Dr. Hamid Moradkhani

  • Alton N. Scott Professor of Engineering
  • Director, Center for Complex Hydrosystems Research

Contact Information

  • Office: 1030 Cyber
  • Phone: (205) 348-9125

Areas of Research

  • Hydrologic Data Assimilation and Ensemble Inference
  • Climate-Water-Human Interactions
  • Food, Energy, Water Nexus
  • Remote Sensing
  • Uncertainty and Risk Analysis
  • Drought Monitoring and Forecasting
  • Flood Forecasting and Inundation Modeling
  • Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
  • Water Resources Management


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCI, 2005
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, IUST, 1994
  • B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, UT, 1991


Dr. Moradkhani joined the University of Alabama in 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. Prior to this appointment, he was a full professor and director of Water Resources and Remote Sensing Lab in the department of civil and environmental engineering at Portland State University. 

Moradkhani is a registered professional engineer and an expert with over 26 years of experience in design, management and operation of large scale water resources systems. He has made significant contributions on tackling the grand challenges faced by water resources planners, stakeholders and emergency managers here and around the world: 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 climate variability and change.

He is a pioneer in state-of-the-art data assimilation, cyber innovation and uncertainty quantification and risk analysis methods used extensively in engineering, earth science and several other disciplines worldwide. In recognition of his works and significant contributions, he was the recipient of the 2017 Branford P. Millar Award at Portland State University, for demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, instruction, university service, and public service. He was also elected to the hall of fame of Samueli College of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine in 2016. He is a Fellow of Environmental and Water Resources Institute recognized and designated by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (2014), and Diplomat of Water Resources Engineering (2011). 

With over 130 peer reviewed publications, Moradkhani has served as associate editor for several scientific journals including Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, and section lead editor of Springer Handbook of Hydrometeorological Forecasting.