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 Interest

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 securityclimate change impactsagricultural water usewater resources monitoring and modeling and the novel use of technologies for enhanced Earth system observation.  

Selected Publications

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


  • 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 Membership

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

Research Interests Keywords

Water Resources Evapotranspiration Land surface modelling Regional climate modeling Hydrology Remote Sensing Crop health and productivity Water and Energy Cycle