Ehsan Jalilvand, PhD

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Research Interest: 
Remote sensing application in hydrology and agricultural water management
Professional Title: 
Post-doctoral Research Associate, Fixed term

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Room 124

East Lansing, MI 48824

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Ehsan Jalilvand is currently a research associate in Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University (MSU), East Lansing, USA. Before joining the MSU, he was an Assistant Professor at Research institute for Earth Science (RIES) and adjunct Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty at Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in water resources management from the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2012 and 2019, respectively. During his Ph.D., he spent 6 months as a visiting researcher at the Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological protection (CNR-IRPI), Perugia, Italy.

Ehsan research interest includes hydrologic modeling, remote sensing, data assimilation, and water resources engineering. In the past few years, he has been primarily focused on detecting irrigation signals in the satellite soil moisture data and assimilation of satellite soil moisture data with land surface models to quantify the Irrigation Water Use.

He is currently engaged in the development of a high-resolution SMAP soil moisture product for the northern latitudes. Additionally, he is involved in the upcoming NASA-ISRO NISAR mission (2024) where he will use high-resolution NISAR soil moisture data for agricultural water management at the field scale.

Other Research Interests:

  • Land surface and hydrological modeling
  • Soil moisture remote sensing for agricultural water management
  • Microwave remote sensing
  • Data assimilation
  • Satellite data fusion
  • Climate change modeling
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering-Water Resources Engineering, 2019 Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
M.Sc. in Civil Engineering-Water Resources Engineering, 2012 Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, 2010 University of Qom, Qom, Iran

Post-doctoral Travel Award of Summer and fall 2022, Michigan State University, offered by GRAD Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. I was one of the 5 awardees for this period, and the only one from the Engineering and BAE department.

  • Jalilvand, E., Abolafia-Rosenzweig, R., Tajrishy, M. and Das, N. N., 2021 Evaluation of SMAP/Sentinel 1 High-Resolution Soil Moisture Data to Detect Irrigation Over Agricultural Domain. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, vol. 14, pp. 10733-10747, 2021, https://doi: 10.1109/JSTARS.2021.3119228.

  • Rabiei, S., Jalilvand, E., Tajrishy, M., 2021, A Method to Estimate Surface Soil Moisture and Map the Irrigated Cropland Area Using Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 Data. Sustainability. 2021; 13(20):11355.

  • .Ghazi Zadeh Hashemi, M.S., Tajrishy, M. & Jalilvand, E., 2020. The Impact of Pavement Permeability on Time of Concentration in a Small Urban Watershed with a Semi-Arid Climate. Water Resour Manage.

  • Jalilvand, E., Tajrishy, M., Ghazi Zadeh Hashemi, S.A., Brocca, L., 2019. Quantification of irrigation water using remote sensing of soil moisture in a semi-arid region. Remote Sensing of Environment. 231, 111226. https://doi:10.1016/j.rse.2019.111226

  • Jalilvand, E., Tajrishy, M., Brocca, L., Massari, C., Hashemi, S.G.Z., Ciabatta, L., 2018. "Estimating the drainage rate from surface soil moisture drydowns: application of DfD model to in situ soil moisture data". Journal of Hydrology.