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Remote Sensing, Conflicts, Refugees, & Agriculture

– Jaafar, H., Ahmad, F., Holtmeier, L., & King-Okumu, C. (2020). Refugees, water balance, and water stress: Lessons learned from LebanonAmbio, 1-15.

– Jaafar, H.H. Remote Sensing and GIS-based Technologies for Assessing the Impact of Conflict on Agricultural Production. Crisis and Conflicts in Agriculture, CABI Publishers, Wallingford, UK, 2018. 

– Jaafar, H., et al. (2016). “Balancing water stress, human crises, and innovation under a changing dryland climate.” IIED Reflect and act publication.

– Jaafar, H. and King-Okumu, C. (2016). “Dryland resilience-building under a difficult and changing climate – the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.” Workshop Report.

– Jaafar, H. and King-Okumu, Haj-Hassan, M. &, Abdalla, C. &, El-Korek, N.&, Ahmad, F. (2016). Water resources within the Orontes and Litani Basins: a balance, demand, and supply analysis amid the Syrian refugee crisis. IIED, London.

– Jaafar, H. H., & Woertz, E. (2016). Agriculture as a funding source of ISIS: A GIS and remote sensing analysisFood Policy64, 14-25.

– King, C, Jaafar, H., and Archer, D. (2016). “Balancing water stress and human crises in the Bekaa Valley.” IIED Reflect and act publication. Project: Dryland resilience-building under a difficult and changing climate – the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

– King-Okumu, C, Jaafar H, and Archer D (2016).”Balancing water stress and human crises under a changing climate: Integrating international policy agendas in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon“, IIED. London.

– Jaafar, H. H., Zurayk, R., King, C., Ahmad, F., & Al-Outa, R. (2015). Impact of the Syrian conflict on irrigated agriculture in the Orontes BasinInternational Journal of Water Resources Development31(3), 436-449.

Smart Irrigation

– Jaafar, H., & Kharroubi, S. A. (2021). Views, practices and knowledge of farmers regarding smart irrigation apps: A national cross-sectional study in LebanonAgricultural Water Management248, 106759.

– Jaafar, H. and Mourad, R. (2021). GYMEE: A Global Field-Scale Crop Yield and ET Mapper in Google Earth Engine Based on Landsat, Weather, and Soil Data. Remote Sensing, 13(4), 773.

– Benbuk, A.A., et al. (2019). “A Nano-Watt Dual-Mode Address Detector for a Wi-Fi Enabled RF Wake-up Receiver, Proceedings of IEEE Sensors

Jaafar, H. H., & Ahmad, F. (2019). Determining Reference Evapotranspiration in Greenhouses from External ClimateJournal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 145(9).

Jaafar, H. H., & Ahmad, F. (2018). Evaluating atmometer performance for estimating reference evapotranspiration in ventilated and unventilated greenhouses. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 144(7), 04018014.

El‐Asmar, J., Jaafar, H., Bashour, I., Farran, M. T., & Saoud, I. P. (2017). Hydrogel banding improves plant growth, survival, and water use efficiency in two calcareous soilsCLEAN–Soil, Air, Water45(7), 1700251.

– Jaafar, H., Khraizat, Z., Bashour, I., & Haidar, M. (2017). Determining water requirements of biblical hyssop using an ET-based drip irrigation systemAgricultural Water Management180, 107-117.

– Jaafar, H.H., Khraizat, Z. &, Bashour, I., & Haidar, M. (2015). Water productivity of Origanum Syriacum under different irrigation and nitrogen treatments using an automated irrigation system. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment. Water Resources Management VIII, 196, 211. Edited by C.A. Brebbia. Wessex Institute of Technology, UK. View chapter

Remote Sensing, Water Stress, Agriculture, & Climate Change

– Jaafar, H., Mourad, R., & Schull, M. (2022). A global 30-m ET model (HSEB) using harmonized Landsat and Sentinel-2, MODIS and VIIRS: Comparison to ECOSTRESS ET and LSTRemote Sensing of Environment274, 112995.

Sujud, L., Jaafar, H., Hassan, M. A. H., & Zurayk, R. (2021). Cannabis detection from optical and RADAR data fusion: A comparative analysis of the SMILE machine learning algorithms in Google Earth EngineRemote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment24, 100639.

– Jaafar, H.H. and Ahmad, F.A. (2020). Time series trends of Landsat-based ET using automated calibration in METRIC and SEBAL: The Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Remote Sensing of Environment, 238, 111034.

– Mourad, R., Jaafar, H., Anderson, M., & Gao, F. (2020). Assessment of Leaf Area Index Models Using Harmonized Landsat and Sentinel-2 Surface Reflectance Data over a Semi-Arid Irrigated LandscapeRemote Sensing12(19), 3121.

– Abdallah, C., & Jaafar, H. (2019). Data set on current and future crop suitability under the Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 8.5 emission scenario for the major crops in the Levant, Tigris-Euphrates, and Nile BasinsData in brief22, 992-997.

– Anderson, M., et al. 2019. Characterizing Field-scale Water Use, Phenology and Productivity in Agricultural Landscapes Using Multi-sensor Data Fusion: Annual Project Progress Report (80NSSC18K0483)

– King-Okumu, C., Jaafar, H., Aboukheira, A. A. S., Benzaied, M., Obando, J., & Hannachi, A. (2019). Tracing the trade-offs at the energy-water-environment nexus in drought-prone urbanising regionsArabian Journal of Geosciences12(20), 639.

– Abdallah, C. and Jaafar, H. (2018). “Crop Suitability Analysis under Climate Change Scenario RCP8.5 for the Near East Countries”

– Jaafar, H. H., & Ahmad, F. A. (2015). Crop yield prediction from remotely sensed vegetation indices and primary productivity in arid and semi-arid landsInternational Journal of Remote Sensing36(18), 4570-4589.

– Jaafar, H.H. and Ahmad, F.A. (2015). Relationships between primary production and crop yields in semi-arid and arid irrigated agro-ecosystems, The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing & Spatial Information Sciences 40 (7w3): 27-30.  2015 36th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment; Berlin; Germany; 11 May 2015 through 15 May 2015

– King, C., & Jaafar, H. (2015). Rapid assessment of the water–energy–food–climate nexus in six selected basins of North Africa and West Asia undergoing transitions and scarcity threatsInternational journal of water resources development31(3), 343-359.

Water Resources & Hydrology

– Darwish, T., Shaban A., Masih, I., Jaafar, H., Jomaa, I., & Simaika, J.P. (2021). Sustaining the ecological functions of the Litani River Basin, LebanonInternational Journal of River Basin Management. 

– Jaafar, H., Mourad, R., and Daghir, N. (2019). Dataset used for assessing animal and poultry production water footprint in selected countries of the MENA region, Data in Brief, 27, 104621.

– Jaafar, H. H., Ahmad, F. A., & El Beyrouthy, N. (2019). GCN250, new global gridded curve numbers for hydrologic modeling and designScientific data6(1), 1-9.

– Mourad, R., Jaafar, H.H., and Daghir, N. (2019). New estimates of water footprint for animal products in fifteen countries of the Middle East and North Africa (2010-2016), Water Resources and Industry, 22, 100113.

– Jaafar, H. H., Al-Awar, F., & Ahmad, F. (2016). Effect of inflow class selection on multi-objective reservoir operation using stochastic dynamic programmingArabian Journal for Science and Engineering41(12), 4911-4926.

– Jaafar, H. H. (2015). Prioritization of Small and Medium Domestic Dams in Dry LandsJournal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering141(1), 04014045.

– King, C., & Jaafar, H. (2015). Rapid assessment of the water–energy–food–climate nexus in six selected basins of North Africa and West Asia undergoing transitions and scarcity threatsInternational journal of water resources development31(3), 343-359.

– Jaafar, H. H. (2014). Feasibility of groundwater recharge dam projects in arid environmentsJournal of Hydrology512, 16-26.

– Jaafar, H. H. (2014). Maximizing hydropower production from reservoirs: The case study of markabaLebanese Science Journal15(2), 81-95.

– Jaafar, H. H., & Merkley, G. P. (2010). High-resolution method for modeling hydraulic regime changes at canal gate structuresJournal of irrigation and drainage engineering136(12), 795-808.

Water Quality

– Kassem, I. I., & Jaafar, H. (2020). The potential impact of water quality on the spread and control of COVID-19 in Syrian refugee camps in LebanonWater International45(5), 423-429.

– Sourenian, T., Mann, D., Li, S., Deng, X., Jaafar, H., & Kassem, I. I. (2020). Dissemination of multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli harboring the mobile colistin resistance gene mcr-1.1 on transmissible plasmids in the Mediterranean SeaJournal of global antimicrobial resistance22, 84-86.

– Hmede, Z., Sulaiman, A. A. A., Jaafar, H., & Kassem, I. I. (2019). Emergence of plasmid-borne colistin resistance gene mcr-1 in multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli isolated from irrigation water in LebanonInternational journal of antimicrobial agents54(1), 102-104.


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