Morteza Mesbah

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Research Scientist

Data scientist and agro-ecosystem modeler

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Current research and/or projects

  • Using Living Laboratory approach to develop and transfer innovative soil and water quality BMPs in Prince Edward Island
  • Towards tracking the resilience and sustainability of crop growth from space by assimilating Earth observation data in crop growth models
  • Developing an integrated system for monitoring the vegetation water balance & crop growth using Earth observation & agroecosystem models
  • Improving crop production resiliency using innovative BMPs
  • Towards field scale evaluation & modelling of commercial inhibitors’ impact on crop productivity & emissions of nitrous oxide following urea application in rainfed field crops

Research and/or project statements

Dr. Mesbah conducts interdisciplinary research on application of data-science to better understand agro-ecosystems and promote science-based decision making and policy design. He uses agro-ecosystem models, environmental models, and mathematical and economic instruments and develops tools to evaluate the economic and environmental performance of various policies and beneficial management practices. His experience include developing trading discharge permit tools for river quality management, cap-and-trade system for air quality management, N recommendation for management of N fertilizer, and using Earth observation data for enhancing yield prediction.

Professional activities / interests

  • Interdisciplinary research (environmental engineering, soil & crop science, computer science, remote sensing, mathematics, public policy, etc.)
  • Development of decision support tools for science-based decision making
  • Agro-ecosystem (soil-crop, watershed, and atmospheric) modeling
  • Optimization techniques, advanced sensitivity and uncertainty analyses, and data assimilation

Education and awards


  • B.Sc. Civil Enginereeing, K. N. T. University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2005
  • M.Sc. Environmental Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 2008
  • Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 2014


  • Invention disclosure (Identifying NEMO) approved by AAFC Office of Intellectual Property (2016)
  • NSERC-Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories (2014-2016)
  • Nominated for senate medal for a PhD thesis with exceptional multidisciplinary research (2014)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (2012-2013)
  • Dr. Thomas Betz Memorial Award, Carleton University (2010)
  • Departmental Scholarships for Outstanding Students, Carleton University (2008-2012)
  • Dean of Graduate Studies Scholarship, Carleton University (2008-2012)
  • Author of the best journal paper in water engineering, the second Iran’s Water Festival (2009)

Key publications

Mesbah, M., Pattey, E., Jégo, G., Didier, A., Geng, X., Tremblay, N., Zhang, F., “New model-based insights for strategic nitrogen recommendations adapted to given soil and climate”, Agronomy for Sustainable Development, Vol. Vol. 38, No 4, 36, 2018.

Mesbah, M., Pattey, E., Jégo, G., “A model-based methodology to derive optimum nitrogen rates for rainfed crops: A case study for corn using STICS in Canada”, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, Vol. 142, 572-584, 2017.

Pappin, A. J., Mesbah, S. M., Hakami, A., Schott, S., “Response to Comment on “Diminishing Returns or Compounding Benefits of Air Pollution Control? The Case of NOx and Ozone”, Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 50, No 1 502–503, 2016.

Jégo, G., Pattey, E., Mesbah, S. M.*, Liu, J., & Duchesne, I. “Impact of the spatial resolution of climatic data and soil physical properties on regional corn yield predictions using the STICS crop model”. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, Vol. 41, 11–22, 2015.

Pappin, A. J., Mesbah, S. M., Hakami, A., Schott, S., “Diminishing Returns or Compounding Benefits of Air Pollution Control? The Case of NOx and Ozone”, Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 49, No 16, 9548–9556, 2015.

Mesbah, S. M., Hakami, A., Schott, S., “Optimal ozone control with inclusion of spatiotemporal marginal damages and electricity demand”, Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 49, No. 13, 17870-7878, 2015.

Mesbah, S. M., Hakami, A. , Schott, S., “Optimal ozone reduction policy design using adjoint-based NOx marginal damage”, Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 47, No. 23, 13528–13535, 2013.

Zhao S., Pappin, A. J., Mesbah, S. M., Zhang, J. Y. J., MacDonald, N. L., Hakami, A. “Adjoint estimation of ozone climate penalties”, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 40, No. 20, 5559-5563, 2013.

Mesbah, S. M., Hakami, A., Schott, S., “Improving NOx cap-and-trade system with adjoint based emission exchange rate”, Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 46, No. 21, 11905–11912, 2012.

Mesbah, S. M., Kerachian R., Torabian A., “Trading pollutant discharge permits in rivers using fuzzy nonlinear cost functions”, Desalination, Vol 250, Issue 1, 313-317, 2010.

Mesbah, S. M., Kerachian, R., Nikoo, M. R., “Developing real time operating rules for trading discharge permits in rivers: application of Bayesian networks", Environmental Modeling and Software, Vol. 24, No. 2, 238-246, 2009. 

  * The first 3 authors’ contributed equally to this work