Jim Yoon is a postdoctoral researcher in the Environmental Earth System Science department at Stanford. Jim's research interests lie broadly within the realm of water resources management, water sustainability and human-environment systems. His current work focuses on the development of an integrated hydrologic-economic model for evaluation of water policy interventions in Jordan. Through adoption of a multi-agent modeling approach, the model attempts to simulate diverse institutions and water users acting within a dynamic biophysical environment in a quantitative modeling framework. The aim of the modeling analysis is to identify interventions to improve water sustainability in Jordan and other water scarce regions throughout the world.
Prior to his graduate studies at Stanford, Jim spent several years working as a water resources engineer at MWH Global in Pasadena, Calif., consulting for various municipal clients across the western U.S. His primary work involved the legacy Owens Valley-Los Angeles water transfer, investigating the ecological impacts of the transfer via groundwater-ecological modeling analysis and providing scientific input to policies and agreements that guide groundwater pumping in the valley. Jim is also co-founder of WellDone International, a San Francisco based non-profit organization developing technologies to improve water and electricity infrastructure in remote, underserved areas across the developing world.