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Shaleen Jain

Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Cooperating Associate Professor, Climate Change Institute; Cooperating Associate Professor, School of Policy and International Affairs

Shaleen Jain

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5711 Boardman Hall
University of Maine 
Orono, ME  04469


My research focuses on understanding how the interplay of human and natural forces shapes water availability and distribution on watershed-to-regional scales. Observational and model-based studies are performed to inform water resources infrastructure design, decision-making and policy in a changing climate. This work involves use of nonparametric, decision-analysis, and Bayesian statistical methods.

Example projects include a study of adaptation strategies for Maine's coastal communities, developing decision tools for lake-watershed systems, and the analysis of water use policy in Maine. Current studies seek to understand the nature of climate-hydrologic systems linkages in the following natural laboratories: northeastern United States, western North American region, Korean peninsula, African Sahel and the North Atlantic hurricane region.

Outreach efforts within my research group include development of programmable multimedia modules in the Scratch environment to promote creative learning (see link to the website below). In collaboration with the k-12 schools in Maine and UMaine New Media Internet Technologies Laboratory, we are developing immersive learning approaches centered around watershed sustainability in middle school classrooms.



CIE 100 Introduction to Civil Engineering

CIE 455 Hydrology

CIE 456 Groundwater Hydraulics and Hydrology

CIE 552 Physical Hydrology

CIE 553 Water Resources Sustainability

CIE 598 Managing our Water Resources

Research-related Websites

SimStream: Watershed Sustainability from Scratch

Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative

Maine Climate News


Research interests

Hydroclimatology, Environmental Flows, Climate Variability and Change, Hydrosystems Modeling, Adaptive Management, Decision Analysis, Sustainability Science, Programmable multimedia for k-12 STEM education


  • Kim, J.-S., W. Zou, X. Wang, and S. Jain (2012), El Niño Modoki and the Summer Precipitation Variability over South Korea: A diagnostic study. Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan, 90, 5, 673-684. doi: 10.2151/jmsj.2012-507

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  • Westbaker, T., Jain, S., Scott, M. & Arsenault, J. (2012). Integrating Environmental Sustainability Education with Computational Thinking in a Montessori School Setting. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2012 (pp. 500-506). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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  • Sen Gupta, A., S. Jain, and J.-S. Kim (2011), Past climate, future perspective: An exploratory analysis using climate proxies and drought risk assessment to inform water resources management and policy in Maine, USA. Journal of Environmental Management, 92, 941-947. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.10.054

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  • Kim, J.-S., S. Jain, and Y.-I. Moon (2011), Atmospheric teleconnection-based conditional streamflow distributions for the Han River and its sub-watersheds in Korea. International Journal of Climatology. doi: 10.1002/joc.2374

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  • Hoshide, A.K., J.M. Halloran, R.J. Kersbergen, T.S. Griffin, S.L. DeFauw, B.J. Lagasse, and S. Jain (2011), Impacts of Stored Feed Cropping Systems and Farm Size on the Profitability of Maine Organic Dairy Farm Simulations. Journal of Dairy Science. November, 94(11), 5710-5723.
  • Kim, J.-S., and S. Jain (2011), Precipitation trends over the Korean peninsula: Typhoon-induced changes and a typology to characterize climate-related risk. Environmental Research Letters, 6 034033. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/6/3/034033

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  • Kim, J.-S., S. Jain, and S. A. Norton (2010), Streamflow variability and hydroclimatic change at the Bear Brook Watershed in Maine (BBWM), USA. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Volume 171, Numbers 1-4, 47-58, DOI: 10.1007/s10661-010-1525-1

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  • Kim, J.-S. and S. Jain (2010), High-resolution streamflow trend analysis applicable to annual decision calendars: A western United States case study. Climatic Change,102, 3-4, 699-707. doi:10.1007/s10584-010-9933-3

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  • Kim, J.-S., S. Jain, and S.-K. Yoon (2010), Warm season streamflow variability in the Korean Han River Basin: Links with atmospheric teleconnections. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.2290

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  • Jain, S., and J. K. Eischeid (2008),What a difference a century makes: Understanding the changing hydrologic regime and storage requirements in the upper Colorado River basin. Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2008GL034715.

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  • Jain, S., M. P. Hoerling, and J. Eischeid (2005), Decreasing reliability and increasing synchroneity of western North American streamflow. Journal of Climate, 18(5), 613-618.

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  • Jain, S., C. A. Woodhouse, and M. P. Hoerling (2002), Multidecadal streamflow regimes in the interior western United States: Implications for the vulnerability of water resources. Geophysical Research Letters, 29(21), 2036, doi:10.1029/2001GL014278.

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  • Jain, S., and U. Lall (2001), Floods in a Changing Climate: Does the Past Represent the Future? Water Resources Research, 37(12), 3193–3205.

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  • Jain, S., and U. Lall (2000), Magnitude and Timing of Annual Maximum Floods: Trends and Large-Scale Climatic Associations for the Blacksmith Fork River, Utah. Water Resources Research, 36(12), 3641–3651.

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  • Jain, S., U. Lall, and M. E. Mann (1999), Seasonality and Interannual Variations of Northern Hemisphere Temperature: Equator-to-Pole Gradient and Ocean–Land Contrast. J. Climate, 12, 1086–1100.

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Editor, Journal of Water and Climate Change (2013 - )

Leadership Team, Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative (2009 - present)

Associate Editor, Journal of the American Water Resources Association (2007 - 2013)

Faculty Representative, UMaine President's Council on Disabilities (2007-2010)

Co-convener, Hal Borns Symposium, UMaine Climate Change Institute (2009, 2010, 2011)


  • 2011 to 2016 — National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2012 to 2014 — NOAA Coastal Communities Climate Adaptation Initiative: Coastal Infrastructure Resiliency in a Changing Climate


Utah State University, PhD (2001), MS (1998); Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, BTech (1993)

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