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Early Career Research Fellow - Hamed Moftakhari

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University of Alabama


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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program (NASEM - GRP)

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NASEM Gulf Research Program Fellowships


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Education and Outreach

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Dr. Moftakhari is an assistant professor at the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, in The University of Alabama (UA). Prior to his current position, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Irvine. He holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, a MSc in Civil Engineering-Water Resources from Sharif University of Technology, and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Portland State University. His research interests are in the area of coastal hydrology, and involves multi-hazard risk analysis/management and integrated coastal/estuarine hydrodynamic modeling. He explores how the interaction between inland hydrologic processes and coastal ocean processes would affect resources such as food, energy and water in the low-lying coastal regions, and how the response of affected communities to trending hazards (i.e. sea level rise) would mitigate/intensify the impacts. His research is mainly focused on two categories of processes: (1) compound extreme events with multiple underlying drivers, and (2) minor repetitive events (i.e. nuisance flooding) which their chronic impacts would pose considerable cumulative costs over time. He won Maseeh Graduate Fellowship in 2012, and has been recognized as an outstanding reviewer for the journal of Earth's Future (AGU 2018), Journal of hydrology (Elsevier 2017) and Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society (Elsevier 2017). He is currently an editorial board member of Scientific Reports (Nature) and also serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (ASCE).


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