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Peter K. Kitanidis



Civil and Environmental Engineering


Environmental 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, data matching and uncertainty quantification of groundwater models, and the optimization of sampling and control strategies when the available information is incomplete.  He has developed methods for large-scale inverse modeling and data assimilation using fast linear algebra tools.  He has researched and developed novel inversion methods for hydraulic tomography (static, transient, and oscillatory).  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 is developing software for data analysis and monitoring at sites of geologic storage of CO2.  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, sponsored by ASCE.  He also received the 2011 Hydrologic Sciences Award, from AGUís Hydrology Section.  He is a Chief Editor of the Journal of Hydrology. 

Peter K. Kitanidis is also faculty at the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering.

Research Highlights of Kitanidis Laboratory

        In February 2014, we completed the first phase of analysis of a large hydraulic tomography dataset.  We obtained high resolution 3-D images of hydraulic parameters and also fine-tuned our inversion algorithms for increased speed and accuracy.  

        In December 2013, we presented several papers at the AGU Fall Annual Meeting.  Taniaí poster received an Outstanding Student Paper Award.  Arvindís recent paper in WRR was recognized at the Hydrology Section Luncheon.  

        In September 2013, we completed the data collection phase of transient hydraulic tomography at an active industrial site.

        In July 2013, we completed the data collection phase of oscillatory hydraulic tomography, at the BHRS at Boise, Idaho.

        In February 13, at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, in Boston, Tania and Arvindí s poster received Second Place for Best Student Poster.

        December 2012, several presentation at AGU Fall Annual Meeting.  Davidís presentation received an Outstanding Student Paper Award.


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

Book: Delivery and Mixing in the Subsurface: Processes and Design Principles for In Situ Remediation


Links To: Stanford University, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Last Modified: 05/15/2014