Marouane Temimi

Marouane Temimi Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering



Phone number: +971 2 810 9116

Dr. Marouane Temimi obtained his PhD in water resources/remote sensing and his MSc in urban hydrology from the University of Quebec/ETS, Montreal, Canada, in 2006 and 2002, respectively.

Dr. Temimi holds over ten years of extensive experience in industry and academia. He served in leading international engineering firms.

Before joining Masdar Institute as Associate Professor in the Water and Environmental Engineering Program in 2013, Dr. Temimi worked at the NOAA-CREST Institute at the City University of New York as Research Associate Professor. He was responsible for the Remote Sensing of Land and Hydrology Research Group. He led/co-led several research projects including those funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

In the recent years, Dr. Temimi’s research has been an integral part in:

  • Contributing to the development of accurate and more valuable information on weather and water processes through the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS);
  • Helping to improve weather decision and the forecast of extreme events;
  • Developing web interfaces for easy and prompt access to information on weather hazard and extreme events; and
  • Using ground-based observation to improve modeling practices and satellite products in the fields of water and weather.


Dr. Temimi has authored and co-authored more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and referred conference proceedings and contributed to the publication of five books. He also supervised two post-doctoral scientists, three PhD theses, and five MSc theses.

Courses/Teaching interests

  • Hydrologic analysis
  •  Environmental Remote Sensing and Satellite Image Processing

Advisor to Current Masdar Institute Students

  • Sheikha Salem Echtibi
  • Tesfaldet Yohannes (PhD)



Dr. Temimi’s research interests are in the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) for the analysis of the transfer of water and energy between land and atmosphere through modeling of hydrological and meteorological processes. Currently, Dr. Temimi is interested in lines of work related to weather, urban environment, remote sensing, and GIS. He is interested in urban scale studies, regional process, and global issues:

Local scale

  • Optimized management of water resources in urban systems
  • Ocean color mapping using satellite imagery
  • Land emissivity characterization and radiative transfer in desert
  • Weather monitoring and forecasting

Regional scale

  • Mapping of recharge zones using satellite imagery and regional management of water resources
  • Regional dust and sand storms modeling and forecasting

Global scale

  • Development of a global flood warning system
  • Enhancement of global forecast systems (GFS)



  • Marouane Temimi, Teodosio Lacava, Tarendra Lakhankar, Trumatoli Valerio, Hosni Ghedira, Riadh Ata, Reza Khanbilvardi. (2011). A multi-temporal analysis of AMSR-E data for flood and discharge monitoring during the 2008 flood in Iowa. Hydrological Processes. Hydrological Processes. 25, 2623–2634.
  • Ali Fares, Marouane Temimi, Kelly Morgan, and Thijs Kelleners. (2013). In-situ and Remote Soil Moisture Sensing Technologies for Vadose Zone Hydrology. Vadose Zone Journal. doi:10.2136/vzj2011.
  • Krakauer Nir, Marouane Temimi, Stream recession curves and storage variability in small watersheds. (2011). Hydrology and Earth System Science. 15, 2377–2389, 2011. doi:10.5194/hess-15-2377-2011.
  • C. Notarnicola, L. Caporaso, F. Di Giuseppe, M. Temimi, B. Ventura, M. Zebisch. (2012). Inferring Soil moisture variability in the Mediterrean Sea area using infrared and passive microwave observations. Canadian Journal of remote Sensing. Doi: 10.5589/m12-011. +
  • Norouzi, H., Temimi, M., Rossow, W. B., Pearl, C., Azarderakhsh, M., and Khanbilvardi, R. (2011). The sensitivity of land emissivity estimates from AMSR-E at C and X bands to surface properties, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 3577-3589, doi:10.5194/hess-15-3577-2011, 2011.
  • Chaouch, N., Temimi, Marouane, Hagen, S., Weishampel, J., Medeiros, S., & Khanbilvardi, R. (2011). A synergetic use of satellite imagery from SAR and optical sensors to improve coastal flood mapping in the Gulf of Mexico. Hydrological Processes, n/a-n/a. doi: 10.1002/hyp.8268.
  • Temimi, M., R. Leconte, N. Chaouch, Sukumal P., Khanbilvardi R., Brissette F. (2010). A combination of remote sensing data and topographic attributes for the spatial and temporal monitoring of soil wetness. Journal of Hydrology. Vol. 388. Issue: 1-2. Pages: 28-40.
  • Temimi, M., R. Leconte, F. Brissette, N. Chaouch (2005). Near Real Time Flood Monitoring Over The Mackenzie River Basin Using Passive Microwave Data. Remote Sensing of Environment. Vol. 98. 344-355.