Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Cyrus Fisher Tolman Professor in the School of Earth Sciences
As a hydrogeologist, Steve Gorelick's research involves the study of water resources with emphasis on groundwater. Using lab and field data, the aim is to develop an understanding of fundamental aspects of the transport of fluids and contaminants, and to investigate regional water resources systems. Gorelick's team has developed simulation-based planning tools to aid in sustainable agricultural and urban water management in the US, Mexico, India. During the past six years, field investigations have focused on the interactions between groundwater and patterns of vegetation in studies of both meadow and salt-marsh hydroecology. Scales of physical processes of interest extend from the domain of small pores to vast regional subsurface flow environments. Although driven by observations and data, Gorelick's team has developed conceptual and quantitative models to rigorously understand physical processes and make predictions. Such models enhance understanding of groundwater flow behavior and provide the means to better manage water resources.