Mohsen Soltani

Scientific researcher, Theme Coordinator Natural water production


I am the Theme Coordinator at Wetsus’s Natural Water Production. I supervise PhD students and collaborate with water engineers. My interdisciplinary research fields lie in hydrology, meteorology and climatology from observational data-analysis to numerical model-simulations. 


PhD in Hydrometeorology — Campus Alpine Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT/IMK-IFU); and University of Augsburg
Germany. Dissertation: “Spatiotemporal variability of water and energy fluxes: TERENO prealpine hydrometeorological data analysis and inverse modelling with GEOtop and PEST” (2014-2018)
MSc in Climatology — Faculty of Geography, University of Tehran, Iran (2008 – 2010)
BSc in Physical Geography — Faculty of Geography, University of Tehran, Iran (2003 – 2007)

Research interests

Land-atmosphere interactions and energy balance closure, hydrological processes and water cycle components, remote sensing techniques and calibration of distributed hydrological models, inverse hydrological modelling and uncertainty analysis, climate extremes and climate change impacts

Selected list of publications

(Full list: Google Scholar)

  • Soltani, M., J., Koch, S., Stisen (2021). Using a groundwater adjusted water balance approach and Copulas to evaluate spatial patterns and dependence structures in remote sensing derived evapotranspiration products. Remote Sensing, 13(5), 853.
  • Stisen, S., Soltani, M., Mendiguren, G., Langkilde, H., Garcia, M., and Koch J. (2021). 2017). Spatial patterns in actual evapotranspiration climatologies for Europe. Remote Sensing 13 (12), 2410.
  • Soltani, M., P. Laux, M. Mauder, H. Kunstmann (2019). Inverse distributed modelling of streamflow and turbulent fluxes: A sensitivity and uncertainty analysis coupled with automatic optimization. Journal of Hydrology, 571:856-872.
  • Soltani, M., P. Laux, M. Mauder, H. Kunstmann (2018). Spatiotemporal variability and empirical Copula-based dependence structure of modelled and observed coupled water and energy fluxes. Hydrology Research (2018) 49 (5): 1396-1416.
  • Soltani, M., M. Mauder, P. Laux, H. Kunstmann (2017). Turbulent flux variability and energy balance closure in the TERENO prealpine observatory: A hydrometeorological data analysis. Theor Appl Climatol. 133:3-4.
  • Soltani, M., P. Laux, H. Kunstmann, K. Stan, M. M. Sohrabi, M. Molanejad, A. A. Sabziparvar, A. Ranjbar SaadatAbadi, F. Ranjbar, I. Rousta, P. Zawar-Reza, F. Khoshakhlagh, I. Soltanzadeh, C. A. Babu, GH, Azizi, M. V. Martin (2016). Assessment of climate variations in temperature and precipitation extreme events over Iran. Theor Appl Climatol. 126:775–795.
  • Soltani, M., M. Molanejad, F. Khoshakhlagh, A. Ranjbar SaadatAbadi, F. Ranjbar, (2014). Synoptic and thermodynamic characteristics of 30 March – 2 April 2009 heavy rainfall event in Iran. Meteorol Atmos Phys. 126:49–63.