S. Vaghefi



Saeid Ashraf Vaghefi is specialized in data science, climatology and hydrology with a background in civil engineering and mathematics. He is a researcher at the Department of Environmental science at University of Geneva and also a  research associate at Eawag (ETH-domain) in Zurich. His research focus is on big data process and implementation of data science on extreme events (e.g. flooding and droughts) water and environmental issues. 

Professional Education and Degree

  • 2009 – 2014: Ph.D. in Water Engineering-Civil Engineering Poly technique University of Tehran, Iran (Rank 3), Dissertation: Basin-scale water resources management by integration of hydrologic and water allocation models considering the impacts of climate
  • 2006 – 2008 M.Sc in Hydraulic Structure Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran (Rank 2), Thesis: Optimization of reservoir operation considering sediment removal and agricultural
  • 2002 – 2006 B.Sc in Civil engineering, ran University of Science & Technology, Iran (rank 4) Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Invited workshops, lectures and short courses

  • 06.2018             Global water quantification using hydrological models, Basel, Switzerland
  • 06.2018             SWAT-CUP workshop, Instructor, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 05.2018             SWAT workshop, Instructor, Isfahan University Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • 12.2017             Lecture on Uncertainty Analysis  in Changing World, University of Alberta, Canada
  • 10.2017             Modelling the effects of Climate Change on future water supplies in Alberta, Canada
  • 06.2017             SWAT-CUP workshop, Instructor, Trent University, Ontario, Canada
  • 06.2017             SWAT workshop, Instructor, Trent University, Ontario, Canada

Scientific field of interest

  • Hydrology, 
  • Water resources planning and management
  • Flooding and drought analysis
  • Climate change impacts analysison extreme hydrological events
  • Climate change impacts analysison different components of water resources 
  • Physically based, distributed watershed modeling
  • Optimization of multipurpose dams’ operation
  • Land use change impact analysis
  • Agricultural crop production modeling and management
  • Uncertainty analysis in model predictions


  • Programming and software development (C#, SQL, Fortran, Python, R, DevExpress)
  • Applied data science in environmental studies
  • Using machine learning techniques in data science

Computer Skills

  • Programming Languages: Fortran, C#, Python, R, JavaScript, 
  • · Markup Languages: HTML
  • · Style programing language: CSS 
  • ·  Databases: SQL 
  • · GIS: ArcGIS, QGIS
  • · Technical Software: ArcSWAT- MODSIM, HEC-HMS-WEAP, Tableau, Hadoop 
  • · Mathematical Package: Matlab, SPSS
  • ·  Others: shell script


Selected Recent Publications (My Google Scholar)

Abbaspour K. C., Ashraf Vaghefi S, Srinivasan R., (2018) “A Guideline for Successful Calibration and Uncertainty Analysis for Soil and Water Assessment: A Review of Papers from the 2016 International SWAT Conference”. Water 2018, 10(1), 6; doi:10.3390/w10010006

Ashraf Vaghefi S, Abbaspour N., Kamali B., Abbaspour K. C., (2017) “A toolkit for climate change analysis and pattern recognition for extreme weather conditions - Case study: California-Baja California Peninsula”. Environmental Modelling & Software, 96C (2017) pp. 181-198.

Ashraf Vaghefi S., Abbaspour K.C., Faramarzi M, Srinivasan R., Arnold J.G. (2017) “Modeling crop water productivity using a coupled SWAT-MODSIM model”. Water 2017, 9(3), 157 ; doi:10.3390/w9030157

M Ehtiat, SJ Mousavi, SA Vaghefi, A Ghaheri  (2016), “Analysis of recharge conceptualization in inverse groundwater modelling” Hydrological Sciences Journal 61 (15), 2789-2801

Abbaspour K. C., Rouholahnejad E., Ashraf Vaghefi S., Srinivasan R., Yang H., and Klöve B. (2015) “Hydrology and water quality model of the European Continent at subbasin scale: Calibration of a high-resolution large-scale SWAT model”. Journal of Hydrology, Volume 524, pages 733-752. 

Ashraf Vaghefi S, Mousavi S.J., Abbaspour K. C., Srinivasan R., and Arnold J. R. (2015) “Integration of Hydrologic and Water Allocation Models in Basin-Scale Water Resources Management Considering Crop Pattern and Climate Change: Karkheh River Basin in Iran”. Regional Environmental Change, Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 475-484. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-013-0573-9

Ashraf Vaghefi S, Mousavi S.J., Abbaspour K. C., Srinivasan R., and Yang H. (2014) “Analyses of the impact of climate change on water resources components, drought and wheat yield in the semi-arid Karkheh River Basin in Iran”. Hydrological Process, Volume 28, Issue 4, pages 2018–2032.DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9747  

Faramarzi M., Abbaspour K.C., A. Vaghefi S., Farzaneh M., Zehnder A.J.B. Srinivasan R., and Yang, H. (2013) “Modeling impacts of climate change on freshwater availability in Africa”. Journal of Hydrology, Volume 480, pages 85-101.