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Eric Wood
Eric Wood

Susan Dod Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

B.A.Sc.(Hons), 1970, Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada
S.M., 1972, Civil Engineering, MIT
C.E., 1973, Civil Engineering, MIT
Sc.D., 1974, Civil Engineering, MIT

Room: E415 Engineering Quad
Phone: 609-258-4675

Webpage: Terrestrial Hydrology Research Group

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (Creativity Prize)
  • 2014 Alfred Wegener Medal and Honorary Member, European Geosciences Union
  • 2013 Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
  • 2011 Doctor Honoris Causa, Ghent University, Gent, Belgium
  • 2010 Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)
  • 2010 Jule G Charney Award, American Meteorological Society
  • 2007 John Dalton Medal, European Geosciences Union
  • 2001 Robert E Horton Lecturer in Hydrology, American Meteorological Society
  • 1996 Fellow, American Meteorological Society
  • 1993 Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • 1980 Rheinstein Award, Princeton University
  • 1977 Robert E. Horton Award, Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union

Concurrent University Appointments

  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)
  • Associated Faculty, Department of Geosciences


  • CEE 586 Physical Hydrology
  • Freshman Seminar FRS 195 Global Environmental Change: Science, Technology and Policy
  • CEE 599 Special Topics in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources: Stochastic Hydrology


Research Interests

Professor Wood works in the areas of hydroclimatology with an emphasis on land atmospheric interactions, terrestrial remote sensing, and seasonal hydrologic climate forecasts, including land-climate teleconnections. His modeling focuses on the terrestrial water and energy balances and fluxes over a range of spatial and temporal scales, and his remote-sensing research focuses on estimating the hydrologic and energetic states of the terrestrial system, and on validating satellite retrievals on land surface states. These modeling and remote sensing activities are complemented through several field experiments in the U.S. and Canada.

Research Areas
  • Global water and energy cycle
  • Land surface modeling
  • Terrestrial remote sensing
  • Seasonal hydrologic forecasting
  • Climate variability and change

Updated: March 22, 2018