FACULTY

Title : Prof.
Name : Mukand Singh Babel
FoS : Water Engineering and Management
Affiliation : Professor
Location : WR211
Phone : (662) 524 5790
Fax : (662) 524 6425
Email : msbabel[at]ait.asia

Educational Background

  1. D. Eng. (Water Resources Engineering), Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, 1993
  2. M. Eng. (Soil and Water Engineering), Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, 1983
  3. B. Eng. (with honors) (Agricultural Engineering), Rajasthan Agricultural University, Udaipur, India, 1981
 

Research Interests

Dr. Babel specializes in hydrologic and water resources modeling as applied to integrated water resources management. His interest areas are very much diverse and include watershed modeling and management; water resources allocation and management; water resources and socio-economic development; water supply system and management; and climate change on hydrology and water resources. Research related to groundwater resources management and drought analysis, forecasting and management are also of interest.

 

Teaching

Regular Courses:CE74.11: Watershed Hydrology
CE74.41: Water Supply and Sanitation
CE74.54: Integrated Water Resources Management
CE74.55: Modeling of Water Resources Systems
E-learning Courses:CE74.11: Watershed Hydrology
- E-Learning Diploma Program on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
- E-Learning Certificate Program on Service Oriented Management of Irrigation Systems (SOMIS) with UNESCO-IHE

 

Selected Publications

  1. Shrestha, B., Babel, M. S., Maskey, S., van Griensven, A., Uhlenbrook, S., Green, A., and I. Akkharath (2013). Impact of Climate Change on Sediment Yield in the Mekong River Basin: A Case Study of the Nam Ou Basin, Lao PDR, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Vol. 17, 1-20. Publisher: Copernicus Publications, Impact factor: 2.462 (2010). Citation: -
  2. Islam, Md. S. and M. S. Babel (2013). Economic Analysis of Leakage in the Water Distribution System of Bangkok, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Vol. 139, 209-216. Publisher: ASCE, Impact factor: 1.252 (2010). Citation: -
  3. Piman, T. and M. S. Babel (2013). Prediction of Rainfall-Runoff in an Ungauged Basin: Case Study in the Mountainous Region of Northern Thailand. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 18(2), 285-296. Publisher: ASCE, Impact factor: 0.787 (2010). Citation: -
  4. Stoecker, F., Babel, M. S., Das Gupta, A., Rivas, A. A., Evers, M. and F. Kazama (2013). Hydrogeochemical and isotopic characterization of groundwater salinization in the Bangkok Aquifer System, Thailand. Environmental Earth Sciences Journal, 68(3), 749-763. Publisher: Springer. Impact factor: 0.678 (2010). Citation: -
  5. Mahmood, R. and M. S. Babel (2012). Evaluation of SDSM Developed by Annual and Monthly Sub-models for Downscaling of Max Temperature, Min Temperature and Precipitation in Jhelum River Basin, Pakistan, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, DOI 10.1007/s00704-012-0765-0. Published online 25 September 2012. Publisher: Springer, Impact factor: 1.684 (2010). Citation: -
  6. Muangthong, S., Clemente, R. S., Babel. M. S., Gallardo, W. and S. Weesakul (2012). Assessment of Wetland Ecosystem Health in Lower Songkhram, Thailand, International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 19(3), 238-246. Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Impact factor: 0.965 (2011). Citation
  7. Mullick, M. R. A., Babel, M. S. and S. R. Perret (2012). Incorporating Discharge-based Marginal Values of In- and Off-stream Water Uses in Optimal Water Allocation – A Case Study from Bangladesh, Accepted in Water Policy, Publisher: IWA Publishing, Impact Factor: 0.903 (2010). Citation: -
  8. Babel, M. S., Rivas, A., Das Gupta, A. and Y. Kataoka (2012). Improving Groundwater Quality Management for the Sustainable Utilization of the Bangkok Aquifer System, International Journal of Water Resources Development, Vol. 28(2), 355-371. Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Impact factor: 0.871 (2010). Citation: -
  9. Babel, M. S., Chien, N. D., Mullick, M. R. A. and U. V. Nanduri (2012). Operation of Hydropower System Considering Environmental Flow Requirements, Journal of Hydro-environment Research, 6(1), 63-73. Publisher: Elsevier, Impact factor: 0.907 (2010). Citation: -
  10. Singhrattna, N., Babel, M. S., and S. R. Perret (2012). Hydroclimate Variability and Long-Lead Forecasting of Rainfall over Thailand by Large-scale Atmospheric Variables, Hydrological Sciences Journal, 57(1), 26-41. Publisher: IAHS Press, Impact factor: 1.447 (2010). Citation:-
  11. Akter, A. and M. S. Babel (2012). Hydrological Modeling of the Mun River Basin in Thailand, Journal of Hydrology, Vol. 452-453, 232-246. Publisher: Elsevier, Impact factor: 2.514 (2010). Citation: -
  12. Khan, N. M., Babel. M. S., Clemente, R. S. and H. T. Luong (2012). Reservoir Optimization-Simulation with a Sediment Evacuation Model to Minimize Irrigation Deficits. Water Resources Management, Vol. 26, 3173-3193. Publisher
  13. Divakar, L., Babel, M. S., Perret, S. R, and A. Das Gupta (2012). Optimal Water Allocation Model Based on Satisfaction and Economic Benefits, Accepted in Special Issue on “The Effectiveness and Reform of Water Resource Research and Management", International Journal of Water. Publisher: Inderscience, Impact Factor: -. Citation: -
  14. Singhrattna N. and M. S. Babel (2011). Changes in Summer Monsoon Rainfall in the Upper Chao Phraya River Basin, Thailand. Climate Research, Vol. 49, 155-168. Publisher: Inter-Research Science Center, Impact factor: 2.11 (2010), Citation: -
  15. Babel, M. S. and S. M. Wahid (2011). Hydrology, Management and Rising Water Vulnerability in The Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna River Basin, Water International, 36 (3), 340-356. Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), Impact factor: 0.533 (2010). Citation: -
  16. Babel, M. S., Pandey, V. P., Rivas, A. A. and Wahid, S. M. (2011). Vulnerability Assessment of Freshwater Resources: Methodological Framework Development and Application to Bagmati River Basin, Nepal, Environmental Management, 48, 1044-1059. Publisher: Springer, Impact factor: 1.503 (2010). Citation: -
  17. Divakar, L., Babel, M. S., Perret, S. R, and A. Das Gupta (2011). Optimal Allocation of Bulk Water Supplies to Competing Use Sectors Based on Economic Criterion - An Application to the Chao Phraya River Basin, Thailand. Journal of Hydrology, 401(1-2), 22-35. Publisher: Elsevier, Impact factor: 2.514 (2010). Citation: 
  18. Kamolsin, P., Soni, P., Salokhe, V. M., Babel, M. S. and H. T. Luong (2011). Physico-mechanical harvesting properties of hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata) and pondweed (Potamogeton malaianus). International Agricultural Engineering Journal, 19(4), 1-7. Publisher: Asian Association for Agricultural Engineering, Impact factor: -. Citation: - (SNIP=0.416)
  19. Pal, S. K., Adeloye, A. J., Babel, M. S. and A. Das Gupta (2011). Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Water Management Policies in Bangladesh, International Journal of Water Resources Development, 27(2), 401-417. Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Impact factor: 0.871 (2010). Citation: -
  20. Babel, M. S., Shrestha, B. and S. R. Perret (2011). Hydrological Impact of Biofuel Production: A Case Study of the Khlong Phlo Watershed in Thailand, Agricultural Water Management, 101, 8-26. Publisher: Elsevier, Impact factor: 1.782 (2010). Citation: -
  21. Desalegn, Ch. E., and M. S. Babel (2011). Application of ANN-based Streamflow Forecasting Model for Agricultural Water Management in the Awash River Basin, Ethiopia, Water Resources Management, Vol. 25, 1759-1773. Publisher: Springer, Impact factor: 2.201 (2010). Citation: -
  22. Babel, M. S. and Shinde, V. R. (2011). Identifying Prominent Explanatory Variables for Water Demand Prediction Using Artificial Neural Networks: A Case Study of Bangkok, Water Resources Management. Vol. 25, 1653-1676. Publisher: Springer, Impact factor: 2.201 (2010). Citation: 1
  23. Khattak, M. S., Babel, M. S. and M. Sharif (2011). Hydro-meteorological Trends in Upper Indus River Basin in Pakistan, Climate Research, Vol. 46, 103-119. Publisher: Inter-Research Science Center, Impact factor: 2.11 (2010), Citation: -
  24. Mullick, M. R. A., Babel, M. S., and Perret S. R. (2011). Discharge-based Economic Valuation of Irrigation Water: Evidence from the Teesta River, Bangladesh. Irrigation and Drainage, 60(4), 481-492. Publisher: Wiley InterScience, Impact factor: 0.552 (2010), Citation: 1 (Googlescholar)
  25. Babel, M. S., Agarwal, A., Swain, D. K. and S. Herath (2011). Evaluation of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Measures for Rice Cultivation in
    Northeast Thailand, Climate Research, Vol. 46, 137-146. Publisher: Inter-Research Science Center, Impact factor: 2.11 (2010), Citation: 1(Googlescholar)
  26. Pandey, V. P., Babel, M. S., Shrestha, S., and F. Kazama (2011). A Framework to Assess Adaptive Capacity of Water Resources System in Nepalese River Basins, Ecological Indicators, Vol. 11(2), 480-488. Publisher: Elsevier, Impact factor: 2.967 (2010). Citation: 3
  27. Babel, M. S., Rivas, A. and S. Kallidaikurichi (2010). Municipal Water Supply Management in Bangkok: Achievements and Lessons, International Journal of Water Resources Development, 26(2), 193-217. June 2010 Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Impact factor: 0.871 (2010). Citation: -
  28. Bandaragoda, D. J. and M. S. Babel (2010). Institutional Development for IWRM: An International Perspective, International Journal of River Basin Management, 8(3&4), 215-224. Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group for IAHR INBO and IAHS, Impact factor: - . Citation: 1
  29. Dang, N. M., Babel, M. S. and H. T. Luong (2010). Evaluation of Flood Risk Parameters in the Day River Flood Diversion Area, Red River Delta, Vietnam, Natural Hazards. 56(1), 169-194. Publisher: Springer, Impact factor: 1.398 (2010). Citation: -
  30. Pandey, V. P., Babel, M. S., Shrestha, S. and F. Kazama (2010). Vulnerability of Freshwater Resources in Large and Medium Nepalese River Basins to Environmental Change. Water Science and Technology, 61(6), 1525-1534. Publisher: IWA Publishing, Impact factor: 1.056 (2009). Citation: 3
  31. Desalegn, Ch. E., Babel, M. S., and A. Das Gupta (2010). Drought Analysis in the Awash River Basin, Ethiopia, Water Resources Management, 24(7), 1441-1460. Publisher: Springer, Impact factor: 2.201 (2010). Citation: 7 (Google citation: 3)
  32. Tiewtoy, S., Clemente, R. S., Perret, S. R., Babel, M. S. and S. Weesakul (2010). Irrigation Sustainability Assessment of Selected Projects in Tha Chin Basin, Thailand, Irrigation and Drainage. DOI: 10.1002/ird.583. Publisher: Wiley InterScience, Impact factor: 0.552 (2010). Citation: -
  33. Vongvisessomjai, N., Tingsanchali, T. and M. S. Babel (2010). Non-deposition Design Criteria for Sewers with Part-full Flow, Urban Water Journal, 7(1), 61–77. Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Impact factor: 0.691 (2010). Citation: 2
  34. Sharma, D., Babel, M. S., and V. K. Srivastava (2010). An Approach to Efficient Rainwater Management for Agriculture in Arid Region of Rajasthan, India, International Journal of Water Resources and Environmental Management, 1(1), 39-52. Publisher: Serials Publications, India, Impact factor: -. Citation:
  35. Mark, O., J. O. Lacoursiere, L. B-M. Vought, Amena, Z., and M. S. Babel (2010). Application of Hydroinformatics Tools for Water Quality Modeling and Management: Case Study of Vientiane, Lao P.D.R., Journal of Hydroinformatics, 12(2), 161-171. Publisher: IWA Publishing, Impact factor: 1.200 (2009). Citation: 1
  36. Hung, N. Q., Babel, M. S., Weesakul, S. and N. K. Tripathi (2009). An Artificial Neural Network Model for Rainfall Forecasting in Bangkok, Thailand, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 13(8), 1413-1425. Publisher: Copernicus Publications, Impact factor: 2.462 (2010). Citation: 6 (Google citation: 4)
  37. Pandey, V. P., Babel, M. S. and F. Kazama (2009). Analysis of a Nepalese Water Resources System: Stress, Adaptive Capacity and Vulnerability, Water Science & Technology/Water Supply, 9(2), 213-222. Publisher: IWA Publishing, Impact factor: 1.056 (2010). Citation: 1
  38. Ty, T. V., Babel, M. S., Sunada, K., Oishi, S. and A. Kawasaki (2009). Utilization of a GIS-Based Water Infrastructure Inventory for Water Resources Assessment at Local Level: A Case Study in Mountainous Area of Vietnam, Hydrological Research Letters, 3, 27-31. Publisher: Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources, Impact factor: -. Citation: -
  39. Babel, M. S., Islam, Md. S. and A. Das Gupta (2009). Leakage Management in a Low Pressure Water Distribution Network of Bangkok. Water Science & Technology – Water Supply, 9(2), 141-147. Publisher: IWA Publishing, Impact factor: 1.056 (2010). Citation: 3
  40. Pinthong, P., Das Gupta, A., Babel, M. S. and S. Weesakul (2009). Improved Reservoir Operation Using Hybrid Genetic Algorithm and Neurofuzzy Computing, Water Resources Management, 23(4), 697-720. Publisher: Springer, Impact factor: 2.201 (2010). Citation: 3 (Google citation: 3)
  41. Kaewrueng, S., Babel. M. S., Das Gupta, A. and S. Md. Wahid (2009). Assessment of Groundwater Potential in the Lower Chao Phrya River Basin, Thailand, Asia Pacific Journal of Rural Development, XIX(1), 23-42. Publisher: Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), Impact factor: -. Citation: -
  42. Das Gupta, A., Babel, M. S. and S. Ashrafi (2009). Effect of Soil Texture on the Emission Characteristics of Porous Clay Pipe Used in Subsurface Irrigation, Irrigation Science Journal, 27, 201-208. Publisher: Springer, Impact factor: 2.113 (2010). Citation: 1
 

Ongoing and Completed Projects

N/A
 

Awards and Honors

  1. Invited key-note speaker on Challenges for Sustainable Groundwater Management in Bangkok , Thailand  at the International Workshop on Water Management Systems for Creating Healthy Water Environment organized by the Subcommittee on Advanced Water Treatment of the Committee on Environmental Engineering of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers.
  2. Invited Speaker at the International Meeting on Future Models for Energy and Water Management at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 20-22 July 2009.
  3. Awarded JAFAH Fellowship by the Japan Foundation for Aging and Health, Ministry of Public Health, Japan under the Program for the Invitation of Foreign Scientists to Japanese Institutes, from 06-22 January 2005 to develop collaboration with Japanese researchers. Hosted by the Environmental Science Center, University of Tokyo. Visited and presented seminars at the University of Tokyo, University of Yamanashi, UN Center for Regional Development, Kyoto University, Tohoku University, and Tokyo Institute of Technology.
  4. Awarded scholarship by the Government of Australia for D. Eng. Program at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand (1990-1993)
  5. Awarded scholarship by the Government of Japan for M. Eng. Program at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand (1982-1983)
  6. Obtained Bachelor of Engineering degree with honors (1981)
 

Professional Affiliations

  1. Member of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
  2. Member of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA)
  3. Member of the Asia & Pacific Hydrology and Water Resources (APHW) Association
  4. LM of the Indian Water Resources Society (IWRS)
  5. LM of the Asian Association for Agricultural Engineering (AAAE)
  6. LM of the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE)
  7. LM of the Indian Association of Soil and Water Conservationists (IASWC)
 

Research Keywords

Watershed hydrology; Hydrologic and water resources modeling; (Integrated) water resources management; Water allocation and management; Water resources and socio-economic development; Water supply system and management; Climate change impact and adaptation