Dr. Mazdak Arabi

Borland Professor of Water Resources

Mazdak Arabi

Dr. Mazdak Arabi’s research is primarily focused on development of decision support systems for management of water resources at the watershed scale. To make informed decisions, policy makers should have the tools necessary to identify areas that are most vulnerable to erosion and contaminant transport, and subsequently assess tradeoffs between environmental and economic impacts of management actions. Dr. Arabi has developed and demonstrated optimization-based approaches to facilitate development of watershed management plans that achieve water quality goals at significantly lower costs. He has published analytical and computational methods to support both deterministic and probabilistic evaluation of watershed-scale benefits of best management practices.

Research Interests

  • Hydrologic / Water Quality Modeling
  • Data Assimilation and System Analysis
  • GIS and Remote Sensing in Watershed Management
  • Nonpoint Source Pollution / Soil and Water Conservation
  • Environmental monitoring

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International Connections

  • Country: Iran
    Contact: University of Tehran, M.S in Civil Engineering

Contact Information

Office Location: Engineering A207F
Phone: (970) 491-4639
Fax: (970) 491-7727
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  • B.S. 1998, University of Tehran – Civil Engineering
  • M.S. 2000, University of Tehran – Civil Engineering, Hydraulics
  • Ph.D. 2005, Purdue University – Civil Engineering, Water Resources