Dr. Hamid Moradkhani

  • Alton N. Scott Professor of Engineering
  • Director, Center for Complex Hydrosystems Research

Contact Information

  • Office: 1030 Cyber
  • Phone: (205) 348-9125
  • Fax: (205) 348-0783

Areas of Research

  • Hydrologic Modeling and Data Assimilation
  • Machine Learning
  • Food-Energy-Water Nexus
  • Remote Sensing
  • Uncertainty and Risk Analysis


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2004
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Science and Technology, 1994
  • B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tabriz, 1991


Dr. Moradkhani joined The University of Alabama in January 2018 as Alton N. Scott Endowed Chair in the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering. Also, he is the founding director of the Center for Complex Hydrosystems Research comprising faculties and students across civil and environmental engineering, computer science, geography, mathematics, geology and business school. Prior to this appointment, he was a professor and director of Water Resources and Remote Sensing Lab in the department of civil and environmental engineering at Portland State University.

Moradkhani is a pioneer in developing methods in data assimilation, machine learning, uncertainty quantification, risk analysis and harnessing data revolution, used in earth system science, engineering and other disciplines. He is a registered professional engineer with significant experience in design, management and operation of large scale hydrosystems. His research has addressed the grand challenges faced by water resources managers, stakeholders and emergency managers as how to be sure there is enough water to meet demands and protect the livelihood and properties against extreme events as populations swell and weather patterns shift due to changing climate.

Moradkhani is an author or co-author of over 130 peer reviewed publications, and he has served on the editorial boards of several journals including Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, Water, Remote Sensing, and Hydrologic Engineering.

Publications and Patents:

  • Ahmadalipour, A., and Moradkhani, H., “A data-driven review and analysis of flash flood hazard, fatalities, and damages over the CONUS during 1996-2017,” Journal of Hydrology, (2019) (doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124106)
  • Abbaszadeh, P., Moradkhani, , and Daescu, D.N., “The Quest for Model Uncertainty Quantification: A Hybrid Ensemble and Variational Data Assimilation Framework,” Water Resources Research, 55, (2019) (doi: 10.1029/2018WR023629)
  • Ahmadi, B., Ahmadalipour, A., Tootle, G., and Moradkhani, H., “Remote sensing of water use efficiency and terrestrial drought recovery across the CONUS”, Remote Sensing, (2019) 11, 731; doi:10.3390/rs11060731
  • Schelf, K., Moradkhani, H., and Lall, U., “Atmospheric Circulation Patterns Associated with Extreme United States Floods via Machine Learning,”  Scientific Report, (2019) (doi:10.1038/s41598-019-43496-w)
  • Abbaszadeh, P., Moradkhani, H., Zhan, X., “Downscaling SMAP Radiometer Soil Moisture over the CONUS Using an Ensemble Learning Method”, Water Resources Research, (2019),  54, (doi:10.1029/2018WR023354)

Honors and Awards:

  • 2018 Distinguished Professor, Wuhan University, China
  • 2017 Branford P. Millar Award, for exceptional scholarship and research, instruction, university service, and public service, Portland State University
  • 2017 Elected to the Hall of Fame in Samueli College of Engineering, UC-Irvine
  • 2017 ASCE Best Technical Paper Award
  • 2014 Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers