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


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.

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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Raiyan Ahamed

University of Chittagong, Bangladesh​

Raiyan Ahamed obtained B.Sc with Honors and M.S both in Oceanography from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. He possesses professional expertise in conducting research on the physical oceanography of the Bay of Bengal, utilizing numerical weather prediction models and climate model outputs to analyze data and make climate projections. He has also conducted research in Satellite Oceanography, utilizing remote sensing, Geographic Information System (GIS) tools, and ocean models to analyze oceanographic and climate data, understanding ocean governance, and managing marine environmental issues. In addition, Raiyan Ahamed completed a one-year research fellowship at the Bangladesh Weather and Climate Services Regional Project (Component A), which is financed by the World Bank. Currently, he is researching the hydrological aspects of the GBM Basin using hydrological models in SRM scenarios.