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Water Resources and Hydrogeology

About the Hydro Group

The Water Resources and Hydrogeology Program falls under the umbrella of the Department of Earth System Science (ESS) within the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University. Our research interests span a range of topics including the scientific basis for water resources management with special interest in developing regions, ecohydrology, global freshwater vulnerability, surface-groundwater interactions, groundwater allocation policy, fluid flow and solute transport processes, innovative simulation techniques, and cutting-edge technologies in hydrogeophysics and remote sensing for near-surface hydrology.

Graduate Program

  • PhD track (MS is not required to apply directly to the PhD program)
  • Combines earth sciences and engineering
  • Research integrates field data with quantitative modeling

The Stanford Hydro Group consists of graduate students and post-doctoral research associates working with Professor Steven Gorelick. We interact with faculty in other Stanford departments and many scientists around the world.

The Hydro Group has taken the lead in developing the Global Freshwater Initiative through the Woods Institute for the Environment.

Global Freshwater Initiative

  • The Global Freshwater Initiative (GFI) is developing strategies that promote the long-term viability of freshwater supplies for people and ecosystems threatened by climate change, shifts in land use, increasing population, decaying infrastructure and groundwater over-pumping.

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  • Water security has become a critical issue around the world.  Here is the GFI's take on the issues.

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Jordan Water Project and FUSE Project

Major Interdisciplinary Projects in India and Jordan

FUSE : Food Water Energy for Urban Sustainable Environments 

FUSE (Food-water-energy for Urban Sustainable Environments) is a transdisciplinary 3-year research project (2018-2021) involving the Food-Water-Energy Nexus (FWE) in Pune (India). The project will develop a long-term systems model that can be used to identify viable paths to sustainability. It brings together scientists, engineers, economists, and stakeholder engagement experts from Stanford University in California, USA, IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) in Laxenburg, Austria, UFZ (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research) in Leipzig, Germany, and ÖFSE (Austrian Foundation for Development Research) in Vienna, Austria. The project is a not-for-profit research effort and is part of the Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative of JPI Urban Europe and the Belmont Forum. Each of the national teams is supported individually by its own national science funding agency.

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Jordan Water Project

In arid regions throughout the world, water system security is at a tipping point due to a confluence of drivers that include severely limited water supplies, rapid population growth and demographic shifts, climate change and variability, transboundary competition for shared freshwater resources, and institutional dysfunction. The overarching challenge is to sustain the human-natural system in the presence of rapid environmental and socioeconomic change. This interdisciplinary effort is aimed at developing a new approach to evaluate policies to enhance sustainability of freshwater resource systems. Our research is focused on Jordan, which is one of the ten water poorest countries in the world.

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