Yadu Pokhrel

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Yadu Pokhrel
Visiting Assistant Research Professor

Rutgers University
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Wright Lab, Rm209
610 Taylor Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854 U.S.A.

URL: www.yadupokhrel.com


 

I have moved to Michigan State University http://www.egr.msu.edu/cee/people/pokhrel.html

For recent updates and more details, please visit my personal websitewww.yadupokhrel.com



Education

  • Ph.D.,  Department of Civil Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan, 2011.
  • M.Eng., Department of Civil Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan, 2008.
  • B.Eng., Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 2005.

Honors and Awards

Professional Awards

  • Recipient of grant to support travel and on-site expenses for the Dissertation Initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch (DISCCRS) VIII Multidisciplinary Climate Symposium, 2013 (selected among 40 out of 250 early-career scientists).
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award AGU-2011, for the presentation at the Americal Geophysical Fall Union Fall Meeting 2011, San Francisco, USA (Details).
  • HESSS2 Poster Award (“The Second Hydrology delivers Earth System Science to Society conference”), the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, 2010.
  • Research Assistantship, Global Center of Excellence, the University of Tokyo, (2008–2009).

Academic Honors

  • Kul Ratna Tuladhar Award,” Gold Medal for First Class - First Position, Diploma in Engineering, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, (2000)
  • Academic Excellence Award for First Class - Fist Position, Department of Civil Engineering, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, (2005)
  • Monbukagksho Scholarship, Japanese Government (MEXT), for doctoral studies at the University of Tokyo, Japan (April 2009 – September 2011)
  • Asian Development Bank’s Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP), for Master of Engineering at the University of Tokyo, Japan (October 2006 – September 2008)
  • Academic Scholarship, Government of Nepal, for Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering Department, Pulchowk Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal (2001 – 2005)

Travel and Other Grant Awards

  • Student Travel Grant, The American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, USA, 13-17 Dec., 2010

Other Scholarships/Awards

  • The College Fellowship Scholarship, Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, (2001 - 2005)


Research Interests

  • The impacts of human activities on the terrestrial water cycle
  • Global hydrological modeling; irrigation, groundwaer depletion
  • Role of groundwater in the Amazon river basin
  • Role of groundwater in modulating TWS, ET etc.
  • Climate Change; global water and food sustainability

Research Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University, 2014-Present.
  • Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Rutgers, University, April, 2014-Present.
    • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Rutgers, University, April, 2014-2014
        Research Associate, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Rutgers, University, April, 2012 - 2014.
        • Contribution of groundwater in the Amazon water cycle; Terrestrial Water Storage (TWS) change; GRACE
        • Simulating the water cycle over North America considering human factors such as irrigation, reservoirs operaton, and groundwater pumping
      • Postdoctoral Fellow: School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Japan (Oct. 2011–March 2012).
      • Research Assistantship, Global Center of Excellence, the University of Tokyo, (2008–2009).

      Industry Experience

      • Consulting/Design Engineer (2006), Maccaferri (Gabions) (P.) Ltd., Kathmandu, Nepal.
      • Consulting Engineer (2005-2006), Pioneer Architect & Consulting Engineers, (P.) Ltd., Kathmandu, Nepal.
      • Design Engineer (2005), Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Lalitpur Nepal.

      Publications

      Peer-Reviewed Publications

      1. Pokhrel, Y.N., Y. Fan, G. Miguez-Macho, P. J.-F. Yeh, and S. Han, The role of groundwater in the Amazon water cycle: 3. Influence on terrestrial water storage computations and comparison with GRACEJ. Geophys. Res. Atmos.118, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50335.
      2. Yamahara, K., T. J. Yamada, and Y. Pokhrel, Sub-seasonal Hydrological Forecast Skills of Extreme Events using land Initialization with influence of human activity in an Atmosphere General Circulation Model, Submitted to Annual Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, JSCE, 2013 (In Japanese).
      3. Pokhrel, Y. N., N. Hanasaki, P. J.-F. Yeh, T. Yamada, S. Kanae, & T Oki. Reply to ‘Overestimated water storage’, Nature Geoscience, 6, 3-4, 2013.
      4. Pokhrel, Y. N., N. Hanasaki, P. J.-F. Yeh, T. Yamada, S. Kanae, and T Oki, Model Estimates of Sea Level Change due to Anthropogenic Impacts on Terrestrial Water Storage, ''Nature Geoscience'', doi:10.1038/ngeo1476.
      5. Pokhrel, Y., N. Hanasaki, S. Koirala, J. Cho, H. Kim, P. J.-F. Yeh, S. Kanae and T. Oki, Incorporating anthropogenic water regulation modules into a land surface model. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 13 (1), 255-269, 2012 (Download).
      6. Cho, J., H. Komatsu, Y. Pokhrel, P. J.-F. Yeh, T. Oki, and S. Kanae. The Effects of Annual Precipitation and Mean Air Temperature on Annual Runoff in Global Forest Regions. Climatic Change Letters, 108, 401-410, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-011-0197-3, 2011.
      7. Pokhrel, Y., N. Hanasaki, S. Koirala, S. Kanae, and T. Oki. Extreme River Discharge Under Present and Future Climate Conditions Using High-Resolution Climate Model Data. ''Annual Journal of Hydraulic Engineering'', JSCE, 54, pp97-102, 2010.
      8. Pokhrel, Y. N., T. Oki, S. Kanae. A grid based assessment of global theoretical hydropower potential. ''Annual Journal of Hydraulic Engineering'', JSCE, 52, pp7-12, 2008.

      Book Chapter(s)
        • Pokhrel Y. N., T. Oki, and S. Kanae. Policy Frameworks for Climate Smart Development: The Case of Hydropower. [Chapter 10 in Srinivasan et al., 2012 Eds., Climate Smart Development in Asia: Transition to Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Economies. Routledge, Earthscan Publishers, London] (see Chapter 10).
      Others
        • 萬 和明, 山崎 大, 吉田 龍平, 新田 友子, Yadu Pokhrel, 辻本 久美子, 平林 由希子,田中 賢治, 檜山 哲哉, GEWEX/iLEAPS 合同国際会議参加報告, 水文・水資源学会誌, 23, 83-91, 2010.1.

      Conference Proceedings (Reviewed)
      1. K. Yamahara, T. J. Yamada, Y. Pokhrel, Development of an Atmospheric General Circulation Model Including Human Impact Modules, Proceedings of Hokkaido Chapter of the JSCE, No. 69, B-03, 2013. (in Japanese).
      2. T. Kouno, T. J. Yamada, Y. N. Pokhrel, Development of a Land Surface Model With Human Impact Modules for Hokkaido Area, Proceedings of the JSCE Global Environment Symposium (Tohoku University), No. 21, 2013. (In Japanese with English Abstract).
      3. Pokhrel Y. N., N. Hanasaki, S. Kanae, and T. Oki. Simulating historical and future global river discharge using High-Resolution climate model data. Proceedings of the Sixth International Scientific Conference on the Global Energy and Water Cycle and the Second Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (iLEAPS) Science Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2009.
      4. Pokhrel Y. N., T. Oki, and S. Kanae. Hydropower: A Source of Clean Energy for the Sustainable Future. Proceedings of the international conference on Environment, Energy and Water in Nepal: Recent Researches and Direction for Future Kathmandu, Nepal, 2009.
      5. Pokhrel Y. N., T. Oki, and S. Kanae. Impact of climate change on global hydropower potential. Proceedings of the 4th Conference of The Asia Pacific Hydrology and Water Resources, Beijing, 2008.
      6. Pokhrel, Y. N., T. Oki, S. Kanae. Global hydropower potential in the 21st century, Proceedings of the Conference of Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources, Tokyo, 2008.
      Conference Presentations/Posters
      1. Pokhrel Y., N. Hanasaki, S. Koirala, S. Kanae & T. Oki. Incorporating anthropogenic water flow assessment modules into a Land Surface Model. 2nd International Conference on Hydrology delivers Earth System Science to Society. Tokyo, Japan, June 2010.
      2. Pokhrel, Y., N. Hanasaki, S. Koirala, S. Kanae and T. Oki. Assessing the Influence of Human Activities on Global Water Resources Using an Advanced Land Surface Model. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, San Francisco, 2010.
      3. Pokhrel, Y. N. Study of global water cycle using a land surface model with the representations of human impacts. Invited speech at the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Japan, Sept. 6, 2011.
      4. Pokhrel Y., S. Koirala, T. Yamada, N. Hanasaki, P. Yeh, K. Yoshimura, S. Kanae, T. Oki, Simulating the effects of irrigation pumping on global groundwater depletion, WRCP Open Science Conference, Denver, Colorado, Oct. 23-28, 2011.
      5. Pokhrel, Y. N., Human transformation of the terrestrial water cycle. Hokkaido University Sustainability Week, 2011, Nov. 5, 2011, Sapporo, Japan.
      6. Pokhrel Y. N., Sujan Koirala, Tomohito Yamada, Naota Hanasaki, Pat J. Yeh, Kei Yoshimura, Shinjiro Kanae, Taikan Oki, Modeling Irrigation Pumping and Groundwater Depletion in the High Plains Aquifer, USA, H11D-1086, AGU Fall Meeting, 2011, San Francisco, USA.
      7. Pokhrel, Y. N., S. Koirala, N. Hanasaki, P. J.-F. Yeh, S. Kanae, T. Oki, Estimating global groundwater withdrawal and depletion using an integrated hydrological model, GRACE, and in situ observations (Invited), American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2012, San Francisco, USA, 2012.
      8. Pokhrel, Y. N., Y. Fan, G. Miguez-Macho, P. Yeh, S. Han, Role of surface water and groundwater on terrestrial water storage variation in the Amazon, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2012, San Francisco, USA, 2012.
      9. Yeh, P. J.-F, M. Yuan, H. Kim, S. Koirala, Y. Pokhrel, T. Oki, 2010, Characterization of Long-term Atmospheric and Terrestrial Hydrological Cycle Change Using Multiple Data Sources. AGU Fall Meeting, 13-17 Dec. 2010, San Francisco, USA.
      10. Oki, T., T. Kondo, Y. Pokhrel, and N. Hanasaki, Characterization factors for water footprint considering the scarcity of green and blue water sources (Invited), AGU Fall Meeting, 13-17 Dec. 2010, San Francisco, USA.
      11. Oki, T., Y. Pokhrel, P. J. Yeh, S. Koirala, S. Kanae, and N. Hanasaki, Identifying the hotspots of non-renewable water use using HiGW-MAT: A new land surface model coupled with human interventions and ground water reservoir (Invited), AGU Fall Meeting, 13-17 Dec. 2010, San Francisco, USA.
      12. Yamazaki, D., Y. Pokhrel, H. Kim, S. Kanae, and T. Oki, Impact of climate change on the flood risks in the Mekong River basin: prediction of future flooding extent using a continental-scale hydrodynamics model, European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2011 Abstract.
      13. Kanae S., N. Hanasaki, Y. Pokhrel et al., Modeling the impact of irrigation area changes and anthropogenic water regulation on terrestrial hydrological cycle (Invited), WRCP Open Science Conference, Denver, Colorado, Oct. 23-28, 2011.
      14. Oki T., Y. N. Pokhrel, and N. Hanasaki, Non sustainable water use: Modeling the coupled Social Ecological Systems and Global Hydrological Cycles. Planet Under Pressure, March 26-29, 2012, London, UK.
      15. Inatsu, M., T. J. Yamada, T. Sato, K. Nakamura, N. Matsuoka, A. Komatsu, Y. N. Pokhrel, A new project on development and application of comprehensive downscaling methods over Hokkaido. European Geophysical Union, General Assembly 2012, Vienna, Austria, 22 – 27 April 2012.
      16. Emori, S., T. Yokohata, A. Ito, N. Hanasaki, Y. N. Pokhrel, Y. Sato, K. Yoshimura, T. Oki, E. Kato, K. Takahashi, Y. Yamagata, Development of a terrestrial integrated model for the sustainable utilization strategy of land-water-ecosystems, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2012, San Francisco, USA, 2012.
      17. Kure, S., T. Yamada, Y. N. Pokhrel, Development and Application of a Hybrid Downscaling Method over Hokkaido Region, Japan, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2012, San Francisco, USA, 2012.
      18. Satoh, Y., K. Yoshimura, Y. N. Pokhrel, S. Koirala, A. Okazaki, H. Kim, T. Oki, Impact of Climate Change on drought with terrestrial hydrologic simulation considering anthropogenic factors, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2012, San Francisco, USA, 2012.
      19. Oki, T., Y. N. Pokhrel, N. Hanasaki, S. Koirala, S. Kanae, Non-renewable water use on the globe and its implication to sea level change (Invited talk), American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2012, San Francisco, USA, 2012.
      20. Y. Fan, Y. N. Pokhrel, H. Li, G. Miguez-Macho, Groundwater influence on vegetation: pathways and global patterns (Invited talk), AGU Fall Meeting 2013.
      21. Y. Fan, H. Li, Y. N. Pokhrel, Gonzalo Miguez-Macho, Understanding patterns in global water table depth: the enormous data challenges (Invited talk), AGU Fall Meeting 2013.
      22. T. Yamada, Y. N. Pokhrel, K. Yamahara, N. Hanasaki, S. Koirala, P. J. Yeh, S. Kanae, T. Oki, Subseasonal forecast skill of the 1988 U.S. drought linked to human activities (Invited talk), AGU Fall Meeting 2013.
      23. P. J. Yeh, Y. N. Pokhrel, S. Koirala, Terrestrial Water Storage Variations from a Global Land Surface Model Simulation with the Anthropogenic Impacts on Hydrology, AGU Fall Meeting 2013.
      24.  Pokhrel, Y.N., S. Koirala, N. Hanasaki, P. J.-F. Yeh, S. Kanae, T. Oki, Overview of the integrated model HiGW-MAT (Human impacts and GroundWater representations in MATSIRO), Global Soil Wetness Project Phase 3 (GSWP-3), Kickoff Meeting, The University of Tokyo, Japan, 26-27 Feb., 2014.
      25. T. Oki, Y. Satoh, Y. Pokhrel, H. Kim, K. Yoshimura, How Autonomous Adaptation can Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change on Water Scarcity? (Invited Talk), 11th Annual Meeting of the Asia Oceanic Geosciences Society (AOGS), Sapporo, Japan, 28 Jul-01Aug, 2014 (to be presented).
      26. T. Yamada, Y. Pokhrel, N. Hanasaki, S. Koirala, P. Yeh, S. Kanae, and T. Oki, Global Hydrological Cycle Associated with Human Impact Modules in a Global Climate Model, 11th Annual Meeting of the Asia Oceanic Geosciences Society (AOGS), Sapporo, Japan, 28 Jul-01Aug, 2014 (to be presented).
      27. T. Oki, Y. Pokhrel, N. Hanasaki, Y. Satoh, H. Kim, K. Yoshimura, Changes in land and water infrastructure impacting water availability and resources (Invited Talk), 7th International Scientific Conference on the Global Water and Energy Cycle (GEWEX), Hague, The Netherlands, 14-17 July, 2014 (to be presented).

      Professional Membership

      • American Geophysical Union
      • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
      • Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE)
      • Nepal Engineers’ Association (NEA), Nepal Engineering Council (NEC).

      Professional Services

      • Journal Reviewer for:
      1. Nature Climate Change
      2. Geophysical Research Letters
      3. Climate Dynamics
      4. Water Resources Research
      5. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
      6. Journal of Hydrometeorology
      7. Journal of Hydrology
      8. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology
      9. Earth System Dynamics
      10. Remote Sensing
      11. Journal of Global Environmental Engineering, JSCE.