April 8, 2020

AAWRE proudly announce Dr. Hamid Moradkhani, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE as the recipient of the AAWRE 2020 Outstanding Research & Innovation Award, for his outstanding landmark contributions in applied hydrology and groundbreaking research in the field of water resources. Dr. Moradkhani is recognized for his groundbreaking research in several areas- most notably data assimilation and ensemble inference; remote sensing and hydroclimate extremes, which hold the promise for unprecedented advances in predictive modeling under changing environmental and climatic conditions. His pioneering works in understanding and modeling extremes by means of data assimilation and remote sensing have found extensive use in water resources research with substantial citations.

The AAWRE Outstanding Research & Innovation Award was established in 2018 to recognize excellence in significant academic contributions in one or more of the following: impact of the research on society and academe in the disciplines of water resources engineering; national and international recognition; and scholarships.

Dr. Moradkhani stated: "I am honored and humbled being selected for this award. My sincere thanks go to my referees for their nomination and support and also the AAWRE award committee for their designation."

Prof. Moradkhani is currently the Alton N. Scott Chair of Civil and Environmenal Engineering and Director of the Center for Complex Hydrosystems Research at The University of Alabama. Dr. Moradkhani joined The University of Alabama in January 2018 as Alton N. Scott Endowed Chair in the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering. Also, he is the founding director of the Center for Complex Hydrosystems Research comprising faculties and students across civil and environmental engineering, computer science, geography, mathematics, geology and business school. Prior to this appointment, he was a professor and director of Water Resources and Remote Sensing Lab in the department of civil and environmental engineering at Portland State University.

Prof. Moradkhani is a renowned expert and pioneer in developing methods in data assimilation, machine learning, uncertainty quantification, risk analysis and harnessing data revolution, used in earth system science, engineering and other disciplines. He is a registered professional engineer with significant experience in design, management and operation of large scale hydrosystems. His research has addressed the grand challenges faced by water resources managers, stakeholders and emergency managers as how to be sure there is enough water to meet demands and protect the livelihood and properties against extreme events as populations swell and weather patterns shift due to changing climate.

Dr. Moradkhani is an author or co-author of over 130 peer reviewed publications, and he has served on the editorial boards of several journals including Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, Water, Remote Sensing, and Hydrologic Engineering.

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