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Nigus D Melaku

Post-Doctoral Research Hydrologist

Dr. Nigus Demelash Melaku joined PCIC in 2020 as a post-doctoral research hydrologist working within the Hydrologic Impacts theme at the University of Victoria. He is working on hydrologic modelling and related research to quantify future climate-driven changes in river discharge and temperature throughout a region spanning all Pacific-draining watersheds in BC.

Prior to joining PCIC, Dr. Nigus Demelash Melaku worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Athabasca University, Canada, with a modelling framework of integrated terrestrial and aquatic systems for the Athabasca river basin. He earned a Marshall Plan fellowship at the University at Buffalo, NY, USA.

  • PhD, Department of Water, Atmosphere and Environment, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
  • MSc, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Haramaya University
  • BSc, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Jimma University
Selected Publications: 

Nigus Demelash Melaku, Wang, J, Meshesha TW, (2020). Improving hydrologic model to predict the effect of snowpack and soil temperature on carbon dioxide emission in the cold region peatlands. Journal of Hydrology 587 (2020) 124939,

Nigus Demelash Melaku, Shrestha NK, Wang, J, Thorman RE (2020). Predicting nitrous oxide emissions following the application of solid manure to grassland in the United Kingdom. J. Env. Qual. Doi:10.1002/jeq2.20002.

Meshesha TW, Wang, J, Nigus Demelash Melaku (2020). The modified Hydrological model for assessing effect of pH on fate and transport of Escherichia coli in the Athabasca River Basin. Journal of Hydrology 582 (2020). Doi: /10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124513.

Meshesha TW, Wang, J, Nigus Demelash Melaku (2020). Modelling spatiotemporal patterns of water quality and its impacts on aquatic ecosystem in the cold climate region of Alberta, Canada. Journal of Hydrology (in press: HYROL124952)

Renschler, C. S., Nigus Demelash Melaku, A. O. Omotayo, and A. Klik (2020). Quantifying Impacts of Climate and Land Use Changes on Soil and Water Management, Community Resilience, and Sustainable Development in Agricultural Watersheds’, in Breiling, M. and V. Anbumozhi (eds.), Vulnerability of Agricultural Production Networks and Global Food Value Chains Due to Natural Disasters. Jakarta, Indonesia: Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, pp. 86-103.

Nigus Demelash Melaku, Wang, J (2019). A modified SWAT Module for estimating Groundwater table at Lethbridge and Barons, Alberta, Canada. Journal of Hydrology 575 (2019) 420 431, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.05.052.

Shen J, Nigus Demelash Melaku, Treu R, Wang J (2019). Inventories of methane and nitrous oxide emissions from animal and crop farms of 69 municipalities in Alberta, Canada. J. Clean. Prod. Doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.06.270.

Nigus Demelash Melaku, Renschler CS, Flagler J, Bayu W, Klik A (2018). Integrated impact assessment of soil and water conservation structures on runoff and sediment yield through measurements and modeling in the Northern Ethiopian highlands. Catena. DOI: 10.1016/j.catena.2018.05.035.

Klik A, Schürz C, Strohmeier S, Nigus Demelash Melaku, Ziadat F, Schwen A, Zucca C (2018). Impact of stone bunds on temporal and spatial variability of soil physical properties: A field study from northern Ethiopia. Land Degrad Dev. 2018;1–11. DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2893.

Nigus Demelash Melaku, Renschler CS, Holzmann H, Strohmeier S, Bayu W, Zucca C, Ziadat C, Klik A (2017). Prediction of soil and water conservation structure impacts on runoff and erosion processes using SWAT model in the Northern Ethiopian highlands. Journal of Soils and Sediments. DOI:10.1007/s11368-017-1901-3.