David Sampson

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Research Scientist, Decision Center for a Desert City, Global Institute of Sustainability

Arizona State University
Decision Center for a Desert City
PO Box 878209
Tempe, AZ 85287-8209
USA
480-965-5811
Email: david.a.sampson@asu.edu

Biography

Dr. Sampson is a systems analyst and process modeler; David creates and links algorithms (problem-solving instruction sets) that mimic social and biological processes of interest to water managers and stakeholders. These computer simulation tools permit real-time analyses of future, probable events and the social/ political responses to these trigger mechanisms (and potential ramifications). A recent project funded by the National Commission on Energy and Policy, in conjunction with Portland State University, evaluated the expected water and energy use for the Phoenix Metropolitan Area (and short-falls) under climate change. His current research focuses on the development and implementation of an urban water policy and planning tool labeled WaterSim 5, an open source software program that can be used by students, faculty, and water resource managers to examine tradeoffs in water governance and planning strategies for Central Arizona communities.

Expertise

urban water use; local water law; groundwater; watershed hydrological processes; modeling and simulation; water resource management; analytical methods; data analysis; climate change; biogeochemical processes; water for energy, energy for water; water governance; water quality

Education

    Ph.D., Forest Science: Systems Modeling, Colorado State University, 1992

    M.S., Forest Science: Ecology, Northern Arizona University, 1988

    B.S., Forestry, Michigan Technological University, 1982

    A.S., Botany-General Studies, Washtenaw Community College, 1978

Journal Articles

2012

Murray, A. T., P. Gober, L. Anselin, S. J. Rey, D. A. Sampson, P. D. Padegimas and Y. Liu. 2012. Spatial optimization models for water supply allocation. Water Resources Management 26(8):2243-2257.

2011

Sampson, D. A., D. M. Amatya, C. D. Blanton Lawson and R. W. Skaggs. 2011. Leaf area index (LAI) of Loblolly pine and emergent vegetation following a harvest. Transactions of the ASABE 54(6):2057-2066.

Sampson, D. A., V. M. Escobar, M. K. Tschudi, T. Lant and P. Gober. 2011. A provider-based water planning and management model - WaterSim 4.0 - for the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Journal of Environmental Management 92(10):2596-2610. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2011.05.032.

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Book Chapters

In Press

Gober, P., D. D. White, R. Quay, D. A. Sampson and C. W. Kirkwood. Socio-hydrology modelling for an uncertain future, with examples from the USA and Canada. Model Fusion: Integrating Environmental Models to Solve Real World Problems. The Geological Society of London.

2003

Deckmyn, G., R. Ceulemans, D. Rasse, D. A. Sampson, J. Garcia and B. Muys. 2003. Modeling the carbon sequestration of a mixed, uneven-aged, manged forest using the process model SECRETS. In: Amaro, A., D. Reed and P. Soares eds., Modelling Forest Systems. CABI Publishing.

2000

Sampson, D. A. and R. Ceulemans. 2000. SECRETS: Simulated carbon fluxes from a mixed coniferous/deciduous Belgian forest. Pp. 95-108 In: Ceulemans, R., F. Verostraete, V. Gond and J. Van Rensbergen eds., Forest Ecosystem Modelling, Upscaling and Remote Sensing. SPB Academic Publishing.

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Posters

2014

Moreno, H. A., D. D. White, H. V. Gupta, E. R. Vivoni and D. A. Sampson. 2014. Predicting the long term hydrologic effects of the four forest restoration project at Tonto Creek Basin, Arizona. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Sampson, D. A., R. Quay, D. D. White and P. Gober. 2014. WaterSim: a brief history. Poster presented at the Water Resources Research Center 2014 Annual Conference: Closing the Gap Between Water Supply and Demand, April 8, 2014, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

Sampson, D. A., R. Quay, D. D. White and P. Gober. 2014. WaterSim: A brief history. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

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Presentations

2013

Sampson, D. A. 2013. Linking a MODFLOW groundwater flow model with an urban water policy and management model. Presentation at the National Groundwater Association’s 2013 Theis Conference—Accelerating the Use of New and Developing Tools and Technologies for Groundwater Monitoring, Modeling, and Management: Theory to Practice, November 8-10, 2013, Phoenix, AZ.

Sampson, D. A. 2013. A workshop forum: Dry cell hammering and other exceptions (and resolutions) for the SRV groundwater flow model. Presented May 3, 2013 at the AZ Water Association’s 86th Annual Conference & Exposition; Sustainable Water, Sustainable Arizona, May 1-3, 2013, Glendale, AZ.

Sampson, D. A., R. Quay and M. J. Lacey. 2013. A dynamic, georeferenced, data management interface to link MODFLOW with an urban water policy and management model. Presented June 3, 2013 at MODFLOW and More 2013: Translating Science into Practice, June 2-5, 2013, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO.

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