TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The award “acknowledges early career prominence and promise of continued contributions to hydrologic science.”
Societal relevance has consistently characterized his work. One of the most striking examples is provided by his work on anthropogenic drought.
He led a multidisciplinary team of scientists, and drawing from California’s drought, he developed key insights that are not only scientifically important but also relevant for water resources management in a changing climate. Studies of drought impacts on water resources primarily focus on large-scale atmospheric conditions, and ignore the human dimension.
His work has outlined a solid methodological framework for assessing water availability while explicitly considering anthropogenic water demand scenarios and water supply infrastructure designed to cope with climatic extremes.
Scientific novelty has also been an important part of his work. He has developed seminal studies advancing statistical hydrology. In the most recent papers, for example, he codeveloped new methods to deal with nonstationary processes.
Moreover, throughout his career, he has demonstrated the value of remote sensing data for the study of hydrological extremes and proposed new tools to exploit new sources of information.
His work has been groundbreaking. This is demonstrated by his remarkable publication record, which includes papers in multidisciplinary journals such as Nature, Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The impact of his work has accelerated exponentially over the past few years, speaking to the importance and relevance of his studies. Many scholars have built on his work in many areas of the world. This is also demonstrated by the fact that his research has been well funded by prestigious sources, speaking again to its rigorous character and significance. As a result, only a few years after his Ph.D., he has received by the community a solid reputation.
Exceptional productivity, extraordinary outreach, and tireless dedication to students and postdocs did not prevent him from providing service to the scientific community. He has been an editor and associate editor of various journals including Earth’s Future.
He has also been very active within AGU and the International Association of Hydrological Sciences by serving on committees, such as AGU’s Horton Research Grant and Graduate Student Award, and organizing conferences.