Bangladesh (’21)

Assessing the impacts of SRM on hydrology in Bangladesh

Project summary

Understanding how SRM use could affect water and food security is of great importance for climate-vulnerable countries such as Bangladesh, a country threatened by regular floods, by storms from the Bay of Bengal, and by increasing erosion and salinity from sea level rise. The research team led by Dr Abu Syed seeks to understand how SRM could affect the country’s hydrology, with a focus on the Padma-Brahmaputra-Meghna basin. The project is hosted at the Centre for Rediscovered and Redefined Natural Resources Research and Education (C4RE) and features collaboration with the Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies (BCAS) and the University of Chittagong.
The Ganges Delta, lying over Bangladesh and Western India. Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2020), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Team members

SYED Abu

Dr Md. Abu Syed (PI)

Centre for Rediscovered and Redefined Natural Resources Research and Education (C4RE) & Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS)

Dr Abu Syed is the Managing Director of C4RE Services Ltd., a senior fellow of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) and the Director of the Nansen-Bangladesh International Centre for Coastal, Ocean and Climate Studies (NABIC). He is an environmental scientist and academician with 28 years of experience in climate change, climate modelling, remote sensing, GIS, adaptation, resilience, disaster risk reduction, environment and social safeguard in agriculture, forestry, fishery and livestock. He worked on projects at home and abroad with UNDP, World Bank, UKAid, USAID, KFW, NWO, IDRC, WOTRO, and many more. He holds a PhD on the impacts of global warming in tropical forests, an MSc in geo-information science from the Netherlands and a post-graduate diploma in geomatic engineering for integrated coastal zones from the UK.
KARMAKAR Shyamal

Dr Shyamal Karmakar (Co-PI)

University of Chittagong, Bangladesh

Shyamal Karmakar graduated from Georg-August-Universitaet Göttingen in Geosciences with a DAAD fellowship and grant. His primary research interest is ecohydrology and hydrological modeling. Spatiotemporal variations of water in the catchment process and climate and other bio-geophysical changes impacts, their characterisation and modeling have remained his topics of study since 2007. He has worked on various research projects with HUC-ICIMOD, IGSNRR, CAS, Kurukshetra University, and the University of Alberta. He also presented at international conferences and published in national and international journals. He has received research grants as a principal investigator from HUC-ICIMOD, the University of Chittagong. In this DECIMALS project, he is working as co-PI and expert contributor for hydrological modeling in SWAT, where geoengineering impacts will be studied for the great GBM basin.
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Sidratun Nur Chowdhury

Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies (BCAS)

DATTA Srijon

Srijon Datta

University of Chittagong, Bangladesh​

Srijon Datta completed his MSc and BSc in Environmental Science at the Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, University of Chittagong. He has a keen interest in hydrogeology and water resources management. His MSc dissertation focused on hydrological modelling of the Halda river watershed in QSWAT using different sources of DEM and identifying sensitive parameters. He is also interested in flood risk assessment, soil carbon, and the impact of climate change in Bangladesh.
RAHMAN Atiq

Dr Atiq Rahman

Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies (BCAS)

Dr Rahman is a leading environment and development specialist with wide national and international experience and involvement in sustainable development, climate change, environment and resource management, poverty and equity, disaster management, people’s participation, and global governance. He has emerged as a leading spokesperson and Southern voice on climate change, adaptation, mitigation, climate justice, South-North collaboration and geo-engineering issues globally, regionally, and nationally. Besides, he is the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), a leading think tank in Bangladesh and South Asia on resource management, climate change, environment, and sustainable development. He was Team Leader of the Climate Change National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) Synthesis, Bangladesh. He was awarded the Champion of The Earth award by UNEP in 2007 for his contribution to UNFCCC and IPCC processes as Coordinating Lead Author until AR5.