Dr. Monireh Faramarzi

Dr. Monireh Faramarzi

Chair/ Chaire

CAIP Chair in Watershed Science

Awards/ Prix

NSERC DG, 2018, Assessment of future water endowments: establishing a robust foundation to study regional water, food, energy, and environment dynamics (PI)
University of Alberta Faculty of Science Startup Funding, 2016 (PI)
Alberta Innovates research fund, Adapting to Changing Water in Alberta, 2017 (Co-PI)
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry research fund, Predicting Water Related Risks and Opportunities in Alberta, 2016 (Co-PI)
Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute research fund, Predicting Water-Related Risks and Opportunities for Alberta’s Wetlands, 2017 (Co-PI)


Dr. Monireh Faramarzi received her PhD from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETHZ in 2010. She is the recipient of best PhD Dissertation Medal from ETH Zurich, in 2011. She is Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta and Campus Alberta Innovates Chair in Watershed Science since 2016. She is currently leading the “Watershed Science and Modelling Laboratory” that involves development and application of environmental models to study ‘fundamental’ and ‘applied’ aspects of water availability, reliability, and application to variety of water use sectors, e.g. agriculture and industry. Her research interest involve large-scale (i.e., watershed, regional, and national) water resources and crop growth modelling and management; water and food security; adaptation to climate change in water resources management; virtual water trade and water scarcity; water quality assessment; and water-food-energy-environment nexus. Being appointed as Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta and as CAIP chair in Watershed Sciences allows her to fulfill her goal to develop an in-depth understanding of the natural and anthropocentric factors affecting watersheds and to impact watershed-level decision making for Alberta, Canada and abroad.


Dr. Monireh Faramarzi a reçu son doctorat de l’Institut fédéral suisse de technologie ETHZ en 2010. Elle a reçu la meilleure médaille de thèse de doctorat de l’ETH Zurich en 2011. Elle est professeure adjointe à l’Université de l’Alberta et titulaire de la chaire Campus Alberta Innovates en sciences des bassins versants depuis 2016. Elle dirige actuellement le “Watershed Science and Modeling Laboratory” qui comprend le développement et l’application de modèles environnementaux pour étudier les aspects “fondamentaux” et “appliqués” de la disponibilité, de la fiabilité et de l’application de divers secteurs d’utilisation de l’eau, agriculture et industrie. Ses travaux de recherche portent sur la modélisation et la gestion des ressources en eau et de la croissance des cultures à grande échelle (c’est-à-dire bassins hydrographiques, régionaux et nationaux); l’eau et la sécurité alimentaire; adaptation au changement climatique dans la gestion des ressources en eau; commerce virtuel de l’eau et pénurie d’eau; évaluation de la qualité de l’eau; et le lien eau-alimentation-énergie-environnement. Être nommée professeure adjointe à l’Université de l’Alberta et titulaire de la chaire CAIP en sciences des bassins hydrographiques lui permet d’atteindre son objectif de développer une compréhension approfondie des facteurs naturels et à l’étranger.

Selected Publications/ Publications sélectionnées

Deriving a country-wide soils dataset from the Soil Landscapes of Canada (SLC) database for use in Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) Simulations
Cordeiro MRC, G Lelyk, R Kröbel, G Legesse, M Faramarzi, B Masud, T McAllister
Manuscript under review for Earth System Science Data (2018)

Assessment of the impact of climate change on spatiotemporal variability of blue and green water resources under CMIP3 and CMIP5 models in a highly mountainous watershed
Farsani IF, MR Farzanah, AA Besalatpour, M Faramarzi, M
Theoretical and Applied Climatology (2018)
DOI: 10.1007/s00704-018-2474-9

Modeling future water footprint of barley production in Alberta, Canada: Implications for water use and yields to 2064
Masud MB, T McAllister, MRC Cordeiro, M Faramarzi
Science of the Total Environment 616-617:208-222 (Mar 2018)
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.004.

An integrated modelling system to predict hydrological processes under climate and land-use/cover change scenarios
Farjad B, A Gupta, S Razavi, M Faramarzi, DJ Marceau
Water 9(10): 767 (Oct 2017)
DOI: 10.3390/w9100767

Aggregation and fractal dimension of aggregates formed in sand dunes stabilized by PistachioPAM and PistachioPVAc mulches
Saiedi N, AA Besalatpour, H Shirani, P Abbaszadeh Dehaji, I Esfandiarpour, M Faramarzi
European Journal of Soil Science 68(5): 783-791 (Sept 2017)

Assessment of the combined effects of threshold selection and parameter estimation of generalized pareto distribution with applications to flood frequency analysis
Gharib A, EGR Davies, GG Goss, M Faramarzi
Water 9(9): 692 (Sept 2017)
DOI: 10.3390/w9090692