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Elfatih Eltahir

Elfatih Eltahir
  • Title H.M. King Bhumibol Professor; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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  • Faculties Climate, Environment & Life Science
  • Address Room 48-207
  • Telephone 617.253.6596
  • Research Website
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  • 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 global climate change as well as regional land use/ land cover change may impact society through changes in the patterns of water availability, extreme weather, and spread of vector-borne diseases. We address research questions at the intersection of evolving natural phenomena and vulnerable societal contexts. 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 projecting 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

Awards and Honors

Selected Publications

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