About Me

I am a hydro-meteorologist, exploring the interactions between atmospheric and Earth surface processes, and currently employed as a Senior Scientist in the Chair of Hydrology and Water Resources Management at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. In August 2021, I will start a new position as SNF Assistant Professor at the University of Lausanne, the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics.


My research includes analyses and modelling of hydro-meteorological systems at different spatial-temporal scales, from local-to-regional scales and from minutes-to-decades, for past, present and future climates.


My areas of expertise include exploring climate change and climatic impacts on Earth systems and environmental processes and their uncertainties, downscaling climatic variables from regional to local scale using stochastic models, hydrological modeling of rural and urban environments, exploring short- and long-term response of landscape and fluvial systems to changes in climate, and analyzing large datasets derived from remote sensing devices, climate re-analysis products and models.

Research Interests

  • Catchment and urban hydrology

  • Climate change and climatic impacts

  • Downscaling climate variables and uncertainty analysis

  • Hydrological and climatic extremes

  • Landscape evolution and fluvial processes

  • Remote sensing of precipitation

  • Stochastic modelling


Refereed Journal Articles:

Past Projects

Wild River

Evaluation of future hydrological scenarios using a stochastic high-resolution climate data


Natural Water System

Generation of very high-resolution climate scenarios for hydropower projection (SCCER-SoE)

Weather radar-derived spatiotemporal characteristics of extreme rainfall intensities and their scaling with temperature


Rainfall and Floods

in Future Cities

The overarching goal of the project is to improve the knowledge of how the magnitude and occurrence of floods will change in future cities following the changes that are foreseen to extreme rainfall events and intensities.



  • Hirschberg, J., Fatichi, S., Bennett, G.L., McArdell, B.W., Peleg, N., Lane, S.N., Schlunegger, F., Molnar, P., (2021) Climate change impacts on sediment yield and debris-flow activity in an Alpine catchment. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 126(1).

  • Nyman, P., Yeates, P., Langhans, C., Noske, P., Peleg, N., Lane, P., Haydon, S., Sheridan, G., (2021) Probability and consequence of postfire erosion for treatability of water in an unfiltered supply system." Water Resources Research, 57(1), 2019WR026185.

  • Peleg, N., Skinner, C., Fatichi, S., Molnar, P., (2020) Temperature effects on the spatial structure of heavy rainfall modify catchment hydro-morphological response. Earth Surface Dynamics, 8, p. 17-36.

  • Peleg, N., Sinclair, S., Fatichi, S., Burlando, P., (2020) Downscaling climate projections over large and data sparse regions: methodological application in the Zambezi River Basin. International Journal of Climatology, p. 1-23.

  • Skinner, C., Peleg, N., Quinn, N., Coulthard, T., Molnar, P., Freer, J., (2020) The impact of different rainfall products on landscape modelling simulations. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.

  • Peleg, N., Molnar, P., Burlando, P., Fatichi, S., (2019) Exploring stochastic climate uncertainty in space and time using a gridded hourly weather generator. Journal of Hydrology, 571, p. 627-641.

  • Peleg, N., Marra, F., Fatichi, S., Molnar, P., Morin, E., Sharma, A., Burlando, P., (2018) Intensification of convective rain cells at warmer temperatures observed from high-resolution weather radar data. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 19, p. 715-726.

  • Peleg, N., Marra, F., Fatichi, S., Paschalis, A., Molnar, P., Burlando, P., (2018), Spatial variability of extreme rainfall at radar subpixel scale. Journal of Hydrology, 556, p. 922-933.

  • Peleg, N., Fatichi, S., Paschalis, A., Molnar, P., and Burlando, P., (2017) An advanced stochastic weather generator for simulating 2-D high resolution climate variables. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 9, p. 1595-1627.

  • Belachsen, I., Marra, F., Peleg, N., Morin, E., (2017), Convective rainfall in dry climate: relations with synoptic systems and flash-flood generation in the Dead Sea region. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21, p. 1595-1627.

  • Peleg, N., Blumensaat, F., Molnar, P., Fatichi, S., Burlando, P., (2017), Partitioning the impacts of spatial and climatological rainfall variability in urban drainage modeling. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21, p. 1559–1572.

  • Marra, F., Morin, E., Peleg, N., Mei, Z., Anagnostou, E., (2017), Comparing Intensity–Duration–Frequency curves derived from CMORPH and radar rainfall estimates over the Eastern Mediterranean. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21, p. 2389–2404.

  • Ayala, A., Pellicciotti, F., Peleg, N., Burlando, P., (2017), Melt and surface sublimation across a glacier in a dry environment: Distributed energy balance modelling of Juncal Norte Glacier, Chile. Journal of Glaciology, 63, p. 803-822.

  • Fatichi, S., Ivanov, V., Paschalis, A., Molnar, P., Rimkus, S., Kim, J., Peleg, N., Burlando, P., Caporali, E., (2016), Uncertainty partition challenges the predictability of vital details of climate change. Earth’s Future, 4 (5), p. 240-251.

  • Peleg, N., Shamir, E., Georgakakos, KP., Morin, E., (2015), A framework for assessing hydrological regime sensitivity to climate change in a convective rainfall environment: A case study of two medium-sized eastern Mediterranean catchments, Israel. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 19, p. 567–581.

  • Peleg, N., Bartov, M., Morin, E., (2014), CMIP5-predicted climate shifts over the East Mediterranean: implications for the transition region between Mediterranean and semi-arid climates. International Journal of Climatology, 35 (8), p. 2144-2153.

  • Peleg, N., Morin, E., (2014), Stochastic convective rain-field simulation using a high-resolution synoptically conditioned weather generator (HiReS-WG). Water Resources Research, 50 (3), p. 2124-2139.

  • Peleg, N., Ben-Asher, M., Morin, E., (2013), Radar subpixel-scale rainfall variability and uncertainty: lessons learned from observations of a dense rain-gauge network. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17, p. 2195-2208.

  • Peleg, N., Morin, E., (2012), Convective rain cells: Radar-derived spatio-temporal characteristics and synoptic patterns over the Eastern Mediterranean. Journal of Geophysical Research, 117,D15116.

  • Peleg, N., Morin, E., Gvirtzman, H., Enzel, Y., (2012), Rainfall, spring discharge and past human occupancy in the Eastern Mediterranean. Climatic Change, 112, p. 769-789.

  • Peleg, N., Gvirtzman, H., (2010), Groundwater flow modeling of two-levels perched karstic leaking aquifers as a tool for estimating recharge and hydraulic parameters. Journal of Hydrology, 388, p. 13-27.


I am looking to hire

PhD student in Urban Rainfall

Postdoctoral researcher in dynamical atmospheric modelling

Contact Information

Nadav Peleg

Senior Scientist

Institute of Environmental Engineering (IfU)
ETH Zurich

HIL D23.2
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 Zurich, Switzerland
Office +41 44 633 27 17

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