Middle East Water Forum

Founder: Dr. Hazim El-Naser

Steven M. Gorelick

Prof. Steven Gorelick holds the Cyrus F. Tolman Chaired Professorship in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences and is a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University in California.

At Stanford since 1988, he directs the Global Freshwater Initiative, which employs an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing water-supply vulnerability, with projects that include water-stressed regions such as Jordan. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is and recipient of Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships.

Recent Relevant Publications:

  • - Rajsekhar, D. and S.M. Gorelick. 2017. Increasing drought in Jordan: Climate change and cascading Syrian land-use impacts on reducing transboundary flow, Science Advances, vol. 3, no. 8, e1700581, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1700581.
  • - Muller,M.F., M. Muller-Itten, and S.M. Gorelick. 2017. How Jordan and Saudi Arabia are avoiding a tragedy of the commons over shared groundwater, Water Resources Research, doi: 10.1002/2016WR020261.
  • - Muller, M. F., J. Yoon, S.M. Gorelick, N. Avisse, and A. Tilmant. 2016. Impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on land use and transboundary freshwater resources, Proceedings National Academy of Science (PNAS), doi: 10.1073/pnas.1614342113.
  • - Rahman, K., S M. Gorelick, P.J. Dennedy-Frank, J. Yoon and B. Rajaratnam. 2015. Declining rainfall and regional variability changes in Jordan, Water Resources Research, DOI: 10.1002/2015WR017153.
  • - Padowski, J.C., S.M. Gorelick, B. Thompson, S. Rozelle, and S. Fendorf. 2015. Assessment of human-natural system characteristics influencing global freshwater supply vulnerability, Environmental Research Letters, 10(10), 104014.
  • - Gorelick, S.M. and J.C. Padowski, 2015. Identifying causes of freshwater vulnerability, Planet