John Yearsley, PhD

Research Associate

Educational & Professional Experience:


1989. Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington.

1968. Master of Science, Geology and Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1966. Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

1958. Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Professional experience

2007 – Present.  Affiliate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington (UW)

1968 – 2004. Environmental Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

2016 -  Present. Advisor to Master’s Degree candidates in Geology at Western Washington University


Professional organization

American Geophysical Union, Member

Recent Publications:

Selected peer-reviewed publications, 2018-2021

Fonseca, F.R., M. Craig, P. Jaramillo, M. Bergés, E. Severnini, A. Loew, H. Zhai, Y. Cheng, B. Nijssen, N. Voisin, and J. Yearsley, 2021: Climate-induced tradeoffs in planning and operating costs of a regional electricity system. Environmental Science & Technology, doi:10.1021/acs.est.1c01334.

van Vliet, M., E. Jones, M. Flörke, W. Franssen, N. Hanasaki, Y. Wada, J. Yearsley, 2021: Global water scarcity including surface water quality and expansions of clean water technologies. Environmental Research Letters, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/abbfc3.

Cheng, Y., N. Voisin, J. Yearsley, and B. Nijssen, 2020: Reservoirs modify river thermal regime sensitivity to climate change: a case study in the southeastern United States. Water Resources Research, doi:10.1029/2019WR025784.

Cheng, Y., N. Voisin, J. Yearsley, and B. Nijssen, 2020: Thermal extremes in regulated river systems under climate change: an application to southeastern U.S. rivers. Environmental Research Letters, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ab8f5f.

Yearsley, J., N. Sun, M. Baptiste, and B. Nijssen, 2019: Assessing the impacts of hydrologic and land use alterations on water temperature in the Farmington river basin in Connecticut. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, doi:10.5194/hess-23-4491-2019

Niemeyer, R., Y. Cheng, Y. Mao, J. Yearsley, and B. Nijssen, 2018: A thermally-stratified reservoir module for large-scale distributed stream temperature models with application in the Tennessee River Basin. Water Resources Research, doi:10.1029/2018WR022615.