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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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.

Dr Salima Sultana Daisy

Freelance Consultant

Salima Sultana Daisy completed her Doctor of Philosophy in 2019 titled “Hydro-climatic impact on cholera incidence in Dhaka under global warming” from Institute of Water and Flood Management of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology with a fellowship of DANIDA funded project. She has an MSc (2014) in Applied and Environmental Geoscience from the University of Tübingen, Germany; another MSc (2007) and BSc (2004) in Geological Sciences from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. She has ten years experience in climate change impact assessment; hydrological modelling; public health; statistical modelling; statistical and dynamic downscaling of climate models; GIS and remote sensing; qualitative and quantitative surveying and analyses; and supervised 2 MSc students. She also has worked recently as a team leader for a WHO funded project. She has keen interests working in climate change, hydrology, geology and environment.