Yoann Malbeteau

Postdoctoral Fellows

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Environmental Sciences and Engineering



Dr. Malbeteau received his MSc degree and PhD in the field of remote sensing in hydrology from the University of Toulouse in France. During his PhD, he spent a year at the University of Marrakech (Morocco) in collaboration with the French national research institute for sustainable development. He was involved on water related projects (e.g. crop irrigation management by multi-sensor remote sensing approach). Yoann joined KAUST in September2017.

Research Interests

Yoann's research interests aim to understand the continental hydrologic cycle and its interactions with the anthropogenic, atmosphere and climate influences. By taking advantage of multi-sensor remote sensing observations (satellites, UAVs) and land surface models, his studies focus on the development of new methods to estimate evapotranspiration and agriculture water use at high spatio-temporal resolutions. Most of his research takes place at local to regional scale in semi-arid regions.

Selected Publications

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

  • Malbéteau Y., O. Merlin, S. Gascoin, J. P. Gastellu, L. Olivera, C. Mattar, S. Khabba, L Jarlan, (2017) Normalizing land surface temperature data for elevation and illumination effects in mountainous areas: a case study using ASTER data over the Imlil valley, Morocco, Remote Sensing of Environment, volume 189, pages. 25-39; doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2016.11.010.
  • Molero B., O. Merlin, Y. Malbéteau, A. Al Bitar, F. Cabot, V. Stefan, S. Bacon, Y. Kerr, R. Bindlish, T.J. Jackson, (2016) New SMOS disaggregated soil moisture product at 1km resolution : processor overview and first validation results, Remote Sensing of Environment. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2016.02.045
  • Favier V., D. Verfaillie, E. Berthier, M. Menegoz, V. Jomelli, J. Kay, L. Ducret, Y. Malbéteau, D. Brunstein, H. Gallee, Y. Hyang Park, V. Rinterknecht (2016) Atmospheric drying as the main driver of dramatic glacier wastage in the southern Indian Ocean, Nature Scientific Reports 6, 32396; doi:10.1038/srep32396.
  • Malbéteau Y., O. Merlin, B. Molero, C. Rüdiger, S. Bacon (2016) DisPATCh as a tool to evaluate coarse-scale remotely sensed soil moisture using localized in situ measurements: Application to SMOS and AMSR-E data in Southeastern Australia. International Journal of Applied Earth Observations and Geoinformation, pp. 221-234. doi:10.1016/j.jag.2015.10.002 
  • Papa, F., F. Frappart, Y. Malbéteau, M. Shamsudduha, V. Venugopal, M. Sekhar, G. Ramillien, C. Prigent, F. Aires, R. K. Pandey, S. Bala and S. Calmant (2015), Satellite-derived Surface and Sub-surface Water Storage in the Ganges-Brahmaputra River Basin, Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, Volume 4, Part A, Pages 15-35, ISSN 2214-5818, special issue on "Groundwater system of the Indian Sub-Continent", doi:10.1016/j.ejrh.2015.03.004


  • Ph.D., Hydrology and Remote Sensing, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France, 2016
  • M.Sc., Hydrology, Hydrochemistry, Soil, Environment, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France, 2013
  • B.Sc., Earth Sciences, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France, 2011

Professional Profile

  • 2017-Present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • June 2016: Visiting Scientist, IsardSAT and Labferrer, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2015-2016: Visiting Scientist, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco
  • 2014- 2015: Teaching assistant, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France


  • Eur​opean Commission student grant at the Living Planet Symposium (2016)
  • International travel (Australia) grant from Federal University of Toulouse (2015)
  • Ph.D. Research Scholarship from the French Ministry of Research and Education (2013-2016)

Research Interests Keywords

Environment modeling Scientific visualization Hydrology Water Resources Evapotranspiration Land surface modelling Regional climate modeling Remote Sensing