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Gabriel G. Katul, Theodore S. Coile Professor of Hydrology and Micrometeorology and CNCS: Center for nonlinear and complex systems and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Gabriel G. Katul

Gabriel G. Katul received his B.E. degree in 1988 at the American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon), his M.S. degree in 1990 at Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) and his Ph.D degree in 1993 at the University of California in Davis (Davis, CA).  He is currently the Theodore S. Coile Professor of Hydrology and Micrometeorology at the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University (Durham, NC).    He served as an associate editor for Advances in Water Resources (1998-present), Boundary Layer Meteorology (1998-present), Water Resources Research (2004-2009), the Vadoze zone journal (2000-2003) and served as one of the four editors-in-chief for Advances in Water Resources (2011-2014).  He was a visiting fellow at the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia (in 2002), at University of Helsinki (Finland) in 2009 and a FulBright-Italy Distinguished Fellow at Politecnico di Torino (Itay) in 2010. He was also a visiting fellow at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2013 and at Nagoya University (Japan) in 2014. He received several honorary awards, including an honorary certificate by La Seccion de Agrofisica de la Sociedad Cubana de Fisica in Habana (in 1998), editor’s citation for excellence in refereeing from the American Geophysical Union (in 2008), the Macelwane medal and became thereafter a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (in 2002).  In 2012, he received the Hydrologic Science Award from the American Geophysical Union.  He served as the Secretary General for the Hydrologic Science Section at the American Geophysical Union (2006-2008).  Research in Katul's lab focuses on micro-meteorology and near-surface hydrology with emphasis on heat, momentum, carbon dioxide, water vapor, ozone, particulate matter (including aerosols, pollen, and seeds) and water transport in the soil-plant-atmosphere system as well as their implications to a plethora of hydrological, ecological, atmospheric and climate change related problems.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  A246B Lev Sci Res Ctr, Durham, NC 27708
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • CEE 690.13, ADVANCED TOPICS IN CEE Synopsis
    Hudson 139, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as ENVIRON 590.06)
    Env Hall 1101, MWF 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
    Env Hall 1101, W 01:25 PM-03:00 PM

Ph.D.University of California at Davis1993
MSOregon State University1990
BEAmerican University of Beirut, Lebanon1988

atmospheric science
Atmospheric Science
terrestrial ecosystems
soil science
Research Interests: Micrometeorology and surface hydrology. Carbon and water cycling. Environmental fluid dynamics.


Acclimatization • Adaptation, Biological • Agriculture • Air • Air Movements • Air Pollutants • Ammonia • Animals • Atmosphere • Beetles • Biodiversity • Biological Evolution • Biological Transport • Biomass • Carbon • Carbon Dioxide • Carbon Sequestration • Climate • Climate Change • Computer Simulation • Demography • Diffusion • Droughts • Ecology • Ecosystem • Environment • Environmental Monitoring • Extinction, Biological • Feedback • Fertility • Fertilizers • Forestry • Gases • Geography • Germination • Greenhouse Effect • Gymnosperms • Host-Parasite Interactions • Humans • Kinetics • Light • Mexico • Models, Biological • Models, Statistical • Models, Theoretical • Monte Carlo Method • Movement • Nitrates • Nitrogen • North America • North Carolina • Particle Size • Particulate Matter • Photosynthesis • Pinus • Pinus taeda • Plant Leaves • Plant Physiological Phenomena • Plant Roots • Plant Stomata • Plant Transpiration • Plants • Plants, Genetically Modified • Poaceae • Population Control • Population Dynamics • Population Growth • Reproducibility of Results • Resins, Plant • Rheology • Seasons • Seed Dispersal • Seeds • Shear Strength • Sheep, Bighorn • Soil • Soil moisture • Southeastern United States • Spacecraft • Spectrum Analysis • Statistics, Nonparametric • Surface Properties • Tabebuia • Temperature • Time Factors • Trees • Tropical Climate • Turbulence • United States • Vapor Pressure • Volatilization • Water • Water Supply • Weather • Wind • Xylem • Zea mays

Curriculum Vitae
Postdocs Mentored

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. D Li, GG Katul and E Bou-Zeid, Turbulent Energy Spectra and Cospectra of Momentum and Heat Fluxes in the Stable Atmospheric Surface Layer, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, vol. 157 no. 1 (October, 2015), pp. 1-21, ISSN 0006-8314 [doi]
  2. GG Katul, C Manes, A Porporato, E Bou-Zeid and M Chamecki, Bottlenecks in turbulent kinetic energy spectra predicted from structure function inflections using the Von Karman-Howarth equation., Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics, vol. 92 no. 3-1 (September, 2015), pp. 033009, ISSN 1539-3755 [doi]  [abs]
  3. K Ghannam, D Poggi, A Porporato and GG Katul, The Spatio-temporal Statistical Structure and Ergodic Behaviour of Scalar Turbulence Within a Rod Canopy, Boundary-Layer Meteorology (September, 2015), ISSN 0006-8314 [doi]
  4. S Launiainen, GG Katul, A Lauren and P Kolari, Coupling boreal forest CO2, H2O and energy flows by a vertically structured forest canopy – Soil model with separate bryophyte layer, Ecological Modelling, vol. 312 (September, 2015), pp. 385-405, ISSN 0304-3800 [doi]
  5. Q Zhang, GG Katul, R Oren, E Daly, S Manzoni and D Yang, The hysteresis response of soil CO 2 concentration and soil respiration to soil temperature, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, vol. 120 no. 8 (August, 2015), pp. 1605-1618, ISSN 2169-8953 [doi]