SAYED M. BATENIProfessor, WRRC; Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office: Holmes Hall 342
Phone: (808) 956-4249

SAYED M. BATENIProfessor, WRRC; Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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PHONE: (808) 956-4249



  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, 2005
  • BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, 2003


  • Earth remote sensing
  • Land-atmosphere interaction
  • Data assimilation: Techniques, development and applications
  • Optimization techniques and parameter estimation in hydrology
  • Application of artificial intelligence methods

Sayed Bateni is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Water Resources Research Center. He teaches a wide range of topics such as, engineering hydraulics, fluid mechanics, remote sensing with hydrological applications and applied hydrology.

Professor Bateni’s current work involves creating a real-time irrigation scheduling software for farmlands in Hawaiʻi, Guam and American Samoa. Growing demands on the allocation of limited water resources and potential decreases in precipitation make it imperative that farmers acquire the ability to match irrigation application with crop water needs (the so-called optimal irrigation scheduling) to increase water use efficiency and improve water conservation. Professor Bateni developed a novel approach that characterizes the impact of advection on evapotranspiration (ET), and can accurately estimate ET on tropical islands. In addition, he estimates snow emissivity over the US by assimilating remotely sensed multi-frequency passive microwave, land surface temperature (LST), and albedo data into an Ensemble Batch Smoother (EnBS) data assimilation framework.

Professor Bateni earned his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachussetts. He earned an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Theran, Iran and a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology in Isfahan, Iran.

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Forecasting Daily Reference Evapotranspiration for Water Resources Conservations and Sustainable Agriculture in Hawai‘i

crop management photo
The objective of this project is to adapt the current CropManage web application to use in Hawai‘i, and to develop accurate methods of forecasting evapotranspiration (ETo) data that in turn, results in more accurate irrigation scheduling.

Real-Time Optimization of Irrigation Scheduling for Farmlands in Hawai‘i, Guam, and American Samoa

crop management photo
The project objective is to expand the capabilities of the CropManage online irrigation scheduling tool to include tropical island parameters such as soil and climate, and to adapt the tool for a wider geographical region that includes the Pacific Islands.

Estimating Evapotranspiration Over Native Wet Montane Cloud Forests in Hawaii and Evaluating the Impact of Climate Change on it

SPONSOR: National Institute for Water Resources, Water Resources Research Institute Program PROJECT PERIOD: 03/01/2014-02/29/2015 ABSTRACT: Sensible and latent heat fluxes are the key variables in energy and water vapor exchange between the land surface and the atmosphere. Latent heat flux…

A Novel Approach for Estimation of Evapotranspiration

SPONSOR:National Institute for Water Resources, Water Resources Research Institute Program PROJECT PERIOD:3/1/2015 – 2/28/2016 ABSTRACT:Understanding of the amount, spatial distribution, and temporal variability of evapotranspiration (ET) in Hawaii is essential for assessment of water resource availability and management of water…