Dara Entekhabi

Dara Entekhabi Bacardi and Stockholm Water Foundations Professor darae@mit.edu 617 253 9698 48-216C
Education
Ph.D., Dept. of Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990 , M.A., Clark University, 1987 , M.A., Clark University, 1984 , B.A., Clark University, 1983
Bio and Interests
Work in Dara Entekhabi's Group spans a variety of topics in hydrology, including land-atmosphere interactions, surface water - groundwater interactions, data assimilation, and remote sensing with research covering both the areas of hydrometeorology and hydroclimatology. Recent projects have focused on land-atmosphere boundary layer estimation, remote sensing of precipitation and soil moisture, wintertime climate dynamics, designing and validating ground-based networks and urban canyon air flow. Entekhabi is the science team leader for the NASA Soil Moisture Active/Passive (SMAP) satellite launched in 2015. SMAP is measuring soil moisture and soil freeze/thaw status using two instruments: a radar and a radiometer. The former has a higher resolution and the latter has more accuracy in measuring soil moisture. Several members of his research group are contributing to the development of the retrieval algorithms for the radar instrument, and for the flagship SMAP soil moisture product that will optimally combine radar and radiometer measurements. Administrative Assistant: James Long | jmlong@mit.edu | 617 253 6569
Publications
Kaighin A. McColl, Gabriel G. Katul, Pierre Gentine and Dara Entekhabi (2016), Mean-velocity profile of smooth channel flow explained by a cospectral budget model with wall-blockage, Phys. Fluids 28, 035107, doi: 10.1063/1.4943599

Alemohammad, S. H. and McColl, K. A. and Konings, A. G. and Entekhabi, D. and Stoffelen, A. (2015) Characterization of precipitation product errors across the United States using multiplicative triple collocation Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol. 19, no. 8, pp. 3489-3503, doi: 10.5194/hess-19-3489-2015

Alemohammad, S. H. and McLaughlin, D. B. and Entekhabi, D. (2015) Quantifying Precipitation Uncertainty for Land Data Assimilation Applications Monthly Weather Review, vol. 143, no. 8, pp. 3276-3299, doi: 10.1175/mwr-d-14-00337.1

Casagrande, E. and Mueller, B. and Miralles, D. G. and Entekhabi, D. and Molini, A. (2015) Wavelet correlations to reveal multiscale coupling in geophysical systems Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, vol. 120, no. 15, pp. 7555-7572, doi: 10.1002/2015jd023265

Castillo, A. and Castelli, F. and Entekhabi, D. (2015) An entropy-based measure of hydrologic complexity and its applications Water Resources Research, vol. 51, no. 7, pp. 5145-5160, doi: 10.1002/2014wr016035

Castillo, A. and Castelli, F. and Entekhabi, D. (2015) Gravitational and capillary soil moisture dynamics for distributed hydrologic models Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 1857-1869, doi: 10.5194/hess-19-1857-2015

Konings, A. G. and McColl, K. A. and Piles, M. and Entekhabi, D. (2015) How Many Parameters Can Be Maximally Estimated From a Set of Measurements? Ieee Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 1081-1085, doi: 10.1109/lgrs.2014.2381641

Kumar, K. N. and Entekhabi, D. and Molini, A. (2015) Hydrological extremes in hyperarid regions: A diagnostic characterization of intense precipitation over the Central Arabian PeninsulaJournal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, vol. 120, no. 5, pp. 1637-1650, doi: 10.1002/2014jd022341

Narvekar, P. S. and Entekhabi, D. and Kim, S. B. and Njoku, E. G. (2015) Soil Moisture Retrieval Using L-Band Radar Observations Ieee Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 53, no. 6, pp. 3492-3506, doi: 10.1109/tgrs.2014.2377714

Pan, M. and Fisher, C. K. and Chaney, N. W. and Zhan, W. and Crow, W. T. and Aires, F. and Entekhabi, D. and Wood, E. F. (2015) Triple collocation: Beyond three estimates and separation of structural/non-structural errors Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 171, pp. 299-310, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2015.10.028

Awards
Hydrology Days Award (2016) | Hydrologic Sciences Award (2015) | Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Fellow (2015) | Boussinesq Lecture, Netherlands (2014) | Fellow, American Meteorological Society (AMS) (2003) | Horton Lecture (2012) | Bacardi and Stockholm Water Foundations Chair Professor, MIT (2004) | Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Senior Member (2004) | American Meteorological Society (AMS), Fellow (2003) | American Geophysical Union (AGU), Fellow (1996) | American Geophysical Union (AGU), Macelwane Young Scientist Medal (1996) | Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Cav. Arturo Parisatti Prize (1994)| MIT Gilbert Winslow Career Development Chair (1994) | National Science Foundation (NSF), Presidential Young Investigator (1991)