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Researchers at The University of Alabama are working to develop advanced computational earth science and coastal models that help coastal communities prepare for flooding from tropical storms and hurricanes.

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Thank you for visiting the CCHR website. CCHR was founded in 2018 to foster collaborative research and build global capacity for the grand challenges in the twenty-first century on water security faced by water resources planners and natural disasters dealt by emergency managers. We conduct cutting-edge research at the intersection of Climate, Water, Energy, Food and Human as a complex system with the goal of meeting societal demands and also protecting the livelihood against natural disasters as populations swell and weather patterns shift in varying climate. In response to variations and changes in the physical environment, including climate, land use, land cover, topography, etc., we harness data revolution from variety of resources including in-situ, reanalysis, tree ring and remotely sensed observations, and develop/apply state-of-the art computational modeling with emphasis on predictive science, machine learning, data assimilation, high-performance computing, agent-based modeling and cyber-evolution to quantify, reduce and communicate uncertainty, vulnerability and risk in our analysis and design to assist local, federal and international agencies and stakeholders, meeting their needs.

CCHR is housed in the College of Engineering with over 50 faculty members, postdocs and students with expertise across 3 colleges and 7 departments including, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Geography, Geological Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Public Relations.


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Award Announcement

Dr. Moradkhani became the recipient of the 2021 ASCE Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award

Dr. Hamid Moradkhani, who serves as Alton N. Scott Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Center for Complex Hydrosystems Research, is being awarded the 2021 Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award.


The center's research deals with the following areas: data assimilation and remote sensing, drought modeling, extreme events and flood modeling, climate variability and change, and hydrologic modeling.

Our Research Featured in Publications

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Book Series:Geophysical Monograph Series, Book Editor(s):Huan Wu,Dennis P. Lettenmaier, Qiuhong Tang, Philip J. Ward, doi: 10.1002/9781119427339.ch8

A Probabilistic Framework for Agricultural Drought Forecasting Using the Ensemble Data Assimilation and Bayesian Multivariate Modeling

Featuring Center Research

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 4995–5011, doi: 10.5194/hess-25-4995-2021

Sequential data assimilation for real-time probabilistic flood inundation mapping

Featuring Hamid Moradkhani, Keighobad Jafarzadegan, Peyman Abbaszadeh

Center Updates

Keyhan Gavahi | Prominence

September 23, 2021

Dr. Hamed Moftakhari Named CERF 2021 Scientific Award Recipient

August 27, 2021

Glenn Tootle Becomes Fulbright Research & Teaching Scholar (2021-2022)- the University of Trento (Italy).

August 27, 2021

Nick Magliocca becomes A&S Community Engagement Academy Fellow 2021-2022

August 27, 2021

Dr. Hamed Moftakhari awarded Our Early-Career Research Fellows in 2020 from NASEM GRP

July 20, 2021

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