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.

Former Head of the Department (2012-2019).


AN, C., PARKER, G., HASSAN, M. A. and FU, X. 2019 ‘Can magic sand cause massive degradation of a gravel-bed river at the decadal scale? Shi‑ting River, China’ Geomorphology 327, 147-158

TSURUTA, K., HASSAN, M. A., DONNER, S. D. and ALILA, Y. 2019 ‘Modelling the effects of climatic and hydrological regime changes on the sediment dynamics of the Fraser River Basin, British Columbia, Canada’ Hydrological Processes 33(2), 244-260



MATOS, J. P., HASSAN, M. A., LU, X. X. and FRANCA, M. J. 2018 ‘Probabilistic Prediction and Forecast of Daily Suspended Sediment Concentration on the Upper Yangtze River’ Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 123(8), 1982-2003

JUEZ, C., HASSAN, M. A. and FRANCA, M. J. 2018 ‘The Origin of Fine Sediment Determines the Observations of Suspended Sediment Fluxes Under Unsteady Flow Conditions’ Water Resources Research 54(8), 5654-5669

MÜLLER, T. and HASSAN, M. A. 2018 ‘Fluvial response to changes in the magnitude and frequency of sediment supply in a 1-D model’ Earth Surface Dynamics 6, 1041-1057

CHARTRAND, S. M., JELLINEK, A. M., HASSAN, M. A. and FERRER-BOIX, C. 2018 ‘Morphodynamics of a Width‐Variable Gravel Bed Stream: New Insights on Pool‐Riffle Formation From Physical Experiments’ Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 123(11), 2735-2766

FAN, N., CHU, Z., JIANG, L., HASSAN, M. A., LAMB, M. P. and LIU, X. 2018 ‘Abrupt drainage basin reorganization following a Pleistocene river capture’ Nature Communications 9(3756)  | DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-06238-6

ZHANG, C., XU, M., HASSAN, M. A., CHARTRAND, S. M. and WANG, Z. 2018 ‘Experimental study on the stability and failure of individual step-pool’ Geomorphology 311, 51-62

ELGUETA-ASTABURUAGA, M., HASSAN, M. A., SALETTI, M. and CLARKE, G. K. C. 2018 ‘The Effect of Episodic Sediment Supply on Bedload Variability and Sediment Mobility’ Water Resources Research 54(9), 6319-6335

TSURUTA, K., HASSAN, M. A., DONNER, S. D. and ALILA, Y. 2018 ‘Development and Application of a Large‐Scale, Physically Based, Distributed Suspended Sediment Transport Model on the Fraser River Basin, British Columbia, Canada’ Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 123(10), 2481-2508

HASSAN, M. A., BIRD, S., REID, D., FERRER-BOIX, C., HOGAN, D., BRARDINONI, F. and CHARTRAND, S. 2018 ‘Variable hillslope‐channel coupling and channel characteristics of forested mountain streams in glaciated landscapes’ Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 44(3), 736-751

CIENCIALA, P. and HASSAN, M. A. 2018 ‘Spatial linkages between geomorphic and hydraulic conditions and invertebrate drift characteristics in a small mountain stream’ Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 75(11), 1823-1835


PLUMB, B. D., ANNABLE, W. K., THOMPSON, P. J. and HASSAN, M. A. 2017 ‘The Impact of Urbanization on Temporal Changes in Sediment Transport in a Gravel Bed Channel in Southern Ontario, Canada’ Water Resources Research 53(10), 8443-8458

ELGUETA-ASTABURUAGA, M. A. and HASSAN, M. A. 2017 ‘Experiment on temporal variation of bed load transport in response to changes in sediment supply in streams’ Water Resources Research 53(1), 763-778

HASSAN, M. A., ROBERGE, L., CHURCH, M., MORE, M., DONNER, S. D., LEACH, J. and ALI, K. F. 2017 ‘What are the contemporary sources of sediment in the Mississippi River?’ Geophysical Research Letters 44(17), 8919-8924



PAPANGELAKIS, E. and HASSAN, M. A. 2016 ‘The role of channel morphology on the mobility and dispersion of bed sediment in a small gravel-bed stream’ Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 41(15), 2191-2206

REID, D. A., HASSAN, M. A. and FLOYD, W. 2016 ‘Reach-scale contributions of road-surface sediment to the Honna River, Haida Gwaii, BC’ Hydrological Processes 30(19), 3450-3465

SALETTI, M., MOLNAR, P., HASSAN, M. A. and BURLANDO, P. 2016 ‘A reduced-complexity model for sediment transport and step-pool morphology’ Earth Surface Dynamics 4(3), 549-566

KING, L., HASSAN, M. A., YANG, K. and FLOWERS, G. 2016 ‘Flow routing for delineating supraglacial meltwater channel networks’ Remote Sensing 8(12)

MANIATIS, G., HOEY, T. B., HASSAN, M. A., SVENTEK, J., HODGE, R., DRYSDALE, T. and VALYRAKIS, M. 2016 ‘Calculating the explicit probability of entrainment based on inertial acceleration measurements’ Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 143(4)

HASSAN, M. A., BIRD, S., REID, D. and HOGAN, D. 2016 ‘Simulated wood budgets in two mountain streams’ Geomorphology 259, 119-133

CIENCIALA, P. and HASSAN, M. A. 2016 ‘Sampling variability in estimates of flow characteristics in coarse-bed channels: effects of sample size’ Water Resources Research 52(3), 1899-1922

JUEZ, C., FERRER-BOIX, C., MURILLO, J., HASSAN, M. A. and GARCIA-NAVARRO, P. 2016 ‘A model based on Hirano-Exner equations for two-dimensional transient flows over heterogeneous erodible beds’ Advances in Water Resources 87, 1-18

TURCOTTE, B., MILLAR, R. G. and HASSAN, M. A. 2016 ‘Drag forces on large cylinders’ River Research and Applications 32(3), 411-417



ABALHARTH, M., HASSAN, M. A., KLINKENBERG, B., LEUNG, V. and MCCLEARY, R. 2015 ‘Using LiDAR to characterize logjams in lowland rivers’ Geomorphology 246, 531-541

HASSAN, M. A., TONINA, D. and BUXTON, T. H. 2015 ‘Does small-bodied salmon spawning activity enhance streambed mobility?’ Water Resources Research 51(9), 7467-7484

FERRER-BOIX, C. and HASSAN, M. A. 2015 ‘Channel adjustments to a succession of water pulses in gravel bed rivers’ Water Resources Research 51(11), 8773-8790

SALETTI, M., MOLNAR, P., ZIMMERMANN, A., HASSAN, M. A. and CHURCH, M. 2015 ‘Temporal variability and memory in sediment transport in an experimental step-pool channel’ Water Resources Research 51(11), 9325-9337

CHARTRAND, S. M., HASSAN, M. A. and RADIC, V. 2015 ‘Pool-riffle sedimentation and surface texture trends in a gravel bed stream’ Water Resources Research 51(11), 8704-8728

BUXTON, T. H., BUFFINGTON, J. M., YAGER, E. M., HASSAN, M. A. and FREMIER, A. K. 2015 ‘The relative stability of salmon redds and unspawned streambeds’ Water Resources Research 51(8), 6074-6092

HASSAN, M. A., TONINA, D., BECKIE, R. D. and KINNEAR, M. ‘The effects of discharge and slope on hyporheic flow in step‐pool morphologies’ Hydrological Processes 29(3), 419-433



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

LEONG, D. N. S., DONNER, S. D., HASSAN, M. A., GABOR, R. and DRUMMOND, J. D. 2014 ‘Sensitivity of stoichiometric ratios in the Mississippi River to hydrologic variability’ Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 119, 1049-1062

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