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Noam Greenbaum

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Geography, geology, soils, hydrology



  • תואר ראשון – גאוגרפיה, אוניברסיטת ת"א
  • תואר שני – גאוגרפיה פיסית, המכון למדעי כדור הארץ, האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים
  • תואר שלישי – גאוגרפיה פיסית, המכון למדעי כדור הארץ, האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים

נושאי מחקר

  • גאומורפולוגיה והידרולוגיה – שטפונות, הערכת סיכונים, סחף, איכויות מים, זיהומי מים,
    הידרולוגיה עירונית
  • קרקעות כולל זיהום קרקעות
  • רעידות אדמה והשפעתן, הערכות סיכונים
  • שריפות יער והשפעתן על הנחלים וההידרולוגיה
  • גאולוגיה וארכיאווגיה פרהיסטורית


  • מבוא לסובב הפיזי
  • משאבי המים בישראל
  • הידרולוגיה של מים עיליים
  • קמפוס נחל קישון

פרוייקטים מחקריים

1. נעם גרינבאום, לאה ויטנברג ודן מלקינסון (אוניברסיטת חיפה)

אגן נחל אורן – הידרולוגיה של המים העיליים ושל מי התהום, הסחף, ושריפת היער של 2010.

2. Yaron Beeri-Shlevin (Israel Oceanography and Limnology Research), Noam Greenbaum and Alon Rimmer (Deceased April 2018).
Hydrologic and sedimentologic stability characterization of the Beit-Tzeida Valley littoral cell, Lake Kinneret, Northern Israel with implications on its ecological habitats.

3. Noam Greenbaum and Ezra Zilberman (Isr. Geol. Survey)
The largest past and present floods at the Judea Desert ephemeral streams.

4. Lupeng Yu (China), Joel Roskin (U. of Haifa) and Noam Greenbaum
Aeolian-fluvial interactions and controls on dunefield evolution since the last Glacial in China and Israel

Tamar Trop


Research Interests: Design environmental policies, Environmental impact assessments


Phone: 972-4-8288541

Office: Jacobs building, room 507

Office Hours: on prior appointment

CV and Publications

Google Scholar researcher profile

Tamar has a B.Sc. in Physical Geography and Atmosphere Sciences from the Department of Earth Sciences at the Hebrew University (1987), and a M.Sc. (1992) and a Ph.D. (2002) in Urban and Regional Planning from the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Her research interests lie in the areas of urban planning, urban sustainability, planning and evaluating sustainable infrastructure, planning and managing open spaces, nature conservation, conservation of coastal and marine environments, landscape ecology, regional planning and development, and public policy analysis. Tamar teaches an array of courses, including: public policy design, ecology of the built environment, environmental impact assessment, and sustainable infrastructure.

Moshe Gish

Senior Lecturer

Research interests: Natural Area Management, Nature Conservation, Climate Change


Office: Jacobs building, room 508

Office hours: by appointment


I studied my three academic degrees in biology (B.Sc + teaching certificate, M.Sc and Ph.D) at the University of Haifa. My Ph.D was on insect ecology and my post-doctorate at Penn State University was on plant-insect interactions. Today, my studies come under the field of nature conservation.
My viewpoint is that the way in which humans manage their natural resources is a fascinating demonstration of bad management. The easiest way to imperil our children’s future is to continue our “business as usual” strategy we have been adhering to since the beginning of the industrial age: unsustainable exploitation of natural resources and the comfortable overlooking of our negative effects on the environment. If we wish to avoid a grim future, we should not use yesterday’s strategies for the management of tomorrow’s crises. Instead, we must start thinking out of the box, developing novel strategies for managing the natural resources our existence on earth depends upon.
In my studies, I aim for a better understanding of human-induced changes in natural ecosystems and for the development of active management strategies that will improve natural ecosystems’ endurance, thus preserving their ability to provide essential ecosystem services in a future of increasing stress and uncertainty.

Google Scholar researcher profile


  • Novel strategies for strengthening ecosystem endurance in an era of climate change
  • Invasive species
  • Free-roaming cats as a environmental threat
  • Nature Conservation
  • Environmental Education


  • Introduction to Life Sciences A – Biology
  • Introduction to Life Sciences B – Ecology
  • Nature Conservation


Research Interests: Optimization under Uncertainty, Robust Optimization, Large-Scale Optimization of Infrastructure Systems, Planning and Management of Water Resources Systems under Uncertainty, Design, Operation and Monitoring of Water Supply Systems.


Phone: 972-4-8288541

Office: Jacobs building, room 508

Google Scholar researcher profile

I received my Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Technion in 2007. My undergraduate studies focused on Hydrodynamics and Water Resources Engineering and Transportation Engineering. I earned my Ph.D. (direct track) in Hydrodynamics and Water Resources Engineering from the Technion in 2011. In my Ph.D., I developed and implemented models for optimal multi-year management of water quantities and qualities of large-scale water systems under uncertain hydrological conditions, which was applied to the Israeli National Water Supply System. Upon completing my Ph.D., I was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). At UIUC I worked on developing an integrative “system of systems” model that preserve the inherent interdependencies among the subsystems involved in the biofuel production process.

At University of Haifa, I study how to model complex systems incorporating environmental, economic and sustainability aspects while focusing on how to guide the design and management of such systems to address uncertainty and extreme events. I also study the design and the management of “smart” infrastructure systems (so called cyber-infrastructure systems) where I use mathematical modeling and uncertainty analysis to best utilize automated sensing technologies and the vast computational capacity provided by cloud computing technology to design “smarter” infrastructure systems in general and water infrastructure systems in particular. My publications cover modeling methodologies and their implementation to water resources and environmental systems. I also have interests in methodological developments in the field of optimization of large and complex systems and optimization under uncertainty.



  • Environmental Systems Analysis
  • Advanced topics in Matlab
  • Statistical Methods
  • Research Methodologies
  • Environmental Project Management
  • Economics for Managers
  • Advanced Statistical Methods

Selected publications

Housh M., Ostfeld A., and Shamir U., (2011), Optimal multiyear management of a water supply system under uncertainty: Robust counterpart approach, Water Resources Research, 47, W10515, doi:10.1029/2011WR010596.

Housh M., Ostfeld A., and Shamir U., (2012), A box-constrained optimization methodology and its application for a water supply system model, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management Division, ASCE, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000229.

Housh M., Ostfeld A., and Shamir U., (2012), Seasonal multi-year optimal management of quantities and salinities in regional water supply systems, Environmental Modeling and Software, 37, 55-67.

Perelman L., Arad J., Housh M., and Ostfeld A., (2012), Water Distribution Systems Event Detection from Multivariate Water Quality Time Series, Environmental Science and Technology, 46 (15), 8212-8219.

Housh M., Ostfeld A., Shamir U., (2013), Implicit mean-variance approach for optimal management of a water supply system under uncertainty, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 139, 6, 634-643,

Housh M., Ostfeld A., and Shamir U., (2013), Limited multi-stage stochastic programming for managing water supply systems, Environmental Modeling and Software, 41, 53-64, doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2012.11.006

Perelman L., Housh M., Ostfeld A., (2013). Least cost design of water distribution systems under demand uncertainty: the robust counterpart approach, Journal of Hydroinformatics, 15, 3, 737-750,

Arad J., Housh M., Perelman L., Ostfeld A., (2013). A dynamic thresholds scheme for contaminant event detection in water distribution systems, Water Research, 47, 5, 1899 – 1908,

Perelman L., Housh M., Ostfeld A., (2013), Robust optimization for water distribution systems least cost design, Water Resources Research, 49, 6795-6809, 

Housh M., Cai X., Ng T., McIsaac G., Ouyang Y., Khanna M., Sivapalan M., Jain A., Eckhoff S., Gasteyer S., Al-Qadi I., Bai Y., Yaeger M., Ma S., Song Y., (2014), System of Systems Model for Analysis of Biofuel Development,  Journal of Infrastructure Systems,10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000238

Nguyen T., Cai X., Ouyang Y., and Housh M., (2014), Modeling Infrastructure Interdependencies, Resiliency and Sustainability, International Journal of Critical Infrastructures. (accepted)

Limeng P., Housh M., Liu P., Cai X., Chen X., (2014), Stochastic Robust Optimization for Reservoir Operation, Water Resources Research. (accepted)

Yaeger M., Housh M., Cai X., Sivapalan M., (2014), An integrated modeling framework for exploring flow regime and water quality changes with increasing biofuel crop production in the US Corn Belt, Water Resources Research. (accepted)

Housh M., Cai X., (2014), Successive Smoothing Algorithm for Solving Large-Scale Optimization Models with Fixed Cost, Annals of Operation Research. (accepted)

Housh M., Ostfeld A., (2014), Integrated logit framework for contamination event detection in water supply