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Md. Shahabul Alam

Post-Doctoral Research Hydrologist
Telephone: 
250-721-7277

Md. Shahabul Alam is a post-doctoral research hydrologist with PCIC working on Hydrologic Impacts theme. He is working on a project that will focus on large-scale hydrological modelling to study the impacts of climate change on the salmonid habitats of coastal regions in British Columbia.

Md. Shahabul gained his MSc from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Water Resources Engineering in 2010 and from the University of Saskatchewan in Civil Engineering in 2014. He is expecting to receive his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan soon. His PhD work focused on spatial and temporal variability in the water balance of oil sands mine reclamation covers. His research interests include surface and subsurface hydrology, water balance modelling, hydrological modelling, statistical downscaling, and uncertainty assessment due to climate change. Md. Shahabul worked as a Civil Engineer with Bangladesh Water Development Board for more than 10 years in the projects related to flood control, riverbank protection, drainage improvement, and socio-economic development in different parts of the country.

Education: 
  • MSc. Civil and Geological Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.
  • MSc. Water Resources Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
  • BSc. Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Selected Publications: 

Selected Journal Publications:

  1. Alam, M. S., S. L. Barbour, and H. Mingbin (2020), Characterizing uncertainty in the hydraulic parameters of oil sands mine reclamation covers and its influence on water balance predictions. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 24, 735–759, doi: 10.5194/hess-24-735-2020.
  2. Alam, M. S., S. L. Barbour, A. Elshorbagy, and H. Mingbin (2018), The impact of climate change on the water balance of oil sands reclamation covers and natural soil profiles. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 19, 1731-1752, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-17-0230.1.
  3. Alam, M. S. and A. Elshorbagy (2015), Quantification of the climate change-induced variations in Intensity-Duration-Frequency curves in the Canadian Prairies. Journal of Hydrology, 527, 990–1005, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.05.059.
  4. Rafiq, R., M. S. Alam, M. M. Rahman, and I. Islam (2014), Conserving wetlands: Valuation of indirect use benefits of a wetland of Dhaka. International Journal of Environmental Science and Development, 5(1), 64-69, doi: 10.7763/IJESD.2014.V5.452.

 

Selected Conference Proceedings:

  1. Alam, M. S., S. L. Barbour, H. Mingbin, and Y. Li (2019), Long-term performance of oil sands mine reclamation covers under high-resolution climate change projections. Proceedings of Tailings and Mine Waste Conference 2019, Vancouver, BC, November 17-20, 13 pp (Paper 7, podium presentation).
  2. Alam, M. S., S. L. Barbour, and H. Mingbin (2018), An evaluation of soil hydraulic parameter uncertainty on the hydrologic performances of oil sands reclamation covers. Proceedings of 71st Canadian Geotechnical Society Conference, GeoEdmonton 2018, Edmonton, Alberta, September 23-26, 8 pp (Paper 452).
  3. Alam, M. S., S. L. Barbour, H. Mingbin, and L. Doucette (2017), An Evaluation of Parameter Uncertainty in the Calibration of a Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere-Transfer (SVAT) model for a Reclamation Cover on LOS. 70th Canadian Geotechnical Society Conference, GeoOttawa 2017, Ottawa, Ontario, October 2-4, 8 pp (Paper 304 and Poster presentation).
  4. Alam, M. S., S. L. Barbour, A. Elshorbagy, and H. Mingbin (2017), The Impact of Climate Change on the Performance of Oil Sands Reclamation Covers: A Comparison of Multiple General Circulation Models and Representative Concentration Pathways. Proceedings of 70th Canadian Geotechnical Society Conference, GeoOttawa 2017, Ottawa, Ontario, October 2-4, 8 pp (Paper 300 and Oral presentation).
  5. Alam, M. S., H. Mingbin, S. L. Barbour, and B. C. Si (2017), Characterizing temporal and spatial variability in Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere-Transfer (SVAT) modelling of reclamation covers in Northern Alberta, Canada. Computational Modelling of Multi-Uncertainty and Multi-Scale Problems, COMUS17, Eccomas Thematic Conference, Porto, Portugal (Oral presentation).
  6. Elshorbagy, A., and M. S. Alam (2015), Downscaling of Extreme Precipitation: Proposing a New Statistical Approach and Investigating a Taken-for-Granted Assumption. General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, Vienna, Austria, April 12-17 (Abstract EGU2015-7872).
  7. Nazemi, A., M. S. Alam, and A. Elshorbagy (2014), Uncertainties in Future Projections of Extreme Rainfall at Fine Scales: The Role of Various Sources. The 11th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, New York City, USA, August 17-21, 4 pp (Paper 1328).
  8. Alam, M. S., A. Nazemi, and A. Elshorbagy (2014), Quantifying the Climate Change-induced Variations in Saskatoon’s Intensity-Duration-Frequency Curves Using Stochastic Rainfall Generators and K-nearest neighbors. General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, Vienna, Austria, April 27- May 2 (Poster presentation EGU2014-4536).