Enrique R. Vivoni, PhD., P.E., serves as PSI’s Science Advisor. In his science advisory role at PSI, Dr. Vivoni provides strategic advice on water and climate and their nexus with land, food and energy resources. He is also deeply engaged in the development of PSI’s Water and Natural Disaster R&D programs.
Dr. Vivoni is a hydrological scientist and engineer with an appointment as Associate Professor at Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. He is also a Senior Sustainability Scientist at ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability.
His areas of specialization are water resources, hydrologic modeling and remote sensing, spatial informatics and sensors networks. In his research, Prof. Vivoni utilizes field observations and remote sensing data with a high performance computing model to quantify hydrologic processes. These activities are designed to improve predictions of the impacts of land cover and climate change on large watersheds to enhance sustainable water resources management. Prof. Vivoni’s research activities span arid and semiarid regions in the U.S., Latin America and Europe.
Dr. Vivoni has published widely in a number of scientific venues with 70 peer-reviewed articles and 250 conference presentations. He is the winner of awards from US federal agencies and professional organizations. For example, Prof. Vivoni was named as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in recognition of ‘his innovative and integrative hydrometeorological research to characterize and model land surface conditions and their influence on hydrologic and atmospheric processes in southwestern North America; and for his commitment to student development and role in advising students at all levels, including visiting students.’
Dr. Vivoni received a B.S. in Environmental Science Engineering (1996), M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (1998) and PhD. in Hydrology (2003) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.