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Georgia Destouni

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

My research interests include hydro-climate, water resource availability and quality, and their shifts due to changes in human activity, climate, and other environmental aspects. Geographically, my research focus is both global and regional on various parts of the world, including for example the Baltic, Arctic, Central and East Asian, Balkan and Mediterranean regions.

I am member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Henry Darcy Medallist of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), and winner of the Swedish Sigge Thernwall Grand Prize for sustainability research. 

Among various international and national commissions of trust, I am for example Editor in Chief of the AGU journal Water Resources Research, member of the Council of Trustees of WWF Sweden, and have been Secretary General of The Swedish Research Council Formas, Vice President of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), and member of the scientific advisory committee of Science Europe.




Through my research I want to understand how Earth’s interconnected water system works in different parts of the world and on different scales, up to global scale.

I’m interested in the processes and the variability and change that characterize and drive the fluxes, availability and quality of water, and how they interact with society, climate, and ecosystems. I’m also interested in how improved scientific understanding can guide society’s management of critical water resources and water-related risks, for example, of droughts, floods, water pollution, and disease spreading.

I use both data-driven and model-based approaches to study and decipher these water aspects and interconnections. For example, I currently work on the flux, quality, and management interactions of linked inland-coastal-marine water systems in an EU project (COASTAL), and have just finalised a Nordic project on the shifts in water-related spreading of infectious diseases under climate change over the Nordic-Arctic region (CLINF). I also work with partners outside academia, for example, in an IoT innovation project (iWater) on continuous water quality monitoring with machine-learning interpretation and cloud-linked communication of automatic sensor data, and in a multi-stakeholder participatory project on the impacts and management of freshwater under current and future climate change, urbanization and other land-use changes.

For research outputs, see further Publications in Google Scholar


Research projects