth system modeling approach." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 7(4):1661-1679.  doi:10.1002/2015MS000471
  • Hejazi MI, N Voisin, L Liu, LM Bramer, DC Fortin, JE Hathaway, M Huang, GP Kyle, LYR Leung, H Li, Y Liu, PL Patel, TC Pulsipher, JS Rice, TK Tesfa, CR Vernon, and Y Zhou. 2015. "21st Century United States Emissions Mitigation Could Increase Water Stress more than the Climate Change it is Mitigating." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112(34):10635-10640.  doi:10.1073/pnas.1421675112
  • Kraucunas IP, LE Clarke, JA Dirks, JE Hathaway, MI Hejazi, KA Hibbard, M Huang, C Jin, MCW Kintner-Meyer, K Kleese van Dam, LYR Leung, H Li, RH Moss, MJ Peterson, JS Rice, MJ Scott, AM Thomson, N Voisin, and TO West. 2015. "Investigating the Nexus of Climate, Energy, Water, and Land at Decision-Relevant Scales: The Platform for Regional Integrated Modeling and Analysis (PRIMA)." Climatic Change 129(3-4):573-588.  doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1064-9
  • Sun N, J Yearsley, N Voisin, and DP Lettenmaier. 2015. "A spatially distributed model for the assessment of land use impacts on stream temperature in small urban watersheds." Hydrological Processes 29(10):2331-2345.  doi:10.1002/hyp.10363
  • Yang Z, T Wang, N Voisin, and AE Copping. 2015. "Estuarine Response to River Flow and Sea-Level Rise under Future Climate Change and Human Development." Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 156:19-30.  doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2014.08.015


  • Tesfa TK, LYR Leung, M Huang, H Li, N Voisin, and MS Wigmosta. 2014. "Scalability of grid- and subbasin-based land surface modeling approaches for hydrologic simulations." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 119(6):3166-3184.  doi:10.1002/2013JD020493


  • Copping AE, Z Yang, N Voisin, J Richey, T Wang, RY Taira, M Constans, MS Wigmosta, FB Van Cleve, and TK Tesfa. 2013. Integrated Modeling and Decision-Support System for Water Management in the Puget Sound Basin: Snow Caps to White Caps PNNL-23078, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Schumann GJ, JC Neal, N Voisin, KM Andreadis, F Pappenberger, K Phanthuwongpakdee, AC Hall, and PD Bates. 2013. "A first large-scale flood inundation forecasting model." Water Resources Research 49(10):6248-6257.  doi:10.1002/wrcr.20521
  • Voisin N, H Li, DL Ward, M Huang, MS Wigmosta, and LYR Leung. 2013. "On an improved sub-regional water resources management representation for integration into earth system models." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 17(9):3605-3622.  doi:10.5194/hess-17-3605-2013
  • Voisin N, L Liu, MI Hejazi, TK Tesfa, H Li, M Huang, Y Liu, and LYR Leung. 2013. "One-way coupling of an integrated assessment model and a water resources model: evaluation and implications of future changes over the US Midwest ." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 17(No. 11):4555-4575.  doi:10.5194/hess-17-4555-2013


  • Schaner N, N Voisin, B Nijssen, and DP Lettenmaier. 2012. "The contribution of glacier melt to streamflow." Environmental Research Letters 7(3):Article No. 034029.  doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/3/034029
  • Shukla S, N Voisin, and DP Lettenmaier. 2012. "Value of medium range weather forecasts in the improvement of seasonal hydrologic prediction skill." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 16(8):2825-2838.  doi:10.5194/hess-16-2825-2012


  • Degu AM, F Hossain, D Niyogi, R Pielke, JM Shepherd, N Voisin, and T Chronis. 2011. "The Influence of Large Dams on Surrounding Climate and Precipitation Patterns." Geophysical Research Letters 38:Article No. L04405.  doi:10.1029/2010GL046482

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