Sad News

Hydrogeologist Irwin Remson dies at 90

Professor (emeritus) Irwin Remson died February 16, 2013, one month after his 90th birthday. Remson earned three degrees from Columbia University: a bachelor's degree in physics, and master's and PhD degrees in geology. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1968, after positions at the U.S. Geological Survey and the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia. Remson was named Barney and Estelle Morris Professor in 1980, and won the School of Earth Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award the same year. He received the Walter J. Gores Award in 1992 and the M. King Hubbert Award in 1994. His 1971 textbook Numerical Methods in Subsurface Hydrology, written with collaborators Hornberger and Molz, paved the way for the extensive use of computer modeling in hydrogeology. His later work included the development of computer optimization models for ground water management. Remson supervised the school’s undergraduate program in environmental Earth sciences, and published Geology in Environmental Planning with co-author Arthur Howard in 1978. While he retired in 1993, he remained an active member of the faculty until several years later. Remson is survived by his daughter Cathy Remson Lazarus (AB '73); son-in-law Stephen Lazarus (MS '70, PhD '79);  granddaughter Emily Lazarus; son Ken Remson (AB '79); daughter-in-law, Jana, and grandson Keoni.

Click here Irwin's Amazing Academic Family Tree

Editor's Choice Award

The nature and causes of the global water crisis: Syndromes from a meta‐analysis of coupled human‐water studies, by Veena Srinivasan, Eric F Lambin, Steven M Gorelick, Barton H Thompson, and Scott Rozelle, published in Water Resources Research (2012), received the AGU Editor's Choice Award - presented at the Fall AGU meeting, December 10, 2013. 

Hydro Group Members

We welcome

Dr. Kazi Rahman as a post-doctoral fellow in the Global Freshwater Initiative.

Dr. Laura Erban, who is now a post-doctoral fellow in the Hydro Group working on arsenic in deep groundwater in Vietnam.


New Interdisciplinary Project  (here for more information on Jordan Water Project)

The Belmont Forum, a consortium of G8 nation science funding agencies, has awarded an interdisciplinary research grant: Integrated Analysis of Freshwater Resources Sustainability in Jordan (Jordan Water Project).  Our team and a brief description is shown below.

G8MUREFU3FP-2200-089. Integrated Analysis of Freshwater Resources Sustainability in Jordan (JWP). Lead PI: Steven Gorelick, Stanford University, USA. Partners: Erik Gawel, Leipzig University, Germany; Bernd Klauer, Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Germany; Julien Harou, University College London, United Kingdom; Amaury Tilmant, Université Laval, Canada; Daanish Mustafa, King’s College, London, United Kingdom; Amer Salman, University of Jordan, Jordan; Emad Al-Karablieh, University of Jordan, Jordan.

BF/G8HORC sponsors: NSERC, DFG, NERC & ESRC, NSF.  36 months.

This proposed effort will focus on development of an integrated framework to evaluate water policy interventions in water-stressed countries using Jordan as a model system. Jordan is representative of  many arid regions where future natural and social changes set the stage for nationwide water supply failures. Existing water resources models ignore critical interactions between hydrologic and socioeconomic components, resulting in a lack of holistic analysis needed to make long-term policy decisions. Our interdisciplinary team will develop a quantitative policy-evaluation tool to explore ways to enhance the sustainability of freshwater systems through such innovations as optimized allocation procedures, institutional re-structuring, subsidies/tariffs, water-lease markets, and trans-boundary institutions. We will construct a modular, agent-based hydro-economic model in which each module captures scientific and local knowledge from a unique discipline synthesizing hydrologic, agronomic, and socioeconomic analysis into a coherent analytical framework. The modules will be linked through feedbacks among system components. The policy-evaluation model will combine simulation of natural phenomena (groundwater-surface water flow, crop yield, and soil / water salinity) with human decision-making at the institutional and user levels (water usage, regulation, allocation, trans-boundary water, and trade). We will evaluate a wide range of policy interventions based on a set of quantitative economic and environmental metrics. In addition to developing a new tool for water policy analysis, the project aims to identify innovative policy solutions for a water system that has exhausted traditional supply sources and is operating at the vulnerable edge. Our analysis of risks and benefits associated with policy solutions will be assessed, and management options communicated to stakeholders who will be actively solicited for input. The project will further set the groundwork for deploying the integrated framework to other water-stressed regions throughout the globe.

Stanford Woods Institute LaunchesGlobal Freshwater Initiative Website

Learn about the Global Freshwater Initiative, a program of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. 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 overpumping. GFI investigations of freshwater vulnerability are global in scope but regional in focus.  The GFI fact sheet is available here.

Recent Publications

Steve Gorelick's book, Oil Panic and the Global Crisis: Predictions and Myths, (Wiley-Blackwell).  See reviews at:,descCd-reviews.html


Moffett, K.B. and S.M. Gorelick. 2012. A method to calculate heterogeneous evapotranspiration using sub-meter thermal infrared imagery coupled to a stomatal resistance submodel, Water Resources Research, Volume: 48, doi: 10.1029/2011WR010407.

Zoback, M.D. and S.M. Gorelick. 2012. Earthquake triggering and large-scale geologic storage of carbon dioxide, Proc. National Academy of Sciences, doi/10.1073/pnas.1202473109.

Moffett, K.B., S.M. Gorelick, R. McLaren, E. Sudicky. 2012. Salt marsh ecohydrological zonation due to heterogeneous vegetation - groundwater - surface water interactions, Water Resources Research, 48, doi:10.1029/2011WR010874.

Srinivasan, V., E. F. Lambin, S. M. Gorelick, B. H. Thompson, and S. Rozelle. 2012. The nature and causes of the global water crisis: Syndromes from metaanalysis of couples human-water studies, Water Resources Research, vol. 48, W10516, doi:10.1029/2011WR011087.

Zoback, M. D. and S.M. Gorelick. 2012. Evidence that earthquake triggering could render long-term carbon storage unsuccessful in many regions (Reply to comment), Proc. National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1217264109.


Erban, L., S. M. Gorelick, H. A. Zebker, and S. Fendorf. 2013. Release of arsenic to deep groundwater in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, linked to pumping-induced land subsidence, Proc. National Academy of Sciences, doi/10.1073/pnas.1300503110

Brandt, A., A. Millard-Ball, M. Ganser, and S.M. Gorelick. 2013. Peak oil demand: The role of fuel efficiency and alternative fuels in a global oil production decline, Environmental Science and Technology

Moffett, K.B. and S.M. Gorelick. 2013. Distinguishing wetland vegetation and channel features with object-based image segmentation, International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 34, No. 4, 20 February 2013, 1332–1354, doi/10.1080/01431161.2012.718463.

Srinivasan, V., K. Seto, R. Emerson, and S.M. Gorelick. 2013. The impact of urbanization on water vulnerability—A coupled human - environment system approach for Chennai, India, Global Environmental Change - Human and Policy Dimensions, Vol. 23 , Issue: 1, 229-23 doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2012.10.002.


Zhang, H. and S.M. Gorelick, 2014. Coupled impacts of sea-level rise and tidal marsh restoration on endangered California clapper rail, Biological Conservation, Vol. 172, 89-100, doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.02.016

Erban, L., S.M. Gorelick, and S. Fendorf,  2014. Arsenic in the multi-aquifer system of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam: Analysis of large-scale spatial trends and controlling factors, Environmental Science and Technology, 48 (11), pp. 6081-6088. doi/10.1021/es403932t

Zhang, H., K.B. Moffett, L. Windham-Meyers, and S.M. Gorelick, 2014. Hydrological controls on methylmercury distribution and flux in a tidal marsh, Environmental Science and Technology, 48 (12), pp 6795–6804, doi/10.1021/es500781

Moffett, K.B., J. Law, S.M. Gorelick, N. Nur, and J.K. Woods. 2014. Alameda Song Sparrow abundance related to salt marsh vegetation. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, 12(3). 

Erban, L.E., S.M. Gorelick, and H.A. Zebker, 2014. Groundwater extraction, land subsidence, and sea-level rise in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Environmental Research Letters, 9 (8), 084010

Padowski, J.C. and S.M. Gorelick, 2014. Global analysis of urban surface water supply vulnerability, Environmental Research Letters 10 (in press). 


Ge, S., and S.M. Gorelick. 2015. Groundwater and Surface Water. In. Gerald R. North (editor-in-chief), Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences, 2nd Edition, Vol. 3, 209-216