Gabriel G. Katul

Gabriel G. Katul

Theodore S. Coile Professor of Hydrology and Micrometeorology

Gabriel G. Katul received his B.E. degree in 1988 at the American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon), his M.S. degree in 1990 at Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) and his Ph.D degree in 1993 at the University of California in Davis (Davis, CA).  He is currently the Theodore S. Coile Professor of Hydrology and Micrometeorology at the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University (Durham, NC).    He served as an associate editor for Advances in Water Resources (1998-present), Boundary Layer Meteorology (1998-present), Water Resources Research (2004-2009), the Vadoze zone journal (2000-2003) and served as one of the four editors-in-chief for Advances in Water Resources (2011-2014).  He was a visiting fellow at the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia (in 2002), at University of Helsinki (Finland) in 2009 and a FulBright-Italy Distinguished Fellow at Politecnico di Torino (Itay) in 2010. He was also a visiting fellow at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2013 and at Nagoya University (Japan) in 2014. He received several honorary awards, including an honorary certificate by La Seccion de Agrofisica de la Sociedad Cubana de Fisica in Habana (in 1998), editor’s citation for excellence in refereeing from the American Geophysical Union (in 2008), the Macelwane medal and became thereafter a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (in 2002).  In 2012, he received the Hydrologic Science Award from the American Geophysical Union.  He served as the Secretary General for the Hydrologic Science Section at the American Geophysical Union (2006-2008).  Research in Katul's lab focuses on micro-meteorology and near-surface hydrology with emphasis on heat, momentum, carbon dioxide, water vapor, ozone, particulate matter (including aerosols, pollen, and seeds) and water transport in the soil-plant-atmosphere system as well as their implications to a plethora of hydrological, ecological, atmospheric and climate change related problems.

In The News


Katul, GG, Manes, C, Porporato, A, Bou-Zeid, E, and Chamecki, M. "Bottlenecks in turbulent kinetic energy spectra predicted from structure function inflections using the Von Kármán-Howarth equation." Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics 92, no. 3 (September 11, 2015): 033009-.
Katul, GG, Porporato, A, Shah, S, and Bou-Zeid, E. "Two phenomenological constants explain similarity laws in stably stratified turbulence." Physical Review E 89, no. 2 (February 2014).
Manzoni, S, Vico, G, Palmroth, S, Porporato, A, and Katul, G. "Optimization of stomatal conductance for maximum carbon gain under dynamic soil moisture." Advances in Water Resources 62, no. PA (December 1, 2013): 90-105.
Katul, GG, Porporato, A, Manes, C, and Meneveau, C. "Co-spectrum and mean velocity in turbulent boundary layers." Physics of Fluids 25, no. 9 (September 18, 2013). (Letter)
Manzoni, S, Vico, G, Katul, G, Palmroth, S, Jackson, RB, and Porporato, A. "Hydraulic limits on maximum plant transpiration and the emergence of the safety-efficiency trade-off." New Phytol 198, no. 1 (April 2013): 169-178.
Katul, GG, Konings, AG, and Porporato, A. "Mean velocity profile in a sheared and thermally stratified atmospheric boundary layer." Phys Rev Lett 107, no. 26 (December 23, 2011): 268502-.
Parolari, AJ, Mobley, ML, Bacon, AR, Katul, GG, Richter, DD, and Porporato, A. "Boom and bust carbon-nitrogen dynamics during reforestation (Accepted)." Ecological Modelling 360 (September 2017): 108-119.
Wang, W-J, Huai, W-X, Thompson, S, Peng, W-Q, and Katul, GG. "Drag coefficient estimation using flume experiments in shallow non-uniform water flow within emergent vegetation during rainfall." Ecological Indicators (July 2017).
Konrad, W, Katul, G, Roth-Nebelsick, A, and Grein, M. "A reduced order model to analytically infer atmospheric CO 2 concentration from stomatal and climate data." Advances in Water Resources 104 (June 2017): 145-157.
Katul, G, and Liu, H. "A Kolmogorov-Brutsaert structure function model for evaporation into a turbulent atmosphere." Water Resources Research 53, no. 5 (May 2017): 3635-3644.


ENVIRON 734L: Watershed Hydrology (ENVIRON 734L: Watershed Hydrology)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 590: Special Topics (ENVIRON 590: Special Topics)
CEE 890: Special Readings in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE 890: Special Readings in Civil and Environmental Engineering)
ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)

Contact Information

A246B Lev Sci Res Ctr
Durham, NC 27708
Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328


Ph.D., University of California at Davis (1993)