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Peter K. Kitanidis


Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering



Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology 

B.S. (1974) National Technical University of Athens
M.S. (1976) and Ph.D. (1978) Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Peter K. Kitanidis specializes in the analysis of data and the development and implementation of mathematical models that describe and predict flow and transport rates in the environment. He has devised methods for the analysis of spatially distributed hydrologic and water-quality data, the calibration of groundwater models, and the optimization of sampling and control strategies when the available information is incomplete. He is active in the study of mixing processes in groundwater and the development of cost-effective enhanced in-situ remediation methods. He has been investigating how the heterogeneous nature of hydrogeochemical variables affects the net rates of flow and transport at hydrologic scales. He has also developed methods for real-time forecasting of river flows, for which he received the L. G. Straub Award in 1979, and has studied the mechanics of meandering rivers. He has participated in AGU, ASCE, and National Research Council technical committees. He was a recipient in 1994 of the W. L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize and was recognized in 2001 as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher.He was the 2011 Pioneers in Groundwater Lecturer, bestowed by ASCE.He also received the 2011 Hydrologic Sciences Award, from AGUís Hydrology Section.He is Chief Editor of the Journal of Hydrology.Peter K. Kitanidis is also faculty at the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering.


Peter K. Kitanidis is currently active in the following areas of research:

(a)  Field-scale dilution and mixing of chemicals, especially in the context of studying natural attenuation and natural or accelerated in-situ bioremediation.

(b)  Problems of scaling up transport and transformation equations and parameters, such as deriving Darcy- and field-scale parameters for reactive solutes.

(c)   Site characterization, solution of interpolation and inverse problems, geostatistics, utilization of geophysical methods, and other estimation problems.

Contact Information:

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Stanford University
Yang & Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building - MC 4020
473 Via Ortega
Stanford, CA 94305
Tel.: (650) 723-8321,Fax: (650) 725-9720

E-mail: peterk at stanford dot edu

Research Group

Courses Taught Regularly

Research Briefs


Book: Introduction to Geostatistics

Links To: Stanford University, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Last Modified: 03/15/2011