Mohamed Sultan

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Mohamed Sultan
Chair of the Department of Geosciences and Professor of Geosciences
(269) 387-5487
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1185 Rood Hall, Mail Stop 5241
Mailing address: 
Department of Geosciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5241 USA
  • Ph.D., Geochemistry, Washington University, 1984
  • M.Sc., Stratigraphy, Ain Shams University (Cairo, Egypt), 1978
  • B.Sc., Geology, Ain Shams University (Cairo, Egypt), 1974
Research interests: 
  • Environmental sciences
  • Remote sensing
  • Geographic Information Systems

Dr. Mohamed Sultan is chair of the Department of Geosciences, and professor of geosciences and remote sensing at Western Michigan University.

Sultan leads the Earth Sciences Remote Sensing Lab and supervises graduate students and research scientists. Sultan applies remote sensing and geographic information systems to address a wide range of geological and environmental problems. He is involved in interdisciplinary research in a wide range of fields such as: geochemistry, geochronology, hydrology, surface runoff, groundwater flow modeling, and field geology.

He is nationally and internationally renowned for his research in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Selected peer-refereed publications:

  • Mohamed, L., Sultan, M., Ahmed, M., Zaki, A., Sauck, W., Soliman, F., ... & Abouelmagd, A. (2015). Structural Controls on Groundwater Flow in Basement Terrains: Geophysical, Remote Sensing, and Field Investigations in Sinai. Surveys in Geophysics, 36(5), 717-742.
  • Ahmed, M., Sultan, M., Wahr, J., & Yan, E. (2014). The use of GRACE data to monitor natural and anthropogenic induced variations in water availability across Africa. Earth-Science Reviews, 136, 289-300.
  • Zaki, A., Sultan, M., & Elkadiri, R. (2014). Polygonal faults in chalk: Insights from extensive exposures of the Khoman Formation, Western Desert, Egypt: COMMENT. Geology, 42(7), e342-e342.
  • Ahmed, M., Sultan, M., Wahr, J., Yan, E., Milewski, A., Sauck, W., ... & Welton, B. (2011). Integration of GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) data with traditional data sets for a better understanding of the time-dependent water partitioning in African watersheds. Geology, 39(5), 479-482.
  • Sultan, M., Yousef, A. F., Metwally, S. E., Becker, R., Milewski, A., Sauck, W., ... & Welton, B. (2011). Red Sea rifting controls on aquifer distribution: Constraints from geochemical, geophysical, and remote sensing data. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 123(5-6), 911-924.
  • Becker, D., Sultan, M., Milewski, A., Becker, R., Sauck, W., Soliman, F., ... & Welton, B. (2012). Integrated solutions for hydrologic investigations in arid lands. Geosphere, 8(6), 1588-1605.
  • Becker, R. H., & Sultan, M. (2009). Land subsidence in the Nile Delta: inferences from radar interferometry. The Holocene, 19(6), 949-954.
  • Sultan, M., Metwally, S., Milewski, A., Becker, D., Ahmed, M., Sauck, W., ... & Welton, B. (2011). Modern recharge to fossil aquifers: Geochemical, geophysical, and modeling constraints. Journal of hydrology, 403(1), 14-24.
  • Forman, S. L., Sagintayev, Z., Sultan, M., Smith, S., Becker, R., Kendall, M., & Marìn, L. (2008). The twentieth-century migration of parabolic dunes and wetland formation at Cape Cod National Sea Shore, Massachusetts, USA: landscape response to a legacy of environmental disturbance. The Holocene, 18(5), 765-774.
  • Sturchio, N. C., Du, X., Purtschert, R., Lehmann, B. E., Sultan, M., Patterson, L. J., ... & Abdallah, A. M. A. (2004). One million year old groundwater in the Sahara revealed by krypton‐81 and chlorine‐36. Geophysical Research Letters, 31(5).