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

Rezazadeh Baghal, S., & Khodashenas, S. (2023). Fuzzy Risk Assessment of a Stormwater Storage System in a Poorly Gauged Mine Site: The Case of the Golgohar Mine Site. Mine Water and the Environment, 42 (1), 134-145.
Naghedifar, S., & Ziaei, A. (2023). EBMAN-HP: A parallel model for simulation of sensor-based ebb-and-flow subirrigation systems. Agricultural Water Management, 275 (), 108007-108007.
Ashkan Tehrani, Ziaei, A., & Naghedifar, S. (2023). Irrigation Scheduling of Walnut Seedlings Using HYDRUS-1D and Taguchi Optimization Approach. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 149 (1), -.
Mohsen Maghrebi, Roohollah Noori, Ali Danandeh Mehr, Raziyeh Lak, Farzaneh Darougheh, Rahman Razmgir, Hossein Farnoush, Hamid Taherpour, Seyed Mohammad Reza Alavai Moghaddam, Araghi, A., & Bjorn Klove (2023). Spatiotemporal changes in Iranian rivers’ discharge. Elementa, 11 (1), -.
Araghi, A., Christopher J. Martinez, & Jorgen E. Olesen (2023). Evaluation of MSWX gridded data for modeling of wheat performance across Iran. European Journal of Agronomy, 144 (), 126769-126769.
Araghi, A., Christopher J. Martinez, & Jan F. Adamowski (2023). Evaluation of TerraClimate gridded data across diverse climates in Iran. Earth Science Informatics, 16 (2), 1347-1358.
Panahi, G., Eskafi, M., Faridhosseini, A., Khodashenas, S., & Rohani, A. (2023). Prediction of groundwater level fluctuations under climate change based on machine learning algorithms in the Mashhad aquifer, Iran. Journal of Water and Climate Change, 14 (3), 1039-1059.
Mohamadi, M., Davary, K. (2023). ارائه مدل بهینه‌سازی آبیاری و آبشویی در شرایط محدودیت آب به منظور دست‌یابی به حداکثر سود خالص و حداقل آب آبشویی. , 33 (1), 1-33.
Modaresi, F., & Araghi, A. (2023). Projecting future reference evapotranspiration in Iran based on CMIP6 multi-model ensemble. THEORETICAL AND APPLIED CLIMATOLOGY, 153 (), 101-112.
Moradi, S., Esmaili, K., & Khodashenas, S. (2023). Experimental study on velocity distribution and bed load transport in compound channels: Effect of the floodplain’s wall parallel with the meandering main channel. Journal of Hydrology, 621 (), 129571-129588.
Davary, K., Kolahi, M., & Erik Mostert (2023). Toward the development of a conceptual framework for the complex interaction between environmental changes and rural-urban migration. Frontiers in Water, 5 (), -.
Hadi, B., Ansari, H., & Salehnia, N. (2023). Developing a fuzzy integrated index to assess the value of water resources using quantity, quality, and socioeconomic parameters (case study: Mashhad plain). Environment Development and Sustainability, (), -.
Kazerani, P., Ziaei, A., & Davary, K. (2023). Determining safe yield and mapping water level zoning in groundwater resources of the Neishabour Plain. Journal of Groundwater Science and Engineering, 11 (1), 47-54.
Fazel, F., Ansari, H. (2023). Determination of the Most Efficient Forage Sorghum Irrigation Scheduling Strategies in the U.S. Central High Plains Using the AquaCrop Model and Field Experiments. Agronomy, 13 (10), 2446-2023.

Recent research projects

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Water Science and Engineering Department

Phone: +985138804611-5813

Fax: +985138807145