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

56 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 525 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 65 citations. The author has a h-index of 16.00. (Google Scholar)


Ali Torabi Haghighi is lecturer and leader of Hydrosystems Engineering & Management research group at Water, Energy and Environmental Research unit in University of Oulu. Ali hold a Ph.D. degree on Water Resources & Geo-environmental engineering from the University of Oulu-Finland (2010-2014). His previous positions include visiting researcher in 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 lie generally 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, Political and socio-economic aspects of water resource systems, Sustainable water resources development, Extreme hydrological events, River Engineering, Remote sensing in water resources, Dam and hydro-power 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

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Selected publications

  • 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]
  • 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]

Thesis supervisions

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Research visits

  • University of California-Irvine
    1.2.2016 to 31.7.2016