Safae Aala

Contact/ Address

Safae Aala
PhD student

Department Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis (ASAM)
Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research - UFZ
Brückstr. 3a, 39114 Magdeburg, Germany

Safae Aala

Academic Backgrounds

May 2022 - Present

PhD Candidate at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
Department Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis and Management (ASAM)
Topic: Solving landscape puzzles to mitigate suspended sediment pollution in river

Oct-Dec 2023

Visiting Scholar in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University

2019 - 2021

Master of Integrated Water Resources management, Institute for Technology
and Resources management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at TH Köln -University of Applied Sciences, Köln, Germany

2011 - 2016

Bachelor of Hydraulic, Environmental and Urban Engineering, Hassania School of Public Works (EHTP), Casablanca, Morocco

Research Interests

  • Spatial organization of landscape mosaics
  • Suspended sediments Dynamics
  • Influence of heterogeneous landscapes on water quality
  • Basin-scale modeling to mitigate the risk of water pollution in rivers under anthropogenic pressures and climate change
  • Dynamics of streamflow events and suspended sediment transport

Awards & Honors

Best Master Thesis Award for the program Integrated Water Resources Management 2021 at ITT, TH Köln

Oral Presentaions

  • 05.12.2023: Faculty seminar at Purdue University about dynamics of hydrological events in Germany
  • 12.12.2023: The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 202 - Aala, S., Ribbe, L., Kumar, R., Borchardt, D., & Tarasova, L. The Spatiotemporal Puzzle: Understanding How Dynamics of Precipitation Control the Characteristics of Extreme Streamflow Events. AGU23    

Poster Presentations    

  • April 2023: Aala, S., Ribbe, L., Kumar, D., & Tarasova, L. Effects of space-time dynamics of precipitation on timing and shape characteristics of runoff events, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria
  • April 2023: Aala, S., Basso, S., Borchardt, D., Hoffmann, T., and Yang, S.: Do land-cover mosaics affect the variability of suspended sediments in rivers? The case of large river basins in Germany, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria