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Assistant Professor

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

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  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Portland State University, 2015
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2010
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, 2007


Dr. Hamed Moftakhari is an assistant professor at the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering in The University of Alabama.

His research interests are in the area of coastal hydrology, and involves multi-hazard risk analysis, management and modeling, and integrated coastal/estuarine hydrodynamic modeling. He explores how the interaction between inland hydrologic processes and coastal ocean processes would affect resources such as food, energy and water in the low-lying coastal regions, and how the response of affected communities would mitigate/intensify the impacts.

His research is mainly focused on two categories of processes: i) extreme events with multiple underlying drivers, and ii) minor repetitive events (i.e. nuisance flooding), which their chronic impacts would pose considerable cumulative costs over time. His research sheds light on the projected risk associated with compounding effects of natural hazards due to human activities and sea level rise.

He won Maseeh Graduate Fellowship in 2012, and has been recognized as an outstanding reviewer for the Journal of Earth’s Future (AGU 2018), Journal of Hydrology (Elsevier 2017) and Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society (Elsevier 2017).

Honors and Awards

  • Early-Career Research Fellow, Gulf Research Program of the National Academies (2020)
  • Maseeh Graduate Fellowship, Portland State University, academic year 2012 – 2013
  • Ministry of Science, Research and Technology Graduate Studies Tuition Remission, academic years 2007 – 2010
  • Ministry of Science, Research and Technology Undergraduate Studies Tuition Remission, academic years 2003 – 2007
  • Outstanding Reviewer for Elsevier Journals: Journal of Hydrology (2017) and Sustainable Cities and Society (2017)
  • Editor’s Choice for Earth’s Future (AGU journal) 2017 theme on Avoiding Disasters

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • Moftakhari, H., Salvadori, G., AghaKouchak, A., Sanders, B., & Matthew, R., “Compounding effects of sea level rise and fluvial flooding,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,114(37), pp. 9785–9790, (2017) (DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1620325114)
  • Moftakhari, H., AghaKouchak, A., Sanders, B., and Matthew, R., “Cumulative hazard: The case of nuisance flooding,” Earth’sFuture, 5(2), pp. 214–223, (2017).
  • AghaKouchak, A., Huning, L., Chiang, F., Sadegh, M., Vahedifard, F., Mazdiyasni, O., Moftakhari, H., & Mallakpour, I., “How do natural hazards cascade to cause disasters?” Nature, 561(7724), pp. 458–460, (2018) (DOI: 10.1038/d41586-018-06783-6)
  • Moftakhari, H. AghaKouchak, A., Sanders, B., Allaire, M., & Matthew, R., “What is Nuisance Flooding? Defining and Monitoring an Emerging Challenge,” WaterResources Research, (2018) (DOI: 10.1029/2018WR022828)
  • Moftakhari, H., AghaKouchak, A., Sanders, B., Matthew, R., & Mazdiyasni, O., “Translating Uncertain Sea Level Projections Into Infrastructure Impacts Using a Bayesian Framework: Impact Assessment of SLR Projections,” Geophysical Research Letters,44(23), pp. 11,914-11,921, (2017) (DOI: 10.1002/2017GL076116)