Faculty - Elfatih A.B. Eltahir

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Elfatih A.B. Eltahir

Associate Department Head


Parsons Laboratory
Room 48-207
15 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA, 02139

Telephone: 617.253.6596 Email: eltahir@mit.edu Research Website: http://eltahir.mit.edu Assistant: Joanne Batziotegos / jtegos@mit.edu


  • B.Sc. 1985, Civil Engineering, (First Class Honors) University of Khartoum
  • M.Sc. 1988, Hydrology, (First Class Honors) National University of Ireland
  • S.M. 1993, Meteorology, MIT
  • Sc.D. 1993, Hydroclimatology, MIT

Research Interests

Role of the hydrologic cycle in the natural climate system at regional sclaes; impact of climate change on hydrology, ecosystems, and agriculture; and the role of hydrology in shaping transmission of vector-borne diseases (e.g malaria and dengue fever). New theoretical models are developed and tested against satellite observations and archived data sets of hydrologic and atmospheric variables, as well as observations collected in field campaigns. These models are then used to reproduce observed natural phenomena, or to predict the impact of human activity on climate, hydrology, and/or disease transmission.

Teaching Interests

  • 1.071 Global Change Science
  • 1.714 Surface Hydrology
  • 1.073 Introduction to Environmental Data Analysis

Selected Publications

  1. Im E-S, Marcella MP, Eltahir EAB.  2014.  Impact of potential large-scale irrigation on the West African Monsoon and its dependence on location of irrigated area. Journal of Climate. 27(3):1009. 
  2. Im E-S, Gianotti RL, Eltahir EAB.  2014.  Improving the simulation of the West African Monsoon using the MIT Regional Climate Model.Journal of Climate. 27(6):2209-2229.
  3. Gianotti RL, Eltahir EAB.  2014.  Regional Climate Modeling over the Maritime Continent. Part I: New Parameterization for Convective Cloud Fraction. Journal of Climate. 27(4):1488-1503. 
  4. Yamana TK, Eltahir EAB.  2013.  Projected Impacts of Climate Change on Environmental Suitability for Malaria Transmission in West Africa. Environmental Health Perspectives • volume 121 | number 10 | October 2013
  5. Bomblies A, Duchemin J-B, Eltahir EAB.  2008.  Hydrology of malaria: Model development and application to a Sahelian village. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 44, W12445, doi:10.1029/2008WR006917.


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