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Research Interests

        Resolving spatio-temporal scales in hydrological data, Hydrogeological modeling, Modeling sediment transport in open channels.


        Ph.D. (Civil and Environmental Engineering), University of California Davis, May 2009

        M.Tech. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, and TU Darmstadt, Germany, July 2005

        B.Tech. (Civil Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, May 2003


        Since July 2017 - Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, IISER Bhopal India.

        Dec 2015 to July 2017 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Manitoba, Canada.

        May to Dec 2015  – Hydrologist, Bureau of Meteorology, Australia.

        Oct 2011 to May 2015 – Senior Research Associate, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

        Oct 2009 to 2011 – Research Associate, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, USA.

        May to Oct 2009 – Water Resources Engineer, California Department of Water Resources, USA.

        Sept 2005 to May 2009 – Graduate Research Assistant, University of California Davis, USA.

        Sept 2004 to May 2005 – DAAD Indo-German exchange student, TU Darmstadt, Germany.

 Honors and Awards

A paper on geostatistical approach to downscaling cited as emerging and dominant thematic areas in “Water Resources Research in 2013.” Water Resources Research, 50, 2787-2794.
"Demonstration of a geostatistical approach to physically-consistent downscaling of climate modeling simulations," selected as an “American Geophysical Union Research Spotlight.”
UC Davis and Humanities Graduate Research Fellowship for the academic year 2008-09.
DAAD Scholarship (German Academic Exchange Program) from Sept 2004 to May 2005.
Proficiency prize for the best Bachelor of Technology Project in Civil Engineering, 2003, India.


IISER Bhoapl, India:

2017-18 Semester II: Introduction to Environmental Sciences 

2017-18 Semester I: Co-Instructor in Data Analyses and Statistics for Geosciences, Tutor in Introduction to Earth Sciences

U of Manitoba, Canada: Sessional Instructor for the course 'Statistical analysis of hydrologic data'

U of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia: Occasional lectures in Surface Water Hydrology, and Water Resources Engr.

U of California Davis, USA: TA in Statics, Mechanics of Materials, Surveying, and Engr. Hydraulics.

 Student supervision

Mr. Ankit Singh (since Dec 2017)

Mr. Shubham Tiwari (Since May 2018)

Ms. Shivani Badodiya (Since April 2018)

Dr. Nor Haji Abdul Hamid, PhD student (Main supervisor: Dr. Samsung Lim), UNSW, Australia

Florian Wawra, Masters exchange student, Technical University Hamburg, Germany
Dhanoshan Arjun, Honours students, UNSW, Australia
Honghan Zhao, Honours students, UNSW, Australia


Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmosphere, ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, Advances in Water Resources, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Hydrogeology, Sedimentary Geology, Royal Society Open Science, AIMS Geosciences, Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing of Environment, Geoderma.

 Publications, technical reports, and theses

 Sediment transport in open channels

Carlo, G., Angeloudis, A., Bombardelli, F., Jha, S. K., Stoesser, T. (2017). "On the values for the turbulent Schmidt number in environmental flows." MDPI Fluids, 2, 17.

Jha, S. K. (2017). “Effect of particle inertia on the transport of particle-laden open channel flow.” European Journal of Mechanics / B Fluids, 62, 32-41.

Pal, D., Jha, S. K., Ghoshal, K. (2016). “Velocity lag between particle and liquid in sediment-laden open-channel turbulent flow.” European Journal of Mechanics / B Fluids, 56, 130-142.

Jha, S. K., and Bombardelli, F. A. (2011). “Theoretical/Numerical model for the transport of non-uniform suspended sediment in open channels.” Advances in Water Resources. 34, 577-591.    

Jha, S. K., and Bombardelli, F. A. (2010). “Toward two-phase flow modeling of non-dilute sediment transport in open channels.” Journal of Geophysical Research. 115, F03015.

Bombardelli, F. A., and Jha, S. K. (2009). “Hierarchical modeling of the dilute transport of suspended sediment in open channels.” Environmental Fluid Mechanics. 9, 207-235.

Jha, S. K., and Bombardelli, F. A. (2009). “Two-phase modeling of turbulence in dilute sediment-laden, open-channel flows.” Environmental Fluid Mechanics. 9, 237-266.       

Jha, S.K., Bombardelli, F.A. (2014). “Modeling the diffusion and transport of suspended sediment in open channels using two-phase flow theory.” Chapter 3, 51-68, In: Basu, S.K., Singh, N.K. (Eds.), Modeling and Simulation Methods and Applications. Springer.

Resolving spatio-temporal scales in integrating hydrological data      

      Jha, S. K., Shrestha, D. L., Stadnyk, T., Coulibaly, P. (2018). "Evaluation of ensemble precipitation forecasts generated through postprocessing in a Canadian catchment." Hydrology and Earth System         Sciences, 22, 1957-1969.

Jha, S. K., and Sivakumar, B. (2017). “Complex Networks for Rainfall Modeling: Spatial Connections, Temporal Scale, and Network Size.” Journal of Hydrology,  554, 482-489.

Malone, B., Jha, S. K., Minasny, B., McBratney, A. (2016). “Comparing regression-based digital soil mapping and multiple-point geostatistics for the spatial extrapolation of soil data.” Geoderma, 262, 243-253.

Jha, S. K., Mariethoz, G., Evans, J., McCabe, M., Sharma, A. (2015). “A space-time scale dependent non-linear geostatistical approach for downscaling daily precipitation and temperature.” Water Resources Research, 51(8)-6244-6261.

Jha S. K., Mariethoz, G., Evans, J., McCabe, M. (2013). “Demonstration of a geostatistical approach to physically-consistent downscaling of climate modeling simulations.” Water Resources Research. 49, 1-15. WRR featured article.

Jha, S. K., Mariethoz, G., Kelly, B. F. J. (2013). “Bathymetry fusion using multiple-point geostatistics: representing complex sediment dynamics.” Environmental Modelling and Software. 50, 66-76.

Hydrogeological modeling   

Jha, S. K., Mariethoz, G., Matthews, G., Vial, J., Kelly, B. F. J. (2015). “Influence of Alluvial Morphology on Upscaled Hydraulic Conductivity.” Groundwater, DOI: 10.1111/gwat. 12378.  

Jha, S. K., Comunian, A., Mariethoz, G., Kelly, B. (2014). “Parameterization of training images for aquifer 3D facies modeling integrating geological interpretations and statistical inference.” Water Resources Research. 50, doi:10.1002/2013WR014949.

Comunian, A., Jha, S. K., Kelly, B. F. J., Mariethoz, G. (2014). “Training images from process-based simulations – An application to the lower Namoi Aquifer, Murray-Darling Basin, Australia.” Mathematical Geosciences. 46, 241-260.


Muhammad, A., Jha, S. K., Rasmussen, P. (2017). “Drought characterization for a snow dominated region of Afghanistan.” ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 22 (8).

Hamid, N., Lim, S., Jha, S. K. (2016). “An improved parcel-based approach to Bruneian Geocoded Address Database.” Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructure Research.

Sharma, A., Mehrotra, R., Jingwan, L., Jha, S. K. (2016). "A programming tool for nonparametric system prediction using Partial Informational Correlation and Partial Weights." Environmental Modeling and Software, 83, 271-275.

Jha, S. K., Woldemeskel, F., Zhao, H., Sivakumar, B. (2015). “Network theory and spatial rainfall connections: An interpretation.” Journal of Hydrolog, 527, 13-19.

Hamid, N., Lim, S., Jha, S. K. (2015). “Quality control for the development of the Bruneian geocoded address database.” URISA Journal, 27(1).

Bombardelli, F. A., and Jha, S. K. (2011). “Discussion of Closure problems to jet scour by G. J. C. M. Hoffmans.” Journal of Hydraulic Research. 49(2), 277-279.

Jain, A., Jha, S. K., and Misra, S. (2007). “Modeling and analysis of concrete slump using artificial neural networks.” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE. 20(9), 628-633.

Jain, A., Jha, S. K., and Misra, S. (2006). “Modeling compressive strength of concrete using artificial neural networks.” Indian Concrete Journal. October, 17-22.

Jain, A., Misra, S., and Jha, S. K. (2005). “Discussion of application of neural networks for estimation of concrete strength by Jong-In Kim, Doo Kie Kim, Maria Q. Feng, and Frank Yazdani.” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE. 17(6), 736-8).


Technical reports
  • Jha, S. K., Zahmatkesh, Z., Coulibaly, P., Stadnyk, T. (2017). "Overview of Flood Forecasting in Canada."
  • Mathews, et. al.. (2014). “Data-centric groundwater modeling for coal seam gas and large scale coal mining.” New South Wales, Office of Water, Sydney, Australia.
  • Minsker et al. (2011). “Geospatial approach to updating bathymetry of Mississippi river in real-time.” Archer-Daniels-Midland Company.
  • Gangadhariah, et. al. (2003). “Hydraulic model studies for river training works on the Ghaghra River near Kamariaghat.” DHV consultants, BV, Lucknow, UP, India.
  • Gangadhariah, et. al. (2003). “Model studies for the selection of a bridge site on the Ghaghra river near Chehlarighat.” DHV consultants, BV, Lucknow, UP, India.


  • Theoretical and numerical modeling of suspended sediment transport in open channels using an Eurlerian-Eulerian two-phase flow approach, Doctoral thesis, University of California Davis, 2009 (Supervisor: Fabian Bombardelli).
  • Estimation of optimum dynamic land use parameters in hydrologic models using remotely sensed data, Masters thesis, Indian Institute of Technology  Kanpur, India, and Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, 2005 (Supervisors: Ashu Jain, Manfred Ostrowski).
  • River training works for the installation of a bridge on river Ghaghra, Best Undergarduate project report, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India,  2003 (Supervisor: T. Gangadhariah).  


A postdoc position is currently available. Details can be found at: