Professor Anvar Kacimov


Anvar Kacimov, Ph.D.  


Phone  +(968) 2414 3688

Fax      +(968) 2441 3418






  • MSc in Fluid Mechanics: 1982  Kazan University, USSR

  • PhD in Mechanics of Liquids, Gases and Plasma: 1987 Kazan University, USSR




Expertise and Experience



  1. Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, SWAE 3310 (SP)
  2. Multiphase Flow and Chemical Transport, SOIL 6311 (FL)
  3. Research Methodology, CAMS 6002  (FL)
  4. Hydropedology for Soil-Water-Landscape Interaction,  SWAE 4111 (SP)
  5. Arid Zone Hydrology, SWAE 4006 (FL)




I study coastal aquifers subject to tidal effects, dynamics of groundwater mounds in managed aquifer recharge (MAR) projects, transient phreatic surface seepage through earth dams and from unlined channels/reservoirs  and similar vicissitudinary, in particular, cyclostationary Darcian systems with free surfaces. I use analytical models: the Dupuit-Forchheimer approximation (e Boussinesq’s  equation), linear potential model and nonlinear potential model. I am a proponent of the method of analytic elements developed by Strack.


In  studies of pore-level processes I use both capillary bundle models of the Washburn-Lukas-Averyanov type and Stokes flow approximation applied to the  complex geometry of pore throats and expansions, with the Rayleigh-Moffat methods of reconstruction of topology in this  microfluidics. Bridging  with the standard Muscat-type multiphase flow models  converges to applications in  contaminant hydrology (remediation of NAPL –contaminated sites) and reservoir engineering (EOR). 

For unsaturated flows in the vadose zone I apply and develop the models of Gree-Ampt,  J.R.Philip and Van Genuchten, with a primary interest in wetting, evaporation-transpiration, fingering, water uptake by plant roots  and other factors affecting the efficiency of irrigation and ecohydrology of natural plants.  Modern subsurface and surface irrigation from line and point sources placed in spatially heterogeneous soils are of interest in my addressing the boundary value problems for the relevant advective dispersion, Helmholtz, Laplace and Richards equations.


I solve the Polya-Szego and Pironneau type isoperimetric  problems of mathematical physics. Fundamental principles of variational calculus and physics, viz. Dido’s, Bernoulli’s, Maupertue’s, Euler’s, Lagrange’s, Bejan’s, among others, are in my arsenal when I work with  projects on design of  airfoils of maximum lift,  concrete dams of maximal stability, subsurface waste  repositories of a minimal size of contamination plume, ants/human beings dwellings of maximal thermal insulation, etc.   

I participate in field-laboratory experiments and design  pertinent to hydrology, fluid (subsurface) mechanics, civil/mechanical/environmental/petroleum engineering, biomimetics, although my main interest is to amalgamate the noumena and phenomena, to get  insights/data/epexegesis for ensuing mathematical modeling. On this trail, exemplary intellectual giants of esemplasticism   for me are  L.Euler, P.Feyerabnd, N.Lobachevsky, H.Poincare, P.Polubarinova-Kochina,  G.Taylor, N.Zhukovsky, among others.    


B- Current funded research project.


HM Grant SR/SCI/ETHS/11/01

‘‘Estimating natural groundwater recharge and discharge in North Oman’’, PI –Dr. Osman Abdalla, (Dept. of Earth Sciences, College of Science, SQU)


IG Grant IG/AGR/SWAE/14/02

“Enhancement of Groundwater Recharge in Al-Khoud Dam Area”, PI –Dr Ali Al-Maktoumi (SWAE, CAMS, SQU)



USAID-FABRI,AID-OAA-TO-11-00049, project code:1001626 – 104





Auxiliary Materials  for Research and Teaching (BOOK)


  1. Al-Ismaily, S., Al-Maktoumi, A., Kacimov, A., Al-Saqri, S., and Al-Busaidi, H. The impact of a recharge dam on the hydropedology of arid zone soils in Oman: anthropogenic formation factor. J. Hydrol. Eng. ASCE, 2015, v.20, N4, 04014053 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000886.
  2. Kacimov A.R.,  Obnosov Yu.V.,  Abdalla, O., Castro-Orgaz O. Groundwater flow in hillslopes: analytical solutions by the  theory of holomorphic functions and hydraulic theory. Applied Mathematical Modelling (Elsevier), 2015, v. 39,  3380-3397,  DOI: 10.1016/j.apm.2014.11.016 2015
  3. Kacimov A.R.,  Brown, G. A transient phreatic surface mound, evidenced by astrip  of vegetation in an earth dam shoulder: the Lembke-Youngs reductionist model revisited.   Hydrological Sciences J.  2015, (Taylor & Francis), v. 60, N 2,  361-378. 
  4. Kacimov A.R.,  Obnosov Yu.V.  An exact analytical solution for steady seepage from a perched aquifer to a low-permeable sublayer: Kirkham-Brock's legacy revisited. Water Resources Research (Wiley), 2015, v. 51, 3093–3107, doi:10.1002/2014WR016304.
  5. Al-Maktoumi, A., Kacimov, A.,  Al-Ismaily, S.,  Al-Busaidi, H.   Infiltration into two-layered soil: The Green-Ampt and Averyanov models revisited. Transport in Porous Media (Springer),  2015,   v.109, 169-193, DOI: 10.1007/s11242-015-0507-8
  6. Obnosov Yu.V.,  Kacimov A.R.,   Castro-Orgaz O. An exact analytical solution for steady phreatic flow disappearing/re-emerging towards/from a bedrock/caprock  isobaric breach: the Polubarinova-Kochina-Numerov and Pavlovsky problems  revisited. Transport in Porous Media  (Springer), 2015, v 109, N2, 337-358, DOI 10.1007/s11242-015-0522-9
  7. Al-Saqri S., Al-Maktoumi A.,  Al-Ismaily S.,  Kacimov A., Al-Busaidi H. Hydropedology and soil evolution in explaining the hydrological properties of recharge dams in arid zone environments. Arabian. J. Geosciences (Springer) 2016,v. 9, N 1, 1-12. DOI: 10.1007/s12517-015-2076-0
  8. Kacimov A.R., Zlotnik V., Al-Maktoumi A.,   Al-Abri R. Modeling of transient water table response to MAR: A lagoon in Muscat, Oman.  Environmental Earth Sciences (Springer), 2016, in press.
  9. Al-Maktoumi A.,  Al-Ismaily S.,  Kacimov A. Studying hydropedology in arid-zone environment: A practical exercise for undergraduate students in soil and water sciences. J. Geography in Higher Education (Taylor &Francis), 2016,  in press.
  10.  Kacimov A.R.,  Obnosov Yu.V. Size and shape of steady sea water intrusion, sharp-interface wedge: the Polubarinova-Kochina analytical solution to the dam problem revisited.  J. Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE, 2016,  in press.Faber, S.,  Al-Maktoumi, A.,  Kacimov, A.,  Al-Busaidi, H.,   Al-Ismaili, S.,  Al-Belushi, M. Migration and deposition of fine particles in a porous filter and alluvial deposit: Laboratory experiments. Arabian. J. Geosciences (Springer) 2016, DOI: 10.1007/s12517-016-2309-x. 
  11. Kacimov, A. Obnosov Yu.V.  Tension-saturated and unsaturated flows from  line sources in subsurface irrigation: Riesenkampf’s and Philip’s  solutions  revisited. Water Resources Research (Wiley), v.52, 2016 doi:10.1002/2015WR018221.



1998- present Served on the following SQU/College/Department  committees:


  • Executive Committee,
  • College Board,
  • Space Building Committee,
  • Extension Committee,
  • Research Committee,
  • Promotion Committees of the Department,
  • College and SQU,
  • Website Committee,
  • Computer Committee,
  • Examination Committee,
  • Building Space Committee,
  • Internship coordinator,  
  • coordinator of “Sustainable Agriculture & Marine Environment” Seminar,
  • SQU Research Accreditation Committee,
  • Agricultural Engineering Program Liaison Committee,
  • Research Awards Committee,
  • Young Researcher Award Committee,
  • SQU-PDO Liaison Committee,
  • Students Research Award Committee,
  • SQU Research Stimulation Committee,
  • SQU Research Board.
  • Served at several international conference committees.


Services on editorial boards:

  • Member of the Editorial Board of "Transport in Porous Media" (Springer) (2000-2005)
  • Associate Editor of “Vadose Zone Journal” (SSSA) (2004-2007)
  • Section editor (Soil Physics) of Agricultural Sciences Journal (SQU) (2002-2012)
  • Guest Editor (with Prof. Strack) of a special volume of “J. Engineering Mathematics” (Springer) (2009)
  • Received Best Reviewer Award, Journal of Irrigation and Drainage, ASCE (2013), Outstanding Reviewer of Vadose Zone Journal, SSSA (2005).

Reviewed manuscripts submitted to:

  • Advances in Water Resources;
  • Applied Mathematical Modeling;
  • Ground Water;
  • Fluid Dynamics;
  • Flow, Turbulence and Combustion;
  • Heat and Mass Transfer;
  • Hydrological Sciences J.;
  • Interntnl. J. Heat and Mass Transfer;
  • Interntnl. J. Engineering Education;
  • J. Agricultural Sci.(SQU);
  • J. Agricultural Sci. and Technology;
  • J. Contaminant Hydrology;
  • J. Engineering Mathematics;
  • J. Hydrologic Engineering-ASCE;
  • J. Hydraulic Engineering-ASCE;
  • J. Hydrology;
  • J. Irrigation and Drainage-ASCE;
  • J. Porous Media;
  • Nuovo Cimento B;
  • Pedosphere;
  • Proc. Royal Society London A; 
  • Reviews of Geophysics;
  • Transport in Porous Media;
  • Vadose Zone J.;
  • Water Resources Research;
  • Russian Mathematics.