Project Description

Elfatih Eltahir

Breene M. Kerr Professor (1951)
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Hydrology and climate


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

Telephone: 617.253.6596
Assistant: Denise Stewart/dstewart@MIT.EDU
Research Website:


  • 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

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