Dr. Ibrahim Hoteit

Principal Investigator
​Associate Professor, Earth Sciences and Engineering
Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics & Computational Science​​​​​​​​​​​​

Research Interests

Focus on the effective use​ and integration of dynamical models and observations to simulate, study and predict earth fluid systems. This involves developing and implementing numerical models and data inversion, assimilation, and uncertainty quantification techniques suitable for large scale applications. His current research projects include 
- Modeling, understanding and predicting the Red Sea physics and biology 
- Predicting marine and weather extreme events (storm surge, flooding, tsunami) 
- Reservoir history matching.

Selected Publications

  • I. Hoteit, X. Luo and D.T. Pham: Particle Kalman filtering: A nonlinear Bayesian framework for ensemble Kalman filters. Monthly Weather Review, 140, 528-542, 2012. ​

  • H. Song, I. Hoteit, B. Cornuelle, and A. Subramanian: An adaptive approach to mitigate background covariance limitations in the ensemble Kalman filter. Monthly Weather Review, 138, 2825-2845, 2010.

  • Hoteit, B. Cornuelle, and P. Heimbach: An eddy permitting variational data assimilation system for estimating the state of the tropical pacific. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, C03001, doi:10.1029/2009JC005437, 2010.

  • Hoteit, D.-T. Pham, G. Triantafyllou, and G. Korres: A new approximate solution of the optimal nonlinear filter for data assimilation in meteorology and oceanography. Monthly Weather Review, 136, 317-334, 2008.

  • I. Hoteit, B. Cornuelle, A. Köhl, and D. Stammer: Treating strong adjoint sensitivities in tropical eddy-permitting variational data assimilation. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 131, 3659-3682, 2005. 

  • I. Hoteit, D.T. Pham, and J. Blum: Simplified reduced-order Kalman filtering and application to altimetric data assimilation in the tropical Pacific. Journal of Marine Systems, 236, 101-127, 2002. 


  • Ph.D., Université Joseph Fourrier, Grenoble, France 1998 - 2002
  • M.S., Université Joseph Fourrier, Grenoble, France 1997 - 1998

Professional Profile

  • Assistant Professor, KAUST,  KSA, 2009 - 2013
  • Research Scientist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, CA, 2004 - 2008
  • Postgraduate Researcher, ECCO (MIT/SIO/JPL) , Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, 2002 - 2004​

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Member of the American Geophysical Union
  • Member of the European Geophysical Union
  • Member of the UNSECO Center of Pure and Applied Mathematics (CIMPA)


  • Honorable mention (top five papers), PacificVis Symposium, Syndey, Australia, 2013
  • Best poster award at the SIAM conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in Earth Sciences, Long Beach, USA, 2011
  • Best poster award at the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, San Francisco, USA, 2011
  • Ph.D. Fellowship Award from the French Government