Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Rabi Mohtar

Contact Information

ABE 321
Purdue University
225 South University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2093


Rabi’s professional activities address the important issues of developing and maintaining the environmental aspects of sustainable growth that involves using our resources efficiently, maintaining or improving environmental quality, as well as maintaining or improving the productivity, economic opportunities, and health of all people. He has focused on conserving natural resources (including land, water, air, and biological resources) that face global challenges such as increasing food and water supplies for a growing population. He has developed environmental and natural resources conservation engineering programs that evaluate the environmental impacts of land use and water management; developed innovative soil and groundwater remediation technologies; applied numerical methods to biological engineering systems; characterized the soil water medium at the pedon, field, and watershed scales. He has also designed and evaluated international sustainable water management programs that deal with population growth and water shortage conditions in arid climates. His research has resulted in improved methods for environmental and natural resources engineering, many of which have been adopted by other professionals and agencies internationally.

Selected Publications

Mohtar, R. H., T. Zhai, J. Y. Choi, B. A. Engel and J. J. Fast. 2007. Outcome-Based Evaluation of Environmental Modeling Tools for Classroom Learning. International Journal of Engineering Education 23(4):661-671.

Rahbeh, M. E. and R. H. Mohtar. 2006. Application of Multiphase Transport Models to Field Remediation by Air Sparging and Soil Vapor Extraction. Journal of Hazardous Materials. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2006.09.098.

Zhai, T., R. H. Mohtar, A. R. Gillespie, G. R. von Kiparski, K.D. Johnson, and M. Neary. 2006. Modeling forage growth in a Midwest USA silvopastoral System. AgroForestry Systems (2006) 67:243-257. DOI 10.1007/s10457-005-3823-0.

Braudeau, E. and R. H. Mohtar. 2004. Water potential in non-rigid unsaturated soil-water medium. Water Resources Research (40)W05108, doi:10.1029/2004WR003119.

Jaber, F. and R. H. Mohtar. 2003. Stability and accuracy of two-dimensional kinematic wave overland flow modeling. Advances in Water Resources 26(2003)1189-1198.

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