Suhyb Salama

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Suhyb Salama is Associate Professor of Remote Sensing of Water Quality and Water Resources Management at the Department of Water Resources in the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Suhyb Salama earned a PhD degree in Civil Engineering (2003) and an MSc degree with Great Distinction (magna cum laude) in Hydraulic Engineering (1999) from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and a BSc degree in Civil Engineering (1993) from Damascus University in Syria.


Remote sensing and geoinformation science to enable insights into hydrological and water quality processes and the translation of spatiotemporal data into information suitable to address global and societal challenges.

Research interests

I have scholarly expertise in remote sensing of biogeophysical variables and spatiotemporal modelling. The research stretches from microscale spectroscopic lab/field measurements to investigating mesoscale land-atmosphere interactions and teleconnection processes. The excitement of my work builds on a highly multidisciplinary approach to research, teaching and academic leadership, especially the focus on integrating multi-observation techniques with physical modelling and data-driven analysis across multiple variables and scales. In this regard, I have hands-on experience in radiative transfer in the visible-thermal range and emission/scattering theories in the microwave domain. I use the science of electromagnetic wave interaction with matters to investigate a variety of variables that interrelates the Earth’s systems of hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere.


Teaching is the Highest Form of Understanding" (Aristotle), I see education as a reflection of the societal need for know-how that generates sustainable solutions.

I strive to maintain a high-calibre education that develops enterprising individuals with capabilities and skills to build a better future and be able to resolve a range of complex and wicked problems, from climate change to sustainable development of resources and the well-being of citizens and their environments.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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