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Saman Razavi Associate Professor

School of Environment and Sustainability and Global Institute for Water Security

Research Area(s)

  • Climate change and water security
  • Land-water management and environmental change
  • Hydrologic models development and calibration
  • Environmental and water resources systems planning and management
  • Single- and multi-objective optimization, sensitivity analysis, and uncertainty quantification
  • Climate change and impacts on hydrology and water resources
  • Reconstruction of paleo-hydrology – implications for climate change analysis
  • Surrogate modeling, artificial intelligence, and machine learning


Dr. Razavi is an Associate Professor of hydrology and water resources engineering at the Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan and a licensed professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan. His research work is at the science-policy interface, bridging hydrological modelling and prediction of flood and drought to integrated management of water resources and decision and policy making. Dr. Razavi is also an expert in systems and data sciences, sensitivity and uncertainty analysis, and machine learning.

Dr. Razavi has published 40+ peer-reviewed journal papers, two peer-reviewed commentaries, and one book chapter (Google Scholar listing here). Most of his papers have appeared in top leading journals such as Water Resources Research. He has (co-)authored 110+ presentations at national and international conferences and has delivered 10+ invited talks. In recognition of his work, Dr. Razavi has received several awards including the highly prestigious 2019 Young Scientist Award from Canadian Geophysical Union, Water Security Research Excellence Award from the University of Saskatchewan, Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorship from the University of Bristol, and the Editors' Choice Award from Water Resources Research.

Dr. Razavi is the Principal Investigator of a major transdisciplinary research program, titled “Integrated Modelling Program for Canada (IMPC)” that brings together 15 faculty members from five universities and many collaborators from governments, boundary organizations, and the private sector (https://gwf.usask.ca/impc/). His several other projects include funded-collaborations with India (IIT, Delhi and IISc, Bangalore) and Iran (Gorgan U). He is the lead developer of a suite of approaches and tools for sensitivity and uncertainty analysis under the framework of Variogram Analysis of Response Surfaces (https://vars-tool.com/).

Dr. Razavi’s service to the scientific community includes acting as an Associate Editor for Journal of Hydrology, an Editorial Board Member for Environmental Modelling & Software, the Chair of the American Geophysical Union’s Committee on Hydrologic Uncertainty (http://hydrouncertainty.org/), and a Scientific Committee Member of the SAMO (Sensitivity Analysis of Model Output) community.