Department of Water Science and Engineering

The Department of Water Science and Engineering was established in 1988. Programs of undergraduate studies offer a series of basic and applied courses in the area of Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulics, Hydrology, Soil-Water-Plant Relationship, Agricultural Meteorology, Irrigation and Drainage Systems Design, Soil and Water Conservation, Geology, Ground Waters, Hydro-Informatics, Water Supply and Wastewater Systems, and River Hydraulics. In addition, this program also offers a broad general engineering education including elements of Geo-Mechanical, Water Conveyance Structures and Pumping Systems Engineering.

The Water Science and Engineering Master's degree program in which students have been admitted since 1996, provides an in-depth study of the skills and tools demanded by the rigors of the water profession. The two-year program helps students build their technical competencies in different areas such as Irrigation and Drainage, Agricultural Meteorology, Water Resources, and Water Structures Engineering. They will be ready to be employed by consulting engineering companies in government or regulatory agencies looking to augment their skills in the water profession.

Currently Master’s students are accepted in academic areas of specializations such as Irrigation and Drainage, Agricultural Meteorology, Water Resources, and Water Structures Engineering.

Ph.D. candidates started their studies in the Department of Water Science and Engineering at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in 2007. They should conduct research at levels that contribute new knowledge to the field of water science and engineering; considering the fact that the purpose of doctoral research is in constant evolution.

The doctoral programs in the Department of Water Science and Engineering aim to prepare researchers for employment in universities as well as scientific private sectors and government institutions. Doctoral candidates are admitted to programs only if they can convincingly demonstrate that their research proposals will significantly contribute to the existing knowledge in the field they have applied for. The doctoral degree qualifies them to apply for a university professorship position or conduct research in an academic setting. At the Ph.D. level, doctoral research gives students the needed skills to excel in academia, develop hypotheses, test those theories by studying, observing or conducting experiments, and modify those assumptions based on the data collected. Upon completion of the research, doctoral candidates present their conclusions to experts in the field and orally defend their findings before a panel of scholars. Currently, Ph.D. candidates are accepted in Irrigation and Drainage, Agricultural Meteorology, and Water Structures engineering branches of the department. More

Head of the Department of Water Science and Engineering
Kazem Esmaili
Associate Professor
Department of Water Science and Engineering

Concentration areas offered by the Department of Water Science and Engineering
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Academic staff

Hossein Ansari
Hossein Banejad
Associate Professor
Kamran Davary
Kazem Esmaili
Associate Professor
Alireza Faridhosseini
Associate Professor
Saeed Reza Khodashenas
Fereshteh Modaresi
Assistant Professor
Abolfazl Mosaedi
Mohammad Mousavi  Baygi
Seyed Hossein Sanaei Nejad
Ali Naghi Ziaei
Associate Professor


Recent journal articles

Esmaili, K. (2021). Effect of Pipeline External Geometry on Local Scour and Self-Burial Time Scales in Current. Journal of Applied Fluid Mechanics, 14 (1), -.
Abdolvandi, A., Ziaei, A., Tommaso Moramarco, & Vijay P. Singh (2021). New approach to computing mean velocity and discharge. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 66 (2), 347-353.
Eskafi, M., Esmaili, K., & Khodashenas, S. (2021). The effect of fluctuations in moisture on resistance to soil erosion in the production of dust Case study: Bazangan Lake (Iran). , 43 (4), 63-78.
Siabi, N., Mousavi Baygi, M., Hasheminia, S., & Bannayan Aval, M. (2021). Winter warming detection using temperature and precipitation anomalies in arid and semi-arid areas. Journal of Water and Climate Change, 12 (5), 1871-1890.
Farzane, A., Nemati, S., Shoor, M., & Ansari, H. (2021). Foliar application of potassium on antioxidant enzyme activities of tomato plants under drought stress. Advances in Horticultural Science, 35 (1), 3-9.
Mianabadi, A., Davary, K., Kolahi, M., & Judith Fisher (2021). Water/climate nexus environmental rural-urban migration and coping strategies. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 65 (5), 852-876.
Tajbakhshian, M., Mosaedi, A., Mahmudy Gharaie, M., & Moussavi Harami, S. (2021). Estimation of sediment load and erosion of different geological units: A case study from a basin of north-eastern Iran. Journal of Mountain Science, 18 (6), 1591-1608.
Farokhi, M., Farid Faridani, Rosa Lasaponara, Ansari, H., & Faridhosseini, A. (2021). Enhanced Estimation of Root Zone Soil Moisture at 1 km Resolution Using SMAR Model and MODIS-Based Downscaled AMSR2 Soil Moisture Data. Sensors, 21 (15), 5211-5228.
Habibeh Ghodsi, Mohammad Najafzadeh, Mohammad Javad Khanjani, & Beheshti, A. (2021). Effects of Different Geometric Parameters of Complex Bridge Piers on Maximum Scour Depth: Experimental Study. Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 147 (5), 04021021-04021021-15.
Mohsen Maghrebi, Roohollah Noori, Sadegh Partani, Araghi, A., Reza Barati, Hosein Farnoush, & Ali Torabi Haghighi (2021). Iran's Groundwater Hydrochemistry. Earth and Space Science, 8 (8), -.
Araghi, A., Rajabi Jaghargh, M., Mohsen Maghrebi, Christopher J. Martinez, Clyde W. Fraisse, Jorgen E. Olesen, & Gerrit Hoogenboom (2021). Investigation of satellite-related precipitation products for modeling of rainfed wheat production systems. Agricultural Water Management, 258 (2021), 1-10.
Mousazadeh, H., Mosaedi, A., Mahmudy Gharaie, M., & Moussavi Harami, S. (2021). Investigating most appropriate method for estimating suspended sediment load based on error criterias in arid and semi-arid areas (case study of Kardeh Dam watershed stations). Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 14 (20), -.
Mohammad Hadian, & Mosaedi, A. (2021). Application of Remote Sensing Technology in Sediment Estimating Entering the Dam Reservoirs due to Floods. Shock and Vibration, 2021 (10), 1-11.
Farzandi, M., Sanaei Nejad, S., Hojjat Rezaei-pazhand, & Sarmad, M. (2021). Improving estimation of missing data in historical monthly precipitation by evolutionary methods in the semi-arid area. Environment Development and Sustainability, 24 (6), 8313-8332.
Panahi, G., Eskafi, M., Hamidreza Rahimi2, Faridhosseini, A., & Xiaonan Tang (2021). Physical–chemical evaluation of groundwater quality in semi‑arid areas: case study—Sabzevar plain, Iran. Sustainable Water Resources Management, 7 (99), 1-15.
Ameneh Mianabadi, Hasheminia, S., Davary, K., Derakhshan, H., & Markus Hrachowitz (2021). Estimating the Aquifer’s Renewable Water to Mitigate the Challenges of Upcoming Megadrought Events. Water Resources Management, 35 (14), 4927-4942.
Araghi, A., Mohsen Maghrebi, & Jorgen E. Olesen (2021). Effect of wind speed variation on rainfed wheat production evaluated by the CERES-Wheat model. International Journal of Biometeorology, 66 (1), 225-233.
Alireza Moghaddam, Roya Peirovi-minaee, Hossein Rezaei, Faridhosseini, A., & Ziaei, A. (2021). The Evaluation of Reliability Indices in Water Distribution Networks under Pipe Failure Condition. Drinking Water Engineering and Science, (), -.
Sheikh Rezazadeh Nikou, N., Ziaei, A., & James M. Mcdonough (2021). Numerical Modeling of Flow Field in Three Types of Vortex Settling Basins. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 147 (12), 04021056-04021056-9.
Abdolvandi, A., & Ziaei, A. (2021). Introduce an approach to computing mean velocity and discharge using entropy velocity concept and a data-driven technique and only one single measured value of mean velocity. Journal of hydraulic structures, 7 (3), 1-9.
Milad Sabbaghi, Ali Shahnazari, Ziaei, A., & Amir Niazi (2021). Regional groundwater qualitative and quantitative management through hydrogeological modeling in Jangal-Geysour, Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 14 (18), -.
Gholizadeh Sarabi, S., Davary, K., Ghahraman, B., & Mojtaba Shafiei (2021). A perceptual socio-hydrological model of co-evolutionary coupled human–water system based on historical analysis, Mashhad basin, Iran. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 66 (3), 355-372.

Recent research projects

Hasheminia, Seyed Majid,selahvarzi, Yahya,alavi, Seyyed Mohammad,rezvanpour, Mohammad Javad (2021). Assessing the effects of using deficit irrigation techniques PRD, SDI on yield and water productivity of fig Ficus carica L.
Modaresi, Fereshteh (2021). Introducing a new monthly precipitation forecasting model based on a hybrid of clustering and probabilistic kernel functions
Ziaei, Ali Naghi,naghedifar, Seyed Mohammadreza,selahvarzi, Mahdi (2021). Correction of single crop coefficient of Franconia based on FAO dual crop coefficient and texture-based soil evaporation reduction methods

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Water Science and Engineering Department

Phone: +985138804611-5813

Fax: +985138807145