Dr. Kian Abbasnezhadi, P.Eng.

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Research Scientist

Current research and/or projects

  • Contibuting to some of ECCC's priority program areas, specifically in the area of spatial modelling of climate variables and blending of remotely sensed precipitation data in Canada
  • Modernizing the Climate Research Division’s spatial modelling platform
  • Blending in-situ gauge precipitation data with satellite precipitation estimates

Professional activities / interests

  • Adjunct Professor, Centre Eau Terre Environnement, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • Manuscript Reviewer - Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, Journal of Advances in Water Resources, Canadian Water Resources Journal, MDPI Water journal, ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, Springer Nature journal of Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics
  • Research interests: hydrological modeling, rainfall-runoff modeling, precipitation monitoring network design, geostatistics, data assimilation, trend analysis, data fusion algorithms, stochastic modeling, PMP & PMSA, automatic calibration, multiobjective optimization, flood inudation mapping, snow hydrology

Education and awards

  • PRP Postdoctoral Fellowship, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 2020-2023
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre Eau Terre Environnement, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, 2019-2020
  • Mitacs Accelerate Scholarship, R&D Researcher, Manitoba Hydro, 2017-2018
  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Water Resources), University of Manitoba, 2017

Key publications

  • Abbasnezhadi, K., Rousseau, A. N., Foulon, É., and S., Savary, 2021. Verification of Regional Deterministic Precipitation Analysis products using snow data assimilation for application in meteorological network assessment in sparsely gauged Nordic basins, AMS Journal of Hydrometeorology, 22 (4): 859-876. doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-20-0106.1
  • Augas, J., Abbasnezhadi, K., Rousseau, A. N., and M., Baraer, 2020. What is the trade-off between snowpack stratification and simulated snow water equivalent in a physically-based snow model?, MDPI Water, 12 (12): 3449. doi: 10.3390/w12123449
  • Abbasnezhadi, K., Rousseau, A. N., and S., Bohrn, 2020. Mid-21st century anthropogenic changes in extreme precipitation and snowpack projections over Newfoundland, Canadian Water Resources Journal, 45 (3): 216-236. doi: 10.1080/07011784.2020.1760140
  • Samuel, J., Rousseau, A. N., Abbasnezhadi, K., and S., Savary, 2019. Development and evaluation of a hydrologic data-assimilation scheme for short-range flow and inflow forecasts in a data-sparse high-latitude region using a distributed model and ensemble Kalman filtering, Advances in Water Resources, 130: 198-220. doi: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2019.06.004
  • Abbasnezhadi, K., Rousseau, A. N., Wruth, A. M., and Z., Zahmatkesh, 2019. Synchronized generation of high-resolution gridded precipitation and temperature fields, Journal of Hydrology, 573: 631-647. doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.03.096
  • Abbasnezhadi, K., Rousseau, A. N., Koenig, K. A., Zahmatkesh, Z., and A. M., Wruth, 2018. Hydrological assessment of meteorological network density through data assimilation simulation, Journal of Hydrology, 569: 844-858. doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.12.027

Research facility

4905 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M3H 5T4


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