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Scientific Committee

Tal Svoray   

Tal Svoray is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Geographic Information Laboratory at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Tal has worked during the last 15 years with remotely sensed data, spatial databases (GIS), geostatistics and spatially and temporally explicit models to study the functioning of desert ecosystems, primary production processes, shrub patterns and surface hydrology. Tal is also working on the development of GIS-based models to predict soil erosion and land degradation risks in agricultural catchments. Tal has supervised more than 25 PhD and Masters students and published more than 45 papers in peer-reviewed international literature.

Gabriel G. Katul   

Dr. Gabriel G. Katul received his M.S. degree in 1990 at Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) and his Ph.D degree in 1993 at the University of California (Davis, CA) and is a distinguished professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University (Durham, NC). He received the Macelwane medal (in 2002) and become an elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union. In 2012, he received the Hydrologic Science Award from the American Geophysical Union. He authored more than 260 peer-reviewed manuscripts on mass, energy, and momentum exchange processes near the land-atmosphere interface.

Shmuel Assouline   

Shmuel Assouline is a senior researcher in the Department of Environmental Physics and Irrigation, Institute of Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization - Volcani Center, Israel. Shmuel is a soil physicist, conducting basic and applied research on flow and transport processes in saturated and unsaturated soils and on soil-plant-atmosphere relationships. The research involves quantitative analysis and modeling beside experimental studies. The main domains of interest are soil hydraulic properties; soil structure and compaction effects; Irrigation practices and technologies; Impact of irrigation water quality on soil properties; Evaporation from soils and water reservoirs; Rainfall-infiltration-runoff-erosion relationships.

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