Coverage of the Central Valley at AGU Meeting

In the past six years, the irrigation of crops in California’s Central Valley has pulled groundwater from aquifers there at rates that are unsustainable if current trends continue, scientists say.... (click picture to read more)


Passed Events>

April 6th, 2010

Visit to UC Irvine from U.S. Congresswoman

Grace Napolitano

"Strengthening a Bridge between Policy Makers and Research"

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oct. 2-3, 2009

"Let's Talk About Water... in California"

UCI: Jay Famiglietti and Linda Lilienfield are hosting an event on the water issues in California. The two-day event is aimed to connect the gap between scientists and the public to educate and inform the importance of water conservation.. MORE


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The Hydrology & Climate Research Group in the Department of Earth System Science at UC Irvine is the research group of Prof. Jay Famiglietti. We focus on modeling and remote sensing of the terrestrial and global water cycles. Our work has implications for hydrologic and Earth system modeling, for characterizing water cycle variability across multiple scales, for understanding its interactions in the land-ocean-atmosphere-ice system, and for monitoring changes in freshwater availability in the context of global environmental change. Our group is composed of Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and occasionally, highly motivated undergraduates. Our projects range in scale and complexity from basin-scale field studies to integrated modeling and satellite studies of global hydrology.

Please follow the links above to learn more about our current personnel, our research and active projects, graduate student and postdoctoral research opportunities, teaching, available data, hydrology at UC Irvine, or to contact us.


For Prospective Graduate Students:

Ph.D. Opportunities in Environmental Hydrology and Sustainability under Professor Jay Famiglietti

I am currently searching for doctoral students with a passion for, and commitment to, preserving Earth's environment for future generations.   In particular, our group is taking a lead role in accelerating the  development of next-generation hydrological models for use in  addressing a number of high priority issues. These include, but are not limited to, the future of water availability, adapting to changing climate, hydrology-driven food and energy security issues, sustainable water resources management and sea level rise.  We are also a leading  research team in GRACE applications to hydrology, including remote sensing of the terrestrial and global water cycles and groundwater depletion in the world's major aquifer systems.  These include efforts at the national scale, through the Community Hydrologic Modeling Platform (CHyMP) effort, and in California and the western U.S., through our new UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling.  To learn more about our program, please explore our website.  If you are really excited about what you see here, and you would like to prepare for a career in environmental leadership,  be sure to contact me directly, ASAP at


Check out our most recent videos:

  • American Museum of Natural History: NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) is an audacious mission to track the impact of climate change on the planet's vast tracts of freshwater, saltwater, and ice. GRACE's pair of satellites responds...
  • Nature: An Indian hot spot... Groundwater is a primary sourceof fresh water in many parts of the world. Some regions are becoming overly dependent on it, consuming groundwater faster than it is naturally replenished and causing water tables to decline unremittingly...







  University of California, Irvine
Department of Earth System Science
Hydrology & Climate Research Group
240 Rowland Hall, Irvine, CA 92697-3100
telephone: (949) 824-9394
fax: (949) 824-3874