Dr. Balaji Narasimhan

Dr. Balaji Narasimhan
Professor
Phone: +91-44-22574293
Email: nbalaji@iitm.ac.in

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Education
  • Ph.D. Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA.2004.
  • M.S. Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba, CANADA. 1999.
  • B.E. Agricultural Engineering, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, INDIA. 1997.
Professional Experience
  • Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, March 2019 to Present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, August 2014 to March 2019
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, October 2007 to July 2014
  • Research Assistant Professor, Spatial Sciences Laboratory, Texas A&M University, USA. May 2006 – September 2007
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Spatial Sciences Laboratory, Texas A&M University, USA. June 2004 – April 2006
Research Interests
  • Modelling the impact of landuse and climate change on hydrology
  • Development of a flood, drought assessment and forecast system using GIS, remote sensing and hydrologic / hydraulic / crop growth models
  • Energy fluxes/Evapotranspiration/Soil moisture from thermal remote sensing data for irrigation water management and drought assessment
  • Spatially distributed radar/satellite rainfall data for hydrologic / hydraulic modelling
Research and Consultancy
Summary of Ongoing/Completed Projects
 
Completed Projects
Value of Completed Projects
On-going projects
Value of on-going projects
Sponsored Project
3
INR 230 Lakhs
4
INR 649 lakhs
Research Based Industrial Consultancy
3
INR 120.35 lakhs
Consultancy
1
INR 12.63 lakhs
1
INR 75 lakhs
Sponsored Projects completed while at Texas A&M University
8
USD 620,130
7.2. List of Projects (ongoing/completed)
No
Title
Value
Sponsoring Agency
Duration/Status
Role
Sponsored Research Projects
1
Estimation of Evapotranspiration using Satellite Remote Sensing Data
INR 5 lakhs
IC&SR, IIT Madras
3-years; Completed
Principal Investigator
2
Decentralised waste water management, benchmarking of public utilities and PPP
INR 200 lakhs
Ministry of Urban Development, GoI
1.5 years; Completed
Co-investigator
3
Water and Waste management of Chennai Basin
INR 25 lakhs
IIT Madras, Research Foundation
1 year; Completed
Co-investigator
5
Development and verification of a surface energy balance model using thermal remote sensing data for assessment of crop water sue and irrigation efficiency
INR 22.35 lakhs
Department of Science and Technology, GoI
3 years;
On-going
Principal Investigator
4
Ganga River Basin Management Project (GRBMP) – A Pan IIT Project
INR 70 lakhs
Ministry of Environment and Forest, GoI
5 years;
On-going
Co-investigator
6
Enhancement and field trials of free and open source GIS software
INR 56.47 lakhs
Department of Land Resource, GoI
3 years;
On-going
Co-investigator
7
Centre for Environment Technology Dissemination , Demonstration and R&D for Industrial pollution Abatement
INR 5 crores
Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board
3 years;
On-going
Co-investigator
No
Title
Value
Sponsoring Agency
Duration/Status
Role
Research Based Industrial Consultancy (RBIC)
1
CLIMARICE II:  SWAT modelling and online database creation
INR 15.87 lakhs
Bioforsk, Norway
2.5 years; Completed
Principal Investigator
2
Model testing for construction of H. L. Bridge over River Koshi near Saharsa in the state of Bihar.
INR 69.48 lakhs
Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Ltd. (BRPNNL)
6 months; Completed
Joint Principal investigator
3
Modernization of Thanneermukkam Bund and Thottapilly Spillway in Kuttanadu Region
INR 35 Lakhs
Ministry of Water Resources
1.5 years; Completed
Joint Principal investigator
Consultancy Projects
1
Design of storm water drainage system for the proposed Test Track in Oragadam
INR 12.63 Lakhs
RITES, Indian Railways
2 years; Completed
Co-investigator
2
Evaluation of flood mitigation schemes implemented in the Kuttanad region in Kerala State
INR 75 lakhs
Irrigation Department, Govt. of Kerala
4 years;
On-going
Co-investigator
Sponsored Research Project (under review for possible funding)
1
A study on the impact of climate change on the water resources of all East Flowing rivers between Pennar and Cauvery basin and rivers south of Cauvery Basin
INR 2.46 Crores
Ministry of Water Resources
Submitted
Principal Investigator (multi institutional project)
2
Climate change impact assessment on the water resources of Cauvery river basin
INR 2.11 Crores
Ministry of Water Resources
Submitted
Co-investigator (multi institutional project)
3
Modeling the effects of land use and climate change upon in-stream hydraulics in mountainous streams in rapidly urbanizing regions (close to Pune) of the Western-Ghats
INR 49.54 lakhs
DST through IGCS
Submitted
Co-investigator
Sponsored Research Project (under review for possible funding)
4
Sustainable water resources management of Chennai
basin under changing climate and land use
INR 55.23 lakhs
DST through IGCS
Submitted
Co-investigator
5
Sustainable Environment management of Urban Water Bodies in South Chennai
INR 68.62 lakhs
Department of Environment and Forest, Tamil Nadu
Submitted
Co-investigator
No
Title
Value
Sponsoring Agency
Duration/Status
Role
Sponsored Projects completed while at Texas A&M University
1
Assessment of NEXRAD rainfall data along Texas Coast
USD 11,130
Texas Water Development Board
1 year; completed
Principal Investigator
2
Landuse/Landcover change assessment of Texas Coastal Region
USD 27,000
Texas Water Development Board
1 year; completed
Principal Investigator
3
Landuse/Landcover change assessment of Texas Coastal Region
USD 30,000
Texas Water Development Board
1 year; completed
Principal Investigator
4
Determination of Regional Scale Evapotranspiration of Texas from NOAA – AVHRR satellite
USD 5,000
Texas Water Resources Institute
1 year; completed
Principal Investigator
5
Best Management Practice (BMP) verification using observed water quality data and watershed planning for implementation of BMPs.
USD 237,000
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
3 years; completed
Co-investigator
6
Digital Climatic Atlas of Texas
USD 60,000
Texas Water Development Board
1 year; completed
Co-investigator
7
Drought Monitoring Index for Texas
USD 100,000
Texas Water Development Board
1 year; completed
Co-investigator
8
A Real-Time Drought Assessment and Forecasting System for Texas using GIS and remote sensing
USD 150,000
Texas Higher Education Coordination Board
3 years; Completed
Co-investigator
Student Guidance
Name of the Student
Title of the Thesis
Year of Completion
Joint Guidance
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [Completed: 1; On-going: 5]
V. M. Bindhu
Development of improved spatio-temporal disaggregation techniques of thermal satellite imagery and enhanced energy balance formalism for performance assessment of an irrigation system
2014
S. Mohanasundaram
Spatio-temporal modelling of water level fluctuation to characterize the heterogeneity of aquifer systems: A case study of Chennai river basin
On-going
Dr. G. Suresh Kumar, Dept. of Ocean Engineering
P. S. Smitha
Drought Risk Assessment under Current and Future Climatic Conditions for the feasibility evaluation and planning of an Inter Basin Water Transfer
On-going
Prof. K. P. Sudheer, Dept. of Civil Engineering
K. Sangeetha
Development of an Analytic Element based Ground water Model for integration with SWAT for water resources assessment
On-going
R. Jeba Princy
Micro-meteorological studies for assessing evapotranspiration
On-going
J. Jose Ruby
Watershed modelling and reservoir optimization
On-going
Prof. K. Srinivasan, Dept. of Civil Engineering
Master of Science (M.S) [On-going: 1]
N. Nithila Devi
Verification of the energy balance model SMARET and performance assessment of an irrigation system
On-going
Name of the Student
Title of the Thesis
Year of Completion
Joint Guidance
Master of Technology (M.Tech) [Completed: 4; On-going: 1]
B. Vijaya Kumar
Climate Change Indices and Trends over India during the most recent 30 year Climatological period (1976-2005)
May 2009
D. Sravani
Flood Inundation Mapping of Thamiraparani River Basin using HEC-GeoRAS and SWAT
May 2010
Naveen Joseph
Estimation of In-stream flow Requirements of Son River in Ganga Basin
May 2013
P. Pooja Parvathy
Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Surface Water Potential and Ground Water Potential of the Chennai River Basin
May 2013
Thomas Lalrinchhana
A study on the effect of landuse/landcover change on the surface water resources of Tamiraparani river basin
On-going
Bachelors of Technology (B.Tech) [Completed: 2; On-going: 2]
Vikram Rayapudi
Geomorphologic Assessment and Watershed Delineation of Tamiraparani River Basin Using SRTM Digital Elevation Model
May 2009
D. V. Rahul
Developing a Land use Land Cover Map of Tamiraparani River Basin Using Digital Imaging Techniques
May 2009
Krishna Rao
Modelling the Storm Water drainage of IIT Madras campus and develop a rehabilitation plan
On-going
M. Sarath
Water Resources Assessment of the Tamirraparani river basin using Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT)
On-going
Courses
Course
Type of course
CE2080 Surveying
UG core
CE3030 Water Resources Engineering
UG core
CE4420 Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
UG elective
CE4610 Water Management
UG elective
CE2100 Surveying Practical
UG core lab
CE4030 Hydraulic and Envi. Engg. Lab
UG core lab
CE5470 Surface Water Hydrology
PG Core
CE5550 Urban Hydrology and Storm drainage design and Management
PG elective
CE5960 Remote Sensing of Earth Resources (New Course)
PG elective
CE5080 Geographical Information System
PG elective
CE5510 Irrigation Technology
PG elective
CE5550 Hydrosystems Computational Laboratory
PG Core Lab
Continuing Education
No
Title
Sponsoring Agency
Duration
1
Introductory and Advanced SWAT workshops.  Along with Dr. R. Srinivasan from Texas A&M University. Dept. of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras
Continuing Education Program
Dec.30, 2013 to Jan.3, 2014
2
Climate Change Impact Assessment on Water Resources using Soil and Water Assessment Tool.  Along with Dr. R. Srinivasan from Texas A&M University.  Dept. of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras
Bioforsk, Norway
Dec 20-22, 2012.
3
Introductory SWAT workshop.  Along with Dr. R. Srinivasan from Texas A&M University.  Dept. of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi
Continuing Education Program
July 16-17, 2012.
4
Advanced SWAT workshop.  Along with Dr. R. Srinivasan from Texas A&M University.  Agro Climate Research Centre, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore
Bioforsk, Norway
Sep 16-18, 2011
5
Introductory GIS workshop.  Agro Climate Research Centre, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore
Bioforsk, Norway
May 4-6, 2011.
6
QIP short-term course on “GIS and Remote Sensing Techniques for Water Resources Assessment (Using Open Source Tools)”.  Along with Dr. K. P. Sudheer, Dept. of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras
AICTE
Jan. 31 – Feb.5, 2011
7
Introductory SWAT workshop.  Along with Dr. R. Srinivasan from Texas A&M University.  IIT Madras
Bioforsk, Norway
Dec. 1-3, 2010
8
Overview of Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) with particular reference to Climate Change prediction on water resources in India.  A one-day workshop conducted for the senior officers of Central Water Commission at New Delhi, INDIA
Central Water Commission, Govt. of India
December 18, 2009
9
Introduction to Soil and Water Assessment Tool.  Along with Dr. R. Srinivasan from Texas A&M University.  Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, INDIA
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
Dec. 22-24, 2008
10
Introductory Remote Sensing Workshop.  Spatial Sciences Laboratory, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA
Continuing Education Program
April 3-5, 2007
11
Introductory Remote Sensing Workshop.  Spatial Sciences Laboratory, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA
Continuing Education Program
August 22-24, 2006