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Water-Energy Nexus under Climate Change

Arabian Peninsula

Review background & final reports - About the research team

An international team of experts has been assembled to undertake the specific activities associated with the Regional Water-Energy Nexus and Climate Change sub-project. The project team consists of modelers, engineers, and planners many with proven research records in water and energy analysis. The structure of the project team consists of a two Co-Principal Investigators (PI) and a Research Analysts (RA). An overview of individual members of the project team is provided in the bullets below:

  • Dr. Francisco Flores: “Paco” is serving as one of the co-PIs for the study. Paco is a scientist in water resources engineering at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) where he specializes in the use of the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system model to study water and energy planning in the context of climate change. He has developed assessments of climate change impacts on canopy processes of cultivated and non-cultivated vegetation and proposed adaptive management strategies to address discrepancies in water supplies and demands. He earned his PhD in Soil and Water Resources Engineering from Cornell University in 2009.


  • Dr. David Yates: David is serving as the other co-PI for the study. David is a Scientist in the Research Applications Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in the USA. His research has focused on local scale hydrologic problems and climate change impacts, adaptation, and mitigation strategies in the water, agriculture, and energy sectors. He has been part of the development team of the hydrologic system component of NCAR’s Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF-Hydro), a framework for facilitating coupling between the WRF model and components of terrestrial hydrological models. He earned his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1996.

  • Ms. Stephanie Galaitsi: Ms. Stephanie Galaitsi. Stephanie is a research scientist in the SEI-US Water Resources Group, focused on water systems modelling, particularly in the Middle East, and applications of the water-energy-food nexus framework. Stephanie began working with SEI-US while researching domestic water demand in the West Bank for the Multi-Year Water Allocation Systems (MYWAS) optimization model for Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories as part of her master's thesis. She has an M.S. in environmental and water resources engineering from Tufts University, and a B.A. in Middle East history from Carleton College. She has lived in Morocco, Yemen, Greece, and the West Bank and speaks French, Arabic, and Modern Greek.

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