Salim Bawazir, Ph.D.

Hernandez Hall, Room 234
(575) 646-6044


  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Water Resources) – 2000, NMSU
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering- 1993, NMSU
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering- 1988, NMSU

Professional History

  • 07/08 to Present – Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, NMSU
  • 01/03 to 06/08 – Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, NMSU
  • 2001 to 2002 – College Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, NMSU
  • 1998 to 2001 – Research Specialist, NMSU
  • 1990 to 1998 – Graduate Research Assistant, NMSU
  • 1989 to 1990 – Consulting Engineer-Agricultural Education Yemen Project, Consortium for International Development (CID)/NMSU, Republic of Yemen
  • 05/88 to 08/88 – Hydrology Engineer, Well and Pump Efficiency Testing Project, NMSU

Research Interests

  • Hydrometeorology research related to evaporation from reservoirs and evapotranspiration from agricultural crops and riparian vegetation
  • Measurements and forecasting of processes related to water and energy fluxes and storage terms
  • Modeling and application of remote sensing technology in riparian and agricultural water management
  • Ecological rehabilitation of riparian regions using engineered natural systems approach

Select Publications

Boyko, K., Fernald, A. G., Bawazir, A. S. (2021) Improving groundwater recharge estimates in alfalfa fields of New Mexico with actual evapotranspiration measurements. Agricultural Water Management. 244(1):106532 ( 

Kivrak, C., Bawazir, A.S., Samani, Z., Steele, C., Sonmez, B. (2019). Using Plant Phenology and Landsat-8 Satellite Data to Quantify Water Use by Onion Crop in the Mesilla Valley, New Mexico. International Journal of Crop Science and Technology, 5(1), 1-13.

 Pinon-Villarreal, A. R., Bawazir, A. S., Shukla, M. K., Samani, Z., and King, J. P. 2017. Modeling capillary rise in clinoptilolite zeolite and riparian soils to sustain vegetation in water scarce areas. ASCE J. Irrig. Drain Eng. 143(11): 04017044. DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)IR.1943-4774.0001235

Bawazir, A. S., Luthy, R., King, J. P., Tanzy, B. F., & Solis, J., (2014). Assessment of the crop coefficient for saltgrass under native riparian field conditions in the desert southwest. Hydrological Processes. 28, 6163-6171

Bawazir, A. S., Samani, Z., Bleiweiss, M., Skaggs, R. and Schmugge, T. (2009). Using ASTER satellite data to calculate riparian evapotranspiration in the Middle Rio Grande, New Mexico. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 30(21): 5593-5603.