dr. Daniel Hagan

Daniel F. T. Hagan specializes in causality analysis, land-atmosphere interactions, remote sensing of soil moisture and data assimilation.


Daniel Hagan

In the last 5 years, I have been studying ecosystem resilience and changes in ecohydrological drivers under extreme hydroclimatic events through causality analysis between land and atmospheric states. In my doctoral thesis, I focused on improving soil moisture estimation in passive microwave satellite retrievals by optimizing soil moisture retrieval algorithms, in land models through data assimilation and by analyzing the water and energy balances using information theory.

Currently, I am working on the HEAT project, at H-CEL lab, to understand the climatic drivers of human heat stress in different regions of the world. I am also an external collaborator for NCAR’s DARes team and a co-host of the Green Living Chats podcast which is a leading platform for academic and professional discussions on sustainability.


  • 2023–Present: Post-doctoral fellow | Ghent University, Hydro-Climate Extremes Lab
  • 2020–2023: Post-doctoral fellow | Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, School of Geographical Sciences

  • 2016–2020: PhD in 3S Integration & Meteorological Applications | Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology

  • 2014–2016: MSc in Meteorology | Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, School of Atmospheric Sciences

  • 2010–2014: BSc in GIS | Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, College of Remote Sensing


E-mail: Daniel.Hagan@UGent.be

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