AghaKouchak received his B.S. and Master’s degrees in civil engineering from the K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2003 and 2005, respectively. In 2010, after completing his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, he came to UC Irvine as a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS). He was named an assistant professor in Fall 2011. AghaKouchak‘s research is interdisciplinary and crosses the boundaries between hydrology, climatology, statistics and remote sensing to address critical global water resource issues. His long-term research objective is to utilize continuously growing satellite data along with ground-based observations to develop/improve integrated drought, flood and landslide modeling, prediction and decision support systems. His focus in the area of hydrologic extremes (flood/landslide/draught) has the potential for cross-over into other hazards that are of interest to CEE, including those of a structural and geotechnical nature.
Major research interests include modeling hydroclimate extremes, remote sensing of environment, hydrologic processes, and climate change and variability.