Research Interests

  • Hydrological modeling
  • Post-processing hydro-meteorological forecasts
  • Modeling sediment transport in open channels
  • Resolving spatio-temporal scales in hydrological data


  • 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.

Recognition and scholarships

  • 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 Bhopal, India.
  • Introduction to Environmental Sciences.
    Data Analyses and Statistics for Geosciences
  • 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. Akshay Singhal - Ph.D student (since July 2019)
  • Ms. Nibedita Samal - Ph.D student (since July 2018)
  • Mr. Ankit Singh - Ph.D student (since Dec 2017)
  • Mr. Shubham Tiwari - Project Research Associate (Since July 2019, Masters: May 2018-19)
  • Dr. M. Mathiazhagan - Project Postdoctoal Fellow (July 2018 -June 2019)
  • Ms. Shivani Badodiya - Project Research Associate (April 2018-Jan2019)
  • Dr. Nor Haji Abdul Hamid, Ph.D. student (Main supervisor: Dr. Samsung Lim), UNSW, Australia
  • Mr. Florian Wawra, Masters exchange student, Technical University Hamburg, Germany
  • Mr. Dhanoshan Arjun, Honours students, UNSW, Australia
  • Mr. Honghan Zhao, Honours students, UNSW, Australia

Peer Reviewer

  • 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
  • Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
  • MDPI Geosciences
  • The International Journal of River Basin Management
  • MDPI Water
  • Meteorological Applications


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.
Spatio-temporal analysis of hydrological data
  • Tiwari, S., Jha, S. K., Sivakumar, B. (2019). "Reconstruction of daily rainfall data using the concepts of networks: accounting for spatial connections in neighborhood selection", Journal of Hydrology, 579, 124185.
  • Zahmatkesh, Z., Jha, S. K., Coulibaly, P., Stadnyk, T. (2019). "An overview of river flood forecasting procedures in Canadian watersheds." Canadian Water Resources Journal, 44(3), 213-229
  • Muhammad, A., Evenson, R. G., Stadnyk, T., Boluwade, A., Jha, S. K., Coulibaly, P. (2019). "Impact of model structure on the accuracy of hydrological modeling of a Canadian prairie watershed." Journal of Hydrology - Regional Studies, 50, 40-56
  • Muhammad, A., Evenson, R. G., Stadnyk, T., Boluwade, A., Jha, S. K., Coulibaly, P. (2018). "Assessing the importance of potholes in the Canadian Prairie region under future climate change scenarios." MDPI Water, 10(11), 1657, doi:10.3390/w10111657
  • 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).