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Associate Professor

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

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Ph.D, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2009
B.Tech, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, 2002


Dr. Mukesh Kumar is an associate professor of hydrology and water resources at The University of Alabama.

His research is geared towards improving the understanding and prediction of hydrologic processes, in order to better assess the impacts of variations and changes in climate and land use/land cover on water quantity and quality. To this end, he works on hypothesis testing through data analysis and application of physically-based models.

He has co-developed several open-source models and interfaces including PIHM (Pennstate Integrated Hydrologic Model), PIHMgis, FIHM, FoRM (Forest Radiation Model), BPT (Barrier Prioritization Tool) and SPAC (Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Continuum Model), many of which are being widely used in academia and government.

Kumar has personally directed more than $1.25 million of funded research, published more than 35 peer-reviewed research papers and delivered 28 invited talks. His research recognitions include NSF CAREER Award, UCOWR Ph.D. Dissertation Award (2nd Prize) and Outstanding Student Paper Award at AGU. In recognition of his outstanding contributions, he received the Mahatma Gandhi Award in 2018.

Kumar did his B.Tech from IIT Kanpur and doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining The University of Alabama, he was a faculty member at Duke University.

Honors and Awards

  • Mahatma Gandhi Pravasai Bhartiya Samman (Non-resident Indian) Award, Non-Resident Indian Welfare Society of India, 2018
  • NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2015
  • Finalist, Barret Foundation Business Concept Challenge, 2014.
  • UCOWR PhD Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention (2nd Prize), 2010.
  • CUASHI-CMWR Fellow, 2008.

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • Krapu, C., Kumar, M., and Borsuk, M., “Identifying Wetland Consolidation Using Remote Sensing in the American Prairie Pothole Region,” Water Resources Research, (2018)
  • Wang, D., Liu, Y., and Kumar, M., “Using nested discretization for a detailed yet computationally efficient simulation of local hydrology in a distributed hydrologic model,” Nature Scientific Reports, (2018)
  • Zhang, M., Chen, X., Kumar, M., Marani, M., and Goralczyk, M., “Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, a Necessary Evil to Ensure Water Supply?,” Hydrological Processes, (2017)
  • Liu, Y., Parolari, A., Kumar, M., Huang, C.W.,Katul, G., and Porporato, A., “Increasing atmospheric humidity and CO2 concentration alleviate forest mortality risk,” Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, (2017)
  • Liu, Y., and Kumar, M., “Role of meteorological controls on the interannual variations in wet-period characteristics of wetlands,” Water Resour. Res., (2016)