Postdoctoral Researcher

My current research focuses on two interrelated and vital topics. In the first area, I utilize remote sensing techniques to estimate actual evapotranspiration, a crucial parameter in water resources management. The second area of my expertise is drought hazard monitoring and forecasting across both irrigated and rainfed croplands. Drought, a global problem with widespread impacts on water supply, agriculture, and ecosystems, has been increasing in frequency across all continents. To address this challenge, I am actively involved in the OUTLAST project (, aiming to develop the first worldwide, multi-sectoral, and operational drought forecasting system. Through this ambitious initiative, we seek to quantify drought hazards in water supply, riverine and non-agricultural land ecosystems, as well as rainfed and irrigated agriculture. Our research empowers decision-makers and policymakers with critical information to implement adaptive strategies in response to changing climate patterns and growing drought risks.

Field of Expertise
• Water security and drought hazard assessment
• Remote sensing and GIS
• Crop water consumption estimation using remote sensing

Work experience
• Scientific Researcher: OUTLAST project, development of an Operational, mUlTi-sectoral globaL drought hAzard forecasting SysTem (2023-present)
• Research assistant in “Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)” in the Zayandehrud River joint Project in cooperation with inter3 Institute for Resource Management, funded by the Ministry of Education and Research, Germany Germany (2014-2018).

2023 - Neda Abbasi, Hamideh Nouri, Pamela Nagler, Kamel Didan, Sattar Chavoshi Borujeni, Armando Barreto-Muñoz, Christian Opp & Stefan Siebert (2023) Crop water use dynamics over arid and semi-arid croplands in the lower Colorado River Basin, European Journal of Remote Sensing, 56:1, DOI:

2023 - Abbasi, Neda; Nouri, Hamideh; Didan, Kamel; Barreto-Muñoz, Armando; Chavoshi Borujeni, Sattar; Opp, Christian; Nagler, Pamela; Thenkabail, Prasad S.; Siebert, Stefan, (2023): Mapping Vegetation Index-Derived Actual Evapotranspiration across Croplands Using the Google Earth Engine Platform. In Remote Sensing 15 (4), p. 1017. DOI:

2021 - Abbasi, Neda; Nouri, Hamideh; Didan, Kamel; Barreto-Muñoz, Armando; Chavoshi Borujeni, Sattar; Salemi, Hamidreza; Opp, Christian; Siebert, Stefan; Nagler, Pamela (2021): Estimating Actual Evapotranspiration over Croplands Using Vegetation Index Methods and Dynamic Harvested Area. In Remote Sensing 13 (24), p. 5167. DOI:

2020 - Evaluation of five rainfall estimate products over the different climatic zone in Zayandehrud river basin, Mediterranean and Middle-East Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium.

2017 - As an Editor, Integrated “Water Resources Management (IWRM) Booklet”, 2017

2018-2023: Philipps-Universität Marburg and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Natural Science, PhD degree: Crop Water Use Estimation Using Remote Sensing and Google Earth Engine.
2011-2013: Isfahan University of Technology, Natural Resources Engineering, M.Sc.: Desertification Control.
2007-2011: Isfahan University of Technology, Natural Resources Engineering, B.Sc.: Watershed and Range Land Management.