Gia Destouni

Georgia Destouni

Professor i hydrologi

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Works at Department of Physical Geography
Telephone 08-16 47 85
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Room T 305
Postal address Inst för naturgeografi 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Georgia (Gia) Destouni
Professor of Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Water Resources
Head of Department of Physical Geography
Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 (0)8 164785

See further Research, CV, Publications below and at: Personal webpagePublications and citations at Google Scholar






Current position
Stockholm University, Department of Physical Geography 
  • Professor of Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Water Resources - since 2005
  • Head of Department - since October 2016
  • Head of Research Unit for Hydrology, Water Resources and Permafrost - 2015-2016 
Previous positions
  • Secretary General of The Swedish Research Council Formas - 2013-2016 
  • Professor, Engineering Hydrology, Dept. of Land Water Resources Engineering, KTH, 1999 – 2005    
  • Guest Professor, Dept. of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University, 2003 – 2005    
  • Associate Professor, Engineering Hydrology, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, KTH, 1998 – 1999    
  • Visiting ScientistDept. of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, 1994
  • Research FellowHydrological Transport Mechanisms, Swedish Natural Science Research Council, 1992 – 1998    
  • Docent 1993, Engineering Hydrology, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • PhD 1991, Hydraulics Engineering, KTH
  • MSc 1987, Civil EngineeringKTH
Honors and recognitions - selected
  • Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science
  • Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
  • Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Henry Darcy Medalist (2013) of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  • Research and Development Award (2013) of the Nova Centre for University Studies, Research and Development, Oskarshamn, Sweden
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Science Europe
  • Vice President of the International Association for Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
  • Panel member of the European Research Council (ERC)
Boards and scientific commissions
Board Member for:
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre, 2016-2018
  • the Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), 2014-2016
  • the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 2010-2016
  • the Foundation for Research on the Baltic Region and Eastern Europe, 2008-2013
  • the Swedish Water Authority for Northern Baltic Proper District, 2007-2012
Member of the Scientific Council for the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), 2014-present
Member of the Scientific Council for Sustainable Development commissioned by the Swedish Government, 2015-2016
Member of the Scientific Council for Environmental Economics at Sweden’s National Institute of Economic Research (NIER), 2012-2013
Member of the Evaluation Panel for the Swedish Engineering Educations of the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, 2012-2013
Member of the Committee for Water Issues of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, 2011-2013
Representative of Sweden in the Cryosphere Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), 2011-2013
Associate Editor for:
·         Ambio
·         Journal of Hydrology

Publications - 

Publications and citations at Google Scholar

Selected recent:


Hamel P, Riveros-Iregui D, Ballari D, Browning T, Célleri R, Chandler D, Chun KP, Destouni G, Jacobs S, Jasechko S, Johnson M, Krishnaswamy J, Poca M, Pompeu PV, Rocha H, Watershed services in the humid tropics: Opportunities from recent advances in ecohydrology, Ecohydrology, DOI: 10.1002/eco.1921, 2018 (in press). Link

Levi L, Cvetkovic V, Destouni G, Data-driven analysis of nutrient inputs and transfers through nested catchments, Science of The Total Environment, 610-611, 482-494, 2018. OA Link


Destouni G., Fischer I., Prieto C., Water quality and ecosystem management: Data-driven reality check of effects in streams and lakes, Water Resources Research, 53, 6395-6404, 2017 DOI: 10.1002/2016WR019954. OA Link

Engström R.E., Howells M., Destouni G., Water impacts and water-climate goal conflicts of local energy choices – notes from a Swedish perspective, Proc. IAHS, 2017 (in press).

Engström, R. E., Howells, M., Destouni, G., Bhatt, V., Bazilian, M. and Rogner, H.-H., Connecting the resource nexus to basic urban service provision - with focus on water-energy interactions in New York City, Sustainable Cities and Society, 31, 83-94, 2017. OA Link

Goldenberg R, Kalantari Z, Cvetkovic V, Mörtberg U, Deal B, Destouni G, Distinction, quantification and mapping of potential and realized supply-demand of flow-dependent ecosystem services, Science of The Total Environment, 593-594 (2017), 509-609, 2017. OA Link

Kalantari Z, Cavalli M, Cantone C, Crema S, Destouni G, Flood probability quantification for road infrastructure: Data-driven spatial-statistical approach and case study applications, Science of The Total Environment, 581-582, 386–398, 2017. Link

Kalantari Z, Ferreira CSS, Walsh RPD, Ferreira AJD, Destouni G, Urbanization development under climate change: Hydrological responses in a peri-urban Mediterranean catchment, Land Degradation and Development, 28, 2207–2221, 2017 DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2747. OA Link

Rafiee M, Lyon SW, Zahraie B, Destouni G, Jaafarzadeh N, Optimal wastewater loading under conflicting goals and technology limitations in a riverine system, Water Environment Research, 89 (3), 211-220, 2017. Link

Thorslund J, Jarsjö J, Jaramillo F, Jawitz JW, Manzoni S, Basu NB, Chalov SR, Cohen MJ, Creed IF, Goldenberg R, Hylin A, Kalantari Z, Koussis AD, Lyon SW, Mazi K, Mård J, Persson K, Pietroń J, Prieto C, Quin A, Van Meter K, Destouni G, Wetlands as large-scale nature-based solutions: Status and challenges for research, engineering and management. Ecological Engineering, 108 Part B, 489-497, 2017 doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.07.012. OA Link 


Asokan SM, Rogberg P, Bring A, Jarsjö J, Destouni G, Climate model performance and change projection for freshwater fluxes: comparison for irrigated areas in Central and South Asia, Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 5, 48-65, 2016. OA Link

Augustsson A, Uddh Söderberg T, Jarsjö J, Åström M, Olofsson B, Balfors B, Destouni G, The risk of overestimating the risk - metal leaching to groundwater near contaminated glass waste deposits and exposure via drinking water, Science of The Total Environment, 566–567, 1420-1431, 2016. Link
Destouni G, Aral Sea Basin, in Handbook of Applied Hydrology, Second Edition (Ed. Vijay P. Singh), McGraw Hill, ISBN: 9780071835091, Part 8: Hydrology of Large River and Lake Basins, Chapter 121, p. 121.1-121.6, 2016. pdf

Juston J, Lyon SW, Destouni G, Data-driven nutrient-landscape relationships across regions and scales, Water Environment Research, 88(11), 2023-2031, 2016. Link 

Mazi K, Koussis AD, Destouni G, Quantifying a sustainable management space for human use of coastal groundwater under multiple change pressures, Water Resources Management, 30, 4063–4080, 2016. OA Link (Erratum, pp 4081–4081, Link)

Verrot L, Destouni G, Data-model comparison of temporal variability in long-term time series of large-scale soil moisture, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 121(17), 10,056-10,073, 2016. Link 

Bring A, Jarsjö J, Destouni, G, Water Information and Water Security in the Arctic. In B. Evengård, J. Nymand Larsen, & Ø. Paasche, eds. The New Arctic. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp 225-238, 2015. Link 

Bring A, Rogberg P, Destouni G, Variability in climate change simulations affects needed long-term riverine nutrient reductions for the Baltic Sea, Ambio, 44, S381–S391, 2015. OA Link 

Bring A, Asokan SM, Jaramillo F, Jarsjö J, Levi L, Pietroń J, Prieto C, Rogberg P, Destouni G, Implications of freshwater flux data from the CMIP5 multi-model output across a set of Northern Hemisphere drainage basins, Earth’s Future, 3 (6), 206–217, 2015. OA Link 

Elmhagen B., Destouni G., Angerbjörn A., Borgström S., Boyd E., Cousins S. A. O., Dalén L., Ehrlén J., Ermold M., Hambäck P. A., Hedlund J., Hylander K., Jaramillo F., Lagerholm V. K., Lyon S. W., Moor H., Nykvist B., Pasanen-Mortensen M., Plue J., Prieto C., Van der Velde Y., Lindborg R., Interacting effects of change in climate, human population, land use, and water use on biodiversity and ecosystem services, Ecology and Society, 20(1), 23, 2015. OA Link 

Frampton A., Destouni G, Impact of degrading permafrost on subsurface solute transport pathways and travel times, Water Resour. Res., 51, 7680-7701, 2015. OA Link 

Jaramillo F, Destouni G, Local flow regulation and irrigation raise global human water consumption and footprint, Science, 350 (6265), 1248-1251, 2015. Link 

Jaramillo F, Destouni G, Comment on “Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet”, Science, 348(6240), 1217, 2015. Link 

Johansson E, Gustafsson L-G, Berglund S, Lindborg T, Selroos J-O, Claesson Liljedahl L, Destouni G, Data evaluation and numerical modeling of hydrological interactions between active layer, lake and talik in a permafrost catchment, Western Greenland,Journal of Hydrology, 527, 688-703, 2015. OA Link 

Karlsson MJ, Jaramillo F, Destouni G, Hydro-climatic and lake change patterns in Arctic permafrost and non-permafrost areas, Journal of Hydrology, 529, 134–145, 2015. OA Link 

Koussis AD, Mazi K, Riou F, Destouni G, A correction for Dupuit–Forchheimer interface flow models of seawater intrusion in unconfined coastal aquifers. Journal of Hydrology, 525, 277–285, 2015. Link 

Levi L, Jaramillo F, Andričević R, Destouni G, Hydroclimatic changes and drivers in the Sava River Catchment and comparison with Swedish catchments, Ambio, 44:624–634, 2015. OA Link 

Prieto C, Destouni G, Climate-Driven, Phenological Change: Developing Robust Spatiotemporal Modeling and Projection Capability, PLoS ONE, 10(11), e0141207, 2015. OA Link 

Quin A, Jaramillo F, Destouni G, Dissecting the ecosystem service of large-scale pollutant retention, Ambio, 44 (1), 127-137, 2015. OA Link 

Selroos JO, Destouni G, Influence of spatial and temporal flow variability on solute transport in catchments, Hydrological Processes, 29 (16), 3592-3603, 2015. Link 

Strandmark A, Bring A, Cousins SAO, Destouni G, Kautsky H, Kolb G, de la Torre-Castro M, Hambäck PA, Climate change effects on the Baltic Sea borderland between land and sea, Ambio, 44 (1), 28-38, 2015. OA Link 

Törnqvist R., Jarsjö J., Thorslund J., Rao P.S.C., Basu N.B., Destouni, G., Mechanisms of basin-scale nitrogen load reductions under intensified irrigated agriculture, PLoS ONE, 10(3), e0120015, 2015. OA Link 

Verrot L, Destouni G, Screening variability and change of soil moisture under wide-ranging climate conditions: Snow dynamics effects, Ambio, 44 (1), 6-16, 2015. OA Link
Asokan SM, Destouni G, Irrigation effects on hydro-climatic change: Basin-wise water balance-constrained quantification and cross-regional comparison, Surveys in Geophysics, 35:879–895, 2014. Link

Bengtsson L, RM Bonnet, M Calisto, G Destouni, R Gurney, J Johannessen, Y Kerr, WA Lahoz & M Rast, The Earth's Hydrological Cycle, Space Sciences Series of ISSI, Volume 46, ISBN: 978-94-017-8788-8 (Print) 978-94-017-8789-5 (Online), 2014. Link
Bring A, Destouni G, Arctic climate and water change: Model and observation relevance for assessment and adaptation, Surveys in Geophysics, 35, 853–877, 2014. OA Link
Destouni G, Verrot L, Screening long-term variability and change of soil moisture in a changing climate. J. Hydrol., 516, 131-139, 2014. OA Link

Giesler R, Lyon SW, Mörth C-M, Karlsson J, Karlsson EM, Jantze EJ, Destouni G, Humborg C, Catchment-scale dissolved carbon concentrations and export estimates across six subarctic streams in northern Sweden, Biogeosciences, 11, 525-537, 2014. OA Link

Jaramillo F, Destouni G, Developing water change spectra and distinguishing change drivers worldwide, Geophysical Research Letters, 41(23), 8377–8386, 2014. OA Link

Karlsson JM, Lyon SW, Destouni G, Temporal behavior of lake size-distribution in a thawing permafrost landscape in northwestern Siberia, Remote Sens., 6, 621-636,2014. OA Link

Mazi K, Koussis ADDestouni G, Intensively exploited Mediterranean aquifers: resilience to seawater intrusion and proximity to critical thresholds, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18, 1663–1677, 2014. OA Link 

Törnqvist R, Jarsjö R, Pietron J, Bring A, Rogberg P, Asokan SM, Destouni G, Evolution of the hydro-climate system in the Lake Baikal basin, J. Hydrol., 519, 1953–1962, 2014. OA Link
Vercauteren N, Lyon SW, Destouni G, Seasonal influence of insolation on fine-resolved air temperature variation and snowmelt, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 53, 323-332, 2014. Link 

Van der Velde Y, Vercauteren N, Jaramillo F, Dekker S, Destouni G, Lyon SW, Exploring hydroclimatic change disparity via the Budyko framework, Hydrological Processes,  13, 4110–4118, 2014. OA Link


Azcárate J, Balfors B, Bring A, Destouni G, Strategic environmental assessment and monitoring: Arctic key gaps and bridging pathways, Environ. Res. Lett., 8, 044033, 2013 - OA link.

Bosson E, Selroos J-O, Stigsson M, Gustafsson L-G, Destouni G, Exchange and pathways of deep and shallow groundwater in different climate and permafrost conditions using the Forsmark site, Sweden as an example catchment, Hydrogeology Journal, 21, 225–237, 2013. Link
Bring A, Destouni G, Hydro-climatic changes and their monitoring in the Arctic: Observation-model comparisons and prioritization options for monitoring development,Journal of Hydrology, 492, 273-280, 2013. OA Link
Destouni G, Jaramillo F, Prieto C, Hydroclimatic shifts driven by human water use for food and energy production, Nature Climate Change, 3, 213-217, 2013. Link
Frampton A, Painter S, Destouni G, Permafrost degradation and subsurface flow changes caused by surface warming trends, Hydrogeology Journal, 21, 271–280, 2013.Link
Hinzman LD, Destouni G, Woo M-k, Hydrogeology of cold regions, Hydrogeology Journal, 21, 1–4, 2013. Link

Jaramillo F, Prieto C, Lyon SW, Destouni G, Multimethod assessment of evapotranspiration shifts due to non-irrigated agricultural development in Sweden,Journal of Hydrology, 484, 55–62, 2013. OA Link
Jantze EJ, Lyon SW, Destouni G, Subsurface release and transport of dissolved carbon in a discontinuous permafrost region, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17, 3827–3839, 2013. OA Link
Mazi K, Koussis AD, Destouni G, Tipping points for seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers under rising sea level, Environ. Res. Lett., 8, 014001 (6pp), 2013. OA Link
Nilsson LM, Destouni G, Berner J, Dudarev AA, Mulvad G, Odland JO, Parkinson A, Tikhonov C, Rautio A, Evengård B, A call for urgent monitoring of food and water security based on relevant indicators for the Arctic, Ambio, 42, 816–822, 2013. OA Link
Van der Velde Y, Lyon S, Destouni G, Data-driven regionalization of river discharges and emergent land cover–evapotranspiration relationships across Sweden, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118, 2576–2587, 2013. Link
Vercauteren N, Destouni G, Dahlberg CJ, Hylander K, Fine-resolved, near-coastal spatiotemporal variation of temperature in response to insolation. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 52, 1208–1220, 2013. Link 

Bosson E., Sabel U., Gustafsson L.G., Sassner M., Destouni G., Influences of shifts in climate, landscape, and permafrost on terrestrial hydrology, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 117, D05120, 2012.
Cvetkovic V., Carstens C., Selroos J.-O., Destouni G., Water and solute transport along hydrological pathways, Water Resources Research, 48, W06537, 2012.
Dahlke H.E., Easton Z.M., Lyon S.W., Walter T.M., Destouni G., Steenhuis T.S., Dissecting the variable source area concept - Subsurface flow pathways and water mixing processes in a hillslope, Journal of Hydrology, 420-421 125-141, 2012.
Gren I.M., Destouni G., Does divergence of nutrient load measurements matter for successful mitigation of marine eutrophication?, Ambio, 41, 151–160, 2012.
Jarsjö J., Asokan S.M., Prieto C., Bring A., Destouni G., Hydrological responses to climate change conditioned by historic alterations of land-use and water-use, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16, 1335-1347, 2012.
Koussis A.D., Mazi K., Destouni G., Analytical single-potential, sharp-interface solutions for regional seawater intrusion in sloping unconfined coastal aquifers, with pumping and recharge, Journal of Hydrology 416–417, 1-11, 2012.
Karlsson M.J., Lyon S.W., Destouni G., Thermokarst lake, hydrological flow and water balance indicators of permafrost change in Western Siberia, Journal of Hydrology 464-465, 459-466, 2012.

Bring A., Destouni G., Relevance of hydro-climatic change projection and monitoring for assessment of water cycle changes in the Arctic, Ambio, 40(4), 361-369, 2011.
Chasset C., Jarsjö J., Erlström M., Cvetkovic V., Destouni G., Scenario simulations of CO2 injection feasibility, plume migration and storage in a saline aquifer, Scania, Sweden, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 5, 1303-1318, 2011.
Destouni G., Kuylenstierna J., Water and biodiversity, in (Eds. A. Djoghlaf, F. Dodds)Biodiversity and ecosystem insecurity, a planet in peril, Earthscan Publications Ltd., 94-101, 2011.
Frampton A., Painter S., Lyon S.W., Destouni G., Non-isothermal, three-phase simulations of near-surface flows in a model permafrost system under seasonal variability and climate change, Journal of Hydrology 403, 352-359, 2011.
Karlsson M.J., Bring A., Peterson G., Gordon L., Destouni G., Opportunities and limitations to detect climate-related regime shifts in inland Arctic ecosystems through eco-hydrological monitoring, Environmental Research Letters, 6(1), 014015, 2011. OA Link
Persson K., Jarsjö J., Destouni G., Diffuse hydrological mass transport through catchments: scenario analysis of coupled physical and biogeochemical uncertainty effects, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 15, 3195–3206, 2011. OA Link
Prieto C., Destouni G., Is submarine groundwater discharge predictable?, Geophysical Research Letters, 38,  L01402, 2011.

Asokan S., Jarsjo J., Destouni G., Vapor flux by evapotranspiration: Effects of changes in climate, land use, and water use, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 115,D24102, 2010.

Basu N., Destouni G., Jawitz J., Thompson S., Loukinova N., Darracq A., Zanardo S., Yaeger M., Sivapalan M., Rinaldo A., Rao P., Nutrient loads exported from managed catchments reveal emergent biogeochemical stationarity, Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L23404, 2010.

Destouni G., and Frank H., Renewable Energy, Ambio, 39, Supplement 1, 18-21, DOI 10.1007/s13280-010-0059-7, 2010. pdf

Darracq A., Destouni G., Persson K., Prieto C., Jarsjo J., Quantification of advective solute travel times and mass transport through hydrological catchments, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, 10(1-2), 103-120, 2010.
Darracq A., Destouni G., Persson K., Prieto C., Jarsjo J., Scale and model resolution effects on the distributions of advective solute travel times in catchments, Hydrological Processes, 24(12), 1697-1710, 2010.

Destouni G., Asokan S., Jarsjo J., Inland hydro-climatic interaction, effects of human water use on regional climate, Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L18402, 2010.

Destouni G., Persson K., Prieto C., Jarsjo J., General quantification of catchment-scale nutrient and pollutant transport through the subsurface to surface and coastal waters,Environmental Science & Technology, 44(6), 2048-2055, 2010.

Dyurgerov M., Bring A., Destouni G., Integrated assessment of changes in freshwater inflow to the Arctic ocean, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 115, D12116,2010.

Koutsouris A., Destouni G., Jarsjo J., Lyon S., Hydro-climatic trends and water resource management implications based on multi-scale data for the Lake Victoria region, Kenya,Environmental Research Letters, 5(3), 034005, 2010. OA Link

Koussis A.D., Georgopoulou E., Kotronarou A., Lalas D.P., Restrepo P., Destouni G., Prieto C., Rodriguez J.J., Rodriguez-Mirasol J., Cordero T., Gomez-Gotor A., Cost-efficient management of coastal aquifers via recharge with treated wastewater and desalination of brackish groundwater: General framework, Hydrological Sciences Journal-Journal Des Sciences Hydrologiques, 55(7), 1217–1233, 2010.

Koussis A., Georgopoulou E., Kotronarou A., Mazi K., Restrepo P., Destouni G., Prieto C., Rodriguez J., Rodriguez-Mirasol J., Cordero T., Ioannou C., et al., Cost-efficient management of coastal aquifers via recharge with treated wastewater and desalination of brackish groundwater: application to the Akrotiri basin and aquifer, Cyprus,Hydrological Sciences Journal-Journal Des Sciences Hydrologiques, 55(7), 1234-1245, 2010.

Lyon S., Destouni G., Changes in catchment-scale recession flow properties in response to permafrost thawing in the Yukon river basin, International Journal of Climatology, 30(14), 2138–2145, 2010.

Lyon S., Morth M., Humborg C., Giesler R., Destouni G., The relationship between subsurface hydrology and dissolved carbon fluxes for a sub-arctic catchment, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 14(6), 941-950, 2010. OA Link

McDonnell J.J., McGuire K., Aggarwal P., Beven K.J., Biondi D., Destouni G., Dunn S., James A., Kirchner J., Kraft P., Lyon S., et al., How old is streamwater? Open questions in catchment transit time conceptualization, modelling and analysis, Hydrological Processes, 24(12), 1745-1754, 2010.

Last updated: May 31, 2018

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