PD Dr. Abdallah Alaoui

Senior Research Scientist

Land Resources Cluster

+41 31 631 30 59
Postal Address
PD Dr. Abdallah Alaoui
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
University of Bern
Hallerstrasse 10
CH-3012 Bern

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Natural Hazards (erosion, landslide and floods)
  • Soil management and soil protection in forest and agricultural lands
  • Management of Irrigation and Infiltration
  • Evaluation of the impact of land use and climate changes on soil and flow processes 
  • Importance of soils for agriculture and forestry, and for ecosystems functions


Field experience

Switzerland, Slovakia, Ethiopia 


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Alaoui, Abdallah (2017). Mapping soil vulnerability to floods under varying land use and climate. In: Pereira, Paulo; Brevik, Eric C.; Munoz-Rojas, Miriam; Miller, Bradley A. (eds.) Soil Mapping and process modeling for sustainable land use management (pp. 365-373). Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/B978-0-12-805200-6.00012-8

Rogger, M.; Agnoletti, M.; Alaoui, Abdallah; Bathurst, J.C.; Bodner, G.; Borga, M.; Chaplot, V.; Gallart, F.; Glatzel, G.; Hall, J.; Holden, J.; Holko, L.; Horn, R.; Kiss, A.; Kohnová, S.; Letinger, G.; Lennartz, B.; Parajka, J.; Perdigao, R.; Peth, S.; ... (2017). Land use change impacts on floods at the catchment scale: Challenges and opportunities for future research. Water resources research, 53(7), pp. 5209-5219. American Geophysical Union 10.1002/2017WR020723


Alaoui, Abdallah; Schwilch, Gudrun (2016). A promising new device to assess key soil hydraulic properties. Geophysical research abstracts, 18, p. 9524. Copernicus Publications

Alaoui, Abdallah; Spiess, Pascal; Beyeler, Marcel (2016). Mapping soil vulnerability to floods under varying land use and climate: A new approach. Geophysical research abstracts, 18, p. 9408. Copernicus Publications


Battiato, Andrea; Alaoui, Abdallah; Diserens, Etienne (2015). Impact of normal and shear stresses due to wheel slip on hydrological properties of an agricultural clay loam: Experimental and new computerized approach. Journal of agricultural science, 47(4), pp. 1-19. Canadian Center of Science and Education 10.5539/jas.v7n4p1

Alaoui, Abdallah (2015). Modelling susceptibility of grassland soil to macropore flow. Journal of hydrology, 525, pp. 536-546. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.04.016

Leimer, Sophia; Willimann, Elias; Alaoui, Abdallah; Trachte, Katja; Wilcke, Wolfgang (2015). Element export from a small catchment in the tropical montane forest of Ecuador responds to climate change (Unpublished). In: EGU General Assembly. Vienna, Austria. 12.04.-17.04.2015.

Leimer, Sophie; Willimann, Elias; Alaoui, Abdallah; Trachte, Katja; Wilcke, Wolfgang (2015). Element export from a small catchment in the tropical montane forest of Ecuador responds to climate change. Geophysical research abstracts, 17(5297). Copernicus Publications


Alaoui, Abdallah (October 2014). Soil compaction effect on surface runoff generation: Processes, controling factors and consequences for floods (Unpublished). In: ERC Symposium "Land use change impacts on floods". Vienna, Austria. 21.-22.10. 2014.

Mueller, Matthias H.; Alaoui, Abdallah; Kuells, Christoph; Leistert, Hannes; Meusburger, Katrin; Stumpp, Christine; Weiler, Markus; Alewell, Christine (2014). Tracking water pathways in steep hillslopes by d18O depth profiles of soil water. Journal of hydrology, 519(Pt. A), pp. 340-352. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.07.031

Alaoui, Abdallah; Willimann, Elias; Jasper, K.; Felder, Guido; Herger, F.; Magnusson, J.; Weingartner, Rolf (2014). Modelling the effects of land use and climate changes on hydrology in the Ursern Valley, Switzerland. Hydrological processes, 28(10), pp. 3602-3614. Wiley 10.1002/hyp.9895

Horel, Agota; Alaoui, Abdallah; Czachor, Henryk; Nagy, Viliam; Tóth, Eszter (2014). Transport of iodide in structured clay–loam soil under maize during irrigation experiments analyzed using HYDRUS model. Biologia, 69(11), pp. 1531-1538. Versita 10.2478/s11756-014-0465-6


Alaoui, Abdallah; Weingartner, Rolf (2013). Modeling the effects of land use and climate changes on hydrology in the Ursern Valley: final report Bern: Selbstverlag


Alaoui, Abdallah; Spiess, P.; Beyeler, M.; Weingartner, Rolf (2012). Up-scaling surface runoff from plot to catchment scale. Hydrology research, 43(4), pp. 531-546. London: IWA Publishing 10.2166/nh.2012.057


Diserens, Etienne; Alaoui, Abdallah (2011). Contact Area of Agricultural Tyres, Estimation. In: Glinski, Jan; Horabik, Jozef; Lipiec, Jerzy (eds.) Encyclopedia of Agrophysics (pp. 148-153). Heidelberg: Springer Verlag

Alaoui, Abdallah; Goetz, Bernt; Diserens, Etienne (2011). Hydrodynamic Comparison between Soil under Barley and Grassland. In: Elfson, Steven B. (ed.) Barley: Production, Cultivation and Use (pp. 217-231). New York: Nova Science Publishers

Diserens, Etienne; Défossez, Pauline; Duboisset, Arnaud; Alaoui, Abdallah (2011). Prediction of the contact area of agricultural traction tyres on firm soil. Biosystems engineering, 110(2), pp. 73-82. London: Academic Press 10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2011.06.008

Alaoui, Abdallah; Diserens, Etienne (2011). Changes in soil structure following passage of a tracked heavy machine. Geoderma, 163(3-4), pp. 283-290. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.geoderma.2011.04.023

Alaoui, Abdallah; Caduff, Ursin; Gerke, Horst H.; Weingartner, Rolf (2011). Preferential Flow Effects on Infiltration and Runoff in Grassland and Forest Soils. Vadose zone journal, 10(1), pp. 367-377. Madison, Wis.: Soil Science Society of America SSSA 10.2136/vzj2010.0076

Alaoui, Abdallah; Lipiec, Jerzy; Geerke, Horst (2011). A review of the changes in the soil pore system due to soil deformation: A hydrodynamic perspective. Soil & tillage research, 115-116, pp. 1-15. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.still.2011.06.002


Alaoui, Abdallah; Weingartner, Rolf (2009). Caractérisation hydrodynamique des principaux types de sol Bern: Bundesamt für Umwelt (BAFU)


Alaoui, Abdallah; Goetz, B. (2008). Dye tracer and infiltration experiments to investigate macropore flow. Geoderma, 144(1-2), pp. 279-286. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.geoderma.2007.11.020


Alaoui, Abdallah; Helbling, Andreas (2006). Evaluation of soil compaction using hydrodynamic water content variation: Comparison between compacted and non compacted soil. Geoderma, 134(1-2), pp. 97-108. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.geoderma.2005.08.016


Alaoui, Abdallah (2005). Évaluation de la compaction des sols par la méthode TDR: Manuel d'utilisation Bern, Schweiz: Office fédéral de l'environnement, des forêts et du paysage