Post Doc Research Fellow

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Pillar / Cluster: Engineering Systems and Design

Biography

Kamal is an early-career hydro-climatologist, working as a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Resilient Water Systems Group of the Singapore University of Technology and Design since April 2018. His current research focus is on the water-energy-climate nexus of greater Mekong sub-region.
Kamal completed his PhD in Civil Engineering (Climate and Water Resources Engineering) from the University of Newcastle, Australia in 2017 followed by a short summer research fellowship in Australian National University. Previously, he completed BSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh in 2010 followed by a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Geology from ITC, Netherlands in 2012. Since 2011, Kamal has been working as a university faculty, professional researcher and consultant engineer in different universities and industries with focus on hydro-climatology, statistical analysis, environmental engineering and disaster resilience.

Education

  • PhD in Civil Engineering (Climate and Water Resources) – March 2013 to July 2017
    Institute: The University of Newcastle, Australia
    Thesis: Development and Evaluation of Stochastic Rainfall Models for Drought Security Assessment
  • Graduate Certificate in Engineering Geology – January 2012 to March 2012
    Institute: ITC, University of Twente, the Netherlands
    Result: Passed with 75% marks
    Project: Site Selection and Pre-Feasibility Investigation of a Proposed Road in Pratdip, Spain
  • BSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering – November 2006 to December 2010
    Institute: Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Bangladesh
    Result: CGPA 3.88 out of 4.00 (first position among 46 graduating students)
    Project: Urban Heat Island in Sylhet City, Bangladesh

Research Interest

Water-energy-climate nexus, stochastic rainfall modelling, climate variability, hydrological variability and modelling, and water security.

Selected Publications

  1. Chowdhury, AFMK, Lockart, N., Willgoose, G., Kuczera, G., Kiem, A., and Paranamanage, N. (2017). Development and evaluation of a stochastic daily rainfall model with long term variability. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21 (12), 6541-6558, doi: 5194/hess-21-6541-2017.
  2. Kiem, A., Twomey, C., Lockart, N., Willgoose, G., Kuczera, G., Chowdhury, AFMK, Paranamanage, N. and Zhang, L. (2016). Links between East Coast Lows and the spatial and temporal variability of rainfall along the eastern seaboard of Australia. Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth System Science, 66: pp. 162–176.
  3. Lockart, N., Willgoose, G., Kuczera, G., Kiem, A., Chowdhury, AFMK, Paranamanage, N., Zhang, L. and Twomey, C., (2016). Case study on the use of dynamically downscaled climate model data for assessing water security in the Lower Hunter region of the eastern seaboard of Australia. Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth System Science, 66, pp. 177–202.
  4. Paranamanage, N., Lockart, N., Willgoose, G., Kuczera, G., Kiem, A., Chowdhury, AFMK, Zhang, L., and Twomey, C. (2016). Statistical testing of dynamically downscaled rainfall data for the Upper Hunter region, New South Wales, Australia. Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth System Science, 66: pp. 203–227.

Full List of Publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Afm_Kamal_Chowdhury

Awards

  • Student Scholarship, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and Meteorological Society of New Zealand Annual Conference, Canberra, February 2017
  • Australian Climate and Water Summer Institute Fellowship, 2016
  • The University of Newcastle Postgraduate Research Scholarship (UNRS Central 50:50), 2013
  • The University of Newcastle International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (UNIPRS), 2013
  • Financial Assistance for Overseas Training by Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project, University Grant Commission, Bangladesh, 2012
  • Best Student Paper Award, International Conference on Environmental Technology and Construction Engineering for Sustainable Development, Sylhet, Bangladesh, 2011
  • Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Merit Award, 2010-11