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My research is based on enhancing our understanding of hydrology, geomorphology and sediment dynamics of the river systems. Currently, in my PhD, I am trying to qualitatively and quantitatively analyse the sensitivity of different types of rivers as a function of internal characteristics of the system (topography, lithology, vegetation, stream power, confinement characteristics) and external forcing (climate change, land management scenarios). I use a variety of datasets: DEMs, aerial imagery, historical photographs, maps, flow records, sediment records, geomorphic unit maps, vegetation maps, land use characteristics and field datasets; and methodologies: GIS and hydrological modelling for analysis of river sensitivity.

The frameworks and tools that I am developing can be widely used for assessment of river sensitivity of any fluvial system and can be further used for projecting trajectories of river evolution. I believe that the concept of river sensitivity lies at the core of river management as it can be used to confidently answer management questions such as; How can a particular river adjust? Where can a particular river change? How can future flooding result in onsite or offsite adjustment of a particular river? How can various land management changes impact a particular river onsite or offsite? Which rivers in a particular catchment are fragile?

Education/Academic qualification

Earth Sciences, Master of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

1 Jun 20141 Jun 2016

External positions

Senior Project Associate in the project no: SPO/MOES/ES/20110267 at IIT Kanpur, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

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Projects 2014 2020

Research Outputs 2018 2018

  • 6 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 1 Article

Flows and sediment dynamics in the Ganga River under present and future climate scenarios

Khan, S., Sinha, R., Whitehead, P., Sarkar, S., Jin, L. & Futter, M. N., 2018, In : Hydrological Sciences Journal. 63, 5, p. 763-782 20 p.

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peak flow
water availability