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Sara Nowreen

Country of origin: Bangladesh Currently in: Bangladesh, Dhaka General field of specialization: Engineering sciences
Academic Background


2017 Doctorate Engineering sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Engineering sciences

My research area spans from climate change impacts on hydrology to interdisciplinary water resources management (IWRM). My recent year research works incorporate diagnosing water security (via ICIMOD collaborative project as PI), process understanding of shallow aquifer recharge mechanism (via IFS project as PI), development of IoT enabled data logger and analyses of groundwater levels (via ICT project as PI), synthesis of water histories related to interactions between environmental change and human activities (via GCRF collaborative project as Co-I) and hydraulics of surface water system (via FFEWAS collaborative project as Co-I).

Publications resulting from Research: 

Nowreen S., Haque P., Mondal M. S., Zzaman R. U. (2020) Hydrological assessment for the availability of water for off-stream uses of Karatoa-Atrai River in Bangladesh. Water Policy.

Mondal M. S., Nowreen S., Sakib M. N. (2020) Scale-Dependent Reliability of Projected Rainfalls over Bangladesh with the PRECIS Model. Climate 8:20.

Arifin, S., Arifin, R., Pitts, D., Rahman, M., Nowreen, S., Madey, G., & Collins, F. (2015). Landscape Epidemiology Modeling Using an Agent-Based Model and a Geographic Information System. Land, 4(2), 378–412.

Nowreen, S., Murshed, S. B., Islam, A. K. M. S., Bhaskaran, B., & Hasan, M. A. (2015). Changes of rainfall extremes around the haor basin areas of Bangladesh using multi-member ensemble RCM. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 119(1–2), 363–377.

Nowreen, S., Jalal, M. R., & Khan, M. S. A. (2014). Historical analysis of rationalizing South West coastal polders of Bangladesh. Water Policy, 16(2), 264–279.

Nowreen, S., Murshed, S. B., Islam, A. K. M. S., Hasan, M. A., & Sarker, T. K. (2013). An Indicator of Climate Change in the South West Region of Bangladesh. The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, 4(3), 47–60.

Nowreen, S., Khan, M. S. A., & Huq, H. (2011). Development of an Operational IWRM Framework in a selected SSWRDSP of Bangladesh. SAWAS Journal, 2(2), 6–26.

Nowreen, S., Misra, A. K., Zzaman, R. U., & Sharma, L. P. (2019). Sustainable Springshed water management from community perspectives: Case studies in India and Bangladesh. In D. S. Yü & E. De Maaker (Eds.), Trans-Himalayan Environmental Humanities (THiEH) Conference (pp. 182–194). Kunming, China.

Newton, I. H., Zzaman, R. U., Nowreen, S., Islam, A. K. M. S., Islam, G. M. T., & Razzaque, S. (2019). Deciphering of groundwater recharge potential zones in Dhaka city, Bangladesh by RS and GIS techniques. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Water and Flood Management (ICWFM 2019), 47–48. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Springer.

Zzaman, R. U., Nowreen, S., & Newton, I. H. (2019). Groundwater fluctuation in response to annual rainfall in North-west region of Bangladesh. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Water and Flood Management (ICWFM 2019), 179–180. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Springer.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
I have been strongly engaged in several collaborative research projects as a PI as well as a Co-PI that involved understanding Hydro-social Deltas, WASH & MHM challenges, Policy Consultation about SDGs with a focus on groundwater and gender, Transnational Policy Dialogue for Improved Water Governance, etc. Otherwise, I work, broadly speaking, in the area of hydrology linking the technical with the social aspects of water management. That is why I have been teaching postgraduate courses called ‘Gender and water’, ‘Groundwater hydrogeology’ and ‘Interdisciplinary Field Research Methodologies’ in my institute. I have also been mentoring SAWA (South Asian Water, i.e., female) fellows with their MSc theses to incorporate Gender as a cross-cutting issue. I am actively involved with a higher secondary school as a member of the Board of Governance and helping with the preparation of safeguarding policy for BUET.

Workshop and Conference Attended

2019 Kathmandu, Nepal Regional Training on Springshed Management for Socio-Ecological Resilience in the Hindu Kush Himalayas
2018 Beijing, China International Training Workshop on Land-hydrological Processes Under Changing Climate by the 17th CAS-TWAS-WMO Forum on Climate Science (CTWF)
2018 Istanbul, Turkey WISA (Water Initiative of South Asia) Professional Training
2015 London, UK 'Regressions with R'
2015 San Antonio, TX, USA Estimating Rates of Groundwater Recharge
2012 Delhi, India Adaptation to Changing Water Resources Availability in Northern India with Himalayan Glacier Retreat and Changing Monsoon pattern
2009 Kandy, Srilanka South Asia Water (SAWA) Fellows Training on ‘Participatory Field Research Methodology’
2019 Hanoi, Vietnam Safeguarding Training

Presentation given

Groundwater responses to intensive rainfall in an Asian Mega-Delta: evidence from high-frequency monitoring in the Bengal Basin.
Bangkok, Thailand
Event: International Conference on Resilience of Groundwater Systems to Climate Change and Human Development
Hydrological Assessment for Off-Stream Uses of Karatoa-Atrai River in Bangladesh
Beijing, China
Event: International Symposium on Ecohydrology and Climate Change in 17th CAS-TWAS-WMO Forum
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Dec 2019
Innovation Fund 2019
Research grant of Tk. 20,00,000 by ICT division of GoB
Aug 2018
SDC HUC focus Grant 2018
Research grant $25000 funded by ICIMOD
Oct 2018
Individual Research Grant 2018 (W5582-2)
$12000 research grant funded by The International Foundation for Science (IFS)
Oct 2015
Individual Research Grant 2018 (W5582)
$12000 research grant funded by The International Foundation for Science (IFS)
Sep 2014
Commonwealth Split Site Scholarship 2014 (BDCN-2014-4)
For 1 year PhD study at University College London, UK
Sep 2016
Charles Wallace Trust Professional Visit Grant 2016
3 months academic short visit to London, UK
Jul 2011
Bangabandhu Fellowship on Science & ICT 2011
By Ministry of Science and Information and Communication Technology, GoB for Ph.D.

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