Elizabeth Burakowski

Phone: (603) 862-1796
Office: Earth Systems Research Center, Morse Hall, Durham, NH 03824
A headshot of Elizabeth Burakowski, research assistant professor in the Earth Systems Research Center.

I use climate models, observations, and remote sensing to understand how landscapes interact with surface climate. Specifically, my research focuses on how changes in land cover (i.e. deforestation) influence surface temperature and fluxes of energy and water.

I also seek out interdisciplinary projects with economists to understand how decreases in snow affect the multi-billion dollar winter sports industry and how we might place economic value on albedo as an climate regulating ecosystem service.

I was previously a Visiting Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of New Hampshire in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis Lab.

Follow me on Twitter: @LizBurakowski

Publications by Burakowski
CV (Curriculum Vitae)


  • Ph.D., Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S., University of New Hampshire
  • B.A., Wellesley College

Courses Taught

  • ESCI 405: Global Environmental Change
  • ESCI 765: Paleoclimatology
  • ESCI 765/865: Paleoclimatology
  • ESCI 865: Paleoclimatology
  • INCO 790: Advanced Research Experience

Selected Publications

Proulx, H., Jacobs, J. M., Burakowski, E. A., Cho, E., Hunsaker, A. G., Sullivan, F. B., . . . Wagner, C. (2022). Comparison of in-situ snow depth measurements and impacts on validation of unpiloted aerial system lidar over a mixed-use temperate forest landscape. doi:10.5194/tc-2022-7

Jacobs, J. M., Hunsaker, A. G., Sullivan, F. B., Palace, M., Burakowski, E. A., Herrick, C., & Cho, E. (2021). Snow depth mapping with unpiloted aerial system lidar observations: a case study in Durham, New Hampshire, United States. CRYOSPHERE, 15(3), 1485-1500. doi:10.5194/tc-15-1485-2021

Cho, E., Hunsaker, A. G., Jacobs, J. M., Palace, M., Sullivan, F. B., & Burakowski, E. (2021). Physical Drivers of Thin Snowpack Spatial Structure from Unpiloted Aerial System (UAS) Lidar Observations. doi:10.1002/essoar.10505539.1

Grogan, D. S., Burakowski, E. A., & Contosta, A. R. (2020). Snowmelt control on spring hydrology declines as the vernal window lengthens. ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 15(11). doi:10.1088/1748-9326/abbd00

Zhang, Q., Barnes, M., Benson, M., Burakowski, E., Oishi, A. C., Ouimette, A., . . . Novick, K. A. (2020). Reforestation and surface cooling in temperate zones: Mechanisms and implications. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 26(6), 3384-3401. doi:10.1111/gcb.15069

Contosta, A. R., Casson, N. J., Garlick, S., Nelson, S. J., Ayres, M. P., Burakowski, E. A., . . . Thornbrugh, C. (2019). Northern forest winters have lost cold, snowy conditions that are important for ecosystems and human communities. ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS, 29(7). doi:10.1002/eap.1974

Bonan, G. B., Patton, E. G., Harman, I. N., Oleson, K. W., Finnigan, J. J., Lu, Y., & Burakowski, E. A. (2018). Modeling canopy-induced turbulence in the Earth system: a unified parameterization of turbulent exchange within plant canopies and the roughness sublayer (CLM-ml v0). GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT, 11(4), 1467-1496. doi:10.5194/gmd-11-1467-2018

Burakowski, E., Tawfik, A., Ouimette, A., Lepine, L., Novick, K., Ollinger, S., . . . Bonan, G. (2018). The role of surface roughness, albedo, and Bowen ratio on ecosystem energy balance in the Eastern United States. AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST METEOROLOGY, 249, 367-376. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.11.030

Contosta, A. R., Adolph, A., Burchsted, D., Burakowski, E., Green, M., Guerra, D., . . . Wollheim, W. (2017). A longer vernal window: the role of winter coldness and snowpack in driving spring transitions and lags. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 23(4), 1610-1625. doi:10.1111/gcb.13517

Burakowski, E. A., Wake, C. P., Braswell, B., & Brown, D. P. (2008). Trends in wintertime climate in the northeastern United States: 1965-2005. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES, 113(D20). doi:10.1029/2008JD009870

Most Cited Publications