Dr. Ibrahim Hoteit

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

Research Interests

Professor Hoteit's research involves the effective use and integration of dynamical models and observations to simulate, study and predict realistic geophysical fluid systems. This involves developing and implementing numerical models and data inversion, assimilation, and uncertainty quantification techniques suitable for large scale applications. Professor is currently focusing on developing an integrated data-driven modeling system to simulate and predict the circulation and the climate of the Saudi marginal seas: the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf.

Selected Publications

Red Sea deep water renewals caused by volcanic eruptions and the north Atlantic oscillation
F. Yao and I. Hoteit
Science Advances, 4:eaar5637, 2018

A fault-tolerant HPC scheduler extension for large and operational ensemble data assimilation in the Red Sea
H. Toye, S. Kortas, P. Zhan, and I. Hoteit 
Journal of Computational Science, 10.1016/j.jocs.2018.04.018,2018

Sensing coral reef connectivity pathways from space
D. Raitsos, R. Brewin, P. Zhan, D. Dreano, Y. Pradhan, and I. Hoteit
Scientific Report, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-08729-w, 2017
Climatic features of the Red Sea from a regional assimilative model
V. Yesubabu, H. Dasari, S. Langodan, S. Challa, and I. Hoteit
International Journal of Climatology, 37, 2563-2581, 2017

The climatology of the Red Sea – Part-I: The wind & Part-II: The waves
S. Langodan, A. Pomaro, L. Cavaleri, Y. Vishwanadhapalli, L. Bertotti, and I. Hoteit
International Journal of Climatology, doi:10.1002/joc.5103, 2017

Eddies in the Red Sea: A statistical and dynamical study
P. Zhan, A. Subramanian, F. Yao, and I. Hoteit
Journal of Geophysical Research, 119(6), 3909-3925, 2014

Efficient Kernel-based ensemble Gaussian mixture filtering
B. Lui, B. Ait-El-Fquih, and I. Hoteit
Monthly Weather Review, 144, 781-800, 2016

Mitigating observation perturbation sampling errors in the stochastic EnKF
I. Hoteit, D.-T. Pham, M.E. Gharamti, and X. Luo
Monthly Weather Review, 143, 2918-2936, 2015

Seasonal overturning circulation in the Red Sea. Part-I: Model validation and summer circulation & Part-II: Winter circulation
F. Yao, I. Hoteit, L. Pratt, A. Bower, P. Zhai, A. Kohl, and G. Gopalakrishnan
Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1002/2013JC009331, 2014
Remote sensing the phytoplankton seasonal succession of the Red Sea
D. Raitsos, P. Pradhan, R. Brewin, G. Stenchikov, and I. Hoteit
PLoS ONE 8(6): e64909, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064909, 2013


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

Professional Profile

  • Associate Professor, KAUST, KSA, 2013 - current
  • 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)


  • Finalist in Environment for the 2017 World Technology Awards, World Technology Network (WTN), Nov 2017
  • Co-recipient of the second-best poster award at the International Petroleum Engineering Conference (IPTC), Doha, January 2014
  • 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