Oliver López, Ph.D.

Research Staff

Research Specialist

Research Interests

​Oliver's research focuses on spatio-temporal features of hydrological fluxes at the Earth's surface, using this knowledge to understand the associated implications for water resources management, especially for arid lands. These measurements are obtained from a variety of Earth Observing Satellites launched by NASA, ESA and other space agencies around the world. Estimates from Land Surface Models are analyzed along with satellite observations, which enable to improve the models.

Selected Publications

  • Determination of hydraulic conductivity from grain size distribution for different depositional environments
    J. Rosas, O. Lopez, T.M. Missimer, K. Coulibaly, A.H.A. Dehwah, K. Sesler, L.R. Lujan, D. ...
    Ground Water, p.1-15, (2013)
  • Water management during climate change using aquifer storage and recovery of stormwater in a dunefield in western S...
    O. Lopez, G. Stenchikov and T. M. Missimer
    Environmental Research Letters, 9, 075008, (2014)


  • ​M.Sc., Environmental Science and Engineering, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 2012
  • B.Sc., Engineering Physics, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, México, 2010

Professional Profile

  • ​2010-2011: Research Engineer, Wind Energy Group at ITESM/Aeroluz, Monterrey, México
  • 2009-2010: Research Intern, Laboratoire de Mécanique des Solides, École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​American Geophysical Union (AGU)


  • Provost Award at KAUST, 2011

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Sciences & Engineering Division (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

Remote sensing Hydrology Water resources