R.M. Parsons Laboratory
Environmental Science and Engineering
Email: eltahir@mit.edu
Bldg-Room 48-207
Phone: 617.253.6596
Website: The Eltahir Lab

Elfatih Eltahir

Breene M. Kerr Professor

Education

  • B.Sc. 1985, Civil Engineering, (First Class Honors) University of Khartoum
  • M.Sc. 1988, Hydrology, (First Class Honors) National University of Ireland
  • S.M. 1993, Meteorology, MIT
  • Sc.D. 1993, Hydroclimatology, MIT

Teaching Interests

  • 1.071 Global Change Science
  • 1.714 Surface Hydrology
  • 1.073 Introduction to Environmental Data Analysis

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding how regional land use/land cover change as well as global climate change may impact society through changes in the patterns of water availability, extreme weather, and spread of vector-borne diseases. Together with my students, we develop sophisticated numerical models (MIT Regional Climate Model (MRCM); and the Hydrology, Entomology and Malaria Transmission Simulator (HYDREMATS)) that are used for predicting such impacts at regional scales. We test these models against satellite observations and archived data sets of hydrologic and atmospheric variables, as well as data collected in our own field campaigns.