Department Head
Ben Gurion University of the Negev, BA
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, MSc
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1989, PhD


My research covers a wide range of topics in geomorphology and hydrology such as landscape evolution, the interaction between hill-slopes and channels, channel stability and morphology, river sediment transport and sediment yield, stream ecology, in-channel wood dynamics, and modeling fine sediments and their interactions with stream physical and biological characteristics. I have worked on fundamental processes involving flow and sediment transport and contributed to the advancement of river science at various scales, from sediment grains to watersheds, and in fields outside fluvial geomorphology such as urban hydrology, hyporheic flow, desert floods, water quality, and water resources. Model development has been a very important component of my research, with considerable experimental flume work used to complement field data.


HASSAN, M.A., TONINA, D., BECKIE, R.D. and KINNER, M. 2014 ‘The effect of discharge and slope on hyporheic flow in step-pool morphologies’ Hydrological Processes 29, 419-433

FERRER-BOIX, C. and HASSAN, M.A. 2014 ‘Influence of the sediment supply texture on morphological adjustments in gravel’ Water Resources Research 50 DOI 10.1002/2013WR015117, 8868-8890

HASSAN, M.A., BRAYSHAW, D., ALILA, Y. and ANDREWS, E. 2014 ‘Effective discharge in small formerly glaciated mountain streams of British Columbia: Limitations and implications’ Water Resources Research 50, 4440–4458 DOI 10.1002/2013WR014529

HASSAN, M.A., ROBINSON, S.V.J., VOEPEL, H., LEWIS, J. and LISLE, T.E. 2014 ‘Modeling temporal trends in bedload transport in gravel-bed streams using hierarchical mixed-effects models’ Geomorphology 219, 260–269

ARAUJO, H.A., PAGE, A., COOPER, A.B., VENDITTI, J., MACISAAC, E., HASSAN, M.A. and KNOWLER, D. 2014 ‘Modelling changes in suspended sediment from forest road surfaces in a coastal watershed of British Columbia’ Hydrological Processes 28, 4914-4927

COWIE, N.M., MOORE, R.D. and HASSAN, M.A. 2014 ‘Effects of glacial retreat on proglacial streams and riparian zones in the Coast and North Cascade Mountains’ Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 39, 351-365



VOEPEL, H., SCHUMER, R. and HASSAN, M.A. 2013 ‘Sediment residence time distributions: theory and application from bed elevation measurements’ J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf. 118, 2557-2567

CIENCIALA, P. and HASSAN, M.A. 2013 ‘Linking of spatial patterns of bed surface texture, bed mobility, and channel hydraulic in a mountain stream to potential spawning substrate for small resident trout’ Geomorphology 197, 96-107

EATON, B.C. and HASSAN, M.A. 2013 ‘Scale-dependent interactions between wood and channel dynamics: modeling jam formation and sediment storage in gravel-bed streams’ J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf. 118, 2500-2508

KING, L., HASSAN, M. A., WEI, A., BURGE, L. and CHEN, X. 2013 ‘Wood dynamics in upland streams under different disturbance regimes’ Earth Surface Processes and Landforms DOI 10.1002/esp.3356

HASSAN, M.A., VOEPEL, H., SCHUMER, R., PARKER, G. and FRACCAROLLO, L. 2013 ‘Displacement characteristics of coarse fluvial bed sediment’ J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf. 118, DOI 10.1029/2012JF002374


ARAUJO, H.A., COOPER, A.B., HASSAN, M.A. and VENDITTI, J. 2012 ‘Estimating Suspended Sediment Concentrations in Areas with Limited Hydrological Data using a Mixed-effects Model’ Hydrological Processes 26, 3678–3688

HASSAN, M.A. and MCINTYRE, G. 2012 ‘Palestinian water: resources, use, conservation, climate change, and land use’ Digest of Middle East Studies 21, 313-326

PATIL, S., SIVAPALAN, M., HASSAN, M.A., YE, S., HARMAN, C.J. and XU, X. 2012 ‘A network model for prediction and diagnosis of sediment dynamics at the watershed scale’ J. Geophys. Res. 117, F00A04 DOI 10.1029/2012JF002400

EATON, B.C., HASSAN, M.A. and DAVIDSON, S.L. 2012 ‘Modeling wood dynamics, jam formation, and sediment storage in a gravel-bed stream’ J. Geophys. Res. 117, F00A05 DOI 10.1029/2012JF002385

CULLIS, J.D.S., GILLIS, C.-A., BOTHWELL, M.L., KILROY, C., PACKMAN, A. and HASSAN, M.A. 2012 ‘A conceptual model for the blooming behavior and persistence of the benthic mat-forming diatom Didymosphenia geminate in oligotrophic streams’ Journal of Geophysical Research 117, G00N03 DOI 10.1029/2011JG001891



HASSAN, M.A., CHURCH, M., YAN, Y., SLAYMAKER, O. and XU, J. 2011 ‘Suspended sediment balance for the mainstem of Changjiang (Yangtze River) in the period 1964-1985’ Hydrological processes 25, 2339-2353

SCHIEFER, E., GILBERT, R. and HASSAN, M.A. 2011 ‘A Lake Sediment-Based Proxy of Floods in the Rocky Mountain Front Ranges, Canada’ Journal of Paleolimnology 45, 137-149

MCCLEARY, R., HASSAN, M.A., MILLER, D. and MOORE, D.R. 2011 ‘Predicting the spatial organization of process domains in headwater drainage basins of a glaciated foothills region using mixed-effects models’ Water Resources Research 47, W05505

THOMPSON, S.E., HARMAN, C.J., SCHUMER, R., WILSON, J.S., BASU, N.B., BROOKS, P.D., DONNER, S.D., HASSAN, M.A., PACKMAN, A.I., RAO, P.S.C., TROCH, P.A. and SIVAPALAN, M. 2011 ‘Patterns, puzzles and people: implementing hydrological synthesis’ Hydrological Processes DOI 10.1002/hyp.8234 (11 pages)



SCHIEFER, E., HASSAN, M.A., MENOUNOS, B., PELPOLA, C.P. and SLAYMAKER, O. 2010 ‘Inter-decadal patterns of total sediment yield from a montane catchment, south Coast Mountains, Canada’ Geomorphology 118, 207-212

ZIMMERMANN, A.M., CHURCH, M. and HASSAN, M.A. 2010 ‘Step-pool stability: testing the jam state hypothesis’ Journal of Geophysical Research 115, F02008 DOI 10.1029/2009JF001365

REMPEL, J., HASSAN, M.A. and ENKIN, R. 2010 ‘Laboratory calibration of a magnetic bed load movement detector’ US Geological Survey Scientific Investigation Report 2010-5091, 400-406

HASSAN, M.A., MCINTYRE, G., KLINKENBERG, B., TAMIMI, A.AL-R., PAISELY, R.K., DIABAT, M. and SHAHIN, K. 2010 ‘Palestinian Water I: Resources, Allocation and Perception’ Geography Compass 4, 118–138

HASSAN, M.A., SHAHIN, K., KLINKENBERG, B., MCINTYRE, G., DIABAT, M., TAMIMI, A.AL-R. and NATIV, R. 2010 ‘Palestinian Water II: Climate Change and Land Use’ Geography Compass 4, 139–157

Winter 2018

GEOB405 Fluvial Geomorphology Sections

Introduction to open channel flow and sediment transport. River morphology and channel types. Palaeohydrology. The development of channel networks.

Winter 2018

GEOB508A Advanced Seminar in Geomorphology - ADV SEM GEOMRPHY Sections