Recent Publications

The Riverlab team aims to make our work accessible broadly, and as such endeavors to publish in open access outlets where possible, and to make other publications available as possible within copyright restrictions.  In this list of publications, for publications available under open-access, the titles are hyper-linked.  If you are interested in a publication for which there is no freely available version,  please send an email message to describing your research and the publications you would like, and we will do our best to send you the requested publications.


Kondolf, GM. et al. 2022. Save the Mekong Delta from drowningScience 376(6593): 583-585.  doi: 10.1126/science.abm5176 

Kondolf, GM, J Yi. 2022. Dam renovation to prolong reservoir life and mitigate dam impactsWater 14(9),1464; doi:10.3390/w14091464

Serra-Llobet A, Jähnig SC, Geist J, Kondolf GM, Damm C, Scholz M, Lund J, Opperman JJ, Yarnell SM, Pawley A, Shader E, Cain J, Zingraff-Hamed A, Grantham TE, Eisenstein W and Schmitt R (2022) Restoring Rivers and Floodplains for Habitat and Flood Risk Reduction: Experiences in Multi-Benefit Floodplain Management From California and Germany. Front. Environ. Sci. 9:778568. doi:10.3389/fenvs.2021.778568

Sytsma, A., Crompton, O., Panos, C., Thompson, S., & Kondolf, GM. (2022). Quantifying the uncertainty created by non-transferable model calibrations across climate and land cover scenarios: A case study with SWMM. Water Resources Research 58, e2021WR031603. doi:10.1029/2021WR031603

Keeley, Annika T H; Fremier, Alexander K; Goertler, Pascale A L; Huber, Patrick R; Sturrock, Anna M; Bashevkin, Samuel M; Barbaree, Blake A; Grenier, J Letitia; Dilts, Thomas E; Gogol-Prokurat, Melanie; Colombano, Denise D; Bush, Eva E; Laws, Angela; Gallo, John A; Kondolf, Mathias; Stahl, Amanda T. 2022.  Governing Ecological Connectivity in Cross-Scale Dependent Systems.  Bioscience ISSN: 0006-3568, 1525-3244; doi:10.1093/biosci/biab140

Serra-Llobet, A, GM Kondolf, F Magdaleno, D Keenan-Jones. 2022. Flood diversions and bypasses: benefits and challenges. WIRES Water 2022;9:e1562,  doi:10.1002/wat2.1562

Kondolf, GM, and S Bizzi. 2022. Stream geomorphology.  in Encyclopedia of Inland Waters 2nd Edition, Elsevier.  doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-819166-8.00186-9


Kondolf, GM, G Descombes, A Zingraff-Hamed. 2021. Restoring dynamic fluvial processes in urban rivers: learning from the Aire and Isar RiversLandscape Architecture Frontiers 9(4): 10-27. doi:10.15302/J-LAF-1-020051

Randle, T, GL Morris, DD Tullos, FH Weirich, G M Kondolf, DN Moriasi, G W Annandale, J Fripp; J T Minear, DL Wegner. 2021.  Sustaining United States Reservoir Storage Capacity: Need for a New Paradigm. Journal of Hydrology.602: 126686. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.126686

Ashraf, FB, AT Haghighi, J Riml, K Alfredsen, GM Kondolf, B Kløve, H Marttila. 2021. A method for assessment of sub-daily flow alterations using the globally mapped Free Flowing Rivers and wavelet analysis. Water Resources Research. doi:10.1029/2021WR030421

Douvinet, J, A Serra-Llobet, GM Kondolf, E Bopp, M Péroche. 2021. Are siren alerts effective tools for risk management in France? Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci 21: 2899-2900. doi:10.5194/nhess-21-2899-2021

Schmitt, RSJ, M Giuliani, S Bizzi, GM Kondolf, GC Daily, A Castelletti. 2021. Strategic basin and delta planning increases the resilience of the Mekong Delta under future uncertainty. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 118(36) e2026127118. doi:10.1073/pnas.2026127118

Ciotti, DC, J McKee, KL Pope, GM Kondolf, MM Pollock. 2021. Process-based design criteria for restoring fluvial systems. Bioscience 7 (1): 831-845. doi:10.1093/biosci/biab065

Parrinello, G, GM Kondolf. 2021. The social life of sediment. Water History 13, 1-12. doi:10.1007/s12685-021-00280-w

Sok, T, C Oeurng, V Kaing, S Sauvage, GM Kondolf, JM Sanchez Perez. 2021. Assessment of Sediment Load Variability in the Tonle Sap and Lower Mekong Rivers, Cambodia. Catena 202: 105291. doi:10.1016/j.catena.2021.105291

Schmitt, RJP, N Kittner, GM Kondolf, DM Kamman. 2021. Joint strategic energy and river basin planning to reduce dam impacts on rivers in Myanmar. Environmental Research Letters. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/abe329

Kondolf, GM. 2021. Gravel augmentation activities and strategies worldwide. pp.16-20, in Wyss C.R., De Cesare G., Lane S.N., Marti C., Nitsche M., Pauli M., Schweizer S., Weitbrecht V. (Editors), 2021. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Bedload Management 2021, 8-10 November 2021, Interlaken, Switzerland. Wasser-Agenda 21. doi:10.3929/ethz-b-000513098.

Kondolf, G.M.; Schmitt, R.J.P. 2021.  Damming and Sediment Legacies of Great Rivers: Global Challenges and Management Approaches. In: Wantzen, K.M. (ed.): River Culture – Life as a Dance to the Rhythm of the Waters. Pp. 817–832. UNESCO Publishing, Paris. (in press)

Kondolf, GM. 2021. Urban development on alluvial fans: planning challenges. In Santiago en transición a la Cordillera de los Andes, abriendo territorios y paisaje”, Ediciones Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile, pp.151-166.


Douvinet, J, A Serra Llobet, J Radke, M Kondolf. 2020. Quels enseignements tirer des coulées de débris post-incendie survenues le 9 janvier 2018 à Montecito (Californie, USA) ? (The 2018 Montecito post-fire mudflows: an (im)foreseeable event?)  La Houille Blanche  6: 25–35.

Loire, R, H Piégay, J-R Malavoi, GM Kondolf, and LA Bêche. 2021. From flushing flows to (eco)morphogenic releases: evolving terminology, practice, and integration into river management. Earth Science Reviews 213: 103475. doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2020.103475

Gohar, A, GM Kondolf. 2020. How Eco is Eco-Tourism?  A systematic assessment of resorts on the Red Sea, EgyptSustainability 12, 10139; doi:10.3390/su122310139

Rios-Touma, B, GM Kondolf, and SP Walls. 2020. Impacts of sediment derived from erosion of partially-constructed road on aquatic organisms in a tropical river: the Río San Juan, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. PLoSONE 15(11):e0242356. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0242356

Sytsma, A., Bell, C., Eisenstein, W., Hogue, T., & Kondolf, G. M. 2020. A geospatial approach for estimating hydrological connectivity of impervious surfaces. Journal of Hydrology, 591, 125545. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.125545

Loire, R, H Piégay, J-R Malavoi, GM Kondolf, G Melun. 2020. Les lâchers morphogènes depuis un barrage  justification opérationnelle et protocole d’intervention. La Houille Blanche 2020 (3): 66–75.  doi:10.1051/lhb/2020030

Mossa, J, J-H Chen, GM Kondolf, S Walls. 2020. Channel and Vegetation Recovery from Dredging of a Large River in the Gulf Coastal Plain, USA. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. doi:10.1002/esp.4856

Wilson, K, SL Baker, and GM Kondolf. 2020. The ideal meander: exploring freshwater scientist drawings of river restoration. Freshwater Science doi:10.1086/709012

Pinto, JP, and GM Kondolf. 2020. The fit of urban waterfront interventions: matters of size, money and function. Sustainability 12: 4079; doi:10.3390/su12104079

Gohar, A, and GM Kondolf. 2020. Bridges over the Nile: Transportation corridors transformed into public spaces. Journal of Public Space 5 (1). doi:10.32891/jps.v5i1.1248

Staentzel, C, GM Kondolf, L Schmitt, I Combroux, A Barillier, J-N Beisel. 2020. Restoring fluvial forms and processes by gravel augmentation or bank erosion below dams: A systematic review of ecological responses. Science of the Total Environment 706: 135743.  doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135743


Schmitt, R, S Bizzi, AF Castelletti, J Opperman, GM Kondolf. 2019. Planning dam portfolios for low sediment trapping shows limits on sustainable hydropower in the Mekong. Science Advances 5: eaaw2175.

Bosselmann, P, M Kondolf, P Webb (Translator for Chinese text: LI Shiyao) 2019. An Island in Transition: Adaptation of Urban Form. Landscape Architecture (published by Beijing Forestry University), 09/2019. 26: 45-56.

Wantzen, KM, CB Mascarenhas Alves, SD Badiane, R Bala, M Blettler, M Callisto, Y Cao, M Kolb, GM Kondolf, M Fernandes Leite, DR Macedo, O Mahdi, M Neves, M Elfritzson Peralta, V Rotgé, G Rueda-Delgado, A Scharager, A Serra-Llobet, J-L Yengué, and A Zingraff-Hamed. 2019. Urban Stream and Wetland Restoration in the Global South—A DPSIR Analysis. Sustainability 11, 4975; doi:10.3390/su11184975

Johnson, MF, C Thorne, J Castro, GM Kondolf, C Searles Mezzacano, SB Rood, C Westbrook. 2019. Biomic river restoration: a new focus for river management and restoration. River Research and Applications  doi:10.1002/rra.3529

Schmitt RJP, N Kittner, GM Kondolf, D Kammen. 2019. Deploy diverse renewables to save tropical rivers. Nature 569, 330-332 (2019) doi:10.1038/d41586-019-01498-8

Pinter, N, J Brasington, A Gurnell, GM Kondolf, K Tockner, G Wharton, SM Yarnell. 2019. River research and applications across borders. River Research and Applications.  2019:1-8. doi:10.1002/rra.3430

Oeurng, C, TA Cochrane, S Chung, GM Kondolf, T Piman, ME Arias. 2019. Assessing climate change impacts on river flows in the Tonle Sap Lake basin, Cambodia. Water 11, 618; doi:10.3390/w11030618

Rubin, Z, B Rios-Touma, GM Kondolf, ME Power, P Saffarinia, and J Natali. 2019. Using prey availability to evaluate Lower Colorado River riparian restoration.  Restoration Ecology 27(1): 46–53 doi:10.1111/rec.12829

Kondolf, GM. 2019. A primer on flow in rivers and streams.  Chapter 3 pp. 21-38 in Environmental Flow Assessment: methods and applications, JG Williams, PB Moyle, A Webb, and GM Kondolf (eds), John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781119217374.ch3

Kondolf, GM. 2019. Sediment management at the river-basin scale: challenges and opportunities. Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Sediment Bypass Tunnels, Taipei, Taiwan, April 2019.

Crompton, O., Sytsma, A. and Thompson, S., 2019. Emulation of the Saint Venant Equations Enables Rapid and Accurate Predictions of Infiltration and Overland Flow Velocity on Spatially Heterogeneous Surfaces. Water Resources Research, 55(8), pp.7108-7129. doi:10.1029/2019WR025146

Randle, et al., 2019. Reservoir Sediment Management: Building a Legacy of Sustainable Water Storage Reservoirs. National Reservoir Sedimentation and Sustainability Team White Paper.


Kondolf, GM. 2018.  Restoring habitat downstream of dams: challenges and opportunities.  Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics, Tokyo. 

Serra-Llobet A, Kondolf GM, Schaefer K, Nicholson S. (eds) 2018. Managing flood risk: innovative approaches from big floodplain rivers and urban streams. Palgrave Macmillan, London, 162. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-71673-2

Shi, S, GM Kondolf, and D Li. 2018. Urban river transformation and the landscape garden city movement in China. Sustainability 10(11), 4103; doi:10.3390/su10114103

Pinto, PJ, GM Kondolf, and PL Wong. 2018. Adapting to sea-level rise: emerging governance issues in the San Francisco Bay region.  Environmental Science and Policy 90: 27-38.  doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2018.09.015

Wang, H-W, GM Kondolf, D Tullos, and W-C Kuo.  2018. Sediment management in Taiwan’s reservoirs and barriers to implementation. Water 10(8), 1034; doi:10.3390/w10081034

Kondolf GM, and P Lopez-Llompart. 2018. National-local land-use conflicts in floodways of the Mississippi River system. AIMS Environmental Science 5(1): 47-63. doi:10.3934/environsci.2018.1.47

Schmitt, R.J.P., Bizzi, S., Castelletti, A., Kondolf, G.M., 2018. Improved trade-offs of hydropower and sand connectivity by strategic dam planning in the Mekong. Nature Sustainability. doi:10.1038/s41893-018-0022-3

Kondolf, G.M., Schmitt, R.J.P., Carling, P., Darby, S., Arias, M., Bizzi, S., Castelletti, A., Cochrane, T.A., Gibson, S., Kummu, M., Oeurng, C., Rubin, Z., Wild, T., 2018. Changing sediment budget of the Mekong: Cumulative threats and management strategies for a large river basin. Science of The Total Environment. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.361


Schmitt, R.J.P., Rubin, Z., Kondolf, G.M., 2017. Losing ground – scenarios of land loss as consequence of shifting sediment budgets in the Mekong Delta. Geomorphology. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.04.029

Mossa, J, Y-H Chen. SP Walls, GM Kondolf, C-Y Wu. 2017.
Anthropogenic landforms and sediments from dredging and disposing sand along the Apalachicola River and its floodplain. Geomorphology. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.03.010

Rubin, Z, GM Kondolf, B. Rios-Touma. 2017.Evaluating Stream Restoration Projects: What Do We Learn from Monitoring? Water 9, 174. doi:10.3390/w9030174

Kondolf, G.M., P. Pinto. 2017. The social connectivity of urban rivers. Geomorphology 277: 182-196. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.09.028

Schmitt, R.J.P., Kondolf, G.M., 2017. A global challenge – Riverlab looks at sediment. Water Power and Dam Construction.

2016 and before

Pinto, PJ, and GM Kondolf. 2016. Evolution of two urbanized estuaries: environmental change, legal framework, and implications for sea-level rise vulnerability

Guangju Zhao, G. Matt Kondolf, Xingmin Mu, Mengwei Han, Zhong He, Zan Rubin, Fei Wang, Peng Gao, Wenyi Sun, 2016. Sediment yield reduction associated with land use changes and check dams in a catchment of the Loess Plateau, China

Pilar Lopez-Llompart, G. Mathias Kondolf, 2016. Encroachments in floodways of the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project

Kristen Podolak, G. Mathias Kondolf, 2016. The Line of Beauty in River Designs: Hogarth’s Aesthetic Theory on Capability Brown’s Eighteenth-Century River Design and Twentieth-Century River Restoration Design

Amir Gohar, G. Mathias Kondolf, 2016. Sustainable Tourism along the Red Sea: Still Possible?

Hervé Piégay, G. Mathias Kondolf, J Toby Minear, Lise Vaudor, 2015. Trends in publications in fluvial geomorphology over two decades: A truly new era in the discipline owing to recent technological revolution?

Giyoung Ock, David Gaeuman, Jeanne McSloy, G. Mathias Kondolf, 2015. Ecological functions of restored gravel bars, the Trinity River, California

Carlo Donadio, Fernando Magdaleno, Adriano Mazzarella, G. Mathias Kondolf, 2015. Fractal dimension of the hydrographic pattern of three large rivers in the Mediterranean morphoclimatic system: geomorphologic interpretation of Russian (USA), Ebro (Spain) and Volturno (Italy) fluvial geometry

B Rios‐Touma, C Prescott, S Axtell, G. Mathias Kondolf, 2015. Habitat restoration in the context of watershed prioritization: the ecological performance of urban stream restoration projects in Portland, Oregon

G. Mathias Kondolf, George Annandale, Z Rubin, 2015. Sediment starvation from dams in the lower Mekong river basin: magnitude of the effect and potential mitigation opportunities

Zan K Rubin, George Mathias Kondolf, Paul A Carling, 2015. Anticipated geomorphic impacts from Mekong basin dam construction

JR Beagle, GM Kondolf, RM Adams, L Marcus, 2015. Anticipatory management for instream habitat: Application to Carneros Creek, California

Hsiao‐Wen Wang, G Mathias Kondolf, 2014. Upstream Sediment‐Control Dams: Five Decades of Experience in the Rapidly Eroding Dahan River Basin, Taiwan

GM Kondolf, ZK Rubin, JT Minear, 2014. Dams on the Mekong: cumulative sediment starvation

Xin-An Yin, Zhi-Feng Yang, Geoffrey E Petts, G Mathias Kondolf, 2014. A reservoir operating method for riverine ecosystem protection, reservoir sedimentation control and water supply

G Mathias Kondolf, Yongxuan Gao, George W Annandale, Gregory L Morris, Enhui Jiang, Junhua Zhang, Yongtao Cao, Paul Carling, Kaidao Fu, Qingchao Guo, Rollin Hotchkiss, Christophe Peteuil, Tetsuya Sumi, Hsiao‐Wen Wang, Zhongmei Wang, Zhilin Wei, Baosheng Wu, Caiping Wu, Chih Ted Yang, 2014. Sustainable sediment management in reservoirs and regulated rivers: Experiences from five continents

G Mathias Kondolf, Louise A Mozingo, Karl Kullmann, Joe R McBride, Shannah Anderson, 2014. Teaching Stream Restoration.

Kristen Podolak, G Mathias Kondolf, Louise A Mozingo, Keith Bowhill, Margaretta Lovell, 2014. Designing with Nature?

G Mathias Kondolf, Kristen Podolak, 2014. Space and time scales in human-landscape systems