Abdelghani Chehbouni

Professor, Director of Center for Remote Sensing Applications, Polytechnic University of Mohamed VI

Prof. Abdelghani Chehbouni is a Moroccan-French hydrologist and remote sensing expert. He is currently  Director of the International Water Research Institute, Director of the Center for Remote Sensing Applications, and Associate Dean for Cooperation  of the college of Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Ben Guerir, Morocco. He is also a Professor of Hydrology at the same university.

Chehbouni received his B.S. in fluids Mechanics from University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France in 1987 and his M.S. in Environment Science from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse in 1989, and a PhD in Hydrology and Remote Sensing from University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse in 1992. He then worked as a research scientist at the IRD for over 20 years, where in 2000 he led the hydrology research Group at CESBIO in conducting research on climate change, water resources management, and remote sensing applications in developing countries. In 2012, he was appointed as the Director of the IRD’s center in Morocco. During his career, he also worked at the University of Arizona for 18 months and spent 2 years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Chehbouni is a highly accomplished researcher with a strong track record of publications of over 100 scientific publications in top academic journals. He has also served as a consultant for a number of international organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Chehbouni is a passionate advocate for the use of science and technology to address the challenges of water scarcity and climate change in developing countries. He is a strong believer in the potential of remote sensing to improve our understanding of these complex issues and to develop more sustainable solutions.