People of PCHES: Atieh Alipour

Atieh is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. She completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in the Center for Complex Hydrosystems Research (CCHR) and the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama. Atieh’s research focuses on enhancing climate risk estimation by improving our understanding of different components of the risk i.e., hazard, vulnerability, and exposure. She addresses this question by performing research that integrates a wide range of disciplines such as engineering, Earth sciences, data science, and statistics. Atieh is the recipient of several awards including the 2018 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA) and the 2019 NASA Data Visualization runner-up winner.

For past research projects, she has performed a comprehensive analysis of the spatiotemporal characteristics of floods over the southeast US, designed an innovative framework for flash flood damage prediction across the Southeast US, conducted a global sensitivity analysis of a hydrodynamic model simulating extensive flooding induced by Hurricane Harvey, and later proposed a new multivariate hazard index for improving tropical cyclone hazard communication. Atieh is currently working with Prof. Klaus Keller to study the uncertainty associated with soil moisture estimation and resulting yield prediction using the Water Balance Model (WBM). Outside of work, Atieh enjoys watching movies, traveling, and generally spending time outdoors.