Marston, Landon


Landon Marston is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Kansas State University. His research aims to provide new understanding and solutions for sustainable water resources management through data synthesis, modeling, and analysis of integrated socio-hydrologic systems, which stretch across multiple spatial and temporal scales. Much of his current and previous work centers on how growing regional and global demands for water-intensive goods, namely agricultural products, can impact the depletion and degradation of distant water resources. A major finding of his work to date is that one unintended consequence of the current landscape of economic and trade policies has been the overexploitation of water resources. As water becomes scarcer and globalization increasingly connects consumers to distant natural resources, this research is imperative in order to understand the demand forces that are contributing to the unsustainable use of water around the world.

Selected publications

Marston, L., Ao, Y., Konar, M., Mekonnen, M.M. & Hoekstra, A.Y. (2018) High-resolution water footprints of production of the United States, Water Resources Research, 54: 2288-2316. Find it here

Marston, L., & M. Konar (2017) Drought impacts to water footprints and virtual water transfers of the Central Valley of California, Water Resources Research, 53(7): 5756-5773. Find it here

Marston, L., Konar, M., Cai, X., & Troy, T. J. (2015). Virtual groundwater transfers from overexploited aquifers in the United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(28), 8561-8566.