Welcome to the Earth System Observation and Modelling (ESOM) group, part of the Water Desalination and Reuse Centre at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). We undertake a range of research across multi-disciplinary fields, with specializations in remote sensing of hydrology, land surface and regional climate modelling and in-situ observation and measurement of hydrometeorological variables.
Resilience in water and food supplies represent two major elements of the Kingdom's efforts towards a secure and sustainable future. Given the inextricable links between water and food and the critical importace of these locally and globally, the ESOM Group seeks to addres key components of this challenge.
These research objectives include: 1) to better understand the processes and mechanisms that link and modulate the movement of water within the Earth system; 2) to understand how water and energy are distributed within the Earth system in both space and time; and 3) to diagnose, model and predict hydrological cycle variability and change: particularly as relates to improving water resource management and water security.
Back (L-R): Oliver Lopez, Ahmed El-Kenawy, Rasmus Jensen, Haleem Shah, Jorge Rosas
Front (L-R): Abdou El-Magd, Rasmus Houborg, Matthew McCabe, Liping Deng, Jadoon Khan
Image: January, 2014