University of Wisconsin–Madison


Peer-Reviewed Publications  (in Review):

  1. Mantilla, R., G. Perez, N. Velasquez, D.B. Wright, Yu, Regional Flood Frequency Analysis Using Physics-based Hydrologic Modeling, in revision, Water Resources Research.
  2. Ivanov et al., Breaking Down the Computational Barriers to Real-Time Urban Flood Forecasting, in review, Geophysical Research Letters.

Peer-Reviewed Publications (Published or Accepted):

  1. Perez Mesa, G., J. Gomez-Velez, R. Mantilla, D. B. Wright, Li, The Effect of Storm Direction on Flood Frequency Analysis Using Physically-Based Streamflow Simulations, accepted, Geophysical Research Letters.
  2. Yu, G., Wright, D.B., Holman, K.D., Connecting Hydrometeorological Processes to Low-Probability Floods in the Mountainous Colorado Front Range, Water Resources Research, 2021.
  3. Wright, D.B., C. Samaras, T. Lopez Cantu, Resilience to Extreme Rainfall Starts with Science, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 2021.
  4. Peng, B., Huang, Q., Vongkusolkit, J., Gao, S., Wright, D.B., Fang, Z.N., Qiang, Y., Urban Flood Mapping with Bi-temporal Multispectral Imagery via a Self-supervised Learning Framework, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 2021.
  5. Butterworth B., et al., Connecting Land-Atmosphere Interactions to Surface Heterogeneity in CHEESEHEAD19, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 2020.
  6. Li, Y., Wright, D.B., Byrne, P.L., The Influence of Tropical Cyclones on the Evolution of River Conveyance Capacity in Puerto Rico, Water Resources Research, 2020.
  7. Li, Z., Wright, D.B., S.Q. Zhang, D.B. Kirschbaum, H. Hartke, Object-Based Comparison of Data-Driven and Physics-Driven Satellite Estimates of Extreme Rainfall, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 2020.
  8. Butterworth et al., Connecting Land-Atmosphere Interactions to Surface Heterogeneity in CHEESEHEAD19, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 2020.
  9. Yu, G., Wright, D.B., Li, Z., The Upper Tail of Precipitation in Convection-Permitting Regional Climate Models and Their Utility in Nonstationary Rainfall and Flood Frequency Analysis, Earth’s Future, 2020.
  10. Hartke, S.H., Wright, D.B., D.B. Kirschbaum, T.A. Stanley, Li, Incorporation of Satellite Precipitation Uncertainty in a Landslide Hazard Nowcasting System, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 2020.
  11. Wright, D.B., G. Yu, J.F. England, Six Decades of Rainfall and Flood Frequency Analysis Using Stochastic Storm Transposition: Review, Progress, and Prospects, Journal of Hydrology, 2020.
  12. Sampson, A., D.B. Wright, A. LoBue, R.D. Stewart, The Role of Rainfall Temporal and Spatial Averaging in Seasonal Simulations of the Terrestrial Water Balance, Hydrologic Processes, 2020.
  13. Dematatis, M., A. Plechacek, M. Mathews, M. Gotkowitz, F. Udenby, D.B. Wright, M. Ginder-Vogel, Spatial and temporal variability of radium in the Midwestern Cambrian-Ordovician aquifer system in Wisconsin, AWWA Water Science, 2020.
  14. Bosma, C.D., D.B. Wright, P. Nguyen, J.P. Kossin, D.C. Herndon, J.M. Shepherd, An intuitive metric to quantify and communicate tropical cyclone rainfall hazard, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 2020.
  15. Perez Mesa, G., R. Mantilla, W.F. Krajewski, D.B. Wright, Using Physically-Based Streamflow Simulations to Assess Local and Regional Flood Frequency Analysis Methods, Water Resources Research, 2019.
  16. Wright, D.B., C.D. Bosma, T. Lopez-Cantu, U.S. hydrologic design standards insufficient due to large increases in frequency of rainfall extremes, Geophysical Research Letters, 2019.
  17. Cristiano, E., Veldhuis, M.‐C., Wright, D. B., Smith, J. A., & Giesen, N. The influence of rainfall and catchment critical scales on urban hydrological response sensitivity. Water Resources Research, 2019.
  18. Yu, G., D.B. Wright, C. Smith, Z. Zhu, K. Holman, Process-Based Flood Frequency Analysis in a Changing Agricultural Watershed, Hydrologic and Earth Systems Science, 2019.
  19. Zhou, Z., Smith, J. A., Wright, D. B., Baeck, M. L., Yang, L., & Liu, S. Storm catalog‐based analysis of rainfall heterogeneity and frequency in a complex terrain, Water Resources Research, 2019.
  20. Wright, D.B., K. Holman, Rescaling Transposed Extreme Rainfall Within a Heterogeneous Region, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 2019.
  21. Zhu, Z., Wright, D. B., & Yu, G., The impact of rainfall space‐time structure in flood frequency analysis. Water Resources Research, 2018.
  22. Wright, D. B., Rainfall Information for Global Flood Modeling. In Global Flood Hazard (eds G. J. Schumann, P. D. Bates, H. Apel and G. T. Aronica), 2018 (Winner of 2019 American Association of Publishers Best Book in Earth Science PROSE award).
  23. Wright, D.B., D.B. Kirschbaum, S. Yatheendradas, Satellite Precipitation Characterization, Error Modeling, and Error Correction Using Censored Shifted Gamma Distributions, Journal of Hydrometeorology 2017.
  24. Wright, D.B., R. Mantilla, and C.D. Peters-Lidard. A remote sensing-based tool for assessing rainfall-driven hazards, Environmental Modelling & Software, 2017.
  25. Lee, H., D.E. Waliser, R. Ferraro, T. Iguchi, C.D. Peters-Lidard, B. Tian, P.C. Loikith, D.B. Wright, Evaluating hourly rainfall characteristics over the US Great Plains in dynamically downscaled climate model simulations using NASA-Unified WRF, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 2017.
  26. Ayalew, T.B., W.F. Krajewski, R. Mantilla, D.B. Wright, S. Small. Effect of Spatially Distributed Small Dams on Flood Frequency: Insights from the Soap Creek Watershed, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 2017.
  27. Wright, D.B., T.R. Knutson, J.A. Smith. Regional Climate Model Projections of Rainfall from U.S. Landfalling Tropical Cyclones, Climate Dynamics, 2015.
  28. Wright, D.B., J.A. Smith, M.L. Baeck. Flood Frequency Analysis Using Radar Rainfall Fields and Stochastic Storm Transposition, Water Resources Research, 2014.
  29. Wright, D.B., J.A. Smith, G. Villarini, M.L. Baeck. Long-term high-resolution radar rainfall fields for urban hydrology, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 2014.
  30. Wright, D.B., J.A. Smith, M.L. Baeck, Critical examination of area reduction factors, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 2014.
  31. Wright, D.B., J.A. Smith, G. Villarini, M.L. Baeck. Estimating the frequency of extreme rainfall using weather radar and stochastic storm transposition, Journal of Hydrology, 2013.
  32. Smith, J.A., M.L. Baeck, G. Villarini, D.B. Wright, W.F. Krajewski. Extreme Flood Response: The June 2008 Flooding in Iowa, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 2013.
  33. Yang, L., J.A. Smith, D.B. Wright, M.L. Baeck, G. Villarini, F. Tian, H. Hu. Urbanization and Climate Change: An Examination of Nonstationarities in Urban Flooding, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 2013.
  34. Smith, B.K, J.A. Smith, M.L. Baeck, G. Villarini, D.B. Wright, The Spectrum of Storm Event Hydrologic Response in Urban Watersheds, Water Resources Research, 2013.
  35. Wright, D.B., J. A. Smith, G. Villarini, M. L. Baeck, Applications of Radar-Based Rainfall Estimates for Urban Flood Studies, Stormwater and Urban Water Systems Modeling, Monograph 21 (Ed. W. James), Computational Hydraulics International, Guelph, ON Canada, 2013.
  36. Wright, D.B., J.A. Smith, G. Villarini, M.L. Baeck. The hydroclimatology of flash flooding in Atlanta, Water Resources Research, 2012.
  37. Wright, D.B. and J.M. Schwenk, Aplicación de HEC-RAS 4.0 en el Cálculo del Comportamiento Hidráulico en Mini- y Pequeñas Centrales Hidroeléctricas, Energía y Desarrollo, 2010.


Technical Reports:

  • Wright, D.B., Methods in Flood Hazard and Risk Assessment, Technical Notes developed under the World Bank LCR Probabilistic Risk Assessment Program (CAPRA), The World Bank, 2016.
  • Wright, D.B., C.L. Linero, M.C. Rogelis. The 24 December 2013 Christmas Eve Storm in Saint Lucia: Hydrometeorological and Geotechnical Perspectives, Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Disaster Risk Management and Urban Development Unit, The World Bank, 2014.
  • Government of Saint Lucia and the World Bank, Saint Lucia Joint Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment: Flood Event of December 24–25, 2013, World Bank Group, 66 pp. 2014.

Popular Media Contributions:

  • Wright, D.B., “The Future Of Wisconsin’s Infrastructure Amid Historic Flooding,” interview, Wisconsin Public Radio, November 1, 2019.
  • Wright, D.B., “Risks to the Yahara Watershed in Light of Dane County’s August Flooding,” interview, Wisconsin Public Radio, October 10, 2018.
  • Wright, D.B., “What Could Happen the Next Time Madison Gets Hit By Extreme Rainfall,” WisContext, October, 2018.
  • Wright, D.B., “Shelter from the Storm: Urban Floods in Latin América,” Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica Sección ü, June 2013.