Amanda Tan


Amanda Tan




B. Eng Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia

M. Sc. University of Washington (Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering)      


Amanda grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and obtained her M.Sc. under the direction of Prof. Dennis Lettenmaier in the Land Surface Hydrology group with a focus in Arctic hydrology. She received the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship in 2007 to complete her studies in understanding the influence of permafrost on the streamflow regimes in the Eurasian Arctic Rivers.   Amanda is currently working towards a PhD in the River Systems Research Group with Prof. Jeff Richey.

Her research spans very diverse regions and includes:  

1.     Understanding the influence of land use changes on streamflow and sediment transport in the state of Espirito Santo in Brazil using hydrologic modeling (VIC & DHSVM)

2.     Quantifying the effects of future climate sensitivities in the states of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santos in Brazil. 

3.     Understand the snow and glacier melt regimes in Bhutan and to quantify the timing changes of stream discharge. 

4.     Integrating hydrologic modeling within a Dynamic Information Framework (DIF) and assimilating DIF and its related components onto the cloud.

5.     Bridging science and policy and quantifying societal impacts from a water resources management perspective.   

In her free time, Amanda volunteers at Treehouse for Kids, loves hiking with her husband and dachshund, urban farmsteading and finally learning how to ride a bike to explore the far reaches of the Pacific Northwest.  

Publications Tan, A., J.C. Adam, and D.P. Lettenmaier, 2011. Change in spring snowmelt timing in Eurasian Arctic Rivers, Journal of Geophysical Research 116, D03101, doi:10.1029/2010JD014337.