Project Description

Elfatih Eltahir

Breene M. Kerr Professor

Research Interests: Hydrology and climate

Connect

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

Telephone: 617.253.6596
Email: eltahir@mit.edu
Assistant: Denise Stewart/dstewart@MIT.EDU
Research Website: http://eltahir.mit.edu

Education

  • 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

I am interested in understanding how regional land use/land cover change as well as global climate change may impact society through changes in the patterns of water availability, extreme weather, and spread of vector-borne diseases. Together with my students, we develop sophisticated numerical models (MIT Regional Climate Model (MRCM); and the Hydrology, Entomology and Malaria Transmission Simulator (HYDREMATS)) that are used for predicting such impacts at regional scales. We test these models against satellite observations and archived data sets of hydrologic and atmospheric variables, as well as data collected in our own field campaigns.

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.  Hydrology of malaria: Model development and application to a Sahelian village. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 44, W12445, doi:10.1029/2008WR006917.