Brian Pompeii



  • Human-Environmental Geography
  • Water Resources Geography
  • Vulnerability
  • Political Ecology, Risk/Hazards
  • Landscape Studies 

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About Brian Pompeii

I am a human-environmental geographer with research interests in water resources, sustainability, vulnerability, hazards, and climate adaptation. Theoretically, I am guided by the tenets of political ecology, landscape studies of cultural geography, hazards research, and sustainability science. Methodologically, I successfully utilize both qualitative and quantitative methods; ranging from in-depth participant observation research to complex scenario-building models in GIS. I have experience practicing these theories and methods to examine the pressing environmental issues of vulnerability to water shortage, vulnerability to coastal hazards, climate change, and hydrologic change.

My current research project explores how drought strained surface water access has led to an increase in groundwater usage for industrial agriculture and subsequently a disaster-level increase in domestic well failure in disadvantaged unincorporated communities in the San Joaquin Valley of California. 


  • PhD: Arizona State University, 2014 – Geography
  • MA: Arizona State University, 2010 – Geography
  • BS: The Pennsylvania State University, 2007 – Geography 


Courses Taught

  • GEOG 150 – Human Geography
  • GEOG 308 – Global Geography
  • GEOG 318 – Applications in GIS 


Selected Publications

  • Pompeii, B. 2015. Using public radio as a tool in qualitative geographic research. Geojournal 80(6): 791-802.
  • Pompeii, B. 2015. Reverse osmosis on a small barrier island: transformations of water, landscape, and vulnerability on Ocracoke Island, NC. Geojournal: 1-17.
  • Bolin, B., M. Seetharam and B. Pompeii. 2010. Water resources, climate change, and urban vulnerability: A case study of Phoenix, Arizona. Local Environment 15(3): 257-275.

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