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Natural Resources Management

Dr. Nadir Elagib

We are happy to announce that Dr. Nadir Elagib holds the one-year CNRD professorship “Natural Resources Management” at ITT until the end of July 2014. He will support the CNRD program, teach in the master programs TERMA and IWRM, and also support the research agenda of the ITT, particularly with his vast experience from his home country Sudan and the Arabian Gulf.

Dr. Nadir Elagib received his BSc and MSc at University of Bahrain in 1992 and 1995, respectively, and PhD at University of Paisley (Scotland) in 2002, all in civil engineering. He was the Head of Department of Hydraulic Structures, responsible for the surface water and water supply programme from 2003 to 2006 at Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST). He was also the founding dean of the College of Water & Environmental Engineering from 2005 to 2006 at SUST. He worked at University of Bahrain first as Instructor from 1992 to 1998 and later as Assistant Professor during 2010/2011. From November 2011 to April 2013, Dr. Nadir Elagib was a visiting researcher at the ITT funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Georg Forster scholarship for experienced researchers).

His postdoctoral research concerns the Sahelian zone of Sudan, a region which is characterized by arid and semi-arid climatic conditions. The aims are to: (1) understand the effects of recent climatic trends (drying and warming) and climate variability on crop productivity and (2) predict the yield of major crops. Regional and state-specific forecasting models of crop yield will be developed in an attempt to raise the prospect of providing forecasts of crop yield for issuing early warning of food security. The available ground-based and potential remote sensing data on climate and major crop yields, in addition to large-scale atmospheric circulation and calculated agricultural drought indices, will be used. It is hoped that the emerging results will: (1) help farmers and governments better cope with expected risks of starvation and (2) allow policy makers the time needed to take appropriate actions to ameliorate the effects of food shortages on vulnerable populations.

This research was funded by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation via Georg Forster Fellowship for Experienced Researchers.

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