• Water Resources Engineering
  • Integrated Water Management Modelling
  • Watershed Modelling and Model Calibration
  • Heuristic Optimization and Algorithm Development and Testing
  • Multi-Objective Optimization
  • Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analyses


Water resources systems analysis using optimization, sensitivity analysis, and uncertainty analysis tools, hydrologic modeling focusing on nutrients and water quality, and developing efficient systems analysis tools.

Research description

Dr. Asadzadeh performs research into the simulation, analysis and design of water resources engineering systems. He has developed efficient and parsimonious tools for solving single- and multi-objective optimization problems and applied them to a range of water resources and environmental engineering problems including the optimal operation of river-reservoir systems, calibration of hydrologic models, and design of water distribution systems.

Graduate Student Opportunities

Dr. Asadzadeh does not have any graduate student opportunities available at this time.

Selected Publications

Holmes T L., Stadnyk T A., Asadzadeh M., Gibson J J. 2022. Variability in flow and tracer-based performance metric sensitivities reveal regional differences in dominant hydrological processes across the Athabasca River basin. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 41, 101088.

Kim S J., Asadzadeh M., Stadnyk T A. 2022. Climate change impact on water supply and hydropower generation potential in Northern Manitoba. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 41, 101077.

Sharifyazd S., Asadzadeh M., Levin D B. 2022. Modelling cell growth and polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) polymer synthesis by Pseudomonas putida LS46 under oxygen-limiting conditions. Current Biotechnology, (11)4.

Razavi S., Jakeman A., Saltelli A., Prieur C., Iooss B., Borgonovo E., Plischke E., Piano S L., Iwanaga T., Becker W., Tarantola S., Guillaume J H A., Jakeman J., Gupta H., Melillo N., Rabitti G., Chabridon V., Duan Q., Sun X., Smith S., Sheikholeslami R., Hosseini N., Asadzadeh M., Puy A., Kucherenko S., Maier H R. 2021. The Future of Sensitivity Analysis: An Essential Discipline for Systems Modelling and Policy Making. Environmental Modelling & Software, 137, 104954. 

Sahraei S., and Asadzadeh M. 2021. Cluster-based multi-objective optimization for identifying diverse design options: Application to water resources problems. Environmental Modelling & Software, 135, 104902. 

Holmes T L., Stadnyk T A., Kim S J., Asadzadeh M. 2020. Regional Calibration with Isotope Tracers using a Spatially Distributed Model: A Comparison of Methods. Water Resources Research, 56, e2020WR027447.  

Sahraei S., Asadzadeh M., Undanche F. 2020. Signature-Based Multi-Modelling and Multi-Objective Calibration of Hydrologic Models: Application in Flood Forecasting for Canadian Prairies. Journal of Hydrology, 588, 125095.

Bajracharya A., Awoye O H R., Stadnyk T A., and Asadzadeh M. 2020. Time Variant Sensitivity Analysis of Hydrological Model Parameters in a Cold Region using Flow Signatures. Water, 12(4), 961.

Sahraei S., Asadzadeh M., Shafii M. 2019. Toward effective many-objective optimization: Rounded-archiving. Environmental Modelling & Software, 122, 104535.

Asadzadeh M., Leon L., Yang W., Bosch D. 2016. One-day offset in daily hydrologic modelling: An exploration of the issue in automatic model calibration. Journal of Hydrology, 534.

Asadzadeh M., Leon L., McCrimmon R. C., Yang W., Liu Y., Wong I., Fong P., Bowen G. 2015. Watershed derived nutrients for Lake Ontario inflows: Model calibration considering typical land operations in Southern Ontario. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 41(4).

Asadzadeh M., Tolson B. A., and Burn D. H., 2014. A New Selection Metric for Multi-Objective Hydrologic Model Calibration. Water Resources Research, 50(9).

Razavi S., Asadzadeh M., Tolson B. A., Fay D., Moin S., and Bruxer J., 2014. Evaluation of New Control Structures for Regulating the Great Lakes System: A Multi-scenario, Multi-reservoir Optimization Approach. ASCE, Water Resources Planning and Management, 140(8).

Asadzadeh M., Razavi S., Tolson B. A., and Fay D., 2014. Pre-emption Strategies for Efficient Multi-Objective Optimization: Application to the Development of Lake Superior Regulation Plan. Environmental Modelling & Software, 54. 

Asadzadeh M., and Tolson B. A., 2013. Pareto Archived Dynamically Dimensioned Search with Hypervolume Based Selection for Multi-Objective Optimization. Eng. Optimization, 45(12).

Matott L. S., Tolson B. A., and Asadzadeh M., 2012. A Benchmarking Framework for Simulation-based Optimization of Environmental Models. Environmental Modelling & Software, 35.

Asadzadeh M., and Tolson B. A., 2012. Hybrid Pareto archived dynamically dimensioned search for multi-objective combinatorial optimization: application to water distribution network design. Hydroinformatics, 14(1).