University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Yusuf Jameel is a PhD candidate working with Dr. Gabe Bowen, at the department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah studying urban and natural water systems. He has been analyzing the connections between human population, climate, water extraction, water use, and water use impacts, in regions of climatic aridity and extensive land-use change, such as rapidly urbanizing areas across the western United States of America (USA). Using stable isotopes of water, he has developed methods to connect municipal water to its climatic source, calculate evaporative losses from regional water systems and characterize their spatiotemporal patterns across the water districts within the region. His work aims to increase our understanding of the interactions between climate, water supplies, consumptive uses and the hydrological cycle in the intermountain west. He is also working on quantifying the inorganic carbon budget (DIC) of the major rivers in the Great Salt Lake (GSL) basin using geochemical tracers, and understanding the variation in DIC among and within the rivers with respect to varying degrees of urbanization, land cover land used (LCLU) and agricultural practices along the rivers.