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Fateh Chebana

Areas of expertise

Data Science applied to the environment and environmental health

  • Full Professor

Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre

490 de la Couronne Street
Québec City, Quebec  G1K 9A9
CANADA

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Research interests

Professor Chebana’s research interest is mainly in Data science with focus on applications in environment and environmental health. His expertise is in a large variety of interdisciplinary research with data science approaches (including but not limited to hydrology, water sciences, climatology, climate epidemiology, climate change effects). He is interested in developing new data science methodologies, as well as adapting or applying recent/advanced approaches.

Aquatic Habitat Analysis and Modeling Laboratory
Reliable models are required to determine the impact of changes in the habitat on river biological productivity to assist authorities in the sustainable management of Canadian rivers. In a habitat model, fish preferences for certain combination of physical variables are used to determine the quality index of the habitat. Analysis of these models shows that they have major shortcomings mainly related to the fact that the variables defining fish habitat evolve at different spatial and temporal scales.The objective of this project is to develop models that overcome these shortcomings. The research work will take place within a new laboratory dedicated to the analysis and modeling of aquatic habitats, the only one in Canada and Quebec. In this laboratory, researchers will gather the necessary data to develop the next generation of habitat models. New complex statistical approaches will also be developed to take into account the different spatial and temporal scales involved and different levels of variability. These approaches will help aquatic ecosystem managers in making decisions for the protection of fish. The proposed research will improve our understanding of fish habitats and assist in water resource management mainly in Quebec, but also elsewhere around the world.
Funding: Canadian Fundation fo Innovation – Leaders Fund, Government of Quebec
Collaborators : Normand Bergeron and André St-Hilaire, INRS

Development of knowledge transfer tools to support research, intervention, and monitoring in public health and climate change sectors
A better understanding of the link between mortality and morbidity due to cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and meteorology or climate is important for public health monitoring. Many deliverables have been planned/ published to transfer important information about the CVD Program to the scientific community. However, the scientific concepts and the statistical results are difficult to understand and transfer adequately, even to some experts.As such, additional efforts must be made to promote the use and application of this knowledge in the development of interventions, research protocols, and tools for monitoring public health, and this is the reason behind this project of knowledge transfer. The objective is to improve the knowledge transfer about the health-climate studies, and in particular about the CVD Program. Two deliverables are planned: 1) written reports to synthesize and describe some of the results and analytical methods developed or improved within the CVD Program; 2) development of a software program to automatically identify threshold temperature values at the regional scale.
Funding: Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec
Collaborators : Pierre Gosselin and Diane Bélanger, Institut national de santé publique du Québec

Flexible and optimal statistical methods for regional frequency analysis of hydrological variables
Extreme hydrological events (e.g. floods) have economic and environmental consequences and impacts on the design and management of hydraulic structures. Thorough knowledge of hydrological processes is required to make the right decisions in sizing the structures. It is thus essential to develop adequate models to predict such events in order to reduce related risks.Frequency analysis (FA) is usually used toward this goal. The objective of regional FA (RFA) is to transfer information from gauged to ungauged sites (e.g. the site of a new structure) using a model such as the flood index. Currently used methods in RFA are based on relatively simple models or models having restrictive conditions. The objective of this project is to better understand hydrological processes and to improve the quality of the estimations. The originality of this research lies in the use of new statistical methods for RFA and in the development of innovative approaches in statistical hydrology specific for RFA. The results of this research will help provide managers and engineers with more realistic and robust approaches, and with more precise estimates of hydrological risks.
Funding: NSERC – Discovery Grant

Publications

Boudreault, Jérémie, Bergeron, Normand E., St-Hilaire, André & Chebana, Fateh (2022). A new look at habitat suitability curves through functional data analysis. Ecological Modelling, 467: Art. 109905.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2022.109905

Jeljli, Amal, Houle, Daniel, Duchesne, Louis, El Shaarawi, Abdelhamid & Chebana, Fateh (2022). Evaluation of the factors governing dissolved organic carbon concentration in the soil solution of a temperate forest organic soil. Science of the Total Environment, 853: Art. 158240.
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.158240

Masselot, Pierre, Ouarda, Taha B. M. J., Charron, Christian, Campagna, Céline, Lavigne, Éric, St-Hilaire, André, Chebana, Fateh, Valois, Pierre & Gosselin, Pierre (2022). Heat-related mortality prediction using low-frequency climate oscillation indices: Case studies of the cities of Montréal and Québec, Canada. Environmental Epidemiology, 6: Art. e206.
DOI: 10.1097/EE9.0000000000000206

Masselot, Pierre, Chebana, Fateh, Ouarda, Taha B. M. J., Bélanger, Diane & Gosselin, Pierre (2022). Data-enhancement strategies in weather-related health studies. Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (2): Art. 906.
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19020906

Masselot, Pierre, Chebana, Fateh, Campagna, Céline, Lavigne, Éric, Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. & Gosselin, Pierre (2022). Constrained groupwise additive index models. Biostatistics,  kxac023.
DOI: 10.1093/biostatistics/kxac023

Alobaidi, Mohannad H., Ouarda, Taha B. M. J., Marpu, Prashanth Reddy & Chebana, Fateh (2021). Diversity-driven ANN-based ensemble framework for seasonal low-flow analysis at ungauged sites. Advances in Water Resources, 147: Art. 103814.
DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2020.103814

Boudreault, Jérémie, St-Hilaire, André, Chebana, Fateh & Bergeron, Normand E. (2021). Modelling fish physico-thermal habitat selection using functional regression. Journal of Ecohydraulics, 6 (2): 105-120.
DOI: 10.1080/24705357.2020.1840313

Chebana, Fateh & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2021). Multivariate non-stationary hydrological frequency analysis. Journal of Hydrology, 593: Art. 125907.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.125907

Chiu, Yohann Moanahere, Chebana, Fateh, Abdous, Belkacem, Bélanger, Diane & Gosselin, Pierre (2021). Cardiovascular health peaks and meteorological conditions: A quantile regression approach. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (24): Art. 13277.
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph182413277

Issa, Mahamat Abdelkerim, Chebana, Fateh, Masselot, Pierre, Campagna, Céline, Lavigne, Éric, Gosselin, Pierre & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2021). A heat-health watch and warning system with extended season and evolving thresholds. BMC Public Health, 21: Art. 1479.
DOI: 10.1186/s12889-021-10982-8

Masselot, Pierre, Chebana, Fateh, Campagna, Céline, Lavigne, Éric, Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. & Gosselin, Pierre (2021). Machine learning approaches to identify thresholds in a heat-health warning system context. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Serie A: Statistics in Society, 184 (4): 1326-1346.
DOI: 10.1111/rssa.12745

Alobaidi, Mohannad H.; Meguid, Mohamed A. & Chebana, Fateh (2020). Varying-parameter modeling within ensemble architecture: Application to extended streamflow forecasting. J. Hydrol., 582: Art. 124511.
DOI: /10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124511

Ben Alaya, Mohammed Ali; Ternynck, Camille S.; Dabo-Niang, Sophie; Chebana, Fateh & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2020). Change point detection of flood events using a functional data framework. Adv. Water Resour., 137: Art. 103522.
DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2020.103522

Karahacane, Hafsa; Meddi, Mohamed; Chebana, Fateh & Saaed, Hamoudi A. (2020). Complete multivariate flood frequency analysis, applied to northern Algeria. J. Flood Risk Manage., 13 (4): Art. e12619.
DOI: 10.1111/jfr3.12619

Serinaldi, Francesco; Chebana, Fateh & Kilsby, Chris G. (2020). Dissecting innovative trend analysis. Stoch. Environ. Res. Risk Asses., 34: 733-754.
DOI: 10.1007/s00477-020-01797-x

Yan, Bixun; Chebana, Fateh; Masselot, Pierre; Campagna, Céline; Gosselin, Pierre; Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. & Lavigne, Éric (2020). A cold-health watch and warning system, applied to the province of Quebec (Canada). Sci. Total Environ., 741: Art. 140188.
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140188

Alobaidi, Mohannad H.; Meguid, Mohamed A. & Chebana, Fateh (2019). Predicting seismic-induced liquefaction through ensemble learning frameworksScientific Reports, 9: Art. 11786.
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-48044-0

Ben Nasr, Imen & Chebana, Fateh (2019). Homogeneity testing of multivariate hydrological records, using multivariate copula L-momentsAdv. Water Resour., 134: Art. 103449.
DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2019.103449

Ben Nasr, Imen & Chebana, Fateh (2019). Multivariate L-moment based tests for copula selection, with hydrometeorological applicationsJ. Hydrol., 579: Art. 124151.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124151

Boudreau, Jérémie; Bergeron, Normand E.; St-Hilaire, André & Chebana, Fateh (2019). Stream temperature modeling using functional regression modelsJ. Am. Water Resour. Assoc., 55 (6): 1382-1400.
DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12778

Curceac, Stelian; Ternynck, Camille S.; Ouarda, Taha B. M. J.; Chebana, Fateh & Niang, Sophie Dabo (2019). Short-term air temperature forecasting using Nonparametric Functional Data Analysis and SARMA modelsEnviron. Model. Soft., 111 : 394-408.
DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.09.017

Masselot, Pierre; Chebana, Fateh; Lavigne, Éric; Campagna, Céline; Gosselin, Pierre & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2019). Toward an improved air pollution warning system in QuebecInt. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 16 (12): Art. 2095.
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16122095

Alobaidi, Mohannad H.; Chebana, Fateh & Meguid, Mohamed A. (2018). Robust ensemble learning framework for day-ahead forecasting of household based energy consumptionAppl. Ener., 212: 997-1012.
DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.12.054

Ben Alaya, Mohammed Ali; Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. & Chebana, Fateh (2018). Non-Gaussian spatiotemporal simulation of multisite daily precipitation: downscaling frameworkClim. Dynam., 50 (1-2): 1-15.
DOI: 10.1007/s00382-017-3578-0

Chiu, Yohann; Chebana, Fateh; Abdous, Belkacem; Bélanger, Diane & Gosselin, Pierre (2018). Mortality and morbidity peaks modeling: An extreme value theory approachStat. Methods Med. Res., 27 (5): 1498-1512.
DOI: 10.1177/0962280216662494

Larabi, Samah; St-Hilaire, André & Chebana, Fateh (2018). A new Concept to calibrate and evaluate a hydrological model based on functional data analysisJ. Water Manag. Model., 26: Art. C442.
DOI: 10.14796/JWMM.C442

Larabi, Samah; St-Hilaire, André; Chebana, Fateh & Latraverse, Marco (2018). Multi-criteria process-based calibration using functional data analysis to improve hydrological model realismWater Resour. Manage., 32 (1): 195-211.
DOI: 10.1007/s11269-017-1803-6

Larabi, Samah; St-Hilaire, André; Chebana, Fateh & Latraverse, Marco (2018). Using functional data analysis to calibrate and evaluate hydrological model performanceJ. Hydrol. Eng., 23 (7): Art. 04018026.
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001669

Larios, Araceli Dalila; Chebana, Fateh; Godbout, Stéphane; Brar, Satinder Kaur; Valera, F.; Palacios, Joahnn H.; Avalos Ramirez, Antonio; Saldoval-Salas, F.; Larouche, J. P.; Medina-Hernàndez, D. & Potvin, L. (2018). Analysis of atmospheric ammonia concentration from four sites in Quebec City region over 2010-2013Atmos. Pollut. Res., 9 (3): 476-482.
DOI: 10.1016/j.apr.2017.11.001

Masselot, Pierre; Chebana, Fateh; Bélanger, Diane; St-Hilaire, André; Abdous, Belkacem; Gosselin, Pierre & Ouarda, T. B. M. J. (2018). Aggregating the response in time series regression models, applied to weather-related cardiovascular mortalitySci. Total Environ., 628-629: 217-225.
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.02.014

Masselot, Pierre; Chebana, Fateh; Ouarda, Taha B. M. J.; Bélanger, Diane; St-Hilaire, André & Gosselin, Pierre (2018). A new look at weather-related health impacts through functional regressionScientific Reports, 8: Art. 15241.
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-33626-1

Masselot, Pierre; Chebana, Fateh; St-Hilaire, André; Belkacem, Abdous; Gosselin, Pierre & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2018). EMD-regression for modelling multi-scale relationships, and application to weather-related cardiovascular mortalitySci. Total Environ., 612 : 1018-1029.
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.08.276

Ouarda, Taha B. M. J.; Charron, Christian; Hundecha, Yeshewatesfa; St-Hilaire, André & Chebana, Fateh (2018). Introduction of the GAM model for regional low-flow frequency analysis at ungauged basins and comparison with commonly used approachesEnviron. Model. Soft., 109: 256-271.
DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.08.031

Rahman, A.; Charron, Christian; Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. & Chebana, Fateh (2018). Development of regional flood frequency analysis techniques using generalized additive models for AustraliaStoch. Environ. Res. Risk Asses., 32 (1): 123-139.
DOI: 10.1007/s00477-017-1384-1

Requena, Ana I.; Chebana, Fateh & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2018). A functional framework for flow-duration-curve and daily streamflow estimation at ungauged sitesAdv. Water Resour., 113: 328-340.
DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2018.01.019

Requena, Ana I.; Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. & Chebana, Fateh (2018). Low-flow frequency analysis at ungauged sites based on regionally estimated streamflowsJ. Hydrol., 563: 523-532.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.06.016

Ben Alaya, Mohammed Ali; Chebana, Fateh & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2017). Multivariate missing data in hydrology – Review and applicationsAdv. Water Resour., 110: 299-309.
DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2017.10.002

Benameur, Sana; Benkhaled, Abdelkader; Meraghni, Djamel; Chebana, Fateh & Necir, Abdelhakim (2017). Complete flood frequency analysis in Abiod watershed, Biskra (Algeria)Nat. Hazards, 86 (2): 519-534.
DOI: 10.1007/s11069-016-2703-4

Chebana, Fateh; Ben Aissia, M. A. & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2017). Multivariate shift testing for hydrological variables, review, comparison and applicationJ. Hydrol., 548: 88-103.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.02.033

Kwak, Jaewon; St-Hilaire, André & Chebana, Fateh (2017). A comparative study for water temperature modelling in a small basin, the Fourchue River, Quebec, CanadaHydrol. Sci. J., 62 (1): 64-75.
DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2016.1174334

Kwak, Jaewon; St-Hilaire, André; Chebana, Fateh & Kim, Gilho (2017). Summer season water temperature modeling under the climate change: Case study for Fourchue River, Quebec, CanadaWater, 9 (5): Art. 346.
DOI: 10.3390/w9050346

Masselot, Pierre; Chebana, Fateh & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2017). Fast and direct nonparametric procedures in the L-moment homogeneity testStoch. Environ. Res. Risk Asses., 31 (2): 509-522.
DOI: 10.1007/s00477-016-1248-0

Ouali, Dhouha; Chebana, Fateh & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2017). Fully nonlinear statistical and machine learning approaches for hydrological frequency estimation at ungauged sitesJ. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 9 (2): 1292-1306.
DOI: 10.1002/2016MS000830

Requena, Ana I.; Chebana, Fateh & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2017). Heterogeneity measures in hydrological studies: review and new developmentsHydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21 (3): 1651-1668.
DOI: 10.5194/hess-21-1651-2017

Requena, Ana I.; Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. & Chebana, Fateh (2017). Flood frequency analysis at ungauged sites based on regionally estimated streamflowsJ. Hydrometeorol., 18 (9): 2521-2539.
DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-16-0143.1

Vanasse, Alain; Talbot, Denis; Chebana, Fateh; Bélanger, Diane; Blais, Claudia; Gamache, Philippe; Giroux, Jean-Xavier; Dault, Roxanne & Gosselin, Pierre (2017). Effects of climate and fine particulate matter on hospitalizations and deaths for heart failure in elderly: A population-based cohort studyEnviron. Int., 106: 257-266.
DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2017.06.001

Ben Alaya, Mohammed Ali; Chebana, Fateh & Ouarda, T. B. M. J. (2016). Multisite and multivariable statistical downscaling using a Gaussian copula quantile regression modelClim. Dynam., 47 (5-6): 1383-1397.
DOI: 10.1007/s00382-015-2908-3

Durocher, Martin; Chebana, Fateh & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2016). On the prediction of extreme flood quantiles at ungauged locations with spatial copulaJ. Hydrol., 533: 523-532.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.12.029

Durocher, Mathieu; Chebana, Fateh & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2016). Delineation of homogenous regions using hydrological variables predicted by projection pursuit regressionHydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20 (12): 4717-4729.
DOI: 10.5194/hess-20-4717-2016

Durocher, Mathieu; Lee, Tae Sam; Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. & Chebana, Fateh (2016). Hybrid signal detection approach for hydro-meteorological variables combining EMD and cross-wavelet analysisInt. J. Climatol., 36 (4): 1600-1613.
DOI: 10.1002/joc.4444

Genest, C. & Chebana, F. (2016). Copula modeling in hydrologic frequency analysis. In: Singh, V. P., (Ed.). Chow’s Handbook of Applied Hydrology. pp. 30.1-30.9. McGraw Hill.

Lee, Taesam; Kwon, Hyunhan; Modarres, Reza; Kim, Sangdan & Chebana, Fateh (2016). Hydrological and meteorological extreme events in Asia: Understanding, modeling, vulnerability, and adaptation measuresAdv. Meteorol., 2016: Art. 2325384.
DOI: 10.1155/2016/2325384

Masselot, Pierre; Dabo-Niang, Sophie; Chebana, Fateh & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2016). Streamflow forecasting using functional regressionJ. Hydrol., 538: 754-766.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.04.048

Ouali, Dhouha; Chebana, Fateh & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2016). Quantile regression in regional frequency analysis: a better exploitation of the available informationJ. Hydrometeorol., 17 (6): 1869-1883.
DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-15-0187.1

Ouali, Dhouha; Chebana, Fateh & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2016). Non-linear canonical correlation analysis in regional frequency analysisStoch. Environ. Res. Risk Asses., 30 (2): 449-462.
DOI: 10.1007/s00477-015-1092-7

Ouarda, Taha B. M. J.; Charron, Christian & Chebana, Fateh (2016). Review of criteria for the selection of probability distributions for wind speed data and introduction of the moment and L-moment ratio diagram methods, with a case studyEnerg. Convers. Manage., 124: 247-265.
DOI: 10.1016/j.enconman.2016.07.012

Ouarda, Taha B. M. J.; Charron, Christian; Marpu, Prashanth R. & Chebana, Fateh (2016). The generalized additive model for the assessment of the direct, diffuse, and global solar irradiances using SEVIRI images, with application to the UAEIEEE J. Sel. Top. Appl. Earth Observ. Remote Sens., 9 (4): 1553-1566.
DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2016.2522764

Requena, Ana I.; Chebana, Fateh & Mediero, Luis (2016). A complete procedure for multivariate index-flood model applicationJ. Hydrol., 535: 559-580.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.02.004

Singh, Shailesh Kumar; McMillan, Hilary; Bárdossy, András & Chebana, Fateh (2016). Nonparametric catchment clustering using the data depth functionHydrol. Sci. J., 61 (15): 2649-2667.
DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2016.1168927

Ternynck, Camille S.; Ben Alaya, Mohammed Ali; Chebana, Fateh; Dabo-Niang, Sophie & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2016). Streamflow hydrograph classification using functional data analysisJ. Hydrometeorol., 17 : 327-344.
DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-14-0200.1

Vanasse, Alain; Cohen, Alan; Courteau, Josiane; Bergeron, Patrick; Dault, Roxanne; Gosselin, Pierre; Blais, Claudia; Bélanger, Diane; Rochette, Louis & Chebana, Fateh (2016). Association between floods and acute cardiovascular diseases: a population-based cohort study using a geographic information system approachInt. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 13 (2): Art. 168.
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph13020168

Wazneh, Hussein; Chebana, Fateh & Ouarda, Taha B. M. J. (2016). Identification of hydrological neighborhoods for regional flood frequency analysis using statistical depth functioAdv. Water Resour., 94: 251-263.
DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2016.05.013

Alobaidi, M. H.; Marpu, P. R.; Ouarda, T. B. M. J. & Chebana, F. (2015). Regional frequency analysis at ungauged sites using a two-stage resampling generalized ensemble frameworkAdv. Water Resour., 84: 103-111.
DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.07.019

Ben Aissia, M. A.; Chebana, F.; Ouarda, T. B. M. J.; Bruneau, P. & Barbet, M. (2015). Bivariate index-flood model for a northern case study / Analyse fréquentielle bivariée basée sur l’indice de crue-cas d’étude au Québec, CanadaHydrol. Sci. J., 60 (2): 247-268.
DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2013.875177

Ben Alaya, M. A.; Chebana, F. & Ouarda, T. B. M. J. (2015). Probabilistic multisite statistical downscaling for daily precipitation using a bernoulli-generalized pareto multivariate autoregressive modelJ. Climate, 28 (6): 2349-2364.
DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00237.1

Brahimi, B.; Chebana, F. & Necir, A. (2015). Copula representation of bivariate L-moments: a new estimation method for multiparameter two-dimensional copula modelsStatistics, 49 (3): 497-521.
DOI: 10.1080/02331888.2014.932792

Durocher, M.; Chebana, F. & Ouarda, T. B. M. J. (2015). A nonlinear approach to regional flood frequency analysis using projection pursuit regressionJ. Hydrometeorol., 16 (4): 1561-1574.
DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-14-0227.1

Wazneh, H.; Chebana, F. & Ouarda, T. B. M. J. (2015). Delineation of homogeneous regions for regional frequency analysis using statistical depth functionJ. Hydrol., 521: 232-244.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.11.068