Title : Dr.
Name : Roberto S. Clemente
FoS : Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management
Affiliation : Adjunct Faculty
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Educational Background

  1. Ph.D. Agro-Environmental Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1991
  2. M.Eng. Soil and Water Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand, 1979
  3. B.Sc. Agricultural Engineering, University of the Philippines at Los Banos (UPLB), Philippines,1975
  4. Certificate: 21st International Course on Land Drainage, ILRI, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 1981

Research Interests

My research interests cover a number of focal areas related to irrigation/drainage, and land and water resource assessment and management including non-point source pollution modeling. Studies on the impacts of fertigation on water quality, modeling surface/subsurface transport of water and solutes, performance evaluation of irrigation and drainage systems, and assessment of soil erosion hazard and soil quality dynamics in agricultural watersheds are some of the researches conducted at AIT. Joint research as part of twinning activities have been conducted abroad which focused on water harvesting and management, soil hydraulic characterization in sloping agricultural lands and rural water supply and sanitation. Future research will focus on evaluation and optimization of soil, water, chemical and crop management schemes to enhance agricultural productivity without jeopardizing environmental quality.



CE74.21 Irrigation Drainage Engineering 
CE74.22 Irrigation and Drainage Systems Management 
CE 74.9001 Research Design and Experimental Methods 
CE74.53 Land and Water Conservation and Management
IN 84.12 Floods and Drougths
Two Courses in the WVLC E-Learning:
a) Water Transfer and 
b) Terrestial ecosystemsOne Course in the SOMIS E-Learning course jointly offered by WEM and UNESCO- IHE, Netherlands 
Benchmarking and Performance Evaluation of Irrigation SystemsLectured in Training and Short courses at AIT and abroad (e.g. Vietnam, Nepal, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, and Philippines) on Irrigation/Drainage, Soil/Water Conservation, and Integrated Watershed Management


Selected Publications

  1. Tiewtoy, S., Clemente, R.S., Perret, S., Babel, M.s., and Weesakul, S. 2011. Irrigation sustainability assessment of selected projects in Tha Chin basin, Thailand. Irrigation and Drainage Journal Vol 60, 296-307, 2011 John Wiley and Sons.
  2. Donjadee, S., Clemente, R.S., Tingsanchali, T., and Chinnarasri, C. 2009. Effects of vertical hedge interval of vetiver grass on erosion on steep agricultural lands. Land Degradation and Development Vol 20 pp 1-9
  3. Halim, R., Clemente, R.S., Routray, J.K., Shrestha, R.P. Integration of biophysical and socio-economic factors to assess soil erosion hazard in the upper Kaligarang watershed, Indonesia (2007) Land Degradation and Development, 18 (4), pp. 453-469.
  4. M.E. Asadi, R.S. Clemente, A. Gupta, R. Loof, and G. Hansen 2001.Impacts of fertigation via sprinkler on nitrate leaching and corn yield. Agricultural Water Management Journal Vol 52/3:197-213
  5. Shrestha, S., Kazama, F., Newham, L.T.H., Babel, M.S., Clemente, R.S., Ishidaira, H., Nishida, K., Sakamoto, Y. Catchment scale modelling of point source and non-point source pollution loads using pollutant export coefficients determined from long-term in-stream monitoring data (2008) Journal of Hydro-Environment Research, 2 (3), pp. 134-147.
  6. Ines, A.V.M., Honda, K., Das Gupta, A., Droogers, P., Clemente, R.S. Combining remote sensing-simulation modeling and genetic algorithm optimization to explore water management options in irrigated agriculture (2006) Agricultural Water Management, 83 (3), pp. 221-232.
  7. Wongsupap, C., Weesakul, S., Clemente, R., Gupta, A.D. River basin water quality assessment and management: Case study of Tha Chin River Basin, Thailand (2009) Water International, 34 (3), pp. 345-361.
  8. Pensuk, A., Shrestha, R., and Clemente, R. Effect of land use change on land quality and water resources in Phattalung Watershed, Thailand– International Journal of Environment and Rural Development ( IJERD) March 2010 pp 158-163
  9. A. Wahid, MS. Babel, A. Das Gupta and R. S. Clemente. 2007 Spatial assessment of groundwater use potential for irrigation in Teesta Barrage Project in Bangladesh. Hydrogeology Journal 15:365-382.
  10. Pongsai, S., Schmidt-Vogt , D., Shrestha, R., Clemente, R., and Aphisit, E. 2010. Calibration and validation of MUSLE for estimating sediment yield on sloping plots: A case study in Khun Satan catchment of Northern Thailand. Canadian Journal of Soil Science (2010) 90:585-596.

Ongoing and Completed Projects


Awards and Honors

  1. Listed in Notable Filipinos Worldwide and cited specifically as one of the Notable Filipino-Canadians
  2. Balik Scientist Awardee by DOST, Manila (2007: Host, LLDA)
  3. External Examiner of doctoral candidates from Uttar Pradesh Technical University, Lucknow, India, June 2011,

and National Institute of Technology (NIT), India, Aug. 2009

  1. Recipient of the Teaching Award given by SERD, AIT (2002)
  2. University of the Philippines (UP) Diamond Jubilee Faculty Award, 1998
  3. Work Excellence Award for Postdoctoral Research at Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, 1994
  4. NSERC Canadian Government Laboratory Visiting Fellow, Ottawa, Canada, 1992-1994
  5. McGill University Postdoctoral Fellow, Montreal, Canada, 1991

Professional Affiliations

  1. Life member – World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWC)
  2. Member – Asia Pacific Association of Hydrology and Water Resources (APHW)
  3. Member – Society of Balik Scientists, Philippines
  4. Member – International Program Committee, IASTED, Calgary, Canada
  5. Member - UPLB, AIT, IRRI and NUFFIC Alumni Associations

Research Keywords

NPS pollution monitoring and modeling, Evaluation of irrigation drainage systems, Development of soil quality indices, Fertigation, Soil erosion assessment and control, Water harvesting and management