Dr. Ameli joined the Global Institute for Water Security in Fall 2014, working with Prof. Jeffrey McDonnell. The main focus of his research has been to determine how water and contaminants move, mix and react within watersheds, and how these processes ultimately impact the quality and quantity of water resources and health and function of ecosystems. To address these fundamental questions, he has led multidisciplinary projects in close collaboration with colleagues in hydro-geochemistry (at the Uppsala University), agro-hydrology (at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) and ecohydrology (at the Western University), to tackle the complex interaction of hydrological, geochemical, ecological and biological processes in forested and agricultural landscapes. The findings of Ali’s research and techniques and tools he developed during his Postdoctoral and PhD (University of Waterloo) training have had broad applications and implications, including: (1) to advance our knowledge on contaminant fate and transport; (2) to inform science-based water resources protection (and restoration) policy and watershed planning and management strategies (e.g., US Clean Water Act, Alberta Wetland Policy); and (3) to design engineered groundwater and surface water protection, remediation and purification systems. Overall, Ali’s research has targeted the overlapping boundaries of environmental science disciplines to inform environmental policy and design engineered systems to mitigate environmental issues.
Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada (2011-2014)
M.Sc., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran (2007-2010)
B.Sc., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran (2003-2007)
- Hydrology & Hydrogeology
- Groundwater Ecohydrology
- Contaminant Hydrogeology & Applied Hydro-geochemistry
- Water-Energy Nexus
- Contaminant Fate and Transport
- Multi-Phase Flow Through Porous Media
- Environmental Isotopes
- Water Resources Planning, security and Restoration
- Water Resources and Environmental Engineering
11. Ameli, A.A., K. Beven, M. Erlandsson, I.F. Creed, J.J. McDonnell and K. Bishop (2017). Primary weathering rates, water transit times and concentration-discharge relations: A theoretical analysis for the critical zone. Water Resources Research, 52, doi:10.1002/2016WR019448
10. Golden, H., Creed, I. F., Ali, G., Basu, N. B., Neff, B., Rains, M., McLaughlin, D., Alexander, L., Ameli, A. A., Christensen, J., Evenson, G., Jones, C., Lane, C., and Lang, M. (2017): Scientific tools for integrating geographically isolated wetlands into land management decisions. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, accepted, in press
9. Ameli, A.A., J.R. Craig and J.J. McDonnell (2016). Are all runoff processes the same? Numerical experiments comparing Darcy-Richards to an overland flow-based approach for subsurface storm runoff simulation. Water Resources Research, 51 (12).
8. Ameli, A.A., N. Amvrosiadi, T. Grabs, I. Creed, H. Laudon, J.J. McDonnell and K. Bishop (2016). Hillslope permeability architecture controls on subsurface transit time distribution and flow paths. Journal of Hydrology, DOI:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.04.071.
6. Ameli, A.A. and I.F. Creed (2016). Quantifying hydrologic connectivity of wetlands to surface water systems. Hydrology and Earth System Science Discussion, DOI:10.5194/hess-2016-404.
5. Ameli, A. A and J. R. Craig (2017). Semi-Analytical 3D solution for assessing radial collector well pumping impacts on groundwater-surface water interaction, hydrology research, in press, doi: 10.2166/nh.2017.201.
4. Ameli, A.A., J.J. McDonnell and K. Bishop (2016). The exponential decline in saturated hydraulic conductivity with depth: A novel method for exploring its effect on water flow paths and transit time distribution, Hydrological Processes, 30 (14).
3. Ameli, A.A. and M.J. Abedini (2015). Performance assessment of low-order versus high-order numerical schemes in numerical simulation of aquifer flow. Hydrology Research, DOI: 10.2166/nh.2016.148.
2. Ameli, A.A. and J.R. Craig (2014). Semi-analytical series solutions for three dimensional groundwater-surface water interaction. Water Resources Research, 50 (5).
1. Ameli, A.A, J.R. Craig and S. Wong (2013). Series solutions for saturated–unsaturated flow in multi-layer unconfined aquifers. Advances in Water Resources, 60: 24-33.
Integrating wetlands into land management decisions. [Collaborative project with the US Environmental Protection Agency]
- Providing hydrology-based knowledge to inform environmental policy for wetland drainage/restoration and watershed planning and management
Agricultural impacts on groundwater and surface water resources
- Impacts of wetland loss/restoration and climate change on watershed resilience for the mitigation of flood and eutrophication risks
- Impacts of wetland loss/restoration on watershed-scale subsurface-surface transport of phosphorus
- Development of engineered management practices to manage and control nutrient transport in agricultural landscapes
- The influence of biofuel harvest on hydrologic connectivity between methylation hotspots and stream waters
Emergent responses from interactions between hydrological and geochemical processes
- Primary weathering rates, water transit times and concentration-discharge relations
- Impact of groundwater age, pathway and penetration depth on groundwater-mineral interaction and groundwater geochemistry
- Subsurface hydrology and formation of secondary minerals
Emergent aquatic carbon-nutrient dynamics as products of hydrological, bio-geochemicial, and ecological interactions
- Hydrological transit time and Carbon-Nutrient-Cyanobacteria dynamics in aquatic systems
Catchment mixing mechanisms and time-variable transit time distributions
- Mean transit time vs. young water fraction
- Quantification of short-term aquifer storage
- Water celerity vs. velocity
Advanced design of environmental water resources protection and remediation systems [Collaborative project with the Mine Overlay Site Testing (MOST) facility]
- Design, modeling and performance assessment of Soil Cover systems
- Design, modeling and performance assessment of Green Roof systems
- Design of Pump and Treat and River Bank Filtration systems
- Course Title: "Spectral Analysis in Hydrology" - School of Environment and Sustainability, Global Institute of Water Security, University of Saskatchewan
- Course Title: "Isotope Tracers in Catchment Hydrology" - School of Environment and Sustainability, Global Institute of Water Security, University of Saskatchewan
- Course Title: "Hydrology Laboratory" - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
- Course Title: "Hydraulics Laboratory" - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
- Course Title: "Hydrology" - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
- Course Title: "Advanced Mathematics for Civil Engineers" - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
- Course Title: "Municipal Engineering" - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
- Course Title: "Differential Equation" - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
Lead Software Developer: Visual SAT- UNSAT© (Released: 15 November 2012)
Ameli, A.A. J.R. Craig and M. Ranjram (2012). VISUAL SAT/UNSAT©: A user friendly scheme for water resources modeling, Waterloo Engineering Innovation, Waterloo, ON, Canada, November 15, Software presentation
Visual SAT- UNSAT© is a Graphical user interface for modeling of 2-D free boundary groundwater-surface water interaction in homogenous and multi-layer unconfined aquifers. The hybrid saturated-unsaturated solution with the ability to accurately locate water table and top of capillary fringe elevations is acquired using mesh-free semi-analytical series solutions method. This user friendly tool is designed for teaching purposes with the ability to investigate and compare the effect of topography, soil physical heterogeneity and climatic forces on subsurface transport of water and contaminants in unsaturated, capillary fringe and groundwater zones. This software is currently being used for teaching purposes at the University of Waterloo.
(To receive a free version of Visual Sat-Unsat, please send an email to email@example.com)
Honors and Awards
- PhD Completion Award ($ 5,000), University of Waterloo
- Thesis Completion Award ($ 8,000), University of Waterloo
- Special Graduate Scholarship ($ 6,000), University of Waterloo
- Elite M.Sc. student, Awarded by Iranian Elite Institute
- Visiting Research Fellowship, Awarded by University of Saskatchewan