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Amir AghaKouchak

Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Amir AghaKouchak studies how climate change and variability influence extreme events (flood/drought/heatwaves) and compound hazards.

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate Extremes
  • Climatology
  • Climate Change
  • Flood
  • Drought
  • Heatwave
  • Hydrology
  • Remote Sensing of the Environment


Amir AghaKouchak is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on natural hazards and climate extremes and crosses the boundaries between hydrology, climatology, remote sensing. One of his main research areas is studying and understanding the interactions between different types of climatic and non-climatic hazards including compound and cascading events. He has received a number of honors and awards including the American Geophysical Union’s James B. Macelwane Medal and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Huber Research Prize. Amir is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of Earth’s Future. He has served as the principal investigator of several interdisciplinary research grants funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Amir has a passion for nature and landscape photography, and he uses his photos for creating educational materials.


Watch on YouTube: Anthropogenic Drought and Environmental Change | Amir AghaKouchak | TEDxUCIrvineWatch on YouTube: Increased Nuisance Flooding from Sea Level Rise - Amir Aghakouchak


University of Stuttgart

PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2010

K.N. Toosi University of Technology

MSc, Civil Engineering, 2005

K.N. Toosi University of Technology

BSc, Civil Engineering, 2001


  • ASCE Huber Prize
  • AGU Fellow
  • American Geophysical Union’s Macelwane Medal
  • AGU Hydrologic Sciences Early Career Award
  • IAHS/STAHY Best Paper Award
  • Outstanding ASCE Faculty Advisor
  • Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC) Distinguished Educator Award
  • Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Award

Research Grants

Resilience of Geotechnical Infrastructure under a Changing Climate: Quantitative Assessment for Extreme Events

NSF, 9/2016-8/2019

Monitoring and managing food, energy, and water systems under stress

NSF, 9/2016-8/2021

Weather Augmented Risk Determination System

NSF, 7/2017-1/2018