Research and expertise

I obtained a PhD in coastal hazards, Faculty of Sciences, Rabat (Morocco) in 2014. In 2015, I moved to the USA for a Postdoc at the IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Iowa, where I worked on various projects related to hydroclimatology /hydrometeorology with a focus on extreme climate/weather events. In the summer of 2017, I joined Loughborough University, School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering as a Research Associate in an EPSRC funded project on developing a real time monitoring and early warning system for urban floods in Colima, Mexico, using a bespoke network of wireless water sensors combined with machine learning.

My research interests include extreme climate/weather events, flood forecasting and flood risk, coastal hazards and geocomputation. I am also a machine learning and geographic data science enthusiast. 

Current research activity 

  • Hydro-climatology

  • Coastal hazards

  • Flood risk

  • Tropical cyclones

  • Atmospheric rivers 

  • Earth data science and machine learning 

  • Geographic data science 

Recent publications

Khouakhi, A., Ian, P., de la Cruz Jesus, L., Oliver, M.-C. & Miguel, M. (2019). Tropical cyclone - induced heavy rainfall and flow in Colima, Western Mexico, Journal of Climatology JOC-19-0064.

Khouakhi, A., Villarini, G., Zhang, W. & Slater, L. J. (2019). Seasonal predictability of high sea level frequency using ENSO patterns along the U.S. West coast. Advances in Water Resources, 131, 103377. doi:

Slater, L. J., A. Khouakhi, and R. L. Wilby. "River channel conveyance capacity adjusts to modes of climate variability." Scientific reports 9.1 (2019): 1-10.

Slater, L. J., Thirel, G., Harrigan, S., Delaigue, O., Hurley, A., Khouakhi, A., . . . Smith, K. (2019). Using R in hydrology: A review of recent developments and future directions. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 23(7), 2939–2963. doi:10.5194/hess-23-2939-2019 

Khouakhi, A. & Villarini, G. (2017). Attribution of annual maximum sea levels to tropical cyclones at the global scale. International Journal of Climatology, 37(1), 540–547. doi:10.1002/joc.4704. eprint: 

Khouakhi, A., Villarini, G. & Vecchi, G. A. (2017). Contribution of tropical cyclones to rainfall at the global scale. Journal of Climate, 30(1), 359–372. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0298.1

Villarini, G., Khouakhi, A. & Cunningham, E. (2017). On the impacts of computing daily temperatures as the average of the daily minimum and maximum temperatures. Atmospheric Research,198, 145–150. doi:

Khouakhi, A. & Villarini, G. (2016). On the relationship between atmospheric rivers and high sea water levels along the u.s. west coast. Geophysical Research Letters, 43(16), 8815–8822. doi:10.1002/2016GL070086. eprint:

Khouakhi, A., Snoussi, M., Niazi, S. & Raji, O. (2013). Vulnerability assessment of al hoceima bay (moroccan mediterranean coast): A coastal management tool to reduce potential impacts of sea-level rise and storm surges. Journal of Coastal Research, 65(SIv1), 968–973. doi:10.2112/SI65-164.1

Raji, O., Niazi, S., Snoussi, M., Dezileau, L. & Khouakhi, A. (2013). Vulnerability assessment of a lagoon to sea level rise and storm events: Nador lagoon (ne morocco). Journal of Coastal Research, 65(SIv1), 802–807. doi:10.2112/SI65-136.1

Snoussi, M., Niazi, S., Khouakhi, A. & Raji, O. (2011). Climate change and sea-level rise: A GIS-based vulnerability and impact assessment, the case of the moroccan coast. Geomatic Solutions for Coastal Environments, 275–310.

Snoussi, M., Ouchani, T., Khouakhi, A. & Niang-Diop, I. (2009). Impacts of sea-level rise on the moroccan coastal zone: Quantifying coastal erosion and flooding in the tangier bay. Geomorphology, 107(1), 32–40. doi:

I contributed to learning and teaching activities including mainly in data science for water research, geographic data science and coastal hazards.