Dr. Marouane Temimi

Dr. Marouane Temimi

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering

Address: P.O. Box: 54224 (Abu Dhabi)

Telephone: +971 (02) 8109116

Fax: +971 (02) 810 9901

Email: marouane.temimi@ku.ac.ae

Dr. Temimi has an expertise in environmental sensing and modeling. Dr. Temimi obtained his Ph.D. degree in Water resources/Remote Sensing and his MSc degree 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

Before joining Khalifa University, as Associate Professor member of 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 overseeing 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). Dr. Temimi’s research interests expanded to cover the development of decision support systems through the use of remote sensing and numerical models to improve decision making and contingency planning in response to natural hazards. He has been very successful in initiating several externally funded projects supported by a number of key stakeholders in the region like Etihad Airways or the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Dr. Temimi authored and co-authored more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and referred conference proceedings. He contributed to the publication of five books. In addition, he supervised several post-doctoral scientists, PhD and MSc. students. Currently, he is leading the Coastal and Environmental Sensing And Modeling research group (CESAM) which led the development of several applications like:

Coastal observatory: http://wam.ae/en/details/1395285762897

Project with Etihad Airways: https://www.etihad.com/en-az/about-us/etihad-news/archive/2015/etihad-airways-and-masdar-institute-sign-agreement-to-develop-fog-prediction-system-to-reduce-flight-disruptions-and-enhance-passenger-experience/

Oil spills detection: https://www.thenational.ae/uae/how-satellites-could-help-to-contain-oil-spills-in-the-arabian-gulf-1.276465

Dust and air quality monitoring: https://earth.masdar.ac.ae/air_quality/

  • PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Quebec, Canada; 2006
  • MSc, Civil Engineering, University of Quebec, Canada; 2002
  • BSc, Civil Engineering, Tunis National School of Engineers, Tunisia; 2000
  • Water resources
  • Hydrology
  • Remote sensing
  • Ground Hydrology
  • Remote sensing
  • Water resources  and hydrometeorology
  • Numerical weather prediction (WRF, WRF-Chem, WRF-HYDRO)
  • Natural hazards (Fog, Dust, Flooding)
  • Environmental monitoring; air and marine environment



  • Wehbe, Y., Temimi, M., Ghebreyesus, D., Milewski, A., Norouzi, H., and Ibrahim, E. 2017. Consistency of Precipitation Products and Interactions with Soil Moisture and Water Storage over the Arabian Peninsula. Hydrological Sciences Journal. https://doi.org/10.1080/02626667.2018.1431647 (In press)
  • Amal Aldababseh, Marouane Temimi, Praveen Maghelal, Oliver Branch, Volker Wulfmeyer. Multi-criteria evaluation of land suitability for irrigated agriculture in arid environment using an integrated AHP-GIS modeling. Sustainability Journal. (Accepted)
  • Naseema Beegum, Imen Gherboudj, Naira Chaouch, Marouane Temimi, Hosni Ghedira. 2017. Predictability and Analysis of Synoptic scale dust storms over the Arabian Peninsula: Implications in Socio-economic Sectors. Atmospheric Research. Volume 199, 1 January 2018, Pages 62-81


  • Wehbe, Y., Ghebreyesus, D., Temimi, M., Milewski, A., and Mandoos, A. 2017. Assessment of the Consistency among Global Precipitation Products over the United Arab Emirates. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies Volume 12, August 2017, Pages 122-135.
  • Ram L Ray, Ali Fares, Yiping He, Marouane Temimi. 2017. Evaluation and inter-comparison of satellite soil moisture products using in-situ observations over Texas, U.S. Water Journal. Water 2017, 9(6), 372; doi: 10.3390/w9060372.
  • Amal Aldababseh and Marouane Temimi. “Analysis of the Long-Term Variability of Poor Visibility Events in the UAE and the Link with Climate Dynamics.” Atmosphere 8.12 (2017): 242.
  • Naira Chaouch, Marouane Temimi, Michael Weston, Hosni Ghedira. 2017. Sensitivity of the meteorological model WRF-ARW to planetary boundary layer schemes during fog conditions in a coastal arid region, Atmospheric Research, Volume 187, 1 May 2017, Pages 106-127, ISSN 0169-8095, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosres.2016.12.009.
  • Zhao, J., Marouane Temimi, M., Ghedira, H. 2017. Remotely sensed sea surface salinity in the hyper-saline Arabian Gulf: Application to landsat 8 OLI data. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. Volume 187, 5 March 2017, Pages 168–177.
  • Teodosio Lacava, Emanuele Ciancia, Irina Coviello, Carmine Di Polito, Caterina Sara Livia Grimaldi, Nicola Pergola, Valeria, Satriano, Marouane Temimi, Jun Zhao, Valerio Tramutoli. 2017. A MODIS-based Robust Satellite Technique for timely detection of oil spilled areas. Remote Sens. 2017, 9(2), 128; doi:10.3390/rs9020128.
  • Jun Zhao, Marouane Temimi, Muchamad Al Azhar, Hosni Ghedira. 2017. Analysis of bloom conditions in fall 2013 in the Strait of Hormuz using satellite observations and model simulations. Marine Pollution Bulletin. Volume 115, Issues 1–2, 15 February 2017, Pages 315–323. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.12.024
  • Wehbe, Y., Temimi, M., Chaouch, N., Weston, M., Branch, O., Schwitalla, T. and Wulfmeyer, V. Assessment and Validation of WRF/WRF-Hydro Coupling for Extreme Weather Events: United Arab Emirates Case Study. In Preparation (close to final version).


  • Al Azhar M., Marouane Temimi., Zhao J., Ghedira H. 2016. Modeling of circulation in the Arabian Gulf and the Sea of Oman: Skill assessment and seasonal thermohaline structure. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 121 (3), 1700-1720. doi:10.1002/2015JC011038.
  • Jun Zhao, Marouane Temimi, Sheikha Al Kitbi et al. 2016. Monitoring HABs in the shallow Arabian Gulf using a qualitative satellite-based index. International Journal of Remote Sensing 37 (8), 1937-1954.
  • Dawit T. Ghebreyesus, Marouane Temimi, Ali Fares, and Haimanote K. Bayabil. 2016. A Multi-Satellite Approach for Water Storage Monitoring in an Arid Watershed. Geosciences 2016, 6(3), 33; doi: 10.3390/geosciences6030033.
  • Dawit T. Ghebreyesus, Marouane Temimi, Ali Fares, Haimanote K. Bayabil. 2016. Remote sensing applications for monitoring water resources in the UAE using Lake Zakher as a water storage gauge. Book Chapter in the series “water security” entitled: Emerging Issues in Groundwater. Springer 2016. ISBN 978-3-319-32008-3
  • Coopersmith, Evan J; Cosh, Michael H; Bell, Jesse E; Kelly, Victoria; Hall, Mark; Palecki, Michael A; Temimi, Marouane. 2016. Deploying temporary networks for upscaling of sparse network stations. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 52. 433-444.
  • Cullen CA, Kashuk S, Suhili R, Khanbilvardi R, Temimi M (2016) A Multistage Technique to Minimize Overestimations of Slope Susceptibility at Large Spatial Scales. J Remote Sensing & GIS 5:159. doi:10.4172/2469-4134.1000159


  • Jun Zhao, Marouane Temimi, Muchamad Al Azhar, Hosni Ghedira. 2015. Satellite-based oil pollution tracking in the Arabian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, doi: 10.1080/07038992.2015.1042543.
  • J Zhao, M Temimi, H Ghedira. Characterization of harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the Arabian Gulf and the Sea of Oman using MERIS fluorescence data (2015). ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 101, 125-136
  • Norouzi, Hamidreza, Marouane Temimi, Amir AghaKouchak, Marzieh Azarderakhsh, Reza Khanbilvardi, Gerarda Shields, and Kibrewossen Tesfagiorgis. (2015). “Inferring land surface parameters from the diurnal variability of microwave and infrared temperatures.” Physics and Chemistry of the Earth. doi:10.1016/j.pce.2015.01.007.
  • Norouzi, H., M. Temimi, C. Prigent, J. Turk, R. Khanbilvardi, Y. Tian, F. Furuzawa, and H. Masunaga. (2015). “Assessment of the consistency among global microwave land surface emissivity products.” Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Vol. 8, Iss. 3, (2015): 1197.


  • Zhao, J., Temimi, M., Ghedira, H., & Hu, C. (2014). Exploring the potential of optical remote sensing for oil spill detection in shallow coastal waters-a case study in the Arabian Gulf. Optics express, 22(11), 13755-13772.
  • Robert Rabin, Marouane Temimi, Jan Stepinski, Phillip Bothwell. A simple method to estimate surface dryness using geostationary thermal observations. 2014. Remote Sensing Letter. Remote Sensing Letters, 5:1, 10-18.
  • Alvaro Gonzalez, Marouane Temimi, and Reza Khanbilvardi. Adjustment to the curve number (NRCS-CN) to account for the vegetation effect on the hydrological processes. 2014. Journal of Hydrological Science. DOI:10.1080/02626667.2014.898119.
  • Marouane Temimi, Tarendra Lakhankar, Xiwu Zhan, Mike Cosh, Nir Krakauer, Victoria Kelly, Laetitia Kumissi. A ground based L band radiometer for the monitoring of soil moisture in the region of Millbrook, New York, USA. 2014. Vadose Zone Journal. doi:10.2136/vzj2013.06.0101.


  • Stephen C. Medeiros, Scott C. Hagen, Naira Chaouch, Jesse Feyen, Marouane Temimi, John F. Weishampel, Yuji Funakoshi, and Reza Khanbilvardi. Assessing the Performance of a Northern Gulf of Mexico Tidal Model Using Satellite Imagery. Remote Sens. 2013, 5(11), 5662-5679; doi:10.3390/rs5115662.
  • Norouzi, H., M. Temimi, W. B. Rossow, and R. Khanbilvardi. 2013. AMSR-E/Aqua Monthly Global Microwave Land Surface Emissivity, Version 1. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/SFBY6Q6JYS3L.
  • C. Notarnicola, K.E. Lewińska, M. Temimi, M. Zebisch. Application of the Apparent Thermal Inertia concept for soil moisture estimation in agricultural areas. Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing, 331-346. Springer. 2013. ISBN 978-94-007-6639-6.
  • Hansong Tang, Steven I-Jy Chien, Marouane Temimi, Qu Ke, Liuhui Zhao, Cheryl Ann Blain, Simon Kraatz. (2013). Prediction of Coastal Flooding and Evacuation Demand Estimation Considering Climate Change. Natural Hazards. DOI 10.1007/s11069-013-0691-1.
  • Ali Fares, Marouane Temimi, Kelly Morgan, and Thijs Kelleners. (2013). In-Situ and Remote Soil Moisture Sensing Technologies for Vadose Zone Hydrology. Vadose Zone J. 2013 12: – 10.2136/vzj2013.03.0058.
  • Marouane Temimi, Christopher Hain, Robert Rabin, Martha Anderson, Xiwu Zhan, Claudia Notarnicola, Jan Stepinski. On the synergistic use of microwave and infrared satellite observations for the monitoring of soil moisture. A contribution to a book entitled ““Remote Sensing of Land Surface Turbulent Fluxes and Soil Surface Moisture Content: State of the Art”. 2013. Taylor & Francis. ISBN-10: 1466505788 | ISBN-13: 978-1466505780 0.
  • Reza Khanbilvardi, Marouane Temimi, Jonathan Gourley, and Ali Zahraee. Satellite-Based Systems for Flood Monitoring and Warning. Chapter 25 in the “Handbook of Engineering Hydrology” CRC Press 20142014. Pages 515–530. Print ISBN: 978-1-4665-5241-8. eBook ISBN: 978-1-4665-5244-9. DOI: 10.1201/b15625-26 by Taylor & Francis.
  • Naira Chaouch, Robert Leconte, Ramata Magagi, Marouane Temimi and Reza Khanbilvardi. Multi-Stage Inversion Method to Retrieve Soil Moisture from Passive Microwave Measurements over the Mackenzie River Basin. Vadose Zone Journal 2013 12: 3: – doi:10.2136/vzj2012.0134.


  • Naira Chaouch, Marouane Temimi, Peter Romanov, Regina Cabrera, George Mckillop, Reza Khanbilvardi. (2012). An Automated Algorithm for the Monitoring of River Ice over the Susquehanna River Basin using MODIS data. Hydrological Processes. Volume: 26, Issue: 11, Pages: 1617-1628, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8268.
  • 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. 38 (1), 46-59. Doi: 10.5589/m12-011.
  • Hamidreza Norouzi, William Rossow, Marouane Temimi, Catherine Prigent, Marzieh Azarderakhsh, Sid Boukabara, Reza Khanbilvardi. (2012). Using microwave brightness temperature diurnal cycle to improve emissivity retrievals over land. Remote Sensing of Environment, Volume 123, August 2012, Pages 470-482.


  • 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 (2011).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Marouane Temimi, Peter Romanov, Hosni Ghedira, Reza Khanbilvardi and Kim Smith. An automated approach for determining sea-ice concentration for the future GOES-R ABI sensor. (2011). International Journal of remote Sensing. Vol. 32, No. 6. Page: 1575–1593. DOI: 10.1080/01431160903578820.


  • 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.


  • Lakhankar T., Ghedira H., Temimi M., Azar A. E., Khanbilvardi R. (2009) Effect of Land Cover Heterogeneity on Soil Moisture Retrieval Using Active Microwave Remote Sensing Data. Remote Sensing. Vol.1 (2) pages 80-91.
  • Lakhankar T., Ghedira H., Temimi M., Sengupta M., Khanbilvardi R., Blake R. (2009) Non-parametric Methods for Soil Moisture Retrieval from Satellite Remote Sensing Data. Remote Sensing. Vol. 1(1), pages 3-21.


  • Robert Leconte, Marouane Temimi, Naira Chaouch, François Brissette, Thibault Toussaint.Cold Region Atmospheric and Hydrologic Studies, The Mackenzie GEWEX Experience (2008). Vol. 2. Chapter 4. ISBN 978-3-540-74927-1. Springer.


  • Temimi, M., R. Leconte, F. Brissette, N. Chaouch. (2007). Flood and Soil Wetness Monitoring Over the Mackenzie River Basin Using AMSR-E 37 GHz Brightness Temperature. Journal of Hydrology. Vol. 333 (2). p. 317.
  • Temimi, M., R. Leconte, F. Brissette, N. Chaouch. (2007). A Dynamic Estimation of Free Water Surface Coverage From a Basin Wetness Index of the Mackenzie River Basin Using SSM/I Measurements. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. Vol. 33 (2). p 1-9


  • 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.


  • As Scientific Reviewer

Hydraulics and Hydrology (Hydraulique et hydrologie). Saad Bennis. Université du Québec, École de technologie Supérieure. 2003.


  • Temimi, M. & S. Bennis (2002). Real-time forecasting of pollutant loads in sewer network. Journal of Water Science. Vol.15 (3) :661-675 

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