Erfan Goharian

Erfan Goharian

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein

"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it." Neil deGrasse Tyson



- Post-Doctorate, University of California WATER Security and Sustainability Research Initiative (UC-Water), University of California, Davis, 2016-present
- Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Utah, 2015

- M.Sc., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran, 2012

- B.Sc., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, 2009



- Integrated Water Resources Modeling and Management

- System Thinking and System Analysis

- Sustainability of Water-Energy-Food Nexus

- Hydroinformatics

- Climate Change Impact on Water Resources



  1. Goharian, E., Burian, S., Karamouz, M. (2017), “Using Joint Probability Distribution of Reliability and Vulnerability to Develop a Water System Performance Index (WSPI).”  Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000869.
  2. Goharian, E., Burian, S.J. (Accepted), “Developing a Decision Support Tool by Coupling Water Models to Simulate the Effects of Alternative Management Policies”. Journal of Hydroinformatics.
  3. Hansen, C., Goharian, E., Burian, S. (2017), “Comparison of Traditional and Combined Change Factor Methodologies for Local Precipitation Scaling and Hydrologic Modeling Applications.” Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, Vol. 22 (9), 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001555.
  4. Goharian, E., Zahmatkesh, Z., Sandoval-Solis, S. (Accepted), “Uncertainty Propagation of Hydrologic Modeling in Water Supply System Performance: Application of Monte Carlo Markov Chain Method.” Journal of Hydrologic Engineering.
  5. Shin, S., Lee, S., Judi, D., Parvania, M., Goharian, E., McPherson, T., Burian, S., (UR). "A Systematic Review of Quantitative Resilience Measures for Water Infrastructure Systems." Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.
  6. Sandoval-Solis, S., Rodriguez-Arellano, J.L., Goharian. E.*, Dahlke, H., Kocis, T. N., O’Geen, T.A., Fulton, A., Harter, T., Fogg, G.E., Puente, C.E., (UR). “Conceptual Framework to Estimate Economic Feasibility of Groundwater Banking on Agricultural Land”. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.
  7. Marquez, M.F., Sandoval-Solis, S., DeVicentis, A.J., Ortiz Partida, J.P., Goharian, E., Britos, B.R., Silva Jordan, P.T., McGourty, G.T., Lewis, D., Elkins, R., Harper, J. (UR). “Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in California, Case Study: Ukiah Valley Groundwater Basin.”  Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education (JCWRE).
  8. Goharian, E., Burian, S., Lillywhite, J., Hile, R. (2016), “Vulnerability Assessment to Support Integrated Water Resources Management of Metropolitan Water Supply Systems.”  J. Water Resour. Plann. Manage. 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000738.
  9. Tavakol-Davani, H., Goharian, E.,Hansen, C., Tavakol-Davani, H., Apul, D., Burian, S. (2016), “How does climate change affect combine sewer overflow in a system benefiting from rainwater harvesting systems?” Sustainable Cities and Society Journal. doi:10.1016/j.scs.2016.07.003.
  10. Swain, N. R., Christensen, S., Snow, A., Dolder, H., Espinoza-Dávalos, G. E., Goharian, E., Anderson, J., Jones, N.L., Nelson, E.J., Ames, D.P., Williams, G., Burian, S.J. (2016), “A new Open Source Platform for Lowering the Barrier for Environmental Web App Development: Introducing Tethys Platform.” Environmental Modelling & Software Journal.
  11. Goharian, E., Burian, S., Bardsley, T., and Strong, C. (2015). "Incorporating Potential Severity into Vulnerability Assessment of Water Supply Systems under Climate Change Conditions." J. Water Resour. Plann. Manage. 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000579, 04015051.
  12. York, C., Goharian, E., Burian, S. (2015), “Impacts of Large-Scale Stormwater Green Infrastructure Implementation and Climate Variability on Receiving Water Response in the Salt Lake City Area.” American Journal of Environmental Science, 2015, 11 (4): 278-292. DOI: 10.3844/ajessp.2015.278.292.
  13. Goharian, E., Burian, S.J. (2014), “Integrated Urban Water Resources Modeling in a Semi-Arid Mountainous Region using a Cyber-Infrastructure Framework.” Proceedings 11th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, CUNY Academic Works,
  14. Karamouz, M., Zahmatkesh, Z, Goharian, E., Nazif, S. (2014), “Combined impact of inland and coastal floods: mapping knowledge base for development of planning strategies.” Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000497 , 04014098.
  15. Zahmatkesh, Z., Karamouz, M., Goharian, E., Burian, S. (2014), “Analysis of the Effects of Climate Change on Urban Storm Water Runoff Using Statistically Downscaled Precipitation Data and a Change Factor Approach.” Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001064 , 05014022.
  16. Zahmatkesh, Z., Burian, S., Karamouz, M., Tavakol, H., Goharian, E. (2014), “Low-Impact Development Practices to Mitigate Climate Change Effects on Urban Stormwater Runoff: Case Study of New York City.” Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 141(1), 04014043.
  17. Goharian, E.*, Karamouz, M., Nazif, S. (2013), “Reliability Assessment of the Water Supply Systems under Uncertain Future Extreme Climate Conditions.” Earth Interact., Vol. 17, Iss. 20, pp. 1-27. DOI: 10.1175/2012EI000503.1. (Top 5 Most Read EI Articles -2013 & 2014)



Take a look at Erfan's CV (Updated Jan, 2016).



  • Joint Probability and Copula Package to estimate Water System Performance Index (WSPI) (Download)
  • Salt Lake City - Integrated Water Resources Management Model (Download)
  • Combined Change Factor Climate Downscaling Package (Download)