Broadly, my research interests include assessing groundwater availability and sustainability in agriculturally-dominated regions in California. I use numerical groundwater models to evaluate the feasibility of groundwater recharge, assess questions related to model complexity and uncertainty, and explore feedbacks between surface water, groundwater, climate, and human systems.
Current Research Projects
This research highlights important differences in water budgets between two regional-scale groundwater models of California's Central Valley, CVHM and C2VSim. These findings are important for Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs), which are tasked with determining sustainable groundwater budgets in the Central Valley under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).
This work is the culmination of an interdisciplinary NSF IGERT program at UC Davis and CO School of Mines. In an opinion piece published in the journal Water (Maples et al., 2018), my colleagues and I argue for an incisive yet conceptually simple framework for transparent, real-time accounting of water stores and flows, including both groundwater and surface water, to inform water markets organized around a central clearinghouse.