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Dr.Tarek Merabtene Director of the Office of International Relations Academic RankAssociate Professor


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Water Resources and Hydraulics Engineering), Kyushu University, 1999.

Research Interests:

  • Water hazards and risk management (Flood, Sediment transport, Drought, Environment), Hydrologic Modeling and Climate Change Water governance and research on sustainability issues: Indicators development to assess the effectiveness of adopted water policy and achievement of MDGs. Application of Artificial Intelligence to Water and Environmental Engineering problems Integrated water management under Climate Change and Climate Variability scenarios Hydraulics research: Analysis and Optimization of Water Distribution Systems.


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Kyushu University, 1999. M.Sc., Ecole Nationale Polytechnique (ENP) Algier, Algeria, 1990. B.Sc., Ecole Nationale Polytechnique (ENP) Algier, Algeria, 1988.
Academic Positions Held: Associate Professor, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE, September 2018 to present. Assistant Professor, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE, September 2008 to 2018. Lecturer, Higher college of technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE, September 2007 to July 2008. Assistant Professor, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, UAE, September 2001 to June 2002. Post Doctoral Scholar, Kyushu University, Japan, March 1999 to April 2000. Lecturer, Ecole Nationale Polytechnique d’Alger, Algeria, September 1990 to August 1995. Professional/Industrial Positions Held: Chief Scientist & Project Manager, UNESCO International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (UNESCO-ICHARM), Tsukuba Science City, Japan, January 2004 to August 2008. Principal Engineer, Institute of Hydrology and Water resources, co. ltd., Tokyo, Japan, July 2007 to January 2004. Senior Engineer, Construction Technique Institute (CTI) Eng., Co., Ltd., River and Water Resources Department, Tokyo, Japan, April 2000 to August 2001. Professional Memberships: World Federation of Engineering Organization (WFEO), Committee Engineering and the Environment (WFEO-CEE), Task Group on Disaster Risk Management (DRM/WFEO-CEE). Sharjah Environmental Awareness Committee, Delegate of Sharjah University. Japan Society of Civil Engineers, JSCE member since 1996. International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IAHR). International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS/AISH), member 2004.
Analysis of EM-DAT Disaster Database for Development of Policy Indicators to Assess the Effectiveness of Water Disaster Management Policies, Research cooperation between Tarek Merabtene (CEE-UoS) and Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, CRED, University of Louvain, Belgium, 2010/2012. Sea water intrusion and the effects on groundwater quality and desalination processes considering the effects of climate change and sea level rise, British Council for Research Cooperation between Exeter Univ., UAE Univ. & Sharjah University, 2009/2012. World Water Assessment Programme, UNESCO-ICHARM, Japan, Ministry of Land, Transport, and Infrastructure (MLIT), Japan, 2006/2009.
Book Publications: Book Chapters: Contributing Author (2006), “UN World Water Development Report 2 (WWDR-2), BERGHAHN BOOKS, ISBN 92-3-104006-5. Chapter 10: Managing Risks, and Chapter 14: Case Studies: Water A Shared Responsibility, WANA Water Policy Brief on Regional Solutions for Water Scarcity in West Asia and North Africa (2012), This policy brief has been published and adopted by WANA Countries during the 6th World Water Forum. Authors: Rania Abdel Khaleq, Mohamed J. Abdulrazzak, Zafar Adeel, Aziza Akmouch, Abdelrahman Al-Tamimi, Khadija Darmane, Jauad El-Kherraz, Norreddine, Ghaffour, Mukhtar Hashemi, Shoaib Ismail, Mazda Kompanizare, Tarek Merabtene, Walid Saleh, Raya Marina Stephan, and Faisal Taha. Selected Journal Publications: Merabtene T., 2013: Methodology to Asses Policy Effectiveness and Valorize Cost Efficient of Water Development Projects, Background Paper of the Arab Water Report: Water Governance in the Arab Region, United Nation Development Programme Press, ISBN: 978-92-1-16366-4. Shanableh, A., Merabtene, T., Omar, M. and Imteaz, M.A., 2011 "Impact of Surface Ocean Acidification on the CO2 Absorption Rate", International Journal of Global Warming, Vol. 3, No. 1–2, pp. 163–172. Mahdi T., Merabtene T., 2010, "Automated numerical analysis tool for assessing potential bank failures during flooding, Journal of Natural Hazards, Special Issue on "Modelling of River Hazards" (2010), Vol. 55, pp. 3-14, DOI 10.1007/s11069-010-9570-1. - Koreeda N., Nakashima T., Moriyama S., Merabtene T., Jinno K., Kawamura A., Nishiyama K., 2003, “Applicability of JMA-MSM-GPV to River Basin Risk Management and Disaster Measures,” JSCE Annual Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Vol. 47, pp. 91-96. Merabtene T., Jinno K., Kawamura A., and Olsson J., 2002, “Risk assessment for optimal drought management of water supply systems using genetic algorithm,” Journal of Hydrologic Processes, Vol. 16, pp. 2189-2208. Merabtene T., Jinno K., and Kawamura A., (1999), “Decision support system for optimal drought management of Fukuoka City water resources: Application to the 1994/95 drought conditions,” JSCE Annual Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Vol. 43, pp. 157-162. Selected Conference Publications: Merabtene T., Shanableh A., Mahdi T., 2012, Decision Support System for the Optimal Management of Water Systems under Drought Scenarios, Accepted as KEY NOTE SPEAKER, The first international conference on Water Resources of Al Jabal Al Akhdar: Reality & Prospective, Al Badya, Libya, June 2012. Shanableh A., Imteaz M., Merabtene T., and Ahsan A., 2012, “A Framework for Reducing Water Demand in Multi-Storey and Detached Dwellings in the United Arab Emirates”, Proceedings of 'Building the water sensitive community', the 7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD 2012), Melbourne, Australia, 21-23 February 2012. Merabtene T., Gokhan Y. A., (2011), “Flood disasters in the MENA Region: Challenges and Opportunities”, International Conference on Geo-information for Disaster Management (GI4D), Antalya, Turkey, 2011. Paper Online at: Merabtene T., (2010), “Supranational Policy Imperatives: Innovations to Mainstreaming Water Scarcity in the Policy Agenda of WANA region.”, WANA Forum Consultation Workshop on Rethinking Policy to Cope with Water Scarcity in WANA region, Jordan, Aman. Paper online at: Merabtene T., Yoshitani, J. Shanableh A., (2009) “Risk indicators to Assess Policy Effectiveness in Flood Risk Management”, 3rd WFEO-JFES-JSCE Joint International Symposium on Disaster Risk Management, September 3rd 2009 in Fukuoka, Japan. Shanablah A., Merabtene T., Omer M., (2009), "Impact of Surface Ocean Acidification on the CO2 Absorption rate", Global Conference on Global Warming 2009, Istanbul, Turkey.
Awarded “99% of excellence” in teaching and curriculum innovation using advanced technologies; and “95% of excellence” for research fund raising, from the Chair of the Department of Civil and Environment Engineering. Promoted Chairperson of the College Applied Physics Steering Committee after 4 months of service. Co-Author to write the Proposal for Dam Recharge Assessment project in UAE. Made several field visit to water infrastructure in UAE, participated to GCC joint research workshops, provided consultancy to the UAE Ministry of Agriculture on ground water recharge of new projects.
2008-2010: Sharjah Environmental Awareness Committee, Delegate of Sharjah University. 2004 - Present: UN-Expert Group on Risk Management 2001 - 2003: WWF3- Officer and Water Voice Messenger, Messenger Certificate: 00111 2004- 2006: PTA Chairperson, K International School, Tokyo, Japan. July 1997: Participation to the 11th Chikugo River Festival by creating a Computer Assisted Rainfall-Runoff Simulation Model that can be manipulated by children. The success of my work was reported by Nishi Nihon (East Japan) Newspaper, July 1997, page 25.
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