Matthew F McCabe, PhD

Full Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering
Associate Professor, Earth Sciences and Engineering​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of New South Wales


Prof McCabe studied Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Newcastle in Australia, where he received his undergraduate and post-graduate degrees. ​He then spent 5 years in the United States, working with Prof Eric Wood at Princeton University and then at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Matthew returned to Australia in 2008 to take up a faculty position at the University of New South Wales. In late 2012, he joined the Faculty at KAUST. 

Research Interests

Prof. McCabe's research interests encompass the modeling and observation of the Earth system, with a focus on the hydrological cycle and its linked processes and interactions. The research undertaken in his group combines models and observations to answer questions on the distribution, variability and exchanges of water at local, regional and global scales. Satellite-based remote sensing approaches, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and in-situ monitoring techniques are used to observe terrestrial processes, while a range of modeling and statistical approaches are employed to understand and predict system behavior. The group is active in field measurement and modeling of hydrological processes, the development of remote sensing products and the application of techniques to merge observations and modeling frameworks. We are particularly interested in issues related to water security, climate change impacts, agricultural water use, water resources monitoring and modeling and the novel use of technologies for enhanced Earth system observation.  

Selected Publications

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2003: Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Newcastle, Australia

1998: B.E. (Hons), Environmental Engineering, University of Newcastle, Australia

Professional Profile

2018: Full Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia​

2013: Associate Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

2012: Associate Professor, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2008-2012: Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2006-2008: Post-doctoral Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, USA

2003-2006: Post-doctoral Scientist, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA

Scientific and Professional Memberships

Vice-Chair, GEWEX Data and Assessments Panel (

Chair, GEWEX LandFlux project (

Editor, MDPI Hydrology​

Associate Editor, Frontiers Hydrosphere

Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU) (

American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Hydrology Section Remote Sensing Technical Committee


2009: Australian Institute of Policy and Sciences NSW/ACT Tall Poppy Award

2009: Chinese Academy of Sciences Foreign Visiting Expert Scholarship

2009: Guest Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2008: Invited Member World Climate Research Programme (GEWEX Radiation Panel)

1998: Tony Herzog Prize (Best Honours Thesis), University of Newcastle, Australia

1998: Institute of Engineers Civil & Structural Branch Prize (Top Final Year Student), Newcastle University