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Alireza Farahmand

Alireza Farahmand has graduated with a PhD in water resources from University of California Irvine. His main research interest includes improving remote sensing of drought through developing multi-index multi-sensor drought monitoring and prediction frameworks. He has multiple publications in various journals including Nature Scientific Reports, Reviews of Geophysics, Advances in Water Resources, and Geophysical Research Letters.

  • B.S.: Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Wuppertal, Germany, 2010
  • M.S.: Civil Engineering/Water Resources, University of California Irvine, 2013
  • Ph.D: Civil Engineering/Water Resources, University of California Irvine, 2016

Research Interests
  • Remote sensing of drought and hydroclimate extremes
  • Effects of drought on agriculture, vegetation health and wildfire
  • Hydrological modeling

Professional Experience
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Postdoctoral Scholar, 2016-present
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Visiting Student researcher, 2016
  • University of California Irvine, Research Assistant, 2011-2016
  • University of California Irvine, Teaching Assistant, 2011-2016
  • University of California Irvine, Water UCI Sustainability team, 2014-2016
  • National Science Foundation, Lead Entrepreneur, 2013-2014

Selected Awards
  • UC Irvine Water UCI Sustainability fellowship for solving Anza Borrego desert drought related problems, September 2014
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) lead entrepreneur for assessing the potential market for GIDMaPS, September 2013
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) scholarship for attending Philander Fest Symposium at Princeton University, September 2012
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship for summer schools 2006-2007, 2008 on Earthquake-safe buildings with steel and masonry walls

Selected Publications
  1. AghaKouchak A., Farahmand A., Teixeira J., Wardlow B.D., Melton F.S., Anderson M.C., Hain C.R., 2015, Remote Sensing of Drought: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities, Reviews of Geophysics, 53 (2), 452-480, doi: 10.1002/2014RG000456.
  2. Farahmand A., AghaKouchak A., Teixeira J., 2015, A Vantage from Space Can Detect Earlier Drought Onset: An Approach Using Relative Humidity, Scientific Reports, 5, 8553; doi: 10.1038/srep08553.
  3. Farahmand A., AghaKouchak A., 2015, A Generalized Framework for Deriving Nonparametric Standardized Drought Indicators,Advances in Water Resources, 76, 140- 145, doi: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2014.11.012.
  4. AghaKouchak A., Cheng L., Mazdiyasni O., Farahmand A., 2014, Global Warming and Changes in Risk of Concurrent Climate Extremes: Insights from the 2014 California Drought, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, doi: 10.1002/2014GL062308.
  5. AghaKouchak A., Norouzi H., Madani K., Mirchi A., Azarderakhsh M., Nazemi N., Nasrollahi N., Mehran M., Farahmand A., Hasanzadeh E., 2014, Aral Sea Syndrome Desiccates Lake Urmia: Call for Action, Journal of Great Lakes Research, doi: 10.1016/j.jglr.2014.12.007.
  6. Hao Z., AghaKouchak A., Nakhjiri N., Farahmand A., 2014, Global Integrated Drought Monitoring and Prediction System,Scientific Data, 1:140001, 1-10, doi: 10.1038/sdata.2014.1 • Farahmand A., AghaKouchak A., 2013, A Satellite-Based Global Landslide Model, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 13, 1259-1267, doi:10.5194/nhess-13-1259-2013.

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