2010-Present: Geovesi Holdings Ltd., Director

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Director of Hydrometeorology, Geovesi, Montreux, Switzerland

Geovesi is a fully integrated groundwater exploration and project development and management company with a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region focus. Utilising modern exploration tools and risk assessment techniques, Geovesi provides sustainable fresh water solutions to public and private clients. Geovesi targets resources whose development has no adverse impact on known supplies. High-yielding, decentralised wells are naturally connected to active recharge areas and provide a clean and sustainable source of water. Wells leave a negligible environmental footprint and can be sited in close proximity to demand, reducing infrastructure requirements and virtually eliminating habitat disruption. Geovesi utilises sophisticated monitoring tools and techniques to ensure that the resources it develops remain clean and sustainable. Wells are outfitted with remote monitoring equipment, and on-site management assures that resource availability models are continually updated. Geovesi is committed to being a leader in fresh water research and applications development. The implementation of novel aquifer-well connectivity techniques and satellite-driven recharge calibration models will help to improve Geovesi’s assessment and development of regional groundwater resources in water short areas. Geovesi’s application of modern exploration economics and risk analysis introduces accurate resource prediction into its models and decision analysis. This process – novel to the field of groundwater exploration – generates more precise forecasting and higher performance. Geovesi’s access to risk capital and providers of project financing ensures clients bear no exploration risk or capital expenditures. In its Fourth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that global temperatures could rise by between 1.1 and 6.4 °C during the 21st century.  The onset of such changes has the potential to significantly impact the fresh water resources upon which our human societies and ecosystems depend. Observed warming over time has already been linked to changes in the hydrological cycle, such as: changing precipitation patterns, extremes and intensity; changes in soil and moisture runoff; and increased atmospheric water vapour content. In order to develop accurate models for long-term resource availability and sustainable development, Geovesi incorporates the latest climate change data into its analyses.


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Dr. Paul R. Houser

About the Author (Author Profile)

Dr. Houser in an internationally recognized expert in local to global land surface-atmospheric remote sensing, in-situ observation and numerical simulation, development and application of hydrologic data assimilation methods, scientific integrity and policy, and global water and energy cycling. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona in 1992 and 1996 respectively. Dr. Houser's previous experience includes internships at the U.S. Geological Survey and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Houser joined the NASA-GSFC Hydrological Sciences Branch and the Data Assimilation Office (DAO/GMAO) in 1997, served as manager of NASA’s Land Surface Hydrology Program, and served as branch head of the Hydrological Science Branch. In 2005, he joined the George Mason University Climate Dynamics Program and the Geography and Geoinformation Sciences Department as Professor of Global Hydrology, and formed CREW (the Center for Research for Environment and Water). Dr. Houser has also teamed with groundwater development and exploration companies (EarthWater Global and Geovesi) and has served as Science Advisor to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Dr. Houser has led numerous scientific contributions, including the development of Land Data Assimilation Systems (LDAS), the Hydrospheric States Mission (Hydros/SMAP), the Land Information System (LIS), the NASA Energy and Water cycle Study (NEWS), and the Water Cycle Solutions Network (WaterNet).

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