Fekadu Moreda

Senior Hydrological Modeler

Fekadu Moreda


  • PhD, Water Resources Engineering, Free University Brussels, Belgium
  • MS, Applied Computer Sciences, Free University Brussels, Belgium
  • MS, Hydrology, Free University Brussels, Belgium
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

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Fekadu Moreda is a senior hydrological modeler, specializing in developing and implementing hydrologic and hydraulic models of large and small watersheds. Dr. Moreda has conducted extensive research and implemented a high-resolution distributed hydrologic model for the continental United States. He has performed calibration and verification of models in dozen of basins using remotely sensed precipitation and observed soil moisture data.

Dr. Moreda’s expertise in hydrology and hydraulic engineering includes building hydrodynamic models using digital elevation data, calibrating and implementing models for flood forecasting, conducting water resource assessments, and training operational hydrologists. He has served as lead hydrologist for the Hydrology and Climate for Latin America and Caribbean Hydro-BID water resources management simulation system and for a hydrologic water allocation model using EPA’s enhanced National Hydrologic Dataset.

Prior to joining RTI in 2010, Dr. Moreda served as a senior researcher for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he played a key role in developing the Hydrology Laboratory Research Distributed Hydrologic Model (HL-RDHM) and transitioning the National Weather Service’s hydraulic models from FLOOD WAVE (FLDWAV) to the Hydrologic Engineering Center–River Analysis System (HEC–RAS).