Taha B.M.J. Ouarda

Taha B.M.J. Ouarda


Professor - Water & Environmental Engineering
Phone number:  +971 2 810 9107

Dr Taha B.M.J. Ouarda’s specialization is in hydrometeorology, environmental and public health modeling, and risk analysis.  Prior to joining Masdar Institute, Mr. Ouarda was Chairman of the Canada Research Chair on the Estimation of Hydro-meteorological Variables, and also Chairman of the Industrial Chair in Statistical Hydrology, where his research team represented one of the largest Canadian teams in the field of hydrology. Mr. Ouarda has also served as President of the National Canadian Committee on Statistical Hydrology.

Mr. Ouarda holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. He has developed several approaches for the estimation of extreme hydro-meteorological events on local and regional scales, developed several methodologies for the modeling of hydro-meteorological variables under changing environments, and developed several computer softwares that deal with a range of problems in the fields of water resources and environmental engineering. He has also led several international projects dealing with hydro-meteorological modeling, environmental analysis and the links between climate evolution, the environment, and public health.

Mr. Ouarda is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards and is a member of the editorial Board of a number of international scientific journals such as the Journal of Hydrology and the Hydrological Sciences Journal

Courses / Teaching Interests

  • Hydrology  
  • Environmental sampling and data analysis


Advisor to Current Masdar Institute Students and Postdocs

  • Ju-Young Shin (PhD)
  • Jung Kichul (PhD)
  • Maria del Rocio Gonzalez Sanchez   
  • Alisha Chandran   
  • Latifa Ameena Yousef   

Research Interest/Research Projects:

  • Modeling of hydrological and meteorological variables
  • Analysis of the risk associated to natural phenomena
  • Statistical methods in climatology, environmental sciences and water resources
  • Modeling of hydro-meteorological extremes
  • Prediction and forecasting of hydro-meteorological variables
  • Modeling of the links between Climate, the environment, and public health
  • Modeling of climate change impacts, and adaption in the environmental and water resources fields 

Selected Publications:

  • LEE, T.-S., and T.B.M.J. OUARDA (2011). Prediction of climate nonstationary oscillation processes with empirical mode decomposition, Journal of Geophysical Research, VOL. 116, D06107:1-15, doi:10.1029/2010JD015142.
  • FASBENDER, D., and T.B.M.J. OUARDA (2010). Spatial Bayesian model for statistical downscaling of GCM to minimum and maximum daily temperatures, Journal of Climate, DOI: 10.1175/2010JCLI3415.1, Vol. 23, 5222-5242.
  • OUARDA, T.B.M.J., and C. SHU (2009). Regional low-flow frequency analysis using single and ensemble artificial neural networks, Water Resources Research., 45, W11428, doi:10.1029/2008WR007196