Matthew F McCabe, PhD

Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Prof McCabe studied Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Newcastle in Australia, where he received his undergraduate and post-graduate degrees. ​He then spent 5 years in the United States, working with Prof Eric Wood at Princeton University and then at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Matthew returned to Australia in 2008 to take up a faculty position at the University of New South Wales. In late 2012, he joined the Faculty at KAUST. 

Research Interests

Prof. McCabe's research interests encompass the modelling and observation of terrestrial water and energy cycles. This involves using satellite-based remote sensing approaches and in-situ techniques to characterise the terrestrial and atmospheric systems, with a focus on describing hydrological behaviour across local, regional and global scales. These efforts also involve exploring the effective use and integration of observations within modelling systems with the aim of improving our capacity to understand (and predict) water and energy cycle processes. The ESOM Group is active in field based measurements techniques, modelling of hydrological processes, evaluation and validation of remote sensing retrievals and the application of techniques to merge observations and modelling frameworks.

Selected Publications

For a full listing of publications, please refer to my Google Scholar page:


  • 2003: Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • 1998: B.E. (Hons), Environmental Engineering, University of Newcastle, Australia

Professional Profile

  • 2013: Associate Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • 2012: Associate Professor, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • 2008-2012: Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • 2006-2008: Post-doctoral Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, USA
  • 2003-2006: Post-doctoral Scientist, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA

Scientific and Professional Memberships


  • 2009: Australian Institute of Policy and Sciences NSW/ACT Tall Poppy Award
  • 2009: Chinese Academy of Sciences Foreign Visiting Expert Scholarship
  • 2009: Guest Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2008: Invited Member World Climate Research Programme (GEWEX Radiation Panel)
  • 1998: Tony Herzog Prize (Best Honours Thesis), University of Newcastle, Australia
  • 1998: Institute of Engineers Civil & Structural Branch Prize (Top Final Year Student), Newcastle University