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Dr. Ali Ameli Post-doctoral Fellow

Global Institute for Water Security, School of Environment and Sustainability

Biography

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.

Education

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)

Research Areas

  • Hydrology & Hydrogeology
  • Groundwater Ecohydrology
  • Contaminant Hydrogeology & Applied Hydro-geochemistry
  • Water-Energy Nexus
  • Groundwater and Surface Water Sustainability 
  • Environmental Tracers
  • Water Resources Planning, security and Restoration
  • Water Resources and Environmental Engineering

Publications

12. Serran, J., I. F. Creed, Ameli, A.A. and D. Aldred (2017). Estimating rates of wetland loss using power-law function. Wetlands, Doi.org/10.1007/s13157-017-0960-y.

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, 53 (1), 942-960.

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, 15 (6), 319–327.

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, 543, 17-30.

7. Ameli, A.A. (2017). Controls on subsurface transport of sorbing contaminants. Hydrology Research, 48 (5), 1226-1239.

6. Ameli, A.A. and I.F. Creed (2017). Quantifying hydrologic connectivity of wetlands to surface water systemsHydrology and Earth System Science, 21, 1791–1808.

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.

Current Projects

Integrating wetlands into land management decisions.

  • 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

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

Teaching

Instructor:

  • Course Title: "Spectral Analysis in Hydrology" - School of Environment and Sustainability, Global Institute of Water Security, University of Saskatchewan

Co-Instructor:

  • Course Title: "Isotope Tracers in Catchment Hydrology" - School of Environment and Sustainability, Global Institute of Water Security, University of Saskatchewan

Laboratory Instructor: 

  • 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

Teaching Assistant:

  • 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

Knowledge Translation

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 ali.ameli@usask.ca)

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