Harter's researh and outreach programs focus on flow and transport processes in groundwater and in the vadose zone; stochastic analysis of such processes in heterogeneous porous systems; numerical modeling; sustainable groundwater management; assessment and remediation of groundwater contamination; nonpoint source pollution of groundwater; and geostatistics.
Thomas Harter's leadership in outreach and education on groundwater management and modeling extends UC Water efforts to multiple stakeholders. He fostered the UC Water partnership on Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture conference.
Thomas Harter is the Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair in Water Management and Policy within the hydrology program in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources.
Thomas Harter has a B.S. in hydrology from the University of Freiburg, Germany and a M.S. in hydrology from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in hydrology (with emphasis on subsurface hydrology) at the University of Arizona. In 1995, he joined the faculty at the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis. His research focuses on nonpoint-source pollution of groundwater, sustainable groundwater management, groundwater modeling, groundwater resources evaluation under uncertainty, groundwater-surface water interaction, and on contaminant transport.
Dr. Harter's research group has done extensive modeling, laboratory, and field work to evaluate the impacts of agriculture and human activity on groundwater flow and contaminant transport in complex aquifer and soil systems.
In 2007, Dr. Harter was appointed Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair in Water Management and Policy. Also in 2008, Dr. Harter's research and extension program received the Kevin J. Neese Award in recognition of its efforts to engage scientists, regulators, farm advisors, dairy industry representatives, and dairy farmers to better understand the effects of dairy operations on water quality.