Jeff came to UCSB Geography in Fall 1974 as one of David Simonett's three new Assistant Professors. He was a Geography Professor until August 1994, when he became the Founding Dean of the Bren School. He maintained an affiliated member of the Geography faculty until his retirement in July 2018. A long-time backcountry skier, mountaineer, and rock climber, he led six expeditions to the Hindu Kush range in Afghanistan and has a dozen first ascents there, hence his interest in the world’s mountains. Dozier Dome in Tuolumne Meadows is named after him. He is a Distinguished Scientist in the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of AAAS and AGU.
Jeff’s research encompasses snow hydrology, Earth system science, remote sensing, and information systems. He particularly focuses on snow, water, and ice in the Sierra Nevada and High Mountain Asia, where more than a billion people depend on snowmelt for their water resources, and where the austere surface infrastructure requires that most of the analyses come from remotely sensed data. His insights about the study of mountain snow have enabled him and his students to pursue modern snow science with creativity and focus that continue to yield benefits for Earth science and its social significance. He has led interdisciplinary studies in three areas: one addresses hydrology and biogeochemistry in the mountain environment and adjacent lowlands; the second examines hydrologic science, environmental engineering, and social science in the water environment; the third is in the integration of environmental science and remote sensing with computer science and technology.
Bair, E. H., Rittger, K., Davis, R. E., Painter, T. H., & Dozier, J. (2016). Validating reconstruction of snow water equivalent in California's Sierra Nevada using measurements from the NASA Airborne Snow Observatory. Water Resources Research, 52, 8437-8460. https://doi.org/10.1002/2016WR018704
Bair, E. H., Stillinger, T., & Dozier, J. (2020). Snow Property Inversion from Remote Sensing (SPIReS): A generalized multispectral unmixing approach with examples from MODIS and Landsat 8 OLI. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. https://doi.org/10.1109/TGRS.2020.3040328
Brandt, W. T., Bormann, K. J., Cannon, F., Deems, J. S., Painter, T. H., Steinhoff, D. F., & Dozier, J. (2020). Quantifying the spatial variability of a snowstorm using differential airborne lidar. Water Resources Research, 56, e2019WR025331. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019WR025331
Melack, J. M., Sadro, S., Sickman, J. O., & Dozier, J. (2021). Lakes and Watersheds of California's Sierra Nevada: Responses to Environmental Change. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.
Painter, T. H., Skiles, S. M., Deems, J. S., Brandt, W. T., & Dozier, J. (2018). Variation in rising limb of Colorado River snowmelt runoff hydrograph controlled by dust radiative forcing in snow. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 797–808. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017GL075826
Wan, Z., & Dozier, J. (1996). A generalized split-window algorithm for retrieving land-surface temperature from space. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 34, 892-905. https://doi.org/10.1109/36.508406