Zoi Dokou
Research Associate and Teaching Personnel, Water Resources Management



  • 2008: Ph.D.: Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Vermont, USA.
  • 2002: Diploma in Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete.

Research Interests

Conducting research in the field of water resources:

  • Groundwater flow and transport modeling in the saturated and unsaturated zone
  • Saltwater intrusion in coastal aquifers
  • Modeling of NAPL (Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids) transport in the subsurface
  • Optimization of environmental systems
  • Optimal search strategies for the definition of contaminant sources
  • Evolutionary algorithms

Participation in Research Programmes and Projects

  • Multi-objective optimization of co-solvent flushing of NAPLs from contaminated groundwater – Funded by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs of Greece, Bilateral R & T Cooperation between Greece-Turkey (2013-2015)  
  • Chromium in Asopos groundwater system: Remediation technologies and Measures - LIFE ENV CHARM (2011- 2015).
  • Development of an electrical tomography study and groundwater modeling of the coastal area of PIRKAL (2009-2010).
  • Development of a remediation design of the coastal area of PIRKAL (2008-2009).
  • Monitoring, forecasting and best practices for flood mitigation and prevention in the CADGES region - FLOODMED 5D214 (2008).
  • Optimal search strategy for the definition of a DNAPL (Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid) source. Funded by the US Department of Defence - Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (2003-2008).

Selected Publications

  • N.N. Kourgialas, Z. Dokou, G.P. Karatzas, G. Panagopoulos, P. Soupios, A. Vafidis, E. Manoutsoglou, M. Schafmeister, Saltwater intrusion in an intensively irrigated agricultural area: combining density-dependent modeling and geophysical methods, Environmental Earth Sciences, 75:15, 2016
  • Z. Dokou, N.N. Kourgialas and G.P. Karatzas, Assessing groundwater quality in Greece based on spatial and temporal analysis, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 187:774, 2015
  • Z. Dokou, V. Karagiorgi, G.P. Karatzas, N.P. Nikolaidis and N. Kalogerakis, Large scale groundwater flow and hexavalent chromium transport modeling under current and future climatic conditions: The case of Asopos River Basin, Environmental Science and Pollution Research (online first) doi:10.1007/s11356-015-5771-1, 2015
  • G.P. Karatzas, Z. Dokou,  Optimal management of saltwater intrusion in the coastal aquifer of Malia, Crete (Greece), using particle swarm optimization, Hydrogeology Journal, 23 (6), 1181-1194, 2015
  • N.N. Kourgialas, Z. Dokou, G.P. Karatzas,  Statistical analysis and ANN Modeling for Predicting Hydrological Extremes under Climate Change Scenarios. Journal of Environmental Management, 154, 86–101, 2015
  • E. Tapoglou, I.C. Trichakis, Z. Dokou, G.P. Karatzas and N. Nikolos, Groundwater level prediction under various climate change scenarios using an artificial neural network trained with particle swarm optimization algorithm, Hydrological Sciences Journal, 59 (6), 1225–1239, 2014
  • E. Seferou, P. Soupios, N. Kourgialas, Z. Dokou, G. Karatzas, N. Papadopoulos, E. Candasayar, A. Sarris, M. Sauter Olive oil mill waste transport in unsaturated and saturated laboratory conditions using geophysical techniques and the FEFLOW model, Hydrogeology Journal, 21 (6), 1219-1234, 2013
  • Z. Dokou and G.P. Karatzas, Multi-objective optimization for free phase LNAPL recovery using evolutionary computation algorithms, Hydrological Sciences Journal, 58 (3), 671–685, 2013.
  • D. Moraetis, N.P. Nikolaidis, G.P. Karatzas, Z. Dokou, N. Kalogerakis, L. Winkel, A. Palaiogianni-Bellou, Origin and mobility of hexavalent chromium in North-Eastern Attica, Greece, Applied Geochemistry, 27 (6), 1170-1178, 2012.
  • Z. Dokou and G.P. Karatzas, Saltwater intrusion estimation in a karstified coastal system using density-dependent modelling and comparison with the sharp-interface approach, Hydrological Sciences Journal, 57 (5), 985 – 999, 2012.