Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California
Bill Dietrich’s research focuses on the processes that underlie the evolution of landscapes. His research group and collaborators are developing geomorphic transport laws for soil production, weathering and transport, and river and debris flow incision into bedrock. They are exploring the processes that control the sorting of sediment on river beds, the transport of sediment in steep, coarse bedded channels, the routing of sediment through river networks, the influence of sediment supply on river morphodynamics, the entrainment of sediment to form debris flows, and the dispersion and deposition of sediment across floodplains.
CZO Research Groups
Hillslope hydrology in global change research and Earth system modeling. Fan, Y., Clark, M., Lawrence, D. M., Swenson, S., Band, L. E., Brantley, S. L., P. D. Brooks, W. E. Dietrich, A. Flores, G. Grant, J. W. Kirchner, D. S. Mackay, J. J. McDonnell, P. C. D. Milly, P. L. Sullivan, C. Tague, H. Ajami, N. Chaney, A. Hartmann, P. Hazenberg, J. McNamara, J. Pelletier, J. Perket, E. Rouholahnejad‐Freund, T. Wagener, X. Zeng, E. Beighley, J. Buzan, M. Huang, B. Livneh, B. P. Mohanty, B. Nijssen, M. Safeeq, C. Shen, W. van Verseveld, J. Volk, D. Yamazaki (2019): Water Resources Research, vol 55 Cross-CZO
2019 (In Review)
Chemical reactions, porosity, and microfracturing in shale during weathering: the effect of erosion rate . Gu, X., D.M. Rempe, W.E. Dietrich, A.J. West, T.-C. Lin, L. Jin, S.L. Brantley (2019): Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta (submitted) Cross-CZO
Low Subsurface Water Storage Capacity Relative to Annual Rainfall Decouples Mediterranean Plant Productivity and Water Use From Rainfall Variability. Hahm, W.J., Dralle, D.N., Rempe, D.M., Bryk, A.B., Thompson, S.E., Dawson, T.E., and Dietrich, W.E. (2019): Geophysical Research Letters
Lithologically Controlled Subsurface Critical Zone Thickness and Water Storage Capacity Determine Regional Plant Community Composition. Hahm, W.J., Rempe, D.M., Dralle, D.N., Dawson, T.E., Lovill, S.M., Bryk, A.B., Bish, D.L., Schieber, J. & Dietrich, W.E. (2019): Water Resources Research 55
Quantification of the seasonal hillslope water storage that does not drive streamflow. Dralle, D.N., Hahm, W.J., Rempe, D.M., Karst, N.J., Thompson, S.E., Dietrich, W.E. (2018): Hydrological Processes
Controls on the distribution and resilience of Quercus garryana: ecophysiological evidence of oak's water‐limitation tolerance. Hahm, W.J., Dietrich, W.E., and Dawson, T.E. (2018): Ecosphere 9 (5)
Drainage from the Critical Zone: Lithologic Controls on the Persistence and Spatial Extent of Wetted Channels during the Summer Dry Season. Lovill, S.M., Hahm, W.J. & Dietrich, W.E. (2018): Water Resources Research 54(8)
Direct observations of rock moisture, a hidden component of the hydrologic cycle. Rempe, D. and Dietrich, W.E. (2018): Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Designing a network of critical zone observatories to explore the living skin of the terrestrial Earth. Brantley, S.L., McDowell, W.H., Dietrich, W.E., White, T.S., Kumar, P., Anderson, S., Chorover, J., Lohse, K.A., Bales, R.C., Richter, D., Grant, G., and Gaillardet, J. (2017): Earth Surface Dynamics, 5, 841–860 Cross-CZO National
The Frontier Beneath our Feet. Grant, G., and Dietrich, W.E. (2017): Water Resources Research 54 (4): 2605-2609 Cross-CZO National
Controls on solute concentration-discharge relationships revealed by simultaneous hydrochemistry observations of hillslope runoff and stream flow: The importance of critical zone structure. Kim, Hyojin, William E. Dietrich, Benjamin M. Thurnhoffer, Jim K. B. Bishop, and Inez Y. Fung (2017): Water Resources Research, 53:1424-1443 Cross-CZO
Expanding the role of reactive transport models in critical zone processes. Li Li, Kate Maher, Alexis Navarre-Sitchler, Jenny Druhan, Christof Meile, Corey Lawrence, Joel Moore, Julia Perdrial, Pamela Sullivan, Aaron Thompson, Lixin Jin, Edward W. Bolton, Susan L. Brantley, William E. Dietrich, K. Ulrich Mayer, Carl I. Steefel, Albert Valocchi, John Zachara, Benjamin Kocar, Jennifer Mcintosh, Benjamin M. Tutolo, Mukesh Kumar, Eric Sonnenthal, Chen Bao, Joe Beisman (2017): Earth-Science Reviews, 165:280-301 Cross-CZO
An international initiative for science in the critical zone. Brantley, S. L., W. E. Dietrich, and S. Banwart (2015): EOS, 96, Published on 5 June 2015 Cross-CZO
The Landscape Evolution Observatory: A large-scale controllable infrastructure to study coupled Earth-surface processes. Pangle L.A., DeLong S.B., Abramson N., Adams J., Barron-Gafford G.A., Breshears D.D., Brooks P.D., Chorover J., Dietrich W.E., Dontsova K., Durcik M., Espeleta J., Ferre T.P.A., Ferriere R., Henderson W., Hunt E.A., Huxman T.E., Millar D., Murphy B., Niu G-Y., Pavao-Zuckerman M., Pelletier J.D., Rasmussen C., Ruiz J., Saleska S., Schaap M., Sibayan M., Troch P.A., Tuller M., van Haren J., Zeng X. (2015): Geomorphology 244: 190-203 Cross-CZO
Chapter 2 – The Role of Critical Zone Observatories in Critical Zone Science. White T., Brantley S., Banwart S., Chorover J., Dietrich W., Derry L., Lohse K., Anderson S., Aufdendkampe A., Bales R., Kumar P., Richter D., McDowell B. (2015): Developments in Earth Surface Processes 19: 15–78 Cross-CZO National
Process dominance shift in solute chemistry as revealed by long-term high-frequency water chemistry observations of groundwater flowing through weathered argillite underlying a steep forested hillslope. Kim, Hyojin Bishop, James K B Dietrich, William E. Fung, Inez Y. (2014): Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 140: 1-19.
A bottom-up control on fresh-bedrock topography under landscapes. Rempe, D.M., Dietrich, W.D. (2014): Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (18): 6576-6581
Vegetation induced changes in the stable isotope composition of near surface humidity . Simonin, K.A., Link, P., Rempe, D., Miller, S., Oshun, J., Bode, C., Dietrich, W.E., Fung, I. and Dawson T.E. (2014): EcoHydrology 7(3): 936-949.
Rain, rock moisture dynamics, and the rapid response of perched groundwater in weathered, fractured argillite underlying a steep hillslope. Salve, R, DM Rempe, WE Dietrich (2012): Water Resources Research 48 (11)
Seasonal reassembly of a river food web: floods, droughts, and impacts of fish. Power, ME, MS Parker, WE Dietrich, (2008): Ecological Monographs, V.78, p.263-282
Papers and books that explicitly acknowledge a CZO grant are highlighted in PALE ORANGE.
A dynamic hydrology-critical zone framework for rainfall-triggered landslide hazard prediction. Dialynas, Yannis G, Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, William E Dietrich, Rafael L Bras (2017): American Geophysical Union 2017 Fall Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, 11-15 December 2017 Cross-CZO
Eel River Critical Zone Observatory Annual Report 2017. Dietrich, W. (2017): Eel River CZO, UC Berkeley
Eel River Critical Zone Observatory Annual Report 2016. Dietrich, W. (2016): Eel River CZO, UC Berkeley
Seeking GUTH, the Grand Unified Theory of Hillslopes: Linking weathering, erosion and landscapes. Anderson, SP, Dietrich, WE, Rempe, D, West, N, Brantley, SL, Bacon, AR, Buss, HL, Fisher, BA, Flinchum, B, Holbrook, S, Klos, PZ, Leopold, M, Moon, S, Nielson, T, Pelletier, J, and Terry, N. (2015): EP34A-01 Landscape Evolution from a Critical Zone Science Perspective III, presented at 2015 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 14-18 Dec. Cross-CZO
Eel River Critical Zone Observatory Annual Report 2015. Dietrich, W. (2015): Eel River CZO, UC Berkeley
Common Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) Infrastructure and Measurements. J. Chorover, S. Anderson, A. K. Aufdenkampe, R. C. Bales, S. L. Brantley, W. Dietrich, P. Kumar, K. A. Lohse, W. McDowell, D. Richter, T. White (2015): A Guide Prepared By CZO PIs, May 05, 2015 Cross-CZO National
Dynamic, structured heterogeneity of water isotopes inside hillslopes . Oshun, J., Dietrich, W.E., Dawson, T.E., and Fung, I. (2015): Water Resources Research
Common questions of the US NSF–supported Critical Zone Observatories. Dietrich, W.E. and Lohse, K. (2014): A Guide Prepared By CZO PIs Cross-CZO National
The Eel River Critical Zone Observatory: exploring how the critical zone will mediate watershed currencies and ecosystem response in a changing environment. Dietrich, WE, JK Bishop, SM Carlson, ME Power, and S Thompson (2013): NSF Proposal
25 Jun 2019 - Eel River CZO research findings from Hahm et al. 2019 are featured on the UC Berkeley News website.
31 May 2019 - Scientists link vegetation mosaics in California to patterns of weathered bedrock.
02 Mar 2018 - A recent paper on rock moisture by Danielle Rempe and Bill Dietrich of the Eel River CZO is been featured on NSF News site, SF Chronicle, others
30 Oct 2017 - Water Resources Research published a new special collection in September 2017 featuring concentration-discharge research from multiple CZOs.
25 Jun 2017 - Eel River CZO researchers are featured in a new video at the Lawrence Hall of Science.
01 May 2017 - CZO Newsletter CZNews: Spring 2017
21 Apr 2017 - AGU has published a collection of commentaries highlighting the important role Earth and space science research plays in society.
21 Mar 2016 - The following is part nine in a series on the National Science Foundation's Critical Zone Observatories (CZO) Network.
14 Jul 2015 - The Eel River CZO is featured on the Morrison Planetarium show “Habitat Earth” at the California Academy of Sciences. The theme...
23 Jun 2015 - The results of a pre-AGU 2014 international Critical Zone workshop in San Francisco were recently published in Eos Buzz.
16 May 2014 - University of California, Berkeley, geologist William Dietrich pioneered the application of airborne LIDAR – light detection and ranging...