Reporter Topic:Climate Change Impacts on Hydrology, Water Resources and Water Use Sectors: Cases from Asian Countries
Reporter: Professor Mukand S. Babel, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Time:16:00, Sep.23, 2019
Location:Conference Room 8213, Department of Engineering
Dr. Mukand S. Babel is a Professor of Water Engineering and Management at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. In addition, he is leading the Climate Change Asia (CCA) initiative at AIT for Catalyzing Capacity for Action to address climate change issues in the region. He was the Chair of Academic Senate of AIT. He has been Visiting/Honorary Professor at several universities/institutes in the region including University of Exeter (2018-2021), Kyoto University (Dec 2012-Mar 2013), University Teknologi Mara, Malaysia (Aug 2013-Jul 2015) and Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences (SHIATS), Allahabad, India (Nov 2014-Oct 2019). Prof. Babel’s professional experience in teaching, research and consultancy spans over 30 years in Asia. He teaches graduate level courses on Watershed Hydrology, Hydrologic and Water Resources Modeling, Integrated Water Resources Management and Water Supply and Sanitation.
In 2014, He was appointed as a Member of the Advisory Committee of the World Water Quality Assessment, an initiative of UN-Water Group led by UNEP and GEMS/Water. In 2014 he was appointed as a Member of the Executive Committee, Asia Pacific Division (APD) of International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) for two years (2015-16). In 2015, he was elected as one of Directors of the Executive Board of International Water Resources Association (IWRA) for three years (2016-18). In 2016, he was appointed as a Board Member of the Asian Water Council (AWC) representing AIT. He was a recipient of the 2018 International Award by the Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources.
Dr. Babel has supervised 26 doctoral and 185 master theses covering diverse areas of hydrology and water resources. Currently there are 07 doctoral and 10 master thesis students working under his supervision. With over 250 publications in international refereed journals, books (including one on Climate Change and Water Resources), and book chapters and conference proceedings, he currently conducts interdisciplinary research relating hydrology and water resources with economic, environmental and socioeconomic aspects of water to address diverse water problems and issues including climate change impact and adaptation in water sector. His h-index is 25 with 2318 citations as of 21 September 2019.
Dr. Babel carried out many research and sponsored projects in collaboration with international organizations and governments including Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI); CGIAR-WLE Program; Dutch Government; CIDA; The World Bank; FAO; UNESCO-IHE; UNU; ADB; DANIDA, ICH, Norway and NEF, Japan; GWP, Sweden; UN-DESA; ASCE; UNESCO; UNEP; IGES, Japan; APN, Japan; UCC-Water, Denmark; Govt. of Thailand; Govt. of Indonesia; Govt. of Nepal; Govt. of Bhutan; and ICAR, Govt. of India, as well as with respected universities, such as Konkuk University, South Korea; Oregon State University, USA; Tohoku University, Japan; and University of Tokyo, Japan.