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Alan Mair

Alan Mair is a hydrologist with the Pacific Islands Water Science Center in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.

Alan Mair's research focuses on quantifying the impacts of climate and land-cover change on freshwater availability in the Hawaiian Islands and other Pacific island communities. His active research studies include:

  • Estimating changes in groundwater recharge under projected future climate conditions for the island of Maui
  • Quantifying the impacts of high-priority non-native and dominant native plant species on freshwater availability in Hawai‘i
  • Estimating soil-moisture stress, climatic water deficit and groundwater recharge during droughts for current and projected future climate conditions in Hawai‘i

Alan joined the U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Islands Water Science Center in 2013. His prior professional experience includes post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Hawai‘i, and engineer positions in Hawai‘i, Malaysia, and California.


PhD, Natural Resources & Environmental Management, University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, 2009

MEng, Civil & Environmental Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1989

BS, Electrical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1986



Professional Civil Engineer, California and Hawai‘i

Professional Hydrologist (Groundwater), American Institute of Hydrology