Hugo A. Loaiciga

Professor of Geography

Contact Phone

(805) 308-2839

Office Location

Ellison Hall 3626A


Planning, Design and Analysis of Water Resources Systems, and Theory and Computational Aspects of Surface and Ground Water Hydrology.

Faculty in Geography


  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis


Hugo Loaiciga served as the Water Commissioner for the City of Santa Barbara for six years before joining the Department in 1988. He received the 2002 Service to the Profession Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Environmental and Water Resources Institute for his "longstanding contributions to research and technical activities" of the two groups, and he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers for his "outstanding contributions to the planning, analysis, and operation of water resources engineering" in 2007.


In 2010 he began working on sea leve rise in California and its effect on coastal freshwater aquifers. He has several other interesting projects underway, including: seawater desalination with solar energy and water/energy sustainable development, as well as groundwater hazards.


Click here for a list of publications.


ES/GEOG 162A: Water Pollution
GEOG 112: Environmental Hydrology
GEOG 116: Groundwater Hydrology
GEOG 123: Contaminant Hydrology
GEOG 144: Forms, Process, and Human Use of Rivers