Matthew F McCabe, PhD

Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering
Associate Professor, Earth Sciences and Engineering​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of New South Wales


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 modeling and observation of the Earth system, with a focus on the hydrological cycle and its linked processes and interactions. The research undertaken in his group combines models and observations to answer questions on the distribution, variability and exchanges of water at local, regional and global scales. Satellite-based remote sensing approaches and in-situ monitoring techniques are used to observe the terrestrial system, while a range of modeling and statistical approaches are used to understand and predict hydrological behavior. The group is active in field measurement and modeling of hydrological processes, the development of remote sensing products for Earth system variables and the application of techniques to merge observations and modeling frameworks. We are particularly interested in issues related to water security, climate change impacts, agricultural water use, water resources monitoring and modeling and the novel use of technologies for enhanced Earth system observation.  

Selected Publications

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  • 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