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Dr Mobin-ud-Din Ahmad is a principal research scientist in CSIRO Land and Water and has over 28 years of international research experience on broad range of issues related to environmentally sustainable agricultural land and water management. He specialises in the application of agro-hydrological models and remote sensing based energy balance modelling for irrigation performance assessment, water balance and productivity analysis from field to river basin scale. Before joining CSIRO in 2008, Dr Ahmad was a Senior International Researcher at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has conducted multi-disciplinary research in many large river basins of the world including the Indus in Pakistan, Murray-Darling in Australia, Sao Francisco in Brazil, Yellow River in China, Krishna in India, Ganges in India and Bangladesh, Karkheh in Iran, and Limpopo in Southern Africa.

He is leading a research project team that aims to build integrated water resource management modelling capacity within Pakistan, through the application of Australian water management technologies, in particular adoption of SOURCE integrated modelling framework. This work is funded by the Australian Government (through ACIAR, DFAT and CSIRO) which will provide a comprehensive strategic assessment of the Indus water resources, and a framework for making regional trade-off decisions and providing for operational efficiencies in water use and sharing.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2021-2022

    Customer Engagement and Delivery Culture Award Supporting inter-provincial water allocation decision making in Pakistan.
    CSIRO Land and Water, Australia.

  • 2020-2021

    Digital Culture Award for Water Allocation Tool Project.
    CSIRO Land and Water, Australia.

  • 2010- 2010

    Cash award for outstanding contribution to the delivery of irrigation systems projects
    CSIRO Land and Water, Australia.

  • 2008-2008

    Soil and Water Conservation Society Editor's Choice Honorable Mention Award on an article entitled “At what scale does water saving really save water?” published in Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 2007
    Soil and Water Conservation Society, USA

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Water and Irrigation Systems

  • Project Leader
    Supporting inter-provincial water allocation decision making in Pakistan

  • Project Leader
    DFAT-SDIP Indus River Basin project

  • CSIRO Lead
    Adapting to Salinity in the Southern Indus Basin

Academic Qualifications

  • 2002

    Doctorate in Water Resources Engingeering and Management
    ITC—Wageningen University, the Netherlands

  • 1994

    Master in Irrigation Engineering and Management
    Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand

  • 1991

    Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering
    University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan

Professional Experiences

  • 2014-date

    Principal Research Scientist
    CSIRO Land and Water, Canberra, Australia

  • 2010-2012

    Project Leader, MDB Integrated Hydro-economic Project
    CSIRO Water for Healthy Country Flagship

  • 2011-2012

    Stream Leader for Integrated Basin Analysis
    CSIRO Water for Healthy Country Flagship

  • 2009-2009

    Stream Leader (acting role) for Irrigation Futures
    CSIRO Water for Healthy Country Flagship

  • 2008-2014

    Senior Research Scientist – Irrigation Hydrology
    CSIRO Land and Water, Canberra, Australia

  • 2005-2008

    Project Leader- Karkheh Basin Focal Project
    CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF)

  • 2006-2008

    Senior International Researcher
    International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • 2004-2006

    Project Leader - Scaling up (Water Productivity & Water Savings)
    International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo Sri Lanka

  • 2005-2006

    International Researcher
    International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • 2003-2004

    Post Doctoral Researcher
    International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • 1999-2002

    Doctoral Researcher
    ITC—Wageningen University, the Netherlands

  • 1994-1999

    Water Resources Engineer
    International Irrigation Management Institute (IIMI), Lahore Pakistan

Other highlights

  • 2021-2021

    Invited presentation on "Climate change flows and irrigation responses: Example from Indus basin". Asia Water Hub (virtual) session on Food and Agriculture. United Nations Climate Change (COP26) Conference.

  • 2019-2019

    Invited presentation on "Current water management cooperation between Australia and Pakistan". Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Agenda for 21st Century, 4th Karachi International Water Conference 26-27 November 2019, Karachi, Pakistan.

  • 2018-2018

    Invited paper on "Water and food security for Pakistan: Australia’s experience can help". International Symposium: Creating a Water-Secure Pakistan, 19-20 October 2018, Islamabad, Pakistan.

  • 2018-2018

    Invited presentation on "Indus river system model: A planning tool to explore Water-Energy-Food nexus for Pakistan". Managing Systems Under Stress: Science for Solutions in the Indus Basin. 3rd Indus Knowledge Forum, 31st May – 2nd June 2018, IIASA Laxenburg Austria.

  • 2017-2017

    Invited presentation on "Integrated modelling framework to explore operational and policy scenarios". Indus Basin Knowledge Forum – New Knowledge Frontiers for Development and Resilience, 1-4 July 2017, IWMI-ICIMOD-World Bank Group, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

  • 2012-2012

    Invited presention on the impact of conservation agriculture on system level outcome at the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) Workshop, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA.

  • 2006-2006

    Invited guest lectures on remote sensing applications for water resources management ITC Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, the Netherlands.