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Md Safat Sikder
Postdoctoral Researcher

Safat joined the JPL as a Postdoctoral Researcher in October 2018. He worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at University of Washington (5 years), and Tennessee Technological University (1 year) before that. His main research interest is the application of freely available data and modeling tools in surface water hydrology. Safat also has job experience in quasi-governmental research institutes in Bangladesh.

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, USA (June 2018)
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, USA (December 2013)
  • B.Sc. in Water Resources Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh (October 2009)

Research Interests
  • Surface Water Hydrology
  • Numerical Modeling
  • Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting
  • Nonproprietary Solutions for Water Management

Professional Experience
  • Research Analyst, University of Washington, Seattle (Sep. 2018 - Oct. 2018)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (Jan. 2014 - Jul. 2018)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN (Sep. 2012 - Dec. 2013)
  • Junior Engineer, Institute of Water Modeling, Bangladesh (Oct. 2010 - Aug. 2012)
  • Research Assistant, Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services, Bangladesh (Oct. 2009 - July 2010)

Community Service
  • Peer reviews for international scientific journals:
  • Journal of Hydrometeorology (3 assignments)
  • Hydrological Sciences Journal (1 assignments)
  • Journal of Hydrology (1 assignments)
  • Journal of the American Water Resources Association (2 assignments)
  • Project proposal reviews:
  • National Geographic Society (2017)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (2016-2018)
  • Ivanhoe Graduate Fellowship (2012)
  • Bangladesh Government Technical Scholarship (2004-2008)

Selected Publications
  1. Sikder, M.S., and F. Hossain (2018). Improving Operational Flood Forecasting in Monsoon Climates with Bias-corrected Quantitative Forecasting of Precipitation. International Journal of River Basin Management, pp.1-11, doi:10.1080/15715124.2018.1476368.
  2. Sikder, M.S., and F. Hossain (2018). Sensitivity of Initial Condition and Cloud Microphysics to Forecasting of Monsoon Rainfall in South Asia. Meteorological Applications, vol.25. no.4, pp.493-509, doi:10.1002/met.1716.
  3. 2017
  4. Hossain, F., S. Sikder, N. Biswas, M. Bonnema, H. Lee, N.D. Luong, N.H. Hiep, B.D. Duong and D. Long (2017). Predicting Water Availability of the Regulated Mekong River Basin Using Satellite Observations and a Physical Model. Asian Journal of Water, Environment and Pollution, vol.14, no.3, pp.39-48, doi:10.3233/AJW-170024.
  5. 2016
  6. Sikder, S., and F. Hossain (2016). Assessment of the weather research and forecasting model generalized parameterization schemes for advancement of precipitation forecasting in monsoon-driven river basins. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, vol.8, no.3, pp.1210-1228, doi:10.1002/2016MS000678.
  7. Sikder, S., X. Chen, F. Hossain, J.B. Roberts, F. Robertson, C.K. Shum and F.J. Turk (2016). Are General Circulation Models Ready for Operational Streamflow Forecasting for Water Management in the Ganges and Brahmaputra River Basins? Journal of Hydrometeorology, vol.17, no.1, pp.195-210, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-14-0099.1.
  8. Bonnema, M., S. Sikder, F. Hossain, M. Durand, C. Gleason, and D. Bjerklie (2016). Benchmarking Wide Swath Altimetry Based River Discharge Estimation Algorithms for the Ganges River System. Water Resources Research, vol.52, no.4, pp.2439-2461, doi:10.1002/2015WR017296.
  9. Bonnema, M., S. Sikder, Y. Miao, X. Chen, F. Hossain, I.A. Pervin, S.M. Rahman, and H. Lee (2016). Understanding Satellite-based Monthly-to-Seasonal Reservoir Outflow Estimation as a function of Hydrologic Controls. Water Resources Research, vol.52, no.5, pp.4095-4115, doi:10.1002/2015WR017830.
  10. 2015
  11. Sikder, M.S., and F. Hossain (2015). Understanding the Geophysical Sources of Uncertainty for Satellite Interferometric (SRTM)-Based Discharge Estimation in River Deltas: The Case for Bangladesh. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Remote Sensing, vol.8, no.2, pp.523-538, doi:10.1109/JSTARS.2014.2326893.
  12. 2014
  13. Siddique-E-Akbor, A.H.M., F. Hossain, S. Sikder, C.K. Shum, S. Tseng, Y. Yi, F.J. Turk, and A. Limaye (2014). Satellite Precipitation Data-Driven Hydrological Modeling for Water Resources Management in the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna Basins. Earth Interactions, vol.18, no.17, pp.1-25, doi:10.1175/EI-D-14-0017.1.

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