Dr Mahmood Sadat-Noori is a Senior Lecturer at the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University (JCU). He joined JCU in June 2023 to lead the Water Resources Management Program within the College. 

Mahmood's research focus lies at the interface between hydrology, water quality and environmental restoration. He investigates surface water - groundwater interactions, and how groundwater and surface water connectivity can influence the quantity and quality of water resources. The outcomes of his research have profound implications for water resources management, offering valuable insights to guide effective management strategies. 

Mahmood employs a multi-disciplinary approach to determine the source and fate of contaminates (carbon, nutrients and trace metals) in surface waters, utilising modelling, laboratory experiments, and field investigations. He has expertise in conducting large-scale field investigations and using hydrogeological, hydrochemical, and environmental tracer data (radon and radium) to investigate surface water and groundwater hydrology and quality.

Mahmood holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Water Engineering, both from the University of Tehran, Iran and a PhD degree in Environmental Hydrology from Southern Cross University, Australia. 

Mahmood is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Hydrology (Impact Factor: 6.4), handling manuscripts related to groundwater-surface water interactions, groundwater discharge and water quality. 


PhD Scholarships

PhD Scholarships are available for self-motivated candidates with strong academic backgrounds.

I welcome inquiries from prospective Honours, Masters and PhD students and am happy to discuss projects to suit individual interests and needs. 

Please contact me to discuss projects that would follow up or are related to any of my publications. Your email should include your CV, academic transcript, proof of English language proficiency (for international applicants), and recent publication(s), if available.

JCU Scholarships for PhD Candidates are granted each year based on a competitive selection process, prioritizing top-ranking applicants.

If you are an international student, consider applying for an International Research Training Program Scholarship (IRTP).

Visit the Graduate Research School website for further details regarding the application process and scholarship information.

The deadline for PhD scholarships for international candidates is at the end of August.


Research Grants

Project Title | Role | Funding Source | Grant $ | 

  • A Picarro G2401-m analyser for environmental carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, and water measurements | Co Cheif Investigator | UNSW Major Research Infrastructure Scheme | $180,000
  • Is groundwater discharge an overlooked source of methane in restored coastal wetlands? | Lead Cheif Investigator | The Hermon Slade Foundation | $75,000
  • Using tidal restoration to decrease nutrients and create blue carbon credit in the Hunter River Estuary | Co CI | Hunter Water | $30,000
  • Restoring a coastal wetland through hydrological management | Lead CI | Port of Newcastle | $10,000
  • Coastal erosion effects on groundwater quality after extreme rainfall events | Co CI | NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services | $30,000
  • Groundwater surface water connectivity assessment in a restored coastal wetland | Co CI | Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group | $15,000
  • Independent Review of the Impacts of the Bottled Water Industry on Groundwater Resources in the Northern Rivers Region of NSW | Co CI | Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer | $85,000
  • CS5208: Advanced Water Resource System Planning and Management (Level 5; TSV)
  • Groundwater - Surface Water Interactions
  • Water Resources Management
  • Water quality
  • 2023 to present - Program Coordinator, Master of Engineering (Water Resources Management), James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2023 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2023 to present - JCU Engineering Engagement Lead, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2021 to present - Associate Editor, Journal of Hydrology (IF: 6.4)
  • 2021 to 2023 - Lecturer, UNSW (Sydney)
  • 2017 to 2020 - Research Associate, UNSW (Sydney)
  • 2014 to 2017 - PhD Candidate, Southern Cross University (Lismore)
Research Disciplines
  • 2022 - Top 100 Downloaded Paper in 2021 | Scientific Reports | 2022
  • 2021 - Equality and Diversity Excellence Award | Faculty of Engineering | UNSW
  • 2021 - Industry Engagement and Innovation Excellence Award | Faculty of Engineering | UNSW
  • 2020 - Community Sponsorship Award | Port of Newcastle
  • 2020 - Working with Nature Award | World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (the first in Australia)
  • 2013 to 2016 - International Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • 2018 - International Association of Hydrogeologist (IAH)
  • 2017 - Engineers Australia (EA)
  • 2015 - American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • 2022 - Topic Editor, Frontiers in Marine Sciences
  • 2021 - Topic Editor, Frontiers in Water
  • 2022 - Session Chair, Australasian Groundwater Conference, Perth, Australia

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 17+ research outputs authored by Dr Mahmood Sadat Noori from 2014 onwards.


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