University of Colorado at Boulder

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Faculty

William (Riebsame) Travis

Natural hazards, risk, climate change, decision-making

Associate Professor of Geography 

Human Geography | Environment-Society
303-492-6312  
Ph.D. Clark University, 1981

Research Interests

Prof. Travis studies socio-ecological systems, including the human dimensions of natural hazards, climate change, and land use and land cover. His current projects focus on risk and decision-analysis applied to climate adaptation in agricultural and infrastructural systems, and behavioral responses to extreme events. Prof. Travis teaches classes in environmental geography, natural hazards and risk analysis, and research design.

Selected Publications

McCurdy, A. and W. Travis . (2017). Simulated climate adaptation in stormwater systems: Evaluating the efficiency of adaptation pathways. Environment Systems and Decisions. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10669-017-9631-z?wt_mc=Internal.Event.1.SEM.ArticleAuthorOnlineFirst.

Dilling, L., M.E. Daly, W.R. Travis, O.V. Wilhelmi, and R.A. KleinWiley . (2015). The dynamics of vulnerability: why adapting to climate variability will not always prepare us for climate change. Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 6, 413-425. doi:10.1002/wcc.341

Publications updated March 2017

Recent Courses Include

Fall 2016  GEOG 1972 (3) Environment-Society Geography

Spring 2016  GEOG 1972 (3) Environment-Society Geography

Graduate Students

Katherine
Clifford
Ph.D.
American West; decision making and uncertainty; climate change; land and water resources
Angela
Cunningham
Ph.D.
landscape and historiography
H.E.
Longenecker
Ph.D.
Climatology; Climate Change; Hazard/Risk Vulnerability
Travis
Williams
M.A.
Human and Environmental Relationships
         
Katherine
Clifford
M.A. Alumni
2014
Knowing Climate: Examining Climate Knowledges in the Gunnison Basin
Kristin
Gangwer
M.A. Alumni
2011
Dryness and Desperate Measures: The Implications of Land Tenure on Rocky Mountain Ranchers' Drought Experiences and Behaviors
H.E.
Longenecker
M.A. Alumni
2009
An Evaluation of the Hazus-MH Coastal Flood Model
Adam
McCurdy
M.A. Alumni
2016
Simulated climate adaptation in stormwater conveyance structures.
Mary
Oppold (Huisenga)
M.A. Alumni
2012
Exceedance of Colorado Stream Temperature Standards: The Effects of Effluent and a Warming Climate
Kevin
Sharp
M.A. Alumni
2009
The Influence of Landfall Variation on Tropical Cyclone Losses in the United States as Simulated by Hazus

What's New

Recent publication on adaptation decision making for stormwater systems: McCurdy, A. and W. Travis (2017): “Simulated climate adaptation in stormwater systems: Evaluating the efficiency of adaptation pathways.” Environment Systems and Decisions.

"What's New" updated March 2017

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