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Sachin D Shah

Sachin serves as the Manager of the Social and Economic Drivers Program for the USGS Water Mission Area and as the lead of the Socio-Hydrology Team at the Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center in Austin. He is also the USGS Environmental Justice Science Advisor to the Department of Interior Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance

Sachin has over 20 years of hydrology, policy, and international development experience with the U.S. Geological Survey, World Bank Water Program, Council of Energy-Environment-Water (CEEW), and the UN-Shell Water-Energy Nexus Initiative.

Sachin works at the intersection of hydrology, socioeconomics, and social justice to understand the human dimensions of water security and risk domestically, Mekong River Basin, South Asia, and Ukraine.


Professional Experience

  • 2018-present, Lead, Socio-Hydrology Team, USGS Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center, Seattle, WA/Austin, TX

    2016-2018, Chief of Hydrologic Studies, USGS Texas Water Science Center Gulf Coast Program, Houston, TX

    2011-2015, The World Bank, Water Security and Policy Fellow, South Asia

  • 2010-2011, Economic Development Fellow, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India

    2001- 2009, Hydrologist, USGS Texas Water Science Center, Austin, TX

    1999-2001, Hydrologist, USGS Georgia Water Science Center, Atlanta, GA

Education and Certifications

  • M.A., International Development and Social Policy, University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, Austin, TX

  • M.S., Hydrology and Water Resources, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

    B.S., Hydrogeology, University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences, Austin, TX

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Lecturer on Water Security, University of Washington, Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle, WA

  • Energy-Water Nexus Program, UN-Shell Groundwater Initiative, Texas

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government