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Dr. B Soundharajan

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, Coimbatore

Qualification: BE, M.E, Ph.D
b_soundharajan@cb.amrita.edu
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Research Interest: Analysis, Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources, Irrigation Water Management, planning and management of water resources systems, Urban Water Systems, Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Bio

Dr Soundharajan joined the Amrita in 2018 after his Post-Doctoral research at the Heriot-Watt University, UK. Dr Soundharajan completed his PhD in Water Resources Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Madras. His research focuses on the analysis, planning and management of water resources systems; understanding the behaviour of water supply reservoirs and the development of effective reservoir management and planning tools; Water-Energy-Food Nexus; and Urban Water Systems. Dr Soundharajan has more than 10 years of research and teaching experience.

Experience
Since July 2019 Associate Professor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
January 2018 – June 2019 Assistant Professor (SG), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
August 2016-January 2018 Assistant Professor, Arba Minch University, Ethiopia
April 2012-June 2016 Post-Doctoral Researcher, Heriot-Watt University, UK
September-October 2014 Adjunct Faculty, Washington State University, USA
September 2011 – March 2012 Scientist, International Water Management Institute, India

 

Education
PhD Indian Institute of Technology Madras (2011)
ME College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University (2004)
BE Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (2000)
Publications

Journal Article

Year : 2021

Highly effective removal of presence of toxic metal concentrations in the wastewater using microalgae and pre-treatment processing

Cite this Research Publication : Muthuraman, R.M., Murugappan, A. & Soundharajan, B. Highly effective removal of presence of toxic metal concentrations in the wastewater using microalgae and pre-treatment processing. Appl Nanosci (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13204-021-01795-7

Publisher : Springer

Year : 2021

Participatory design approach to address water crisis in the village of Karkatta, Jharkhand, India

Cite this Research Publication : Deepak Suresh Varma, Krishna Nandanan, Vishakh Raja P. C., Soundharajan B., Mireia López Pérez, Sidharth K. A., and Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh, “Participatory design approach to address water crisis in the village of Karkatta, Jharkhand, India”, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol. 172, p. 121002, 2021.

Publisher : Technological Forecasting and Social Change

Year : 2020

Implications of uncertainty in inflow forecasting on reservoir operation for irrigation

Cite this Research Publication : Kasiviswanathan, K.S., Sudheer, K.P., Soundharajan, BS. et al. Implications of uncertainty in inflow forecasting on reservoir operation for irrigation. Paddy Water Environ 19, 99–111 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10333-020-00822-7

Publisher : Springer

Year : 2019

System Design for Integrating Technologies for Building Water Wise Communities

Cite this Research Publication : Varma D.S. et al. (2020) System Design for Integrating Technologies for Building Water Wise Communities. In: Kumar A., Paprzycki M., Gunjan V. (eds) ICDSMLA 2019. Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, vol 601. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-1420-3_159

Publisher : Springer

Year : 2019

GIS‐Based Surface Irrigation Potential Assessment for Ethiopian sub-catchment

Cite this Research Publication : A. Birhanu, Pingale, S. M., Soundharajan B., and Singh, P., “GIS‐Based Surface Irrigation Potential Assessment for Ethiopian sub-catchment”, Irrigation and Drainage, 2019.

Publisher : Irrigation and Drainage

Year : 2018

Effect of reservoir zones and hedging factor dynamism on reservoir adaptive capacity for climate change impacts

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan B. and Adeloye, A. J., “Effect of reservoir zones and hedging factor dynamism on reservoir adaptive capacity for climate change impacts”, Proc. IAHS , 2018.

Publisher : Proc. IAHS

Year : 2018

Inflow forecasting using Artificial Neural Networks for reservoir operation

Cite this Research Publication : C. Chiamsathit, Adeloye, A. J., and Soundharajan B., “Inflow forecasting using Artificial Neural Networks for reservoir operation”, Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS, UK, 2018.

Publisher : Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS, UK

Year : 2016, 2018

Effect of dynamically varying zone hedging policies on surface water reservoir operational performance during climate change

Cite this Research Publication : A. J. Adeloye and Soundharajan B., “Effect of dynamically varying zone hedging policies on surface water reservoir operational performance during climate change”, Rain, Rivers & Reservoirs Conference, 2016.

Publisher : Rain, Rivers Reservoirs Conference

Year : 2018

Effect of dynamically varying zone hedging policies on surface water reservoir operational performance during climate change

Cite this Research Publication : A. J. Adeloye and Soundharajan B., “Effect of dynamically varying zone hedging policies on surface water reservoir operational performance during climate change”, The Geological Society (UK), Special Publication, vol. 488, 2018.

Publisher : The Geological Society (UK), Special Publication

Year : 2017

Harmonisation of reliability performance indices for planning and operational evaluation of water supply reservoirs.

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan B., Mohammed, S. A., and Adeloye, A. J., “Harmonisation of reliability performance indices for planning and operational evaluation of water supply reservoirs. Water Resources Management”, Water Resources Management, vol. 7, 2017.

Publisher : Water Resources Management

Year : 2016

Effect of dynamically varying zone hedging policies on surface water reservoir operational performance during climate change.

Cite this Research Publication : Adeloye, A.J., Soundharajan, B., Chaimsathit, C., Kasiviswanathan, K.S.(2016) Effect of dynamically varying zone hedging policies on surface water reservoir operational performance during climate change. Rain, Rivers & Reservoirs Conference, Edinburgh (UK), 27-29 September. 2016.

Publisher : The Geological Society (UK), Special Publication.

Year : 2016

Evaluating the variability in surface water reservoir planning characteristics during climate change impacts assessment

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan B., Adeloye, A. J., and Remesan, R., “Evaluating the variability in surface water reservoir planning characteristics during climate change impacts assessment”, Journal of Hydrology, vol. 538, pp. 625 - 639, 2016.

Publisher : Journal of Hydrology .

Year : 2016

Effect of Hedging-Integrated Rule Curves on the Performance of the Pong Reservoir (India) During Scenario-Neutral Climate Change Perturbations

Cite this Research Publication : A. J. Adeloye, Soundharajan B., Ojha, C. S. P., and Remesan, R., “Effect of Hedging-Integrated Rule Curves on the Performance of the Pong Reservoir (India) During Scenario-Neutral Climate Change Perturbations”, Water Resources Management, vol. 30, pp. 445–470, 2016.

Publisher : Water Resources Management

Year : 2016, 2018

Effect of dynamically varying zone hedging policies on surface water reservoir operational performance during climate change

Cite this Research Publication : A. J. Adeloye and Soundharajan B., “Effect of dynamically varying zone hedging policies on surface water reservoir operational performance during climate change”, Rain, Rivers & Reservoirs Conference, 2016.

Publisher : Rain, Rivers Reservoirs Conference

Year : 2015

Stochastic assessment of Phien generalized reservoir storage–yield–probability models using global runoff data records

Cite this Research Publication : A. J. Adeloye, Soundharajan B., Musto, J. N., and Chiamsathit, C., “Stochastic assessment of Phien generalized reservoir storage–yield–probability models using global runoff data records”, Journal of Hydrology, vol. 529, pp. 1433 - 1441, 2015.

Publisher : Journal of Hydrology

Year : 2015

Quantifying the uncertainties of climate change effects on the storage-yield and performance characteristics of the Pong multi-purpose reservoir, India

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan B., Adeloye, A., and Remesan, R., “Quantifying the uncertainties of climate change effects on the storage-yield and performance characteristics of the Pong multi-purpose reservoir, India”, Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (PIAHS), vol. 371, pp. 49-57, 2015.

Publisher : Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (PIAHS)

Year : 2014

Assessing Competing Policies at Ubonratana Reservoir, Thailand

Cite this Research Publication : C. Chiamsathit, Soundharajan B., and Adeloye, A., “Assessing Competing Policies at Ubonratana Reservoir, Thailand”, Proceedings of the ICE - Water Management, vol. 167, pp. 551-560, 2014.

Publisher : Proceedings of the ICE - Water Management

Year : 2013

Sensitivity analysis and auto-calibration of ORYZA2000 using simulation-optimization framework

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan B. and Sudheer, K. P., “Sensitivity analysis and auto-calibration of ORYZA2000 using simulation-optimization framework”, Paddy and Water Environment, vol. 11, pp. 59–71, 2013.

Publisher : Paddy and Water Environment

Year : 2011

Parameter estimation of the AquaCrop model for Blackgram(Vigna mungo)

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan B. and Sudheer, K. P., “Parameter estimation of the AquaCrop model for Blackgram(Vigna mungo)”, UNW-DPC Publication series No.7, United Nations University, Bonn., 2011.

Publisher : UNW-DPC Publication series No.7, United Nations University, Bonn.

Year : 2011

Irrigation water allocation in a simulation – Optimization framework

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan B. and Sudheer, K., “Irrigation water allocation in a simulation - Optimization framework”, Water and Energy International, vol. 68, pp. 40-47, 2011.

Publisher : Water and Energy International

Year : 2009

Deficit irrigation management for rice using crop growth simulation model in an optimization framework

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan B. and Sudheer, K. P., “Deficit irrigation management for rice using crop growth simulation model in an optimization framework”, Paddy and Water Environment, vol. 7, pp. 135–149, 2009.

Publisher : Paddy and Water Environment

Conference Paper

Year : 2021

Mitigation of Green House Gas emission from rice fields – through water management: Case study

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan, B (2011). Mitigation of Green House Gas emission from rice fields - through water management: Case study. Climate Food and Farming Research Network workshop, Nairobi, 9-11, November 2011.

Publisher : Climate Food and Farming Research Network workshop

Year : 2019

Flood frequency analysis of the extreme hydrological events in non-stationary context.

Cite this Research Publication : Kasiviswanathan K S and Soundharajan B (2019) Flood frequency analysis of the extreme hydrological events in non-stationary context. 27th IUGG General Assembly, Montreal, Canada, 8-18 July 2019.

Year : 2018

Mapping the drought using Agricultural stress index: case study of Ethiopia, Water Security and Climate Change

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan, B., Muthuraman, R.M (2018) Mapping the drought using Agricultural stress index: case study of Ethiopia, Water Security and Climate Change 2018, Nairobi, 3-5 December 2018.

Year : 2018

Hedging as an adaptive measure for climate change induced water shortage at the Pong reservoir in the Indus Basin Beas River, India

Cite this Research Publication : Adeloye, A.J., Quan, D., Soundharajan, B (2018) Effectiveness of hedging as an adaptive measure for climate change impacts on the Pong reservoir in the Indus basin Beas river, India. International Conference on Water Science for Impact, Wageningen, 16-18 Oct 2018.

Publisher : Elsevier

Year : 2018

Treatment of non-stationary in the flood frequency analysis

Cite this Research Publication : Kasiviswanathan, K.S., Soundharajan, B (2018) Treatment of non-stationarity in the flood frequency analysis. AGU Fall meeting, Washington, 10-14 Dec 2018.

Publisher : American Geophysical Union

Year : 2016

Effect of reservoir sedimentation on water availability and performance.

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan, B., Adeloye, A.J. (2016) Effect of reservoir sedimentation on water availability and performance. 7th International Water Resources Management Conference (IAHS), Bochum, Germany, 18-20 May 2016.

Publisher : 7th International Water Resources Management Conference

Year : 2015

The effect of establishing boundary on genetic algorithm for optimising reservoir operating rule curves

Cite this Research Publication : Chiamsathit, C., Adeloye, A.J. and Soundharajan, B. (2015) The effect of establishing boundary on genetic algorithm for optimising reservoir operating rule curves. 26th IUGG General Assembly 2015, Prague, June 22 – July 2, 2015.

Publisher : 26th IUGG General Assembly

Year : 2015

A new dynamic genetic algorithm for optimising reservoir operating rule curves: A case study of the Ubonratana reservoir, Thailand

Cite this Research Publication : Chiamsathit, C., Adeloye, A.J. and Soundharajan, B. (2015) A new dynamic genetic algorithm for optimising reservoir operating rule curves: A case study of the Ubonratana reservoir, Thailand. 15th World Water Congress, Edinburgh, 25-29 May 2015.

Publisher : 15th World Water Congress

Year : 2015

Characterising drought in Beas river basin using standardised runoff index.

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan, B. and Adeloye, A.J. (2015) Characterising drought in Beas river basin using standardised runoff index. 15th World Water Congress, Edinburgh, 25-29 May 2015.

Publisher : 15th World Water Congress

Year : 2014

Simulating the performance of the Pong Reservoir in India under climate change perturbations.

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan, B., Adeloye, A.J., Remesan, R. and Ojha, C.S.P. (2014). Simulating the performance of the Pong Reservoir in India under climate change perturbations. Dooge-Nash Symposium, Dublin, 24-25 April 2014, 365-376.

Publisher : 1Library

Year : 2014

Genetic algorithms optimisation of hedging rules for operation of the multi-purpose Ubonratana Reservoir in Thailand

Cite this Research Publication : Chiamsathit, C., Adeloye, A.J. and Soundharajan, B. (2014) Genetic algorithms optimisation of hedging rules for operation of the multi-purpose Ubonratana Reservoir in Thailand. IAHS Publ. 364.

Publisher : IAHS Publ

Year : 2014

Optimal hedging policy for Pong Reservoir under scenario-neutral climate change perturbations (poster)

Cite this Research Publication : Adeloye, A.J., Soundharajan, B., Remesan, R. and Ojha, C.S.P. (2014). Optimal hedging policy for Pong Reservoir under scenario-neutral climate change perturbations (poster). Changing Water Cycle: Annual Meeting, Oxford, 24-25 June 2014.

Publisher : Changing Water Cycle: Annual Meeting

Year : 2013

Implications of changing water cycle on the performance and yield characteristics of the multi-purpose Beas Reservoir in India (poster)

Cite this Research Publication : Adeloye, A.J., Soundharajan, B., Remesan, R. and Ojha, C.S.P. (2013). Implications of changing water cycle on the performance and yield characteristics of the multi-purpose Beas Reservoir in India (poster). AGU Fall meeting 2013, San Francisco, 9-13 Dec 2013.

Publisher : AGU Fall meeting

Year : 2013

Assessing climate change impacts on operation and planning characteristics of Pong Reservoir, Beas (India)

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan B., Adeloye, A., and Remesan, R., “Assessing climate change impacts on operation and planning characteristics of Pong Reservoir, Beas (India)”, Considering Hydrological Change in Reservoir Planning and Management, vol. 362, pp. 207-212, 2013.

Publisher : Considering Hydrological Change in Reservoir Planning and Management

Year : 2011

Optimal Irrigation Scheduling Under Water Limited Conditions Using Aquacrop Model

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan, B and Sudheer, K. P. (2011). Optimal Irrigation Scheduling Under Water Limited Conditions Using Aquacrop Model. 2011 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Kentucky, USA, August 7-10, 2011.

Publisher : ASABE Annual International Meeting

Year : 2010

Optimal Irrigation Scheduling Using Crop Growth Simulation Model for Reservoir Irrigation Systems under Water Deficit Condition

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan, B and Sudheer, K.P. (2010). Optimal Irrigation Scheduling Using Crop Growth Simulation Model for Reservoir Irrigation Systems under Water Deficit Condition. EWRI of ASCE’s 3rd International Perspective on Current & Future State of Water Resources & the Environment, Chennai, India, 5-7 Jan 2010.

Year : 2009

Irrigation water management using a dynamic crop growth model.

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan, B and Sudheer, K.P.(2009). Irrigation water management using a dynamic crop growth model. Proceedings of the International Conference on Water, Environment, Energy and Society, New Delhi, 12-16, January 2009.

Publisher : Proceedings of the International Conference on Water

Year : 2008

Application of a crop growth simulation model for enhancing the water use efficiency.

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan, B and Sudheer, K.P.(2008). Application of a crop growth simulation model for enhancing the water use efficiency. 2008 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, June 29-July 2, 2008.

Publisher : ASABE Annual International Meeting

Year : 2007

Estimation of evapotranspiration from limited climatic data using artificial neural networks.

Cite this Research Publication : Soundharajan, B and Karunakaran, K (2007). Estimation of evapotranspiration from limited climatic data using artificial neural networks. Proceedings of the National conference on water and waste management, Kakinada, 23-24, April 2007.

Publisher : Proceedings of the National conference on water and waste management

Year : 2006

Groundwater perspectives of Chennai: a coastal city in India.

Cite this Research Publication : Sudheer, K.P., Srivastav,R.K., Soundharajan,B., Jain,S.K. (2006). Groundwater perspectives of Chennai: a coastal city in India. 2nd GWSP-Asia Network workshop- Global Water System Hotspots in the Asian Region: Mega Cities and Dams. Guangzhou, China, 8-11, June 2006.

Projects

Ongoing Funded Research Projects

Title of the Project Funding Agency
Impacts of recent El-Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) on the Water-Food-Energy Nexus in South Asia (https://amrita.edu/research/project/impacts-recent-el-nino-southern-oscillation-enso-water-food-energy-nexus-south-asia) Swedish Research Council
Water and Energy Saving Reliable Irrigation System (WatEr-ERIS): Solar Energy and Cloud-based Decision Support System for Automated Irrigation System

(https://amrita.edu/research/project/water-and-energy-saving-reliable-irrigation-system-water-eris-solar-energy-and )

Science & Engineering Research Board
Structured Dialogues for Sustainable Urban Water Management (https://amrita.edu/research/project/structured-dialogues-sustainable-urban-water-management-copi ) Department of Science and Technology
Mitigation of dam induced flood disaster due to hydrological extremes (https://amrita.edu/research/project/mitigation-dam-induced-flood-disaster-due-hydrological-extremes-copi ) Ministry of Education (SPARC)
Design and development of cost-effective floating solar energy generation technologies and infrastructure for achieving (nearly) zero-energy villages Department of Science and Technology

Completed Projects

Title of the Project Funding Agency
Understanding Impacts of El-Nino events on the Indian Agricultural Productivity

(https://amrita.edu/research/project/understanding-impacts-el-nino-events-indian-agricultural-productivity-copi )

Global Challenge Research Fund
Reservoir storage capacity estimation and geological evaluation of sediment resources KEMDEL
Mitigation of climate change impacts on Indian Agriculture through improved irrigation water management Natural Environment Research Council, UK
Local response to extreme events due to climate change – Asian trans-boundary river basin: a case study Brown University, USA
Mitigation of Green House Gas (GHG) emission from rice fields – through water management Climate Food and Farming Research Network (CLIFF)
Awards & Recognitions

Awards

2021 Amrita Innovation & Research Awards 2021: Publication Merit Award

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

2014 Post-Doctoral and early career researcher exchange award

Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering and Mathematics (ERPem), UK

2011 Climate Change 2011 Award

Brown International Advanced Research Institute, Brown University, USA

2009 German-Indian STAR Scholarship

DAAD, Germany

Invited Talks/Lectures in FDP/Conference/Workshop/Summer School

  • Application of Simulation Modelling in Water Resources Management, Sponsored by AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) Academy, IIT Roorkee, 11-15 Oct 2021.
  • Connecting Germany and South Asia – The future of Higher Education and Research Cooperation, DAAD, 18-22 Oct 2021.
  • TEQIP’s FDP on Research Trends in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, NIT Arunachal Pradesh, 3-7 Aug 2020.
  • Water Security and Climate Change 2019, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, 28-30 Oct 2019.
  • Water Security and Climate Change 2018, Nairobi, Kenya, 3-5 Dec 2018.
  • Sustainable Water Resources: Modelling and Scenario Development, Organised by: Newton-Bhabha Fund: Sustainable Water Resources for Food, Energy & Ecosystem Services in India, 18-19 Sep 2018.

Workshops/Conferences/Webinars Organised/Co-Organised

  • SPARC & UKIERI Sponsored Webinar on Hydrological Extremes: Modelling and Mitigation Measures, 27-29 Oct 2021 (Organisers: IIT Roorkee, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham & Heriot-Watt University, UK).
  • International Symposium on Water Sustainability: Challenges, Technologies & Opportunities, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, 22-25 March 2021.
  • Webinar on Mitigation of dam induced flood disaster due to hydrological extremes, 21-22 Oct 2020 (Organisers: IIT Roorkee, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Heriot-Watt University, UK and University of Calgary, Canada).

Mentoring

Student team won the grant at the Technology Infusion Grand Challenge organised by La Trobe University (Australia) to build a prototype: Water Supply SmartNet.
Students:
Aadhityaa M (Department of Civil Engineering)
Gopikrishnan K (Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering)
Vejay Karthy (Department of Computer Science and Engineering)
https://amrita.edu/news/won-grant-technology-infusion-grand-challenge-la-trobe-university-australia/

Collaborations
Title of the Project Collaborating Institutions
Impacts of recent El-Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) on the Water-Food-Energy Nexus in South Asia (https://amrita.edu/research/project/impacts-recent-el-nino-southern-oscillation-enso-water-food-energy-nexus-south-asia) Uppsala University, Sweden

Indian Institute of technology Roorkee

Water and Energy Saving Reliable Irrigation System (WatEr-ERIS): Solar Energy and Cloud-based Decision Support System for Automated Irrigation System

(https://amrita.edu/research/project/water-and-energy-saving-reliable-irrigation-system-water-eris-solar-energy-and )

Indian Institute of technology Roorkee

Indian Institute of technology Mandi

Structured Dialogues for Sustainable Urban Water Management (https://amrita.edu/research/project/structured-dialogues-sustainable-urban-water-management-copi ) Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani

Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Hyderabad

Aligarh Muslim University

Mitigation of dam induced flood disaster due to hydrological extremes (https://amrita.edu/research/project/mitigation-dam-induced-flood-disaster-due-hydrological-extremes-copi ) Heriot-Watt University, UK

University of Calgary, Canada

Indian Institute of technology Roorkee

Design and development of cost-effective floating solar energy generation technologies and infrastructure for achieving (nearly) zero-energy villages Indian Institute of technology Bhubaneshwar

Indian Institute of technology Palakkad

Understanding Impacts of El-Nino events on the Indian Agricultural Productivity

(https://amrita.edu/research/project/understanding-impacts-el-nino-events-indian-agricultural-productivity-copi )

Heriot-Watt University, UK

Indian Institute of technology Kharagpur

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