Cody Knutson

Cody Knutson

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Title Water Resources Scientist
Address 821 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0988
Phone 402-472-6718
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail cknutson1@unl.edu
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Hi, I'm Cody Knutson, a water resources scientist for the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) and a research associate professor in the School of Natural Resources. I also serve as a faculty member with the geography program, specializing in environmental geography.

My main interests are focused on the interactions between humans and the environment. In particular, my current work is focused on helping people understand how they are vulnerable to water scarcity, drought, and climate change; and collaborating with stakeholders to develop tools and plans to reduce their risk. My main goal is to help people enhance water resources management through research, education and collaboration.

This work is carried out at the individual, community, tribe, state, national and international scale through a broad range of projects. For example, I'm currently involved in several studies to assess the climate and water information needs of farmers, ranchers, and natural resource managers in the Great Plains and Midwest. This information is being used to develop new tools and planning guides to help stakeholders better adapt and respond to climate variability. Similarly, I'm involved with the Heartland Regional Water Coordination Initiative to examine public involvement and the role of citizens in solving water problems.

I've also assisted communities, tribes and states to develop drought plans. Currently, I'm working with several pilot communities in Nebraska, Illinois and Oklahoma to develop drought plans, and a national "Drought Ready" community certification program, as well as assisting the State of Colorado in updating their plan.

I also spend a good deal of my time working on international projects. I've worked with several United Nations (i.e. FAO, ISDR, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF) and other organizations to research the effects of water scarcity, drought, and climate change on environmental systems and livelihoods; identify risk reduction practices; develop drought policy and planning guidance documents; and facilitate international training sessions. Most recently, I conducted a review of UNDP's Community Water Initiative - an international community action program to promote sustainable water management, and collaborated with UNICEF/UNESCO and FAO to host drought management trainings for officials from Iraq and the Middle East/Central Asia, respectively.

Outreach is an important component of my work. Therefore, I give many presentations throughout the year, help organize and present educational workshops, and write materials for our website. I also advise graduate students in the School of Natural Resources and geography program who are conducting water management and drought-related research, and teach periodically on topics related to the human dimensions of natural resources management and environmental geography.

I've worked intermittently as a staff member at the NDMC since 1997 and was promoted to a faculty position in December 2004. I received bachelor's and master's degrees in geological engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines of Technology, specializing in water resources. At UNL, I also received a master's degree in anthropology and a doctorate in geography. I believe the combination of physical and social science perspectives provides a necessary base for understanding the interactions between people, and the water resources upon which they depend.

Selected Publications

Carlton,J.S., A.S. Mase, C.L. Knutson, M.C.Lemos, T.Haigh, D.P.Haigh, L.S.Prokopy. 2016. The effects of extreme drought on climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and adaptation attitudes. Clim Change 135(2): 211-226. doi:10.1007/s10584-015-1561-5 Online
Collins, K., Hannaford, J., Svoboda, M., Knutson, C., Wall, N., Bernadt, T., Crossman, N., Overton, I., Acreman, M., Bachmair, S., Stahl, K. 2016. Stakeholders Coinquiries on Drought Impacts, Monitoring, and Early Warning Systems. American Meteorology Society. 217-220. Online
Knutson, C. and B.Fuchs. 2016. New Tools for Assessing Drought Conditions for Rangeland Management. Rangelands 38(4):177-182 Online
Ryu, J.H., M.D. Svoboda, J.D. Lenters, T. Tadesse, and C.L. Knutson (2010) Finding Potential Extents for ENSO-Driven Hydrologic Drought Forecasts in the United States, Climatic Change, 101(3-4): 575-597 Online
Knutson, C. L., M. J. Hayes, and M. D. Svoboda. 2007. Case study of tribal drought planning: the Hualapai Tribe. Natural Hazards Review, 8(4): 125-131. Online

Educational Background

  • BS - South Dakota School of Mines of Technology, Geological Engineering (1993)
  • MS - South Dakota School of Mines of Technology, Geological Engineering (Water Resources) (1996)
  • MA - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Applied/Ecological Anthropology (1997)
  • PhD - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Environmental Geography (2004)

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Affiliations (index)

Notable Websites

Areas of Interest

  • Drought Mitigation
  • Environmental geography
  • Water scarcity
  • Drought
  • Climate change
  • Environmental perceptions and collaborative planning
  • Stakeholder engagement and capacity building
  • International development
  • Planning
  • Humans and the Environment

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Drought Risk Management and Planning Assistance in the Caribbean
Starting Date 1/1/2017
Principal Investigators
Mark Svoboda
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mike Hayes
Cody Knutson
Ending Date 6/30/2017
Funding Level $49,917.00
Funding Source Caribbean Institute of Meterology and Hydrology

 
Grant Title MENA Regional Drought Management
Starting Date 1/1/2016
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Cody Knutson
Mark Svoboda
Christopher Neale
Brian Wardlow
Ending Date 3/31/2017
Funding Level $1,025,440.00
Funding Source ICBA

 
Grant Title Eastern Caribbean Drought Workshops
Starting Date 1/22/2015
Principal Investigators
Brian Fuchs
Co-PIs
Mike Hayes
Cody Knutson
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 5/20/2016
Funding Level $49,227.00
Funding Source OECS

 
Grant Title The Wind River Indian Reservation's Vulerability to the Impacts of Drought and the Development of Decision Tools to Support Drought Preparedness (additional funding)
Starting Date 6/1/2015
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 9/30/2016
Funding Level $124,117.00
Funding Source Colorado State University

 
Grant Title The Wind River Indian Reservation's Vulerability to the Impacts of Drought and the Development of Decision Tools to Support Drought Preparedness (additional funding)
Starting Date 6/1/2015
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 9/30/2015
Funding Level $43,547.00
Funding Source Colorado State

 
Grant Title Drought Impacts: DRIVER (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/27/2014
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 8/31/2016
Funding Level $183,111.00
Funding Source National Science Foundation

 
Grant Title Providing Drought Information Services for the Nation: the National Drought Mitigation Center
Starting Date 6/1/2015
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Deb Bathke
Brian Fuchs
Cody Knutson
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 5/31/2018
Funding Level $798,885.00
Funding Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
Grant Title Risk Management Education for Ranchers in Oklahoma City, OK, RMA Region: Drought Planning, Range Management, and FCIC Options including Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Insurance and Rainfall Index-Annual Forage Insurance
Starting Date 9/30/2014
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Tonya Haigh
Ending Date 3/29/2015
Funding Level $75,594.00
Funding Source Department of Agriculture - RMA

 
Grant Title Transforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers (additional funding)
Starting Date 4/15/2011
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Martha Shulski
Ending Date 4/14/2016
Funding Level $21,182.00
Funding Source Purdue University

 
Grant Title Drought Risk Management for the United States
Starting Date 9/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Deb Bathke
Brian Fuchs
Cody Knutson
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 8/31/2015
Funding Level $693,696.00
Funding Source University of Oklahoma (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

 
Grant Title Drinking Water Utilities
Starting Date 9/25/2014
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Mike Hayes
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 6/15/2015
Funding Level $17,072.00
Funding Source Cadmus Group, Inc.

 
Grant Title Tech Assist on Drought Preparedness
Starting Date 7/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Cody Knutson
Kelly Smith
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 6/30/2015
Funding Level $25,000.00
Funding Source World Bank Group

 
Grant Title Drought Impacts: DRIVER (additional funding)
Starting Date 9/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 8/31/2016
Funding Level $193,347.00
Funding Source National Science Foundation

 
Grant Title Evaluating Extreme Drought (additional funding)
Starting Date 5/15/2014
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Ending Date 8/31/2015
Funding Level $27,734.00
Funding Source Purdue University

 
Grant Title Climate Information for Cereal Crop Production (additional funding)
Starting Date 4/15/2011
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Martha Shulski
Ending Date 4/4/2015
Funding Level $36,795.00
Funding Source Purdue University

 
Grant Title Tech Assist on Drought Preparedness
Starting Date 10/3/2013
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Cody Knutson
Kelly Smith
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 6/30/2014
Funding Level $40,000.00
Funding Source World Bank Group - IBRD

 
Grant Title Drought Information Service
Starting Date 10/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Cody Knutson
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 9/30/2014
Funding Level $739,809.00
Funding Source US Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
Grant Title Evaluating Extreme Drought
Starting Date 9/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Ending Date 8/31/2014
Funding Level $21,640.00
Funding Source Purdue University

 
Grant Title Drought Impacts: DRIVER
Starting Date 9/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 8/31/2016
Funding Level $165,615.00
Funding Source National Science Foundation

 
Grant Title Transforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers (additional funding)
Starting Date 4/15/2011
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Martha Shulski
Ending Date 4/14/2014
Funding Level $63,315.00
Funding Source Purdue University

 
Grant Title Stakeholder Workshop (additional funding)
Starting Date 10/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 10/9/2012
Funding Level $13,367.00
Funding Source University of Idaho

 
Grant Title Urban Water Policy and Decision Spt
Starting Date 9/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Ending Date 8/31/2013
Funding Level $107,725.00
Funding Source US Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
Grant Title Stakeholder Workshop
Starting Date 10/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 10/9/2012
Funding Level $13,367.00
Funding Source University of Idaho

 
Grant Title The Role of Drought Preparedness in Improving the Sustainability of Great Plains Ranches
Starting Date 2/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Jeff Nothwehr
Jerry Volesky
Nicole Wall
Tonya Bernadt
Tonya Haigh
Ending Date 1/31/2014
Funding Level $56,366.00
Funding Source University of Missouri

 
Grant Title Transforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers (additional funding)
Starting Date 4/15/2011
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Martha Shulski
Ending Date 4/14/2013
Funding Level $80,187.00
Funding Source US Department of Agriculture

 
Grant Title Workshops for Livestock Production
Starting Date 9/26/2011
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Tonya Haigh
Jerry Volesky
Donna Woudenberg
Ending Date 9/25/2012
Funding Level $93,752.00
Funding Source Department of Agriculture

 
Grant Title Climate Impact in Missouri River Basin
Starting Date 5/15/2011
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Ending Date 5/14/2014
Funding Level $215,142.00
Funding Source CRCES

 
Grant Title Transition of an Interactive Drought Management Database
Starting Date 9/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Mike Hayes
Ending Date 8/31/2013
Funding Level $203,861.00
Funding Source US Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
Grant Title Transforming Climate Variability
Starting Date 4/15/2011
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Martha Shulski
Ending Date 4/14/2012
Funding Level $82,989.00
Funding Source Purdue University

 
Grant Title Climate for Cereal Crops
Starting Date 2/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Martha Shulski
Ending Date 1/31/2016
Funding Level $283,835.00
Funding Source US Department of Agriculture - AFRI

 
Grant Title Useful to Usable Transforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers
Starting Date 2/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Martha Shulski
Ending Date 1/31/2016
Funding Level $283,835.00
Funding Source Purdue University

 
Grant Title Drought Monitor
Starting Date 10/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Mark Svoboda
Cody Knutson
Deb Bathke
Ending Date 9/30/2013
Funding Level $558,401.00
Funding Source Agriculture and Food Research Initiative/National Institute of Food and Agriculture

 
Grant Title Drought Mitigation, Nebraska Project
Starting Date 7/15/2009
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Mark Svoboda
Cody Knutson
Brian Wardlow
Ending Date 7/14/2010
Funding Level $437,243.00
Funding Source US Department of Agriculture - CSREES

 

Graduate Program(s)

Master of Arts in Geography

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Human Dimensions

Doctor of Philosophy in Geography

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Human Dimensions