Prof. Elfatih Eltahir
Professor Eltahir's research group is interested in understanding how regional land use/land cover change as well as global climate change may impact society through changes in the patterns of water availability, extreme weather, and spread of vector-borne diseases. We develop sophisticated numerical models (MIT Regional Climate Model (MRCM); and the Hydrology, Entomology and Malaria Transmission Simulator (HYDREMATS)) that are used for predicting such impacts at regional scales. We test these models against satellite observations and archived data sets of hydrologic and atmospheric variables, as well as data collected in our own field campaigns. Current research in the Eltahir group focuses on three general areas: 1) Regional climate studies, 2) Water and Disease, and 3) Water Resource Management.
(For a complete list of Prof. Elthahir's publications see Eltahir Research Group: https://eltahir.mit.edu/)
Tuel, A., Moçayd N. E., Hasnaoui M. D. & Eltahir, E. A. B.. 2022. Future projections of High Atlas snowpack and runoff under climate change. Hydrology Earth System Sciences. 26 Google Scholar Tuel_et_al_2022_HESS_High-Atlas-snowpack-and-runoff.pdf
Tuel, A., O’Gorman P. A., Eltahir, E. A. B.. 2021. Elements of the dynamical response to climate change over the Mediterranean. Journal of Climate. Google Scholar Tuel_et_al_2020_Elements-of-the-Dynamical-Response-to-Climate-Change-over-the-Mediterranean.pdf
Tuel, A. & Eltahir, E. A. B.. 2021. Mechanisms of European Summer Drying under Climate Change. Journal of Climate. Google Scholar Tuel_and_Eltahir_2021_JC_Mechanisms-of-European-Summer-Drying-under-Climate-Change.pdf
Nikiel C. A. & Eltahir, E. A. B.. 2021. Past and future trends of Egypt’s water consumption and its sources. Nature Communications. Google Scholar Nikiel_et_al-2021-Nature_Communications.pdf
Tuel, A., Chehbouni, A. & Eltahir E. A. B.. 2020. Dynamics of seasonal snowpack over the High Atlas. Journal of Hydrology. Google Scholar Tuel_et_al_2020_JH.pdf
Endo, N. & Eltahir E. A. B.. 2020. Increased risk of malaria transmission with warming temperature in the Ethiopian Highlands. Environmental Research Letters. Google Scholar Endo_2020_Environ._Res._Lett._15_054006.pdf
Ibrahim, H. D. & Eltahir, E. A. B.. 2019. Impact of Brine Discharge from Seawater Desalination Plants on Persian/Arabian Gulf Salinity. Journal of Environmental Engineering. Google Scholar Desalination.pdf
Kang, S. & Eltahir, E. A. B.. 2019. Impact of Irrigation on Regional Climate Over Eastern China. Geophysical Research Letters. Google Scholar Kang_et_al-2019-Geophysical_Research_Letters.pdf
Endo, N., & Eltahir, E.A.B.. 2018. Environmental Determinants of Malaria Transmission Around the Koka Reservoir in Ethiopia. AGU Publications. Google Scholar Endo_et_al-2017-GeoHealth.pdf (6.12 MB)
S. Kang, E.-S. Im and E. A. B. Eltahir. 2018. Future climate change enhances rainfall seasonality in a regional model of western Maritime Continent. Climate Dynamics. Google Scholar Kang_CD2018.pdf (6.60 MB)
N. Endo and E. A. B. Eltahir. 2018. Modelling and observing the role of wind in Anopheles population dynamics around a reservoir. Malaria Journal. Google Scholar s12936-018-2197-5.pdf (1.28 MB)
Eun-Soon Im, Suchul Kang, Elfatih A.B. Eltahir. 2018. Projections of rising heat stress over the western Maritime Continent from dynamically downscaled climate simulations. Global and Planetary Change. 165 Google Scholar Projections-of-rising-heat-stress-over-the-western-Maritime-Continent-from-dynamically-downscaled-climate-simulations-1.pdf (4.72 MB)
R. E. Alter, H. C. Douglas, J. M. Winter, and E. A. B. Eltahir. 2018. Twentieth Century Regional Climate Change During the Summer in the Central United States Attributed to Agricultural Intensification. Geophysical Research Letters. Google Scholar Alter18.pdf (1.15 MB)
Mohamed S. Siam; Elfatih A. B. Eltahir. 2017. Climate change enhances interannual variability of the Nile river flow. Nature Climate Change. Google Scholar Climate-change-enhances-interannual-variability-of-the-flow-in-the-Nile-river.pdf (1.46 MB)
Eun-Soon Im, Jeremy S. Pal, Elfatih A. B. Eltahir. 2017. Deadly heat waves projected in the densely populated agricultural regions of South Asia. Science Advances. 3 (8) Google Scholar Im2016.pdf (2.91 MB)
E. A. B. Eltahir. 2017. Dividing the Nile. Nature Middle East. Google Scholar
Eun‐Soon Im and Elfatih A. B. Eltahir. 2017. Simulation of the diurnal variation of rainfall over the western Maritime Continent using a regional climate model. Climate Dynamics. Google Scholar Im_2017.pdf (5.76 MB)
Eun-Soon Im, Elfatih A. B. Eltahir. 2017. Simulations of the observed ‘jump’ in the West African monsoon and its underlying dynamics using the MIT regional climate model. International Journal of Climatology. Google Scholar Im2017.pdf (3.15 MB)
Yunfang Sun, Elfatih A. B. Eltahir, Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli. 2017. The Bottom water exchange between the Singapore Strait and the West Johor Strait. Continental Shelf Research. Google Scholar The-bottom-water-exchange-between-the-Singapore-Strai_2017_Continental-Shelf.pdf (4.45 MB)
Osama M. E. Seidahmed, Elfatih A. B. Eltahir. 2016. A Sequence of Flushing and Drying of Breeding Habitats of Aedes aegypti (L.) Prior to the Low Dengue Season in Singapore. PLOS- Neglected Tropical Diseases. Google Scholar journal.pntd_.0004842.pdf (6.12 MB)
Teresa K. Yamana, Arne Bomblies and Elfatih A. B. Eltahir. 2016. Climate change unlikely to increase malaria burden in West Africa. nature climate change. Google Scholar Yamana_et_al-2016-Nature_Climate_Change.pdf (985.05 KB)
Noriko Endo; Elfatih A. B. Eltahir. 2016. Environmental determinants of malaria transmission in African villages. Malaria Journal. Google Scholar Environmental-determinants-of-malaria-transmission-in-African-villages.pdf (1.47 MB)
Mariam M. Allam, Anjuli Jain Figueroa, Dennis B. McLaughlin, Elfatih A. B. Eltahir. 2016. Estimation of evaporation over the Upper Blue Nile basin by combining observations from satellites and river flow gauges. Water Resources Research. Google Scholar Allam_et_al-2016-Water_Resources_Research-2.pdf (2.28 MB)
Teresa K. Yamana, Xin Qiu, Elfatih A.B. Eltahir. 2016. Hysteresis in Simulations of Malaria Transmission. Advances in Water Resources. Google Scholar 1-s2.0-S030917081630519X-main.pdf (2.23 MB)
Rocio Gonzalez, Taha B. M. J. Ouarda, Prashanth R. Marpu, Mariam M. Allam, Elfatih A. B. Eltahir and Simon Pearson. 2016. Water Budget Analysis in Arid Regions, Application to the United Arab Emirates. Water. 8 (9) Google Scholar water-08-00415.pdf (5.40 MB)
Pengfei Xue and Elfatih A. B. Eltahir. 2015. Estimation of the Heat and Water Budgets of the Persian Gulf Using A Regional Climate Model. Journal of Climate. 28 (4)
M. S. Siam and E. A. B. Eltahir. 2015. Explaining and forecasting interannual variability in the flow of the Nile River. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 11 : 4851–4878.
Jeremy S. Pal and Elfatih A. B. Eltahir. 2015. Future temperature in southwest Asia projected to exceed a threshold for human adaptability. Nature Climate Change.
Wei J, Malanotte-Rizzoli P, Eltahir EAB, Xue P, Xu D. 2014. Coupling of a regional atmospheric model (RegCM3) and a regional oceanic model (FVCOM) over the maritime continent. Climate Dynamics: 1-20.
Eun-Soon Im and Elfatih A. B. Eltahir. 2014. Enhancement of rainfall and runoff upstream from irrigation location in a climate model of West Africa. Water Resources Research. 50 (11) : 8651–8674.
Marcella MP, Eltahir EAB. 2014. The role of mineral aerosols in shaping the regional climate of West Africa. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. 119 : 1-14.
Im E-S, Marcella MP, Eltahir EAB. 2014. Impact of potential large-scale irrigation on the West African Monsoon and its dependence on location of irrigated area. Journal of Climate. 27(3):1009.
Im E-S, Gianotti RL, Eltahir EAB. 2014. Improving the simulation of the West African Monsoon using the MIT Regional Climate Model.Journal of Climate. 27(6):2209-2229.
Gianotti RL, Eltahir EAB. 2014. Regional Climate Modeling over the Maritime Continent. Part I: New Parameterization for Convective Cloud Fraction. Journal of Climate. 27(4):1488-1503.
Yamana TK, Eltahir EAB. 2013. Projected Impacts of Climate Change on Environmental Suitability for Malaria Transmission in West Africa. Environmental Health Perspectives • volume 121 | number 10 | October 2013
Marcella, M.P., and E.A.B. Eltahir, 2008: Modeling the Hydroclimatology of Kuwait: The Role of Subcloud Evaporation in Semiarid Climates, Journal of Climate, 21(12): 2976-2989
Hildebrandt, A., and E.A.B. Eltahir, 2006: Forest on the edge: Seasonal cloud forest in Oman creates its own ecological niche, Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L11401
Niemann, J.D., and E.A.B. Eltahir, 2005: Sensitivity of regional hydrology to climate changes, with application to the Illinois River basin, Water Resources Research, Vol. 41, w07014
Yeh, P.J.-F., and E.A.B. Eltahir, 2005: Representation of Water Table Dynamics in a Land Surface Scheme. Part I: Model Development, Journal of Climate, 18(12): 1861-1880
Eltahir, E.A.B, 1996: The Role of Vegetation in Sustaining Large-scale Atmospheric Circulations in the Tropics, Journal of Geophysical Research, 101(D2): 4255-4268
Eltahir, E.A.B., and R. L. Bras, 1993: On the Response of the Tropical Atmosphere to Large-scale Deforestation, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 119: 779-793
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B.Sc., Civil Engineering, University of Khartoum, 1985
M.Sc., Hydroloy, National University of Ireland, 1988
S.M., Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993
Sc.D., Hydroclimatology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993
Surface Hydrology (1.714)
Introduction to Environmental Data Analysis (1.073)
Global Change Science (1.071)