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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,  Nagoya University (Japan) in 2014, University of Helsinki (Finland) in 2017, and the Karlsruher Institute for Technology (Germany) in 2017. 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 and in 2018, he received the John Dalton medal from the European Geosciences 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
Office Phone:  (919) 613-8033
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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 • Boundary layer (Meteorology) • Carbon • Carbon Dioxide • Carbon Sequestration • Climate • Climate Change • Computer Simulation • Crops and climate • Demography • Diffusion • Droughts • Ecology • Ecosystem • Environment • Environmental Monitoring • Extinction, Biological • Feedback • Fertility • Fertilizers • Forestry • Gases • Geography • Germination • Greenhouse Effect • Gymnosperms • Host-Parasite Interactions • Humans • Hydrology • Kinetics • Light • Mexico • Micrometeorology • 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

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Katul, GG; Porporato, A; Nikora, V, Existence of k⁻¹ power-law scaling in the equilibrium regions of wall-bounded turbulence explained by Heisenberg's eddy viscosity., Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, vol. 86 no. 6 Pt 2 (December, 2012), pp. 066311, ISSN 1539-3755 [23368042], [doi]  [abs]
  2. Cava, D; Katul, GG, On the Scaling Laws of the Velocity-Scalar Cospectra in the Canopy Sublayer Above Tall Forests, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, vol. 145 no. 2 (2012), pp. 1-17, ISSN 0006-8314 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Li, D; Katul, GG; Bou-Zeid, E, Mean velocity and temperature profiles in a sheared diabatic turbulent boundary layer, Physics of Fluids, vol. 24 no. 10 (2012), ISSN 1070-6631 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Manes, C; Ridolfi, L; Katul, G, A phenomenological model to describe turbulent friction in permeable-wall flows, Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 39 no. 14 (2012), ISSN 0094-8276 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Katul, GG; Oren, R; Manzoni, S; Higgins, C; Parlange, MB, Evapotranspiration: A process driving mass transport and energy exchange in the soil-plant-atmosphere-climate system, Reviews of Geophysics, vol. 50 no. 3 (2012), ISSN 8755-1209 [doi]  [abs]
  6. Detto, M; Molini, A; Katul, G; Stoy, P; Palmroth, S; Baldocchi, D, Causality and persistence in ecological systems: a nonparametric spectral granger causality approach., American Naturalist, vol. 179 no. 4 (April, 2012), pp. 524-535, ISSN 0003-0147 [22437181], [doi]  [abs]
  7. Katul, GG; Konings, AG; Porporato, A, Mean velocity profile in a sheared and thermally stratified atmospheric boundary layer., Physical Review Letters, vol. 107 no. 26 (December, 2011), pp. 268502 [22243189], [doi]  [abs]