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About Me

I am a hydro-meteorologist, exploring the interactions between atmospheric and Earth surface processes. 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

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Assessment of pluvial flood-related physical
climate risk (E4S)

Towards digitalization for sustainable and resilient agriculture: Climate change impacts on
agricultural suitability in Switzerland (E4S)


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.

Urban Park

Sustainable future cities: monitoring urban ecosystem services

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

Mountains with Snow

Climate change, vegetation development, and hydrological systems in rapidly changing areas

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



  • Marra, F., Koukoula, M., Canale, A., and Peleg, N., (2024) Predicting extreme sub-hourly precipitation intensification based on temperature shifts, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 28, 375–389.

  • Zou, W., Hu, G., Wiersma, P., Yin, S., Xiao, Y., Mariethoz, G., Peleg, N., (2024) Multiple-point geostatistics-based spatial downscaling of heavy rainfall fields. Journal of Hydrology, 632, 130899.

  • Moraga, J.S., Peleg, N., Burlando, P., (2024) Modeling temperature-dependent sub-daily extreme rainfall with a gridded weather generator, Earth and Space Science, 11, e2023EA003403.

  • Armon, M., de Vries, A., Marra, F., Peleg N., Wernli, H., (2024) Saharan rainfall climatology and its relationship with surface cyclones, Weather and Climate Extremes, 43, 100638.

  • Cache, T., Ramirez J., Molnar, P., Ruiz-Villanueva, V., Peleg N., (2023) Increased erosion in a pre-Alpine region contrasts with a future decrease in precipitation and snowmelt, Geomorphology, 108782.

  • Nissan, A., Alcolombri, U., Peleg, N., Galili, N., Jimenez-Martinez, J., Molnar, P., Holzner, N., (2023) Global warming accelerates soil heterotrophic respiration, Nature Communication, 14, 3452.

  • Sauter, C., Fowler, H., Westra, S., Ali, H., Peleg, N., White, C., (2023) Compound extreme hourly rainfall preconditioned by heatwaves most likely in the mid-latitudes, Weather and Climate Extremes, 40, 100563.

  • Peleg, N., Torelló-Sentelles, H., Mariéthoz, G., Benoit, L., Leitão, J. P., Marra, F., (2023) Brief communication: The potential use of low-cost acoustic sensors to detect rainfall for short-term urban flood warnings, Natural Hazards Earth Systems Science, 23, 1233–1240.

  • Ramirez, J.A., Peleg, N., Baird, A.J., Young, D.M., Morris, P.J., Larocque, M., Garneau, M., (2023) Modelling peatland development in high-boreal Quebec, Canada, with DigiBog_Boreal. Ecological Modelling, 478, 110298.

  • Wakjira, M.T., Peleg, N., Burlando, P., Molnar, P., (2023) Gridded daily 2-m air temperature dataset for Ethiopia derived by debiasing and downscaling ERA5-Land for the period 1981-2010. Data in Brief, 108844.

  • Chiu, C., Wang, K., Paschalis, A., Erfani, T., Peleg, N., Fatichi, S., Theeuwes, N., Manoli, G., (2022) An analytical approximation of urban heat and dry islands and their impact on convection triggering. Urban Climate, 46, 101346.

  • Zhang, Y., Ragettli, S., Molnar, P., Fink, O., Peleg, N., (2022) Generalization of an Encoder-Decoder LSTM model for flood prediction in ungauged catchments. Journal of Hydrology, 641(B), 128577.

  • Moraga, J.S., Peleg, N., Molnar, P., Fatichi, S., Burlando, P., (2022) Uncertainty in high-resolution hydrological projections: Partitioning the influence of climate models and natural climate variability. Hydrological Processes, 36(10), e14695.

  • Peleg, N., Ban, N., .Gibson, M., Chen, A., Paschalis, A., Burlando, P., Leitão, J., (2022) Mapping storm spatial profiles for flood impact assessments. Advances in Water Resources, 104258.

  • Huang, J., Fatichi, S., Mascaro, G., Manoli, G., Peleg, N., (2022) Intensification of sub-daily rainfall extremes in a low-rise urban area. Urban Climate, 42, 101124.

  • Schirmer, M., Winstral, A., Jonas, T., Burlando, P., Peleg, N., (2022) Natural climate variability is an important aspect of future projections of snow water resources and rain-on-snow events. The Cryosphere, 16, p. 3469–3488.

  • Richards, D.R., Belcher, R.N., Carrasco, L.R., Edwards, P.J., Fatichi, S., Hamel, P., Masoudi, M., McDonnell, M.J., Peleg, N., Stanley, M.C., (2022) Global variation in contributions to human well-being from urban vegetation ecosystem services. One Earth, 5(5), p. 522-533.

  • Ramirez, J.A., Mertin, M., Peleg, N., Horton, P., Skinner, C., Zimmermann, M., Keiler, M., (2022) Modelling the long-term geomorphic response to check dam failures in an alpine channel with CAESAR-Lisflood. International Journal of Sediment Research, 37(5), p. 687-700.

  • Marcolongo, A., Vladymyrov, M., Lienert, S., Peleg, N., Haug, S., Zscheischler, J., (2022) Predicting years with extremely low gross primary production from daily weather data using Convolutional Neural Networks. Environmental Data Science, 1, E2.

  • Fischer et al., (2022) Climate Scenarios for Switzerland CH2018 – Approach and Implications. Climate Services, 26, 100288.

  • Fatichi, S., Peleg, N., Mastrotheodoros, T., Pappas, C., Manoli, G., (2021) An ecohydrological journey of 4500 years reveals a stable but threatened precipitation–groundwater recharge relation around Jerusalem. Science Advances, 7, eabe6303.

  • Moraga, J.S., Peleg, N., Fatichi, S., Molnar, P., Burlando, P., (2021) Revealing the impacts of climate change on mountainous catchments through high-resolution modelling. Journal of Hydrology, 603, 126806.

  • Wakjira, M.T., Peleg, N., Anghileri, D., Molnar, D., Alamirew, T., Six, J., Molnar, P., (2021) Rainfall seasonality and timing: implications for cereal crop production in Ethiopia. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 310, 108633.

  • Peleg, N., Skinner, C., Ramirez, J., Molnar, P., (2021) Rainfall spatial-heterogeneity accelerates landscape evolution processes. Geomorphology, 390, 107863.

  • Ali, H., Peleg, N., Fowler, H., (2021) Global scaling of rainfall with dewpoint temperature reveals considerable ocean-land difference. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL093798.

  • Meili, N., Acero, J.A., Peleg, N., Manoli, G., Burlando, P., Fatichi, S., (2021) Vegetation cover and plant-trait effects on the outdoor thermal comfort in a tropical city. Building and Environment, 195, 107733.

  • 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.

Contact Information

Prof. Nadav Peleg

Hydrometeorology and Surface Processes
Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics (IDYST)
University of Lausanne

Geopolis, Office 3783
1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

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