Dr. Annalisa Molini
Dr. Annalisa Molini Associate Professor

Contact Information
annalisa.molini@ku.ac.ae +971 2 312 4280


Associate Professor, Department of Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering

Before joining Khalifa University, Dr. Annalisa Molini was a Research Associate at Duke University, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a joint appointment at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Visiting Scholar at the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of the MIT Technology and Development Program, and Data Manager and Analyst in the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Field Inter-comparison of Rainfall Intensity Gauges, at the Italian Air-force Meteorological Center of Vigna di Valle, Rome, Italy.

Her research mainly focuses on the connections between aridity, climate change, and water resources availability, and embraces several interconnected research topics including mixed physically-based/stochastic approaches to ecohydrology, hydrometeorology, land/vegetation atmosphere interactions at global, regional and local scales, boundary layer meteorology and the modeling of extreme hydrological and environmental processes such as severe droughts and flash-floods.

Since October 2017, she is an Editor of Hydrological Processes (Wiley), where she is responsible for handling submissions in the field of ecohydrology, stochastic hydrology, and hydrometeorology.

Dr. Molini is the primary instructor of the graduate course “Global Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptations” in the Water and Environmental Engineering M.Sc. Program at Khalifa University and the Ph.D. level course “Climate Dynamics” in the multi-disciplinary Engineering Ph.D. program. She is also one of the initiators (together with Dr. Marpu and Dr. Armstrong at Masdar Campus) and chair of the Masdar Institute Environmental Monitoring Platform (MIEMP).

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering–Methods and Technologies for Environmental Monitoring, University of Basilicata & University of Genova, (Italy), 2002
  • M.Sc., Environmental Sciences, University of Genova (Italy), 1998

  • Climate Sciences
  • Hydrology
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Fluid Dynamics


Research Interests
  • Climate change impacts on water resources and food security
  • Process-based modeling of hydrological and environmental processes
  • Hydrology and ecohydrology of saline environments
  • Dryland hydro-climatology
  • Hydrological extremes
  • Soil-vegetation-atmosphere interactions
  • Climate sciences and micrometeorology applied to solar energy harvesting