Short CV/Education and training

Current positions

  • Since 2005
    Professor of Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Water Resources, Dept. of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University, Sweden

  • Since 2013
    Secretary General of The Swedish Research Council Formas, supporting research in the areas Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning

Previous academic positions

  • 1992 – 1998
    Research Fellow on Hydrological Transport Mechanisms, Swedish Natural Science Research Council

  • 1994
    Visiting Scientist, Dept. of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

  • 1998 – 1999
    Associate Professor of Engineering Hydrology, Royal Institute of Technology – KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 1999 – 2005
    Professor of Engineering Hydrology, Royal Institute of Technology – KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2003 – 2005
    Guest Professor, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden


  • 1987
    M.Sc. in Civil Engineering, KTH

  • 1991
    Ph.D. in Hydraulics Engineering, KTH, Title: Solute fluxes and travel times in heterogeneous soil

  • 1993
    Docent in Engineering Hydrology, Royal Institute of Technology – KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

Selected publications

Recent examples:

  • Destouni G., Jaramillo F., Prieto C., Hydroclimatic shifts driven by human water use for food and energy production, Nature Climate Change, 3, 213-217, 2013.

  • Destouni G, Verrot L, Screening long-term variability and change of soil moisture in a changing climate. J. Hydrol., 516, 131-139, 2014.

  • Bengtsson L, RM Bonnet, M Calisto, G Destouni, R Gurney, J Johannessen, Y Kerr, WA Lahoz & M Rast, The Earth's Hydrological Cycle, Space Sciences Series of ISSI, Volume 46, ISBN: 978-94-017-8788-8 (Print) 978-94-017-8789-5 (Online), 2014.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Coordinator of the development of National Geosphere Laboratory (NGL), Sweden, since 2013 – URL:

  • Coordinator of the KLIV project – Climate-land-water changes and integrated water resource management in coastal regions, since 2012 – URL: and

  • Coordinator of the Global Wetland Ecohydrology Network – An Agora for Scientists and Study Sites, since 2011 – URL:

  • Coordinator of the Water Research Theme and Member of the Steering Committee of the Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO) for research and education on the climate and environment of the Mediterranean region, since 2010 – URL:

  • Coordinator of the Landscape Processes Research Cluster and Member of the Steering Committee of the strategic research program Ekoklim – Climate change effects on natural resources, ecosystem services and biodiversity, Stockholm University, since 2010 – URL:

  • Coordinator of the Water Cycle Core Theme and Member of the Steering Committee of the Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Stockholm University, 2006-2012 – URL:

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Associate Editor for Ambio, since 2012

  • Associate Editor for Journal of Hydrology, since 2008

  • Associate Editor for Hydrogeology Journal, 2008-2009

  • Guest Editor for Surveys in Geophysics, 2012-2013

  • Guest Editor for Hydrogeology Journal, 2011-2012

Other recent examples:

  • Evaluation panel member of the European Research Council (ERC), since 2013

  • Member of Evaluation Panel for Swedish Engineering Educations of the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, 2012 – 2013

  • Member of the Committee for Water Issues of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, 2011 – 2013

  • Member of the Steering Committee of NERC Consortium Project: Biologically Mediated Weathering of Minerals from Nanometer Scale to Environmental Systems, coordinated from University of Sheffield, UK, 2008 – 2011

  • Member of the international review panel for the Terrestrial Environment programme of the Helmholtz Association, Germany, 2008

Media coverage

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • "Few researchers in hydrology and environmental sciences have covered such a broad range of subjects and contributed so richly through a truly multidisciplinary approach to the environmental challenges faced by our society today. Destouni is also highly regarded by students and colleagues alike for her academic standards and scholarly and collegiate attitude. Opinionated and authoritative, she is an internationally recognised leader of the community. " – opinions of colleagues, expressed in

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Three children, twins Andreas and Sofia born 1996, Maria born 1998


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