Ammar Rafiei Emam joined the Water and Urban Initiative (WUI) project at UNU-IAS in April 2016. He completed his PhD from George-August-University of Goettingen, Germany in February 2015. This was followed by a one year post-doctoral research at the Department of Cartography, GIS and Remote Sensing of George-August-University of Goettingen. His research included studies on surface energy balance calculation using thermal remote sensing, impacts of climate change on water resources, and coupling of hydrological and hydraulic modeling to simulate water resources availability, hydrological behavior, and flash flood prediction. Prior to that, Ammar completed his Mater degree at the University of Tehran, Iran in 2003. He worked as a research fellow at the Research Institute of Forests and Rangeland (RIFR) from 2003 to 2008, after which he joined the department of Economical Studies at Agricultural Bank of Iran for two years.
His main research interests are hydrological and hydraulic modeling, surface hydrology, water resources managements, remote sensing and GIS, and climate change.