Researcher

Dr Mahmood Sadat-Noori

My Expertise

  • Submarine groundwater discharge
  • Natural groundwater tracers; radon and radium
  • Carbon, nutrient and greenhouse gas dynamics in estuaries and wetlands

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Groundwater Hydrology, Surfacewater Hydrology, Environmental Monitoring, Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Impact Assessment

Biography

Dr. Mahmood Sadat-Noori is a Lecturer at the Water Research Laboratory within the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Mahmood holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Water Engineering both from the University of Tehran and a Ph.D. degree in Groundwater Hydrology from Southern Cross University, Australia. His research operates at the interface between two fields; hydrology and geochemistry. His research interest is in...view more

Dr. Mahmood Sadat-Noori is a Lecturer at the Water Research Laboratory within the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Mahmood holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Water Engineering both from the University of Tehran and a Ph.D. degree in Groundwater Hydrology from Southern Cross University, Australia. His research operates at the interface between two fields; hydrology and geochemistry. His research interest is in quantifying groundwater - surface water interactions in coastal and inland environments and understanding how groundwater discharge into surface water bodies can influence surface water quantity and quality. This has implications for water quality management as groundwater discharge can act as a pathway for transporting dissolved nutrients, carbon, metal, and greenhouse gases to surface water bodies such as streams, estuaries, lakes, and wetlands.

Mahmood employs a multi-disciplinary approach to investigate groundwater - surface water interactions by conducting large-scale field investigations, and using hydrogeological, hydrochemical, and environmental tracer data, such as radon (Rn-222), radium isotopes (Ra-223,224, 226), and water stable isotopes (O-18 and H-2). His Ph.D. research introduced a novel sampling approach for reducing uncertainties related to quantifying groundwater discharge in estuaries using radon, (a natural groundwater tracer) through field investigation and analytical analysis. His current research is focused on understanding the role of groundwater in the carbon cycle of wetlands that have undergone restoration and how over-pumping of groundwater resources (for agriculture, industry, and water supply) can affect groundwater dependant ecosystems.


My Grants

Project Title | Role | Founding Source | Grant $ | 

  • Is groundwater discharge an overlooked source of methane in restored coastal wetlands? | Lead Cheif Investigator | The Hermon Slade Foundation | $75,000
  • Investigating groundwater quality link with costal erossion after extreme rainfall event | Co-CI | NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services | $30,000
  • Restoring a coastal wetland through hydrological management | Co-CI | Port of Newcastle | $15,000
  • Independent Review of the Impacts of the Bottled Water Industry on Groundwater Resources in the Northern Rivers Region of NSW | Co-CI | Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer | $85,000
  • A Radium Isotope Analyser for investigating groundwater-surface water interactions in coastal environments | Lead CI | UNSW | $40,000
  • A Portable Greenhouse Gas Analyser for in-situ measurement of the carbon dioxide and methane concentration | Lead CI | UNSW | $40,000

My Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2017, Groundwater Hydrology, Southern Cross University (SCU)
  • Master of Science, 2011, Water Resources Engineering, University of Tehran
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), 2009, Water Engineering, University of Tehran

My Awards

  • Awardedd the ‘Top 100 Downloaded Paper in 2021’, Scientific Reports, 2022
  • Equality and Diversity Excellence Award, Faculty of Engineering, UNSW, 2021
  • Industry Engagement and Innovation Excellence Award, Faculty of Engineering, UNSW, 2021
  • Working with Nature Award, World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (the first in Australia), 2020
  • Community Sponsorship Award, Port of Newcastle, 2020

My Engagement

Associate Editor

  • Journal of Hydrology

 

Scientific Reviewer

  • Journal of Hydrology
  • Journal of Geophysical letters
  • Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans
  • Water Research
  • Water Resources Research
  •  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
  • Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
  • Science of The Total Environment
  • Estuaries and Coasts
  • Journal of Environmental Pollution
  • Hydrology Research
  • Hydro-environment Research
  • Journal of Marine Systems
  • Environmental Earth Sciences
  • Limnology and Oceanography
  • Frontiers in Marine Science

 

 

 

Committee Member 

  • Committee member - Research Management Committee, Water Research Laboratory, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering 
  • Committee chair - Early Career Academic Network (ECAN), Faculty of Engineering
  • Committee member - Faculty's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

My Teaching

CVEN9625 - Fundamentals of Water Engineering

CVEN4503 - Groundwater Resources Investigation 

CVEN9630 - Groundwater Hydrology

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Location

MV15 (BEL Lab), Water Research Laboratory,
110 King St., Manly Vale, NSW, 2093

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