Elizabeth Burakowski

Elizabeth Burakowski

Earth Sciences
Phone: (603) 862-1796
Office: Earth Systems Research Center, Morse Hall, Durham, NH 03824

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)

Courses Taught

  • ESCI 405: Global Environmental Change
  • ESCI 765: Paleoclimatology
  • ESCI 765/865: Paleoclimatology
  • ESCI 865: Paleoclimatology
  • INCO 790: Advanced Research Experience
  • MARI 902: Arctic Research Methods II


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

Selected Publications

  • Barnes, M. L., Zhang, Q., Robeson, S. M., Young, L., Burakowski, E. A., Oishi, A. C., . . . Novick, K. A. (2024). A Century of Reforestation Reduced Anthropogenic Warming in the Eastern United States. Earth's Future, 12(2). doi:10.1029/2023ef003663

  • Proulx, H., Jacobs, J. M., Burakowski, E. A., Cho, E., Hunsaker, A. G., Sullivan, F. B., . . . Wagner, C. (n.d.). Brief communication: Comparison of in situ ephemeral snow depth measurements over a mixed-use temperate forest landscape. The Cryosphere, 17(8), 3435-3442. doi:10.5194/tc-17-3435-2023

  • Voorhis, J., McDowell, G., Burakowski, E., & Luneau, T. (n.d.). The implications of warmer winters for ice climbing: A case study of the Mount Washington Valley, New Hampshire, USA. Frontiers in Human Dynamics, 5. doi:10.3389/fhumd.2023.1097414

  • Burakowski, E., Sallade, S., Contosta, A., Sanders-DeMott, R., & Grogan, D. (2022). Tracking Environmental Change Using Low-Cost Instruments during the Winter-Spring Transition Season. The American Biology Teacher, 84(4), 219-222. doi:10.1525/abt.2022.84.4.219

  • 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

  • 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