A.K.M. Saiful Islam

Professor of Hydrology and Climate Change

Coordinator, Climate Change Study Cell

Member, Institutes of Engineers, Bangladesh

A.K.M. Saiful Islam has been appointed as a Professor at the Institute of Water and Flood management of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2012 where he has been working since 1997. He also currently serves as Coordinator of the Climate Change Cell of BUET. Dr. Islam has received a BSc. in Civil Engineering in (1989) from BUET, an MS in Water Resources Engineering (1999) from BUET, and a PhD in Civil Engineering (2004) from Drexel University, USA.

His research interests center on improving the understanding of the impact of climate change on hydrological cycles, mainly through the regional climate modeling, hydrological impact modeling and remote sensing applications. Prof. Islam has given more than 100 invited talks and seminars throughout the world, speaking on diverse topics ranging from climate change impacts on water resources to flood forecasting. He is teaching about 10 graduate courses and organize many workshops locally and overseas. Prof. Islam has over 34 peer-reviewed publications, 6 book chapters and 97 articles in proceedings of international conferences to his name.

Prof. Islam has recently led a research funded by the Bangladesh Climate Change Trust of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to assess the biophysical impacts on climate change. Prof. Islam has worked as the Institutional lead for BUET in the HELIX (High End Climate Impacts and Extremes helixclimate.eu) project funded by the EU to assess the impact of extreme climate (>2 0C global warming) in various sectors of Bangladesh for developing an appropriate adaptation framework and providing policy guidelines. He was a reviewer for the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report AR5 (WG II) and Special Report on 1.5 Degree. He has recently nominated as a Lead Author for the Sixth Assessment Report of IPCC (WG I).

Current/recent responsibilities

  • Lead Author, Sixth Assessment Report, WG I, 2018-present.

  • Expert Reviewer, Special Report on 1.5 Degree, IPCC, 2018.
  • Principal Investigator, "Flash Flood Early Warning System (FFEWAS) for the Haor Regions of Bangladesh", collaborative project, funded by LGED under HILIP project of IFAD, 2014-present.

  • Institutional Lead, "High End Climate Impacts and Extremes (HELIX helixclimate.eu), collaborative project funded by European Union, 2014- 2017.

  • Editor-In-Chief, Journal of Advances in Climate Change , 2017-2018.
  • Technical Editor, International Journal of Oceanography and Marine Ecological System, 2015-2016.

  • Technical Editor, Asian Journal of Applied Sciences , 2015-2016.

  • Technical Editor, Asian Journal of Agricultural Research, 2015-2016.

  • Coordinator, Climate Chang Study Cell, BUET, 2007-present.

  • Member, Advisory Committee, Conference on Weather Forecasting and Advances in Physics, Khulna University, Khulna, 11-12 May 2018.

  • Member, Technical and Scientific Committee, International Conference on Recent Innovation in Civil Engineering for Sustainable Development (IICSD-2015), DUET, Gazipur, 11-13 December 2015.

  • Member, Organizing Committee, 5th International Conference on Water and Flood Management (ICWFM2015), IWFM, Dhaka, 6-8 March 2015.

  • Reviewer, 5th Assessment Report (WG-II), IPCC, 2014.

  • Member, Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh.

  • Course Coordinator, Short Course on Flood Risk Assessment and Management, Jointly Organized by Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM), BUET, Chittagong University and Technology (CUET), UNESCO-IHE in collaboration with BWDB, CEGIS, IWM and WARPO, Dhaka, 05-09 October 2015.

  • Course Coordination, Short Course on Remote Sensing and GIS in Water Management, Organized by Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM), Dhaka, 22-24 May 2015.

  • Course Coordinator, Training Program On Climate Modeling and Down-scaling Techniques, Organized by IWFM, BUET, 18-22 February 2012.

  • Group Leader, Hydrology and Climate Change Modeling Group, IWFM, BUET. Responsible for climate regional modeling, weather modeling and hydrological modeling.
  • In Charge: Remote Sensing and GIS Lab., IWFM, BUET.

  • In Charge: Climate Modeling and Simulation Lab., IWFM, BUET.


Chapter in Edited Books

The Ganges River Basin: Status and Challenges in Water, Environment and Livelihoods (Earthscan Series on Major River Basins of the World)

The Ganges is one of the most complex yet fascinating river systems in the world. The basin is characterized by a high degree of heterogeneity from climatic, hydrological, geomorphological, cultural, environmental and socio-economic perspectives. More than 500 million people are directly or indirectly dependent upon the Ganges River Basin, which spans China, Nepal, India and Bangladesh. While there are many books covering one aspect of the Ganges, ranging from hydrology to cultural significance, this book is unique in presenting a comprehensive inter-disciplinary overview of the key issues and challenges facing the region.

Assessment of Sea Level Rise on Bangladesh Coast through Trend Analysis

The coastal zone of Bangladesh is most vulnerable to climate change because of its geographic location, flat topography, high population density, high level of poverty, and reliance of many livelihoods on climate sensitive sectors particularly, agriculture, fisheries and water resources. The average elevation of the southwest coastal zone ranges from 1m to 2m and in the southeast coastal zone it is 4 to 5m. The risks from adverse climate induced sea level rise will increase the risks of the already vulnerable population in the coastal region. This book provides information on the trends of the tidal water level to visualize the historic change of sea level rise along the coast of Bangladesh.

Retrospective Analysis of Agro-meteorological Information in Bangladesh

Agriculture production is largely depends on the weather and climate information. Being agrarian country, the information derived from hydro-meteorological and satellite observations are not readily available or analyzed to provide fruitful information for crop growth. This book provides useful information of various types of risks indicators (drought, floods etc.) derived from the agro-metrological data. Information were presented for different crop seasons and for different agro-ecological zones of Bangladesh. It also determine ago-climate zones of Bangladesh using multivariate analysis of climatic variables.

Geoinformatics for Climate Change Studies

Climate change is increasingly being considered a critical topic in research and policy-making. Evidences related to climate change deal with spatial and non-spatial data, which can be utilized for policy formulation. Geoinformatics, which includes remote sensing, GIS, GPS, and ICT, provides the most relevant technology to monitor climate change-related variables at different dimensions and scales. Geoinformatics for Climate Change Studies discusses the art of using this technology for investigating, monitoring, documenting, and understanding the impacts of climate change. This book provides information on the concepts and uses of geoinformatics, and focuses on filling the gap in the available literature on the subject by bringing together concepts, theories, and experiences of experts in this field.

Engineering Concerns of Flood

This book has been designed as a reference work on various engineering aspects related to the causes and consequences of flood, which is a very common natural hazard in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a small country of 147570 sq. km., but has a very large population of about 130 million, majority of whom are poor. The economic condition of Bangladeshi people makes them very vulnerable to the adverse effects of natural forces. Lack of proper planning and preparedness, poor quality of infrastructure and their inadequate maintenance also add to people's sufferings and magnitude of loss. This book is an outcome of a systematic research initiative that was undertaken by the academics of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) during and after the 1998 flood that lasted for several months causing havoc to almost every spheres of life.

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