Faculty Profile





Curriculum Vitae



Aris P. Georgakakos

Professor and Director, Georgia Water Resources Institute
Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Water Resources
Smart Cities
Mason 2201D
404/894-2240
ageorgak@ce.gatech.edu

BIOGRAPHY

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984.
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983.
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 1980.

Dr. Aris P. Georgakakos holds a civil engineering Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and Masters and Ph. D. degrees in water resources from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Georgakakos is currently a Professor at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech and Director of the Georgia Water Resources Institute. He has also served as CEE Associate Chair for Research and as Head of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Water Resources Program for 17 years. 

Dr. Georgakakos’ research and technology transfer activities aim to develop and implement prototypical information and decision support systems for integrated water resources assessment, planning, and management. These systems combine data from conventional and remote sources, GIS, and models from various disciplines (including climate, hydrology, agricultural science, water resources, wetland and river ecology, hydro-thermal power systems, economics, statistics, and operations research). Dr. Georgakakos has been involved in several world regions and his decision support systems are currently used for river basin planning and management in Georgia and the southeast U.S., California, several African countries, Brazil, Jordan, Greece, and China. His research and technology transfer activities have been sponsored by U.S. and foreign organizations including the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Bank, U.S. and European International Development Agencies, and several domestic and foreign electrical and water utilities. Dr. Georgakakos publishes extensively, is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Hydrology, and serves in various national committees advising the U.S. Government on critical climate adaptation and water resources policy issues.  Dr. Georgakakos is a Convening Lead Author for the water resources chapter of the 2014 National Climate Assessment.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Integrated water, energy, and environmental planning and management
  • Climate change impact assessments and adaptation planning
  • Flood and drought management
  • Hydro-thermal coordination and operational management
  • Crop modeling and agro-economic planning
  • Remote sensing of hydrologic variables
  • Information and decision support systems for river basin planning and management

HONORS & AWARDS

  • CEE Nominee for International Engagement (Denning) Award, 2015.
  • NSF Student Award for Courtney Miller (PhD Student), 2014.
  • CEE Sustained Research Award, 2014.
  • Recognition by ACF Stakeholders for technical support and contributions toward the development of a sustainable water management plan for the ACF River Basin, 2014.
  • Recognition by Kathryn D. Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere for service and contributions as Convening Lead Author, Water Sector Chapter, US National Climate Assessment, 2014.
  • Recognition by President Barack Obama for service and contributions as Convening Lead Author, Water Sector Chapter, US National Climate Assessment, 2014.
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI), 2012-present. ACWI advises the Federal Government on activities and plans related to federal water-information programs.
  • Convening Lead Author for the Water Sector Chapter, US National Climate Assessment, 2012-;
  • Member, Federal Advisory Committee for the National Climate Assessment, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), 2010-;

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Chen, C-J., and A. P. Georgakakos, “Hydro-Climatic Forecasting Using Sea Surface Temperatures— Methodology and Application for the Southeast U.S.,” Journal of Climate Dynamics, 42, 2955-2982, doi 10.1007/s00382-013-1908-4, 2014.
  • Chen, C-J., and A. P. Georgakakos, “Seasonal Prediction of East African Rainfall,” International Journal of Climatology, doi: 10.1002/joc.4165, 2014.
  • Georgakakos, A.P., H. Yao, and K.P. Georgakakos, “Upstream Regulation Effects on Ensemble Streamflow Prediction,” Journal of Hydrology, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.06.044, 2014.
  • Kim, D. H., and A. P. Georgakakos, “Hydrologic routing using nonlinear cascaded reservoirs,” Water Resources Research, 50, 7000–7019, doi:10.1002/2014WR015662, 2014.
  • Sharif, H.E., J. Wang, and A. P. Georgakakos, “Modeling regional crop yield and irrigation demand using SMAP type of soil moisture data,” Journal of Hydrometeorology, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-14-0034.1, also at http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JHM-D-14-0034.1, 2014.
BOOKS
  • “2014 U.S. Climate Change Assessment, Water Chapter” U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Report, Convening Lead Author. Delivered to the U.S. President and Congress in May 2014, http://ncadac.globalchange.gov.
REPORTS
  • “Development of an Integrated Water Resources Management Plan for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin,” Principal Investigator, sponsored by the ACF Stakeholders Association (2011-2014).
  • “National Weather Service Forecast Adjustment for Upstream Regulation Effects,” Co-Principal Investigator, sponsored by the National Weather Service (2011-2012). This is a joint project with the Hydrologic Research Center, San Diego, California.
  • “Climate Change Assessments for Georgia Basins,” Principal Investigator, sponsored by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (Georgia EPD) (2010-2012).
  • “Climate Change Implications for Managing Northern California Water Resources in the Latter 21st Century” sponsored by the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER), California Energy Commission (CEC), (2010-2011).
  • “INFORM: Integrated Forecasting and Reservoir Management, Phase II” Co-Principal Investigator, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Global Programs (NOAA OGP) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) (2009-2012). This project is carried out jointly with the Hydrologic Research Center in San Diego, California.
PRESENTATIONS
  • Georgakakos, A. P., “Informing Stakeholder Processes for Water Resources Planning and Management,” invited presentation, Alabama Water Policy Symposium, Birmingham Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama, 9 October 2014.
  • Georgakakos, A.P., and P. Fleming, “Third National Climate Assessment: Overview of the Process and Findings of the Water Resources Chapter,” invited Webinar, sub-committee on Water Resources Adaptation to Climate Change, Federal Advisory Committee for Water Information, June 12, 2014.
  • Georgakakos, A.P., and P. Fleming, “Findings from the 3rd National Climate Assessment: Implications for Water Utility Management, Planning and Decision Making,” invited Webinar, NOAA SARP Webinar Series, May 22, 2014.
  • Georgakakos, A.P., “Sharing the Nile: South Sudan for Cooperation and Peace,” invited presentation and panelist, Symposium on Sustainable Energy, Water, and Conflict in Sudan and South Sudan, organized by the Carter Center, Emory University, and the Morehouse College, 20 March 2014.
  • Georgakakos, A.P., “2014 U.S. Climate Change Assessment,” invited presentation, National Water Resources Institutes Meeting, Washington DC, 10 February 2014.