Elmira Hassanzadeh Postdoctoral Fellow

Global Institute for Water Security

Elmira Hassanzadeh is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan. Her research involves understanding, modeling and managing complex water resource systems. In particular, Elmira is interested in studying interactions within and between water, food, energy and ecosystem under changing climate and anthropogenic interventions and bridging from scientific understanding to policy making and management decisions under uncertainty. Elmira completed her PhD in Civil Engineering-Water Resources at the Department of Civil and Geological Engineering, University of Saskatchewan. During her PhD, she proposed a set of new developments to assist in understanding system behavior under historical and changing conditions, and improved water resource management under uncertain conditions. She has published several papers in top-tier journals and has attracted various funding and scholarships including the prestigious “Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship” and “Russell Haid Memorial Award” among others.

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Sep 2011 - Jan 2016

PhD (Civil Engineering, Water Resources)

University of Saskatchewan , Canada

Thesis title: Integrated management of water resource systems under changing water availability, policy, and irrigation expansion plans

GPA: 85.7 out of 100 (Awarded)

Sep 2008 - Sep 2010

MSc (Civil Engineering, Hydraulic Structures)

University of Tabriz, Iran

Thesis title: Understanding the compound effect of climate and anthropogenic change on Urmia Lake water level

GPA: 87.15 out of 100 (Awarded)

Sep 2004 - Sep 2008

BSc (Civil Engineering, Hydraulics)

University of Tabriz, Iran


GPA: 85.35 out of 100 (Awarded)

Primary areas of research interest and/or expertise:

  • Integrated Water Resource Modeling and Management
  • Climate change Impact Assessment
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Sustainable Development
  • Cold Region Hydrology
  • System Dynamics
  • Evolutionary Algorithms

Selected Publications:

Hassanzadeh, E., Elshorbagy, A., Nazemi, A., Jardine, D. T., Wheater, H., and Lindenschmidt, K. (2016). The ecohydrological vulnerability of the Saskatchewan River Delta to changing regional streamflow regime and irrigation expansion. Ecohydrology,10.1002/eco.1824.

Hassanzadeh, E., Elshorbagy, A., Wheater, H., and Gober, P. (2016). A risk-based framework for water resource management under changing water availability, policy options, and irrigation expansion. Advances in Water Resources, 94, 291-306.

Hassanzadeh, E., Elshorbagy, A., Wheater, H., Gober, P., and Nazemi, A. (2015). Integrating supply uncertainties from stochastic modeling into integrated water resource management: a case study of the Saskatchewan River Basin. ASCE Journal of Water Resource Planning and Management, 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000581, 05015006.

AghaKouchak, A., Norouzi, H. R., Madani, K., Mirchi, A., Azarderakhsh, M., Nazemi, A., Nasrollahi, N., Farahmand, A. R., and Hassanzadeh, E. (2014). Aral Sea syndrome desiccates Lake Urmia: Call for action. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 48(1), 307-311.

Hassanzadeh, E., Elshorbagy, A., Wheater, H., and Gober, P. (2014). Managing water in complex systems: An integrated water resources model for Saskatchewan, Canada. Environmental Modelling & Software, 58, 12-26.

Hassanzadeh, E., Nazemi, A., and Elshorbagy, A. (2014). Quantile-based downscaling of precipitation using genetic programming. Application to IDF curves in the City of Saskatoon. ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 19, 943-955.

Hassanzadeh, E., Zarghami, M., and Hassanzadeh, Y. (2012). Determining the main factors in declining the Urmia Lake level by using system dynamics modeling. Water Resources Management, 26(1), 129-145