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Sumit Sen
Sumit Sen Associate Professor +91-01332-284754
Areas of Interest
  • Field and modeling experiments to investigate water movement through various watershed components, Understanding Surface Runoff Generation Mechanisms; Rainfall-Runoff Modeling; Watershed Management
Honors and Awards
2nd Place Poster Competition AwardAuburn University, Auburn, USA2008
The College of Agriculture 2009 Outstanding International Graduate Student AwardAuburn University, Auburn, USA2009
1st Place Poster Competition AwardAuburn University, Auburn, USA2005
Educational Details
B.Tech.Agricultural EngineeringAllahabad Agricultural Institute Deemed University, Allahabad, India2001
Masters of Science (MS)Biological and Agricultural EngineeringUniversity of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA2005
Ph.D.Civil EngineeringAuburn University, Auburn, USA2009
Administrative Background
2012--OC SeminarDepartment of Hydrology
20152016WardenRajiv Bhawav
2012--OC Hydrometeorology LabDepartment of Hydrology
2015--OC Computer LabsDepartment of Hydrology
20142019Faculty Advisor Congizance Department TeamDepartment of Hydrology
Sponsored Research Projects
TopicFunding AgencyYear
Understanding Hydrogeological Processes and Their Impacts on Water Security in the Tehri-Garhwal RegIIT Roorkee2013
Development of Field Demonstration Site for Revisiting Rainfall Measurement: An Under-catch IssueCentral Dam Safety Organization, Central Water Commission, Dam Rehabilitation & Improvement Project2017
Citizens Science Approach to Revive Dying SpringsWater for Welfare2017
Water Security through Community Based Springshed Development in the IHRNational Mission on HImalayan Studies, MoEF&CC2018
Climate Proofing of Springshed Development Program (Dhara Vikash) through Science and TechnologyUNDP2019
Understanding Relationship between Infiltration Trade-off Hypothesis and Surface Runoff Generation MDST, Young Scientist Award2014
Teaching Engagements
TitleCourse CodeClass NameSemester
Watershed Behaviour and Conservation PracticesHY-531Autumn
Engineering HydrologyIHY-01Engineering HydrologySpring
Watershed Modeling and SimulationHYN-571GraduateSpring
Engineering HydrologyHYN-102Engineering HydrologySpring
Hydrological Data Collection, Processing and AnalysisDMN-504Hydrological Data Collection, Processing and AnalysisAutumn
Research Scholar Groups
Scholar NameInterest
Anshul YadavSediment Transport
Bhargabnanda DassEcohydrology
Stuti ShahMountain Lake System
Aliva NandaRunoff Generation Mechanisms: Monitoring & Modeling
Mulugeta MusieWatershed-scale modeling, Water allocation optimization
PHDs Supervised
TopicScholar NameStatus of PHDRegistration Year
Visits to outside institutions
Institute VisitedPurpose of VisitDate
Cranfield University, UKEcosystems Services Assessment: Research Exchange ProgramMay-Jun'18
Invited Talk on World Water Day at University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, 22nd March, 2019University of BirminghamI2019
National International Collaboration
Himalayan hydrologyUniversity of Birmingham, UKPHD
Lake Nainital Hydrologic monitoring and ModelingCentre for Ecology Development and Research (CEDAR)RP
Ecohydrology of Sikkim Himalayas Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, IndiaPHD
Water security plans for Himalayan communities: Stream and Spring SystemsPeople Science Institute (PSI), Dehradun, IndiaRP
Forest hydrologyForest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun, IndiaRP
Himalayan hydrology Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), Wallingford, UKPHD
Spring hydrologyCentral Himalayan Rural Action Group (CHIRAG), Nainital, IndiaRP
Refereed Journal Papers
  1. Nanda, A., Sen, S*., Sharma, A. N., & Sudheer, K. P. Soil Temperature Dynamics at Hillslope Scale—Field Observation and Machine Learning-Based Approach. Water, 12(3), 713, 2020. Q1
  2. Kumar, V., & Sen, S*. Assessment of spring potential for sustainable agriculture: A case study in lesser Himalayas. Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 36(1), 11-24, 2020. Q2
  3. Musie, M.; Sen, S*.; Chaubey, I. Hydrologic Responses to Climate Variability and Human Activities in Lake Ziway Basin, Ethiopia. Water, 12, 164, 2020. Q1
  4. Musie, M., Sen, S*., Srivastava, P. Comparison and Evaluation of Open Source Precipitation Datasets for Streamflow Simulation in Data Scarce Watersheds of Ethiopia. Journal of Hydrology, 579, 124168. 2019. Q1
  5. Nanda, A., Sen, S*, McNamara, J.P. How spatiotemporal variation of soil moisture can explain hydrological connectivity of infiltration-excess dominated hillslope: Observations from Lesser Himalayan Landscape, Journal of Hydrology 579, 124146, 2019.Q1
  6. Sonkar, I., Kotnoor, H. P., Sen, S. Estimation of Root Water Uptake and Soil Hydraulic Parameters from Root Zone Soil Moisture and Deep Percolation. Agricultural Water Management, 222: 38-47. 2019. Q1
  7. Bhattaraia N., Mallick, K., Stuarta, J., Vishwakarma, B. D., Niraula, R., Sen, S., Jain, M. 2019. An automated multi-model evapotranspiration mapping framework usingremotely sensed and reanalysis data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 229: 69-92. Q1
  8. Nanda, A., Sen, S., Jirwan, V., Sharma, A., Kumar, V. 2018. Understanding Plot-Scale Hydrology of Lesser Himalayan Watershed- A Field Study and HYDRUS-2D Modeling Approach. Hydrological Processes, 32:12541266. Q1
  9. Pati, A., Sen, S., Perumal, M. 2018. Modified Channel Routing Scheme for SWAT Model. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering ASCE, 23(6): 04018019. Q1
  10. A. I. Shah, S. Sen, M. U. D. Dar, and V. Kumar. 2017. Land-Use/ Land-Cover Change Detection and Analysis in Aglar Watershed, Uttarakhand. Current Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 24 (1): 1-11.
  11. V. Kumar, and S. Sen. 2017.Evaluation of Spring Discharge Dynamics using Recession Curve Analysis: A Case Study in Data-Scare Region, Lesser Himalayas, India. Sustainable Water Resources Management. 

  12. N. Noori, L. Kalin, S. Sen, P. Srivastava, and C. Lebleu. 2016. Identifying Areas Sensitive to Land Use/ Land Cover Change for Downstream Flooding in a Coastal Alabama Watershed, Regional Environmental Change. DOI 10.1007/s10113-016-0931-5 Q1
  13. D. Adeba, M. L. Kansal, and S. Sen. 2016. Economic Evaluation of Proposed Alternatives of Inter-basin Water Transfer from Baro Akobo to Awash Basin in Ethiopia. Sustainable Water Resources Management, 2: 313.
  14. D. Adeba, M. L. Kansal, and S. Sen. 2015. Assessment of Water Scarcity and its Impacts on Sustainable Development in Awash Basin, Ethiopia. Sustainable Water Resources Management 1 (1): 71-87.
  15. M. J. Madolli, S. Sen, and M. K. Jain. 2014. Trends in Precipitation and Temperature in Karnataka, India. Hydrology Journal, 37(1-4): 61-70. 
  16. M. J. Madolli, S. Sen, and A. Shinde. 2014. Effect of Climate Change on Rainfall Pattern and Socioeconomic Condition for Karnataka State. Proceedings of International conference entitled “Green India: strategic knowledge for combating climate change-prospects and challenges.” 304-312.
  17. J. Lamba, T. R. Way, P. Srivastava, S. Sen, C. W. Wood, and K. H. Yoo. 2013. Nutrient Loss in Leachate and Surface Runoff from Surface-Broadcast and Subsurface-Banded Broiler Litter. Journal of Environmental Quality. 42: 1574-1582. Q1
  18. S. Sen, P. Srivastava, P. A. Vadas, and L. Kalin. 2012. Watershed-level Comparison of Predictability and Sensitivity of Two Phosphorus Models. Journal of Environmental Quality. 41: 1–11. Q1
  19. J. Lamba, T. R. Way, P. Srivastava, S. Sen, C. W. Wood, and K. H. Yoo. 2012. Surface Transport of Nutrients from Surface-Broadcast and Subsurface-Banded Broiler litter. Transactions of the ASABE. 55 (3): 979-985. Q2
  20. S. Sen, P. Srivastava, J. H. Dane, H. Meng, and P. T. Clement. 2011. Application of HIRO2 Hydrologic Model for Simulating Hortonian Overland Flow on a Pasture Hillslope in North Alabama. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 66 (6): 411-422. Q1
  21. S. Sen, P. Srivastava, J. H. Dane, K. H. Yoo, and J. N. Shaw. 2010. Spatial-Temporal Variability and Hydrologic Connectivity of Runoff Generation Areas in a North Alabama Pasture. Hydrological Processes. 24: 342-356. Q1
  22. S. Sen, P. Srivastava, K. H. Yoo, J. H. Dane, J. N. Shaw, and M. S. Kang. 2008. Runoff Generation Mechanisms in Pastures of the Sand Mountain Region of Alabama – A Field Investigation. Hydrological Processes. 22: 4222-4232. Q1
  23. S. Sen, B. E. Haggard, I. Chaubey, K. R. Brye, T. A. Costello, and M. D. Matlock. 2007. Sediment Phosphorus Release at Beaver Reservoir, Northwest Arkansas, USA, 2002–2003: A Preliminary Investigation. Water Air & Soil Pollution. 179: 67–77. Q2
  24. I. Chaubey, M. Matlock, T. A. Costello, B. E. Haggard, V. Garg, S. Sen, K. L. White, and R. K. Davis. 2005. Development of a Decision Support System and Data Needs for the Beaver Lake Watershed. Prepared for Arkansas Soil & Water Conservation Commission.