Work in Dara Entekhabi's Group spans a variety of topics in hydrology, including land-atmosphere interactions, surface water - groundwater interactions, data assimilation, and remote sensing with research covering both the areas of hydrometeorology and hydroclimatology. Recent projects have focused on land-atmosphere boundary layer estimation, remote sensing of precipitation and soil moisture, wintertime climate dynamics, designing and validating ground-based networks and urban canyon air flow.
Entekhabi is the science team leader for the NASA Soil Moisture Active/Passive (SMAP) satellite launched in 2015. SMAP is measuring soil moisture and soil freeze/thaw status using two instruments: a radar and a radiometer. The former has a higher resolution and the latter has more accuracy in measuring soil moisture. Several members of his research group are contributing to the development of the retrieval algorithms for the radar instrument, and for the flagship SMAP soil moisture product that will optimally combine radar and radiometer measurements.
National Academy of Engineering (NAE) | Hydrology Days Award (2016) | Hydrologic Sciences Award (2015) | Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Fellow (2015) | Boussinesq Lecture, Netherlands (2014) | Fellow, American Meteorological Society (AMS) (2003) | Horton Lecture (2012) | Bacardi and Stockholm Water Foundations Chair Professor, MIT (2004) | Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Senior Member (2004) | American Meteorological Society (AMS), Fellow (2003) | American Geophysical Union (AGU), Fellow (1996) | American Geophysical Union (AGU), Macelwane Young Scientist Medal (1996) | Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Cav. Arturo Parisatti Prize (1994)| MIT Gilbert Winslow Career Development Chair (1994) | National Science Foundation (NSF), Presidential Young Investigator (1991)