Khalid Hassaballah

PhD fellow


Mr. Khalid Hassaballah graduated on 9 November 2020. Find the link to his thesis here:

Mr. Khalid Elnoor Ali Hassaballah, is a civil engineer. He graduated from the MSc Programme in Water Science and Engineering, specialization Hydroinformatics, from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands, in April 2010. His MSc research topic was " Model-Based optimization of Downstream Impact During filling of a New Reservoir: Case study of Roseires/Mandaya Reservoirs on the Blue Nile”. The research was funded by the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI).

Khalid has been working as a researcher engineer at the HRC-Sudan since November 2003 and as a consultant for the Eastern Nile Watershed Management Project/Sudan Component (ENWMP-SC) during the period October 2010 to October 2012. He is a member of Sudan Engineering Society (SES), Sudan Engineering Council (SEC), National Member of Nile Basin Initiative Decision Support System Network (NBI/DSSN).

Khalid has a broad experience covering the different aspects of river flood management, sedimentation, water balance studies, water resources planning and management studies; watershed management; and applied research such as reservoirs bathymetric survey; calibration of hydraulic structures; and soil analysis. Khalid has also a good experience in rainfall-runoff modeling, river flood modeling, groundwater modeling, and GIS-GPS & Remote Sensing Applications.


The Hydrological Impacts of Land Use/Cover and Climate Changes on Dinder River Morphology and Eco-hydrology of the Dinder National Park (DNP)/Sudan


  • K. Hassaballah, Jonoski A, Popescu I, Solomatine D (2011) “Model-Based Optimization of Downstream Impact during Filling of a New Reservoir: Case Study of Mandaya/Roseires Reservoirs on the Blue Nile River”. Water Resources Management: 1-21.

Other information


In the face of water resources declining on a global scale, the international scientific community has emphasized the need for new solutions. Hydrology is recognized as a critical factor in the maintenance of the ecosystem integrity of streams and rivers. In a systems view of streams and rivers, hydrologic events are known to form and maintain channel platform and substrate while interactions among flow and channel structure create habitats for animals and aquatic organisms. The understanding of the relationships between the flow regime characteristics of a river and its ecological functioning is crucial to formulate the right strategies for the optimal management of the ecosystem integrity.

This research aims to improve the understanding of the interaction between hydrology, land use management, land cover changes, river morphology and ecosystem of the Dinder and Rahad river basins to enable a better water and ecosystem management. The specific objectives of this PhD research can be summarized as:

  • To obtain better understanding of Land Use Land Cover Changes (LULC) and its impacts on hydrology of Dinder and Rahad River basins.
  • To determine the cause of changes of land use and land cover if any.
  • To study the interaction between hydrology, river morphology of Dinder river and ecohydrology of Mayas.
  • To understand the filling mechanism of Mayas, and determine the causes of drought in some of the Mayas.
  • To predict the future changes in the hydrology and river morphology of the Dinder and Rahad rivers, and the resultant effects on the ecohydrology of selected (pilot) Mayas.




Local Supervisor: Prof .Dr. Seifeldin Hamad Abdalla (Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity-Sudan)

Funding Source: NFP

Employer: The Hydraulics Research Centre (HRC-Sudan) / Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity

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