Resources and Environment

Resources and Environment focuses on introducing the current situation of resources and environment to make the broad masses of the people know the meaning and value of sustainable development as a kind of public academic journal. The current policies and related management measures designed for sustainable development will be mentioned in this journal.

Mohamed Thameur Chaibi

Editorial Board Member of Resources and Environment

Professor, Head Department Rural Engineering, Tunisia

Research Areas

Agriculture Technologies, Water Resources Engineering, Environment Physics and Rural Management, Energy systems analysis


1997-2003Ph.DSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences
1996-1997Master of ScienceSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences (S.L.U)
1992Post Graduate DiplomaNetherlands International Institute for Management (R.V.B)


presentHead of Department Rural Engineering, National Research institute for Rural Engineering, Water and Forestry
2008-2011Expert,Science & Technology and Education
1992-2008Senior Research Scientist,National Research Institute for Agriculture Engineering, Water and Forestry
1990-1992Research scientist ,Research Center for Rural Engineering
1988-1990Department of renewable energy of the Research Center of Rural Engineering
1990-1992Research scientist,Research Center for Rural Engineering
1985-1986Contract Engineer,Tunisian Company for Petroleum Activities (ETAP)

Academic Achievement

August-September 2000: Guest researcher at the Solar Energy Laboratory, Madison, University of Wisconsin, USA
September-January 1997: Guest researcher at the Solar Energy Research Center in Borlange-Sweden
November 1994:Honor prize by the supreme council of sciences as a distinguished work presented in the 34th science week in Damascus
July-Sep 1994: GTZ fellowship, International program for filed testing of photovoltaic water pumps, Technical University of Darmstadt Germany
April-June 1986 : A.G.C.D fellowship, Agriculture University of Gent, Belgium


A member of the International Prize Committee for the Olusegun Obasanjo Prize in Scientific Discovery and/or technological innovation
Governing Council member, Regional representative North Africa, of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS)
Fellow of TWAS (the Academy of Sciences for the Developing Word) for outstanding contribution to science and its promotion in the developing word
Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) for distinguished career and achievements in the field of Renewable Energies
2007-2008: Associate member on the Environmental Security panel under the NATO Science for Peace and security program
Membership of expert evaluation to the scientific panel under the call FP6-2003-INCO-, MPC-2, FP7-Africa-2010, and Environmental 2011 call of the FP7 Cooperation Specific Program, Brussels, Belgium
Membership of expert evaluation of research proposals of King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and Sultan Qaboos University Muscat, Oman
From 1988-present: Invited key speaker/lecturer in my field of competences at more than fifty international conferences, seminars, short courses and workshops
1998-2008: Active membership in the Net Aid International Organization
1995-2000: Corresponding member of the International Association for Solar Energy Education (IASEE) in Tunisia
1996-1998: Member in the active group of water resources management in the Mediterranean region under the MED Campus program.
Member in the Center for Advancement of Science and Technology
Member in the International Solar Energy Society

Publications: Conferences/Workshops/Symposiums/Journals/Books

[1]  Karim Bourouni, Mohamed Thameur Chaibi, Ali Al Taee, (2011), WATER DESALINATION BY HUMIDIFICATION AND DEHUMIDIFICATION OF AIR, SEAWATER GREENHOUSE PROCESS, in Solar Energy Conversion and Photoenergy Systems, [Eds. Julian Blanco Galvez, Sixto Malato Rodriguez], in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems(EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford, UK, [], Vol IV, 63p.
[2]  Karim Bourouni, MedThameur Chaibi, (2009), SOLAR ENERGY FOR APPLICATION TO DESALINATION IN TUNISIA: DESCRIPTION OF A DEMONSTRATION PROJECTM. Mason and A. Mor (eds.), Renewable Energy in the Middle East, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4020-9892-5_8, © Springer Science + Business media B.V. 2009, Chap 8, 125-149.
[3]  M.T. Chaibi, and Ali M. El-Nashar (2009), SOLAR THERMAL PROCESSES, A REVIEW OF SOLAR THERMAL ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES, G. Micale et al. (eds.), Seawater Desalination, Green Energy and Technology, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Chap 6.
[4]  M. T. Chaibi (2003) GREENHOUSE SYSTEMS WITH INTEGRATED WATER DESALINATION FOR ARID AREAS BASED ON SOLAR ENERGY Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, AGRARIA 389, ISSN 1401-6249, ISBN 91-576-6438-2.
[5]  Bourouni, K., Bassem, M.M. & M.T. Chaïbi, M.T. (2008) Numerical Study of Coupled Heat and Mass Transfer in a Geothermal Water Cooling Tower, Energy Conservation and Management, Volume 49, (5), 988-994;.
[6]  Chaibi M.T. and Bourouni, K. 2007. Development of Solar Desalination Systems Concepts for Irrigation in Arid Areas Conditions, NATO Security through Science Series C: Environmental Security, 19-32.
[7]  Bourouni, K. and Chaibi, M.T. 2007. Optimizing coupling small desalination to solar collectors: a case study. NATO Security through Science Series C: Environmental Security, 83-92.
[8]  Chaibi, M.T. & T. Jilar, T. 2005. Effects of a Solar Desalination Module integrated in greenhouse Roof on Light Transmission and Crop Growth. Biosystems Engineering, Volume 90 (3), 319-330.
[9]  Bourouni, K. & Chaibi, M.T. 2004. Modelling of heat and mass transfer in horizontal-tube falling film condenser for brackish water desalination in remote areas. Desalination Journal, 166, 17-24.
[10]  Chaibi, M.T. & Jilar, T. 2004. System design, operation and performance of roof integrated desalination in greenhouses. Solar Energy Journal, 76 (5), 545-561.
[11]  Bourouni, K., Bouden, C. & Chaibi, M.T. 2003, Feasibility investigation of coupling a desalination prototype functioning by Aero-Evapo-Condensation with solar units, International Journal of Nuclear Desalination, 1 (1),116-131.
[12]  Chaibi, M.T. 2002, Validation of a Simulation Model for Water Desalination in a Greenhouse Roof through Laboratory Experiments and Conceptual Parameter Discussions, Desalination journal, 142 (1), 65-78.
[13]  Bourouni, K., Chaibi, M.T., Tadrist, L. 2001, Water desalination by humidification and dehumidification: state of the art, Desalination Journal, 137, 167-176.
[14]  Bourouni, K., Chaibi, M.T., Tadrist, L. 2001, Analytical Analyze of heat transfer in liquid film dripping around horizontal tube, Desalination Journal, 141, 7-13.
[15]  Chaibi, M.T. 2000, Analysis by simulation of a solar still integrated in a greenhouse roof, Desalination Journal, 128 (2), 123-138.
[16]  Chaibi, M.T. 2000, An overview of solar desalination for domestic and agriculture water needs in remote arid areas, Desalination journal, 127 (2), 119-133.
[17]  Bourouni, K, Martin, R., Tadrist, L & Chaibi, M.T 1999, Heat transfer and evaporation in geothermal desalination units, Applied energy, 64 (1/4),129-147.
[18]  Chaibi M. T. 1994. Renewable energies and their role in the development of rural areas of Tunisia Renewable Energy, Volume 5, Issues 5-8, August 1994, 1538-1540.
[19]  Chaibi, M.T. 1993. Strategic management of utilization of new and renewable energy in rural areas of Tunisia. Energy & Environment, 4 (4), 408-415.
[20]  Chaibi, M.T, Safi, M.J. & Hasairi, M. 1991. Performance analysis of a solar desalting unit in south Tunisia. Desalination (82), 197-205.
[21]  Chaibi, M.T. 1991. Coefficient of heat transfer from greenhouses heated by geothermal energy in south Tunisia. Plasticulture, 92 (4) 41-48.
[22]  Chaibi, M.T., Bartholomé, E. 2009, The « GMES & Africa » process-State of play-, Geoland Forum, 12 May 2009, Berlin, Germany.
[23]  Chaibi, M.T. and Z.S. Abdel-Rehim 2008, Solar still integrated in a greenhouse roof: laboratory experiments and model validation, Third International conference of engineering research Division on Engineering Sciences and technologies-Mars 24-26, 2008, NERC-Cairo-Egypt.
[24]  Bourouni, K, T. Ben M'Barek and Chaibi, M.T, 2007, Strategic study for the development of autonomous units for desalination in Tunisia, First World Water Sustainability-Renewable Energy Congress and Exhibition, 25-28 Nov; 2007, MECC Conference Complex, Maastricht, Netherlands.
[25]  Chouaieb, W., Chaibi, M.T., Masmoudi, M., Mansour, M., 2007, Etude expérimentale d'un système d'irrigation par condensation fonctionnant à l'energie solaire, First Maghreb Conference on Desalination and Water Treatment, CMTDE, 7-10 Dec. 2007, Hammamet, Tunisia.
[26]  Chaïbi, M.T., and Bourouni, K. Bassem, M.M., 2007, Les tours de refroidissement des eaux géothermales dans le sud tunisien: concepts et performances. Fiche technique à l'intention de l' INRGREF. 5 pages.
[27]  Chaïbi, M.T., 2007, Desertification & Water, Environmental Security in the Context of NATO SPS Programme, NATO Info Day and Building Partnership, 8-9 Nov. 2007, Ankara, Turkey (invited speaker).
[28]  Chaibi, M.T, 2007, Desalination in North Africa, Leadership for Water and Energy Security in the Middle East and North Africa, United Nations University, International Leadership Institute (INU-ILI), 1st-2nd July 2007, Amman, Jordan (invited speaker).
[29]  Chaibi, M.T, Bourouni K. and Jilar, T. 2007, Practical alternatives to Using Solar Desalination for Irrigation in Arid Areas Conditions. Edited volume, 3ed International Conference on solar radiation and day lighting, Delhi India. Anamaya Publisher. Dube S.K, Muneer.T and Tiwari G.N.(Eds) 2007, 418-431. (invited speaker).
[30]  Bourouni, K; Ben Mbarek, T; Chaibi, M.T. 2007, Strategic study for the development of autonomous units for desalination. First World Water Sustainability-Renewable Energy Congress and Exhibition November 25th-28th 2007 at Maastricht, the Netherlands, WREN ( and InterExpo Caribbean N.V. (
[31]  Bassem, M.M., Chaïbi, M.T., and Bourouni, K.2006, Les tours de refroidissement des eaux géothermales dans le sud tunisien : concepts et performances. Proceedings of the International Meeting on Resources Management and Biotechnological Applications on Arid and Oasis Culture, Djerba. Tunisia, December 25 th-28th 2006.
[32]  Bourouni, K., Chaibi M.T. and Haj Ali, W. 2006. Etude numérique d'une unité de dessalement fonctionnant par l'énergie solaire. The International Conference on Renewable Energies and Water Technologies (CIERTA 2006).Almeria, Spain October 5-7th 2006.
[33]  Bassem, M.M., Bourouni, K. and Chaïbi, M.T. 2006. Etude numérique des transferts couplés de chaleur et de masse dans un refroidisseur d'eau géothermale. Proceedings des Journées Tunisiennes sur les écoulements et les transferts (JTET), Monastir, March 19 th-21st 2006.
[34]  Bassem, M.M., Bourouni, K. and Chaïbi, M.T. 2006. Numerical study of coupled transfer of heat and mass between air and water in a geothermal water cooling tower. Bulletin of the American Physical Society, APS Division of Fluid Dynamics 59th Annual Meeting of the, Tampa, Florida, USA, November 19 th-21st 2006, Volume 51, N°9, page 246.
[35]  Chaibi M. T. 2006. Strategic Policy Tool for Implementation Renewable Energy Systems in Rural Areas of Tunisia, fourth conference on Scientific Research Outlook & Technology Development in the Arab World, Alexandria, Egypt, 22-25 Apr 2006.
[36]  Bourouni, K. and Chaibi M.T. 2005. Using geothermal and solar energy for autonomous water desalination units, Unités de Dessalement Alimentées par les Energies Renouvelables Opportunités et Défis, ADU-RES international workshops 26-27 Sept. 2005, Hammamet, Tunisia.
[37]  Chaibi, M.T. and Bourouni, K. 2005. Geothermal water cooling systems in Tunisia-Design and practice, Proceedings Word Geothermal Congress, Antalya, Turquie, 24--29 Avril 2005.
[38]  Chaibi, M.T. and Bourouni, K. 2005. Application of Geothermal Energy for Brackish Water Desalination in the South of Tunisia, Proceedings Word Geothermal Congress, Antalya, Turquie, 24--29 Avril 2005.
[39]  Saidam, M., Epp C., Tondi, G. and Chaibi, M.T. 2004. International Water Demand management Conference, May 30-June 3, Wdm2004, Dead Sea Jordan.
[40]  Chaibi, M.T., Chenini, F., Epp, C. and Tondi, G. 2004. Une approche intégrée pour la gestion durable des ressources en eau dans le basin méditerranéen, Colloque développement durable, Leçons et perspectives, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 1-4 Juin 2004, tome 2, 139-146.
[41]  Bourouni, K. and Chaibi, M.T. 2004. Development of agriculture in the south of Tunisia by using geothermal energy for water desalination. International conference on geothermal energy applications in agriculture, Athens, Greece, 3-4 May 2004.
[42]  Bourouni, K. and Chaibi M.T. 2004. Modelling of heat and mass transfer in a horizontal-tube falling-film condenser for brackish water desalination in remote areas, EuroMed 2004, Marrakech, Maroc, 30 Mai-2-Juin 2004.
[43]  Chaibi, M.T. and Chenini, F. 2003. Climate Changes in the Mediterranean Region: Water Use and Competition between the Agricultural and Tourism Sectors. Advanced Research workshop on Climate change and tourism-Assessment and coping strategies-6th-8th November 2003, Warsaw, Poland.
[44]  Chaibi, M.T. and Jilar, T. 2003. Economy prospects for roof integrated water desalination in greenhouses. Solar Word Congress 2003, ISES, Götberg Suède, 13-19 Juin 2003.
[45]  Bourouni, K., Bouden, C. and Chaibi, M.T. 2003. Improvement of the efficiency of a small desalination unit functioning by air humidifcation and dehumidification by using air flat-plate solar collectors, ISES, Götberg Suède, 13-19 Juin 2003.
[46]  Bourouni, K., Bouden, C. and Chaibi, M.T. 2003. Utilisation de l'énergie solaire dans un procédé innovant de dessalement d'eau fonctionnant par humidification et déshumidification de l'air, COMPLES'2K3-Mediterranean Conference on Environment and Solar Use, Aleppo (Syrie), 19-20 Octobre 2003, 3p.
[47]  Chaibi M.T., Jilar, T.,.Bourouni, K., Ben Bacha, H. and Maalej, A. 2000. Economics Aspects of Solar Desalination for Agricultural Purposes, GlobeEX 2000, Las Vegas USA, 23ed-28th July, 330-339.
[48]  Bourouni, K. Chaibi, M.T. and Tadrist, L. 2000. Analytical and experimental analyze of heat and mass transfer in liquid film evaporation around a horizontal tube, GlobalEx 2000, Las Vegas, 23-26 juillet 2000.
[49]  Bourouni, K. Chaibi, M.T. and Tadrist, L. 2000. Liquid film evaporation around a horizontal tube: Application for a desalination process. Arab school of Science and Technology (AAST) meeting Cairo, Egypt, January, 23ed-27th, 104-116.
[50]  Chaibi, M.T. and Bourouni, K. 2000, Operational experience with geothermal desalination unit in the south of Tunisia and its contribution to fresh water supply. Arab school of Science and Technology (AAST) meeting Cairo, Egypt, January, 23ed-27th, 117-130.
[51]  Bourouni, K., Chaibi M.T., Martin, R. and Tadrist, L. 1998. Analysis of heat transfer and evaporation in geothermal desalination units, «the 7th International Energy Conference and Exhibition ENERGEX'98», Bahrain, 19-21 Novembre 1998.
[52]  Bourouni, K., Martin, R., Tadrist, L. and Chaibi, M.T. 1998. Le dessalement d'eau saumâtre par aero-evapo condensation, une potentialité pour les régions arides. HYDROTOP 98, Marseille, France, 21-23 avril.
[53]  Ben Mabrouk, S. and Chaibi, M.T. 1995. Development of Solar Crop Dryers in Tunisia. Cinquième Conférence Internationale Arabe sur l'Energie Solaire (The 5Th Arab International Solar Energy Conference) AISEC, du 13 au 16 Novembre Bahrain.
[54]  Chaibi M. T. and Safi M.J. 1991. Solar desalination with a multi effect process-evaporation and condensation cycle-31st science week, Lattakia, Syria, 2-8 November 1991.
[55]  Chaibi, M.T. 1991. Desalination of brackish water and their use in rural areas. Twelfth International Symposium on Desalination and Water Re-Use. Malta 15-18 April 1991.