National Drought Mitigation Center

Who We Are

Yared joined the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) in March 2016 and worked mainly on a NASA-funded project on seasonal prediction of climate for the Greater Horn of Africa. He was also involved in a USAID-funded project for the MENA region. Yared has contributed to the NDMC project on building the Vegetation Drought Response Index for Canada (VegDRI-Canada), and he is also involved in a research project through UNL’s School of Natural Resources on monitoring drought impact on annual forage production in the western U.S. He also worked as a postdoc associate at Florida International University, where he focused on climate-related risks to agricultural production systems, climate-related risks to farm level income, adaptation options to minimize climate impacts, and the impact of climate change on future agricultural productivity.  Previously, he worked at Ambo and Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) as a lecturer and delivered water resources-related courses to Civil and Hydraulics Engineering students. In addition, Yared has extensive knowledge and experience on catchment modeling, application of remote sensing on hydrological studies, dam safety management and drought monitoring.


◾ Ph.D. in 2018 in Hydro-informatics from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Netherlands, specializing in Hydrological modelling and information systems for water management. Dissertation: Developing an Impact-Based Combined Drought Index for Monitoring Crop Yield Anomalies in the Upper Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia

◾ M.Sc. in 2009 in Hydraulics Engineering from Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT) Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, specializing in remote sensing and its application on hydrological modeling of Nile river basin

◾ B.Sc. in 2002 in Irrigation Engineering from Arbaminch University, Ethiopia