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Liviu Giosan

Dr. Liviu Giosan

Geology & Geophysics

Contact Information:
Clark 257

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #22
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

Human-climate-landscape interactions: Role of natural phenomena on development/collapse of civilizations and role of human societies on modifying Earth's environment

Morphodynamics/Sedimentation/Hazards: Rivers, deltas and continental margins.

Climatology/Oceanography: Marine, fluvial, and other aquatic environments.

Selected Publications

Giosan, L., Syvitski, J., Constantinescu, S. and Day, J., 2014. Climate change: Protect the world's deltas. Nature, 516(7529), pp.31-33.

Munoz, S.E., Giosan, L., Therrell, M.D., Remo, J.W., Shen, Z., Sullivan, R.M., Wiman, C., O’Donnell, M. and Donnelly, J.P., 2018. Climatic control of Mississippi River flood hazard amplified by river engineering. Nature, 556(7699), pp.95-98.

Passalacqua, P., Giosan, L., Goodbred, S. and Overeem, I., 2021. Stable≠ sustainable: Delta dynamics versus the human need for stability. Earth's Future, 9(7), p.e2021EF002121.

Giosan, L., Clift, P.D., Macklin, M.G., Fuller, D.Q., Constantinescu, S., Durcan, J.A., Stevens, T., Duller, G.A., Tabrez, A.R., Gangal, K. and Adhikari, R., 2012. Fluvial landscapes of the Harappan civilization. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(26), pp.E1688-E1694.

Giosan, L. and Bhattacharya, J.P., 2005. River deltas: Concepts, models, and examples. SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology, Volume 83, 502 pages.


2023- Consulting Scholar, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

2023-2024 Honorary Visiting Professor, University of Bucharest, Romania

2018-2019 International Ocean Drilling Program Distinguished Lecturer

2015-2017 US Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling

2013-2016 Board of Mississippi Delta Expert Panel on Diversions Planning & Implementation

2006-2007 Honorary Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen


Bucharest University
Geological Engineering Diploma 1993

SUNY Stony Brook
Marine and Atmospheric Sciences PhD 2001