Ali Torabi Haghighi

Life originated from water

(The Noble Quran, 21:30)

Ali Torabi Haghighi

D.Sc.(Tech.), Dr.Sc.(Tech.), M.Sc.(Tech.), B.Sc.(Tech)

Associate Professor (Tenure Track)
Water resources and environmental engineering

68 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 807 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 112 citations. The author has a h-index of 18.00. (Google Scholar)


Ali Torabi Haghighi is Associate Professor and leader of the Hydrosystems Engineering & Management research group at the Water, Energy, and Environmental Engineering Research Unit at the University of Oulu. Ali holds a Ph.D. degree in Water Resources & Geo-environmental engineering from the University of Oulu-Finland (2010-2014). His previous positions include visiting researcher at University of California, Irvine, USA, manager of Dam and irrigation project, manager of rehabilitation of Dam and expert of stability, monitoring and operation of dams in Fars Regional Water Authority, Shiraz, Iran (1998-2009), lecturer in Islamic Azad University, Estahban, Iran (2002-2009). His research interests generally lie in the areas of water resources and, more specifically, in the study of Lake and river flow regime, Large-scale Hydrology, Cold climate hydrology, Environmental Flow assessment, application of Remote sensing in water resources, Water, Energy, and Food Nexus, Sustainable water resources development, Extreme hydrological events, River Engineering, Remote sensing in water resources, Dam and hydropower operation and Geotechnical engineering.

Research interests

  • Lake and river flow regime
  • Large-scale Hydrology
  • Dam and hydropower operation
  • Political and socio-economic aspects of water resource systems
  • Remote sensing in water resources
  • River Engineering
  • Sustainable water resources development
  • Geotechnical engineering

Social media

Research groups


Selected publications

  • Torabi Haghighi, Ali; Ashraf, Faisal Bin; Riml, Joakim; Koskela, Jarkko; Kløve, Bjørn; Marttila, Hannu (2019) A power market-based operation support model for sub-daily hydropower regulation practices. - Applied energy 255, 113905 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Maghrebi, M.; Noori, R.; Bhattarai, R.; Mundher Yaseen, Z.; Tang, Q.; Al-Ansari, N.; Danandeh Mehr, A.; Karbassi, A.; Omidvar, J.; Farnoush, H.; Torabi Haghighi, A.; Kløve, B.; Madani, K. (2020) Iran's Agriculture in the Anthropocene. - Earth's future 8 (9), e2020EF001547 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Haghighi, Ali Torabi; Menberu, Meseret Walle; Darabi, Hamid; Akanegbu, Justice; Kløve, Bjørn (2018) Use of remote sensing to analyse peatland changes afterdrainage for peat extraction. - Land Degradation and Development 29 (10), 3479-3488 . [Original]
  • Torabi Haghighi, Ali; Fazel, Nasim; Hekmatzadeh, Ali Akbar; Klöve, Björn (2018) Analysis of Effective Environmental Flow Release Strategies for Lake Urmia Restoration. - Water resources management 32 (11), 3595–3609 . [Original]
  • Torabi Haghighi, Ali; Ashraf, Faisal Bin; Riml, Joakim; Koskela, Jarkko; Kløve, Bjørn; Marttila, Hannu (2019) A power market-based operation support model for sub-daily hydropower regulation practices. - Applied energy 255, 113905 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Haghighi, Ali Torabi; Kløve, Bjørn (2017) Design of environmental flow regimes to maintain lakes and wetlands in regions with high seasonal irrigation demand. - Ecological engineering 100, 120-129 . [Original]
  • Ashraf, F.B.; Haghighi, A.T.; Riml, J.; Alfredsen, K.; Koskela, J.J.; Kløve, B.; Marttila, H. (2018) Changes in short term river flow regulation and hydropeaking in Nordic rivers. - Scientific Reports 8 (1), 17232 . [Original]
  • Darabi, Hamid; Choubin, Bahram; Rahmati, Omid; Torabi Haghighi, Ali; Pradhan, Biswajeet; Kløve, Bjørn (2018) Urban flood risk mapping using the GARP and QUEST models: A comparative study of machine learning techniques. - Journal of hydrology 569 (154), 142-154, 569 . [Original]
  • Abou Zaki, Nizar; Torabi Haghighi, Ali; Rossi, Pekka; Xenarios, Stefanos; Kløve, Bjørn (2018) An Index-Based Approach to Assess the Water Availability for Irrigated Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. - Water 10 (7), 896 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Torabi Haghighi, Ali; Klöve, Björn (2015) A sensitivity analysis of lake water level response to changes in climate and river regimes. - Limnologica 51, 118-130
  • Menberu, Meseret Walle; Haghighi, Ali Torabi; Ronkanen, Anna-Kaisa; Marttila, Hannu; Kløve, Bjørn (2018) Effects of Drainage and Subsequent Restoration on Peatland Hydrological Processes at Catchment Scale. - Water resources research 54 (7), 4497-4497 . [Original]
  • Hekmatzadeh, Ali; Keshavarzi, Hatef; Talebbeydokhti, Nasser; Haghighi, Ali Torabi (2019) Lattice Boltzmann solution of advection-dominated mass transport problem: a comparison. - Scientia Iranica In press (in press), 1-29, 1 . [Original]
  • Hekmatzadeh, Ali Akbar; Zarei, Farshad; Johari, Ali; Torabi Haghighi, Ali (2018) Reliability analysis of stability against piping and sliding in diversion dams, considering four cutoff wall configurations. - Computers and geotechnics 98, 217-231 . [Original]
  • Sadegh, Mojtaba; Majd, Morteza Shakeri; Hernandez, Jairo; Haghighi, Ali Torabi (2018) The quest for hydrological signatures : effects of data transformation on bayesian inference of watershed models. - Water resources management 32 (5), 1867-1881 . [Original]
  • Ashraf, Faisal Bin; Torabi Haghighi, Ali; Marttila, Hannu; Kløve, Bjørn (2016) Assessing impacts of climate change and river regulation on flow regimes in cold climate : A study of a pristine and a regulated river in the sub-arctic setting of Northern Europe. - Journal of hydrology 542, 410–422
  • Haghighi, Ali Torabi; Menberu, Meseret Walle; Aminnezhad, Mousa; Marttila, Hannu; Klöve, Björn (2016) Can lake sensitivity to desiccation be predicted from lake geometry?. - Journal of hydrology 539, 599-610 . [Original]
  • Fazel, Nasim; Torabi Haghighi, Ali; Kløve, Bjørn (2017) Analysis of land use and climate change impacts by comparing river flow records for headwaters and lowland reaches. - Global and Planetary Change 158, 47-56 . [Original]
  • Haghighi, Ali Torabi; Marttila, Hannu; Kløve Bjorn (2014) Development of a new index to assess river regime impacts after dam construction. - Global and Planetary Change 122, 186-196 . [Original]
  • Menberu, Meseret Walle; Haghighi, Ali Torabi; Ronkanen, Anna-Kaisa; Kvaerner, Jens; Klove, Bjorn (2014) Runoff curve numbers for peat-dominated watersheds. - Journal of hydrologic engineering 20 (4), 04014058
  • Haghigi, Ali Torabi; Kløve, Björn (2013) Development of a general river regime index (RRI) for intra-annual flow variation based on the unit river concept and flow variation end-points. - Journal of hydrology 503, 169-177
  • Pirnia, Abdollah; Darabi, Hamid; Choubin, Bahram; Omidvar, Ebrahim; Onyutha, Charles; Haghighi, Ali Torabi (2019) Contribution of climatic variability and human activities to stream flow changes in the Haraz River basin, northern Iran. - Journal of hydro-environment research 25, 12-24 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Torabi Haghighi, Ali; Darabi, Hamid; Karimidastenaei, Zahra; Davudirad, Ali Akbar; Rouzbeh, Sajad; Rahmati, Omid; Sajedi-Hosseini, Farzaneh; Klöve, Björn (2021) Land degradation risk mapping using topographic, human-induced, and geo-environmental variables and machine learning algorithms, for the Pole-Doab watershed, Iran. - Environmental earth sciences 80, 1 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Nasim, S.; Oussalah, M.; Klöve, B.; Haghighi, A.T. (2020) Vegetation height estimation using ubiquitous foot-based wearable platform. - Environmental monitoring and assessment 192 (12), 774 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Shojaeian, Mohammad Reza; Karimidastenaei, Zahra; Rahmati, Omid; Haghighi, Ali Torabi (2021) Assessing morphological changes in a human-impacted alluvial system using hydro-sediment modeling and remote sensing. - International journal of sediment research 36 (3), 439-448 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Mohammadi, Maziar; Darabi, Hamid; Mirchooli, Fahimeh; Bakhshaee, Alireza; Torabi Haghighi, Ali (2021) Flood risk mapping and crop-water loss modeling using water footprint analysis in agricultural watershed, northern Iran. - Natural hazards 105, 2007-2025 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Haghighi, Ali Torabi; Sadegh, Mojtaba; Bhattacharjee, Joy; Sönmez, Mehmet Emin; Noury, Mojtaba; Yilmaz, Nese; Noori, Roohollah; Kløve, Bjørn (2020) The impact of river regulation in the Tigris and Euphrates on the Arvandroud Estuary. - Progress in physical geography early online, early online . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Yaraghi, N.; Ronkanen, A.-K.; Torabi Haghighi, A.; Aminikhah, M.; Kujala, K.; Kløve, B. (2020) Impacts of gold mine effluent on water quality in a pristine sub-Arctic river. - Journal of hydrology 589, 125170 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Rahmati, Omid; Darabi, Hamid; Panahi, Mahdi; Kalantari, Zahra; Naghibi, Seyed Amir; Santos Ferreira, Carla Sofia; Kornejady, Aiding; Karimidastenaei, Zahra; Mohammadi, Farnoush; Stefanidis, Stefanos; Bui, Dieu Tien; Haghighi, Ali Torabi (2020) Development of novel hybridized models for urban flood susceptibility mapping. - Scientific reports 10 (1), 12937 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Torabi Haghighi, Ali; Tuomela, Anne; Hekmatzadeh, Ali Akbar (2020) Assessing the Efficiency of Seepage Control Measures in Earthfill Dams. - Geotechnical and geological engineering online first, online first . [Original]
  • Rasouli, Kabir; Nasri, Bouchra R.; Soleymani, Armina; Mahmood, Taufique H.; Hori, Masahiro; Haghighi, Ali Torabi (2020) Forecast of streamflows to the Arctic Ocean by a Bayesian neural network model with snowcover and climate inputs. - Hydrology research 51 (3), 541–561 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Shahrood, A.J.; Menberu, M.W.; Darabi, H.; Rahmati, O.; Rossi, P.M.; Kløve, B.; Haghighi, A.T. (2020) RiMARS: An automated river morphodynamics analysis method based on remote sensing multispectral datasets. - Science of the total environment 719, 137336 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Haghighi, Ali Torabi; Abou Zaki, Nizar; Rossi, Pekka M.; Noori, Roohollah; Hekmatzadeh, Ali Akbar; Saremi, Hossein; Kløve, Bjørn (2020) Unsustainability syndrome - from meteorological to agricultural drought in arid and semi-arid regions. - Water 12 (3), 838 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Hekmatzadeh, Ali Akbar; Kaboli, Sadegh; Torabi Haghighi, Ali (2020) New indices for assessing changes in seasons and in timing characteristics of air temperature. - Theoretical and applied climatology 140 (3-4), 1247-1261 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Akbari, Mahdi; Baubekova, Aziza; Roozbahani, Amin; Gafurov, Abror; Shiklomanov, Alexander; Rasouli, Kabir; Ivkina, Natalya; Kløve, Bjørn; Torabi Haghighi, Ali (2020) Vulnerability of the Caspian Sea shoreline to changes in hydrology and climate. - Environmental research letters 15 (11), 115002 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Karimidastenaei, Zahra; Torabi Haghighi, Ali; Rahamati, Omid; Rasouli, Kabir; Rozbeh, Sajad; Pirnia, Abdollah; Pradhan, Biswajeet; Kløve, Bjørn (2020) Fog-water harvesting Capability Index (FCI) mapping for a semi-humid catchment based on socio-environmental variables and using artificial intelligence algorithms. - Science of the total environment 708, 135115 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Torabi Haghighi, Ali; Sadegh, Mojtaba; Behrooz-Koohenjani, Siavash; Hekmatzadeh, Ali Akbar; Karimi, Akbar; Kløve, Bjørn (2019) The mirage water concept and an index-based approach to quantify causes of hydrological changes in semi-arid regions. - Hydrological sciences journal-journal des sciences hydrologiques online, online . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Torabi Haghighi, Ali; Darabi, Hamid; Shahedi, Kaka; Solaimani, Karim; Kløve, Bjørn (2019) A Scenario-Based Approach for Assessing the Hydrological Impacts of Land Use and Climate Change in the Marboreh Watershed, Iran. - Environmental Modeling & Assessment online, online . [Original]

Thesis supervisions




  •  Nizar Abou Zaki: The role of agriculture expansion in water resources depletion in central Iran



  • Ashraf, Faisal Bin: River regimes and energy demand interactions in Nordic rivers

Research visits

  • University of California-Irvine
    1.2.2016 to 31.7.2016