Sarfaraz Alam smiling at the camera
Courtesy of Sarfaraz Alam

Sarfaraz Alam, Ph.D. ’21 was recently featured in the Water Resources Research journal published by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Entitled “Estimating Post-Drought Groundwater Storage Recovery in California’s Central Valley,” the piece highlighted a new study by Alam and fellow researchers on the dismal groundwater storage recovery following California’s last two droughts and the importance of developing and implementing more efficient water management practices to address the situation.

Alam, who is the lead author of the study, received his Ph.D. in 2021 from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, where he was advised by professor Mekonnen Gebremichael. Other UCLA corresponding authors of the study include Gebremichael, and geography professors Zhaoxin Ban and Dennis Lettenmaier. Lettenmaier also holds a joint appointment in civil and environmental engineering.

Now a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, Alam received the 2020-2021 UCLA Civil and Environmental Engineering Outstanding Student Award and the Dissertation Year Fellowship. He is the author of more than 10 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has presented his research at numerous international conferences. 

Link to “Estimating Post-Drought Groundwater Storage Recovery in California’s Central Valley”: