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Hassan Niazi

Earth Scientist


Hassan is an integrated human-environmental systems researcher working as an Earth Scientist at the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a collaboration between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland. Hassan's research focuses on discovering and leveraging multisector, multiscale energy-water-land dynamics under the global change drivers of socioeconomic, technological, and climate change. His work aims to enable climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainability, and resource security globally, with a particular focus on low-input environments, using integrated assessment and coupled human-Earth system models. He also researches on nature-based engineered systems and disaster risk reduction using probabilistic and process-based numerical models. Collectively, his work has contributed to advancing our understanding of the fundamental dynamics of multiple anthropogenic and natural sectors including water resources, energy production and use, land use, agriculture, greenhouse gas emissions, and atmospheric, terrestrial, and oceanic natural systems under global change. Hassan is a member of several professional bodies, including AGU and ASCE, and often represents the global change division team nationally and internationally. He holds two master's and a bachelor's in civil engineering with the highest honors.

Research Interests

  • Climate change
  • Hydrology and water resources
  • Water-food-energy nexus
  • Resource security
  • Integrated assessment modeling
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Disaster risk reduction

Education and Credentials

  • MSc Civil Engineering (Water Resources), Delft University of Technology
  • MSc Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management, University of Southampton
  • BSc Civil Engineering, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences

Awards and Recognitions

  • Distinction, MSc Civil Engineering, Delft University of Technology
  • Country Scholarship, Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree, EU Commission
  • Magna Cum Laude, Rector's and Dean's list, BSc Civil Engineering, FAST-NUCES

PNNL Publications


  • Kyle P., M.H. Ollenburger, X. Zhang, H. Niazi, S. Durga, and Y. Ou. 2023. "Assessing Multi-Dimensional Impacts of Achieving Sustainability Goals by Projecting the Sustainable Agriculture Matrix into the Future." Earth's Future 11, no. 10:e2022EF003323. PNNL-SA-179987. doi:10.1029/2022EF003323

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