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The Regional Hydrologist for the Arab States and UNESCO’s focal point on climate change in the region.

Dr. Bisher Imam has a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Aleppo and Ph.D in watershed hydrology from University of Arizona. During his academic career, he served as research scientist at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), as the associated director of the NASA funded Hydrologic Data and Information System (HyDIS) at the University of Arizona , and was a founding member of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS) at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Imam joined UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP) as a Senior consultant in 2010.  In 2012, he was appointed Deputy Secretary of IHP and became responsible for coordinating the growing network of UNESCO water-related Centres. In 2015, he began field service at UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Sciences for the Arab States in Cairo, where he now serves as the Regional Hydrologist for the Arab States and UNESCO’s focal point on climate change in the region.

Dr. Imam’s research focuses on (1) use of remote sensing data and GIS to study the impacts of climate variability on water resource availability and hydrologic responses of both urban and natural watersheds, (2) representation of spatial variability of hydrologic properties and processes in hydrologic models, (3) uncertainty analysis in hydrologic models, and (4) bridging the gap between science -applications-policy. He is the Author and co-author of more than 60 peer reviewed publications and has served on several NASA, NOAA, and NSF panels and as a member of the US National Research Council’s committee on flood maps. 

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