Ali Ershadi, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellows

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Environmental Sciences and Engineering



​Dr. Ershadi received his PhD in the field of remote sensing hydrology from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia. Before his PhD, he completed an MSc degree in Water Resources and Environmental Management from Twente University, Netherlands. During his academic and professional career, Ali spent around a year in academic research as a Postdoc and around 7 years in consulting companies on water related projects. Ali joined KAUST in early 2014.

Research Interests

​Dr. Ershadi's research mainly focuses on the use of remote sensing data on hydrological modeling and integrated water resources management. His current research projects concentrate on i) preparation of evaporation maps for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, ii) measuring the land surface heat fluxes using eddy-covariance towers, and iii) multi-spectral and hyper-spectral remote sensing data processing at different scales for the region.

Selected Publications

​For a full list of publications, please refer to my Google Scholar page:

  • Ershadi, A., McCabe, M.F., Evans, J.P., Chaney, N.W., Wood, E.F. (2014), ‘Multi-site evaluation of terrestrial evaporation models using globally distributed FLUXNET data’, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology,
  • Ershadi, A., McCabe, M.F., Evans, J.P., J.P. Walker, (2013) ‘Effects of spatial aggregation on the multi-scale estimation of evapotranspiration’, Remote Sensing of Environment, 131, 51-62,
  • Ershadi, A., McCabe, M. F., Evans, J.P., Mariethoz, G., Kavetski, D. (2013) ‘A Bayesian analysis of sensible heat flux estimation: quantifying uncertainty in meteorological forcing to improve model prediction’, Water Resources Research, 49(5), 2343-2358,


  • 2014: Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of NSW, Australia
  • 2010: MSc. Water Resources and Environmental Management, University of Twente, Netherlands
  • 2001: BS. Irrigation Engineering, Birjand University, Iran

Professional Profile

  • 2014: Post-Doctoral Fellow, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • 2013: Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of NSW, Australia
  • 2001-2007: Water Resources Engineer, Toossab Consulting Company, Iran

Scientific and Professional Membership

Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU) (
Member, Engineers Australia (


  • 2010-2013: Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) Scholarship
  • 2010-2013: NCGRT Australia Postgraduate Scholarship
  • 2008-2010: European Commission Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
  • 2001: Best Student Researcher, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Birjand

Research Interests Keywords

Remote Sensing Hydrology Hydrological modeling Integrated Water Resources Management Geographic Information System (GIS)