Leila Farhadi

Leila Farhadi

Title:
Assistant Professor
Office:
SEH 3850 | Office Hours: M, W: 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Phone: 202-994-8207
Email:
lfarhadi@gwu.edu

Professor Leila Farhadi is interested in understanding and modeling land surface and land-atmosphere interaction and exchange processes by utilizing innovative remote sensing, optimization and numerical modeling techniques. Current projects include assimilating a soil freeze and thaw index into the NASA catchment land surface model; development of calibration-free techniques for estimating water balance, energy balance and carbon cycle parameters and flux components using remotely sensed data and modeling free surface flow using mesh-less techniques. 

Education

  • B.S., Sharif University of Technology, 2001
  • M.S., Sharif University of Technology, 2003
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012

Publications

Theses and Dissertations

  • Farhadi, L. “ Estimation of Land Surface Water and Energy Balance Flux Components using Conditional Sampling of Surface States” Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2012
  • Farhadi, L., “Numerical Modeling of Irregular Free Surface Flow using the Fully Lagrangian Method of Moving Particle Semi implicit (MPS)” M.Sc. thesis, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering , Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2003

Selected Journal Papers: 

  • Farhadi, L., Entekhabi, D., Salvucci, G. (2016). Mapping Land Water and Energy Balance Relations Through Conditional Sampling of Remote Sensing Estimates of Atmospheric Forcing and Surface States. Water Resources Research, 52, 2737–2752, doi:10.1002/2015WR017680.
  • Abdolghafoorian1, A., Farhadi, L. (2016), Uncertainty Quantification in Land Surface Hydrologic Modeling: Toward an Integrated Variational Data Assimilation Framework, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 9(6), 2628-2637, doi: 10.1109/JSTARS.2016.2553444
  • Abdolghafoorian, A., Farhadi, L., Bateni, S.M., Margulis, S. A., Xu, T. (2016), Characterizing the Effect of Vegetation Dynamics on the Bulk Heat Transfer Coefficient to Improve Variational Estimation of Surface Turbulent Fluxes, J. Hydrometeor., 18, 321–333, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-16-0097.1
  • Nabian, M. A., and L. Farhadi (2016), Multiphase Mesh-Free Particle Method for Simulation of Granular Flows and Sediment Transport, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (2016): 04016102, doi:  dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001275
  • Farhadi, L., Reichle, R. H., De Lannoy, G. J., & Kimball, J. S. (2014), Assimilation of Freeze/ThawObservations into the NASA Catchment Land Surface Model. Journal of Hydrometeorology, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 16(2), pp.730-743, doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-14-0065.1
  • Farhadi, L., D. Entekhabi, G. Salvucci, and J. Sun (2014), Estimation of land surface water and energy balance parameters using conditional sampling of surface states, Water Resources Research, 50(2),  1805-1822, doi: 10.1002/2013WR014049
  • Sun, J., Salvucci, G., Entekhabi, D., Farhadi, L. (2010): Parameter Estimation of Coupled Water and Energy Balance Models Based on Stationary Constraints of Surface States, Water Resources Research, Volume 47, W02512, 16 PP, doi: 10.1029/2010WR009293
  • Ataie-Ashtiani, B., G. Shobeyri, L. Farhadi (2008), Modified Incompressible SPH Method for Simulating Free Surface Problems, Fluid Dynamics Research, 40(9), pp.637-661, doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fluiddyn.2007.12.001
  • Ataie-Ashtiani, B., L. Farhadi (2006), Stable Moving Particle Semi-Implicit Method for Free Surface Flows, Fluid Dynamics Research, 38(4), pp.241-256, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fluiddyn.2005.12.002

Conference papers

  • Farhadi, L., D. Entekhabi, G. Salvucci, Mapping Land Water and Energy Balance Relations Through Conditional Sampling of Remotely Sensed Surface Soil Moisture and Temperature States, The International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2015 (Proceeding of IGARSS 2015)
  • Abdolghafoorian, A., Farhadi, L., Estimation of Surface fluxes of Heat and Moisture and Their Uncertainty Using Variational Data Assimilation Methodology, International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2015 (Proceeding of IGARSS 2015)
  • Nabian, M. A., & Farhadi, L., (2016). “Multiphase MPS Model for Simulation of Granular Flows and Sediment Transport”, ASME FED 2016, In Review.
  • Nabian, M. A., and Farhadi, L. (2015). “A multiphase mesh-free particle method for modeling sediment transport via dam-break.” In Proceedings of the 2015 ASME-JSME-KSME Joint Fluid Engineering Conference
  • Nabian, M. A., and Farhadi, L. (2014). “Numerical Simulation of Solitary Wave Using the Fully Lagrangian Method of Moving Particle Semi Implicit.” In Proceedings of the ASME 2014 4th Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting, V01DT30A006-V01DT30A017, American Society of Mechanical Engineers. doi:10.1115/fedsm2014-22237.
  • Nabian, M. A., and Farhadi, L. (2014). “Stable Moving Particle Semi Implicit Method for Modeling Waves Generated by Submarine Landslides.” In Proceedings of the ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, V007T09A019-V007T09A028, American Society of Mechanical Engineers. doi:10.1115/IMECE2014-22237.
  • Nabian, M. A., and Farhadi, L., (2014). “Simulating Water Waves Generated by Underwater Landslide with MPS and WC-MPS.” In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Hydrodynamics, ICHD, Singapore, 859-866. ISBN 978-981-09-2175-0.
  • Moghadam, M., D. Entekhabi, L. Farhadi, Y. Goykhman, M. Liu, A. Mahajan, D. Nayyar, Shuman and D. Teneketzis (2008), Initial Analyses and Demonstration of a Soil Moisture Smart Sensor Web, NASA Earth Science Technology Conference, University of Maryland, USA
  • Farhadi, L.,  B. Ataie Ashtiani (2004), A Stable Moving Particle Semi-Implicit Method for Free Surface Flows, Computational Methods in Water Resources Conference, Chapel hill, North Carolina, USA
  • Farhadi, L. &  B. Ataie Ashtiani (2003), Fully Meshless Lagrangian Numerical Method for Prediction of Free Water Surface”, International Conference on Hydraulics of Dams and River Structures, Tehran, Iran
  • Farhadi, L., (2003), A Particle Meshless method for Simulating Incompressible Inviscid Free Surface Fluids, International Conference on Civil Engineering, Malang, Indonesia

Selected Presentations

  • Farhadi, L. (2015), Uncertainty Quantification in Land Surface Hydrological Modeling, USDA, Hydrology and remote sensing laboratory (Oct 15th, 2015), invited talk
  • Farhadi, L., (2015), A Hessian-Based Method for Uncertainty Quantification of Parameters of Terrestrial Water and Energy Balance Equations, American Geophysical Union, San Franciso, CA, USA Invited talk
  • Farhadi, L., Abdolghafoorian*, A. (2015), Improving Variational Estimation of Surface Turbulent Fluxes Through Characterizing the Effect of Vegetation Dynamics on the Bulk Heat Transfer, American Geophysical Union, San Franciso, CA, USA
  • Farhadi, L., D. Entekhabi, G. Salvucci (2015), Mapping Land Water and Energy Balance Relations Through Conditional Sampling of Remotely Sensed Surface Soil Moisture and Temperature States, IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Milan, Italy
  • Farhadi, L., Abdolghafoorian*, A., (2015), Estimation of Surface fluxes of Heat and Moisture and Their Uncertainty Using Variational Data Assimilation Methodology, SEAS R&D showcase.
  • Farhadi L. (2014), Development of Data assimilation Techniques for Hydrological Applications, Catchment-based Hydrological Model Data Assimilation (CAHMDA VI) and Hydrologic Ensemble Prediction Experiment ( HEPEX-DAFOH III) Joint workshop, Austin, texas, USA, Keynote speaker
  • Farhadi, L., R. Reichle, G. De Lannoy (2013), Assimilation of freeze-thaw observations into the NASA Catchment land surface model, Sixth WMO Symposium on Data Assimilation, NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction
  • Farhadi, L., R. Reichle, G. De Lannoy, J. Kimball (2013), Assimilation of freeze-thaw observations into the NASA Catchment land surface model, 94th AMS annual meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Farhadi, L., R. Reichle, G. De Lannoy, J. Kimball (2013), Assimilation of freeze-thaw observations into the NASA Catchment land surface model, American Geophysical Union 

 

Distinctions

  • Affiliated Researcher with Goddard Space Flight Center( GSFC) , Global Modeling and Assimilation Office ( GMAO). ( January 2013- current)
  • Research Scientist I, Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) of NASA Goddard Space Flight center and Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research (GESTAR), NASA SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission) project. (March 2012-January 2013)
  • Member of American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Member of American Meteorological Society (AMS)
  • Research Assistantship Appointment on NASA Project “Estimation of Land Surface Water and Energy Balance Closure Relation Using Conditional Sampling” (2007-2011)
  • Schoettler Fellowship Award, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT (2006)
  • Tavakkoli Prize for the graduate student in the forefront of innovative research work, Sharif University of Technology (2004)