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Dr Tapas Biswas

Senior Research Consultant, Modelling Water Ecosystems, Water Program, LAND & WATER


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Tapas Biswas is a Senior Research Consultant in CSIRO Land and Water, leading the water quality research. He has 34 years of experience in research, teaching and consultancy on land and water resources management in Australia, Asia and America. Tapas has managed numerous large-scale research programs involving multi-jurisdictions within the Murray-Darling Basin and overseas. The recent focus of his work includes river productivity responses to environmental watering; freshwater quality responses to anthropogenic changes; bushfire impacts on catchment water quality; and continuous forecast of harmful algal growth in freshwater bodies. Tapas is actively using in-situ sensors to accurately estimate key water quality indicators in real-time and short-term forecasting to inform sustainable water management decisions. His work with on-ground sensors aims to calibrate AquaWatch, Australia’s first satellite mission, to monitor water quality from space. Tapas has over 120 publications and serves as an assoc. editor of the Irrigation and Drainage journal (Wiley) and guest editor of the Soil Research journal. He is vice-chair of the International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID) NCWRI working group and executive member of the International Water Association EO4WAT community of practice. Tapas was the recipient of SARDI Achievement Award for delivery to industry in 2008. In 2020 Tapas received Soil Science Australia President’s Commendation Award for his outstanding service to the society.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2023-2023

    Justice of Peace
    ACT Government

  • 2020-2020

    Soil Science Australia President's Commendation
    Soil Science Australia

  • 2017-2017

    Felicitation award for contribution in agricultural science and education
    Crop and Weed Science Society of India

  • 2014-2014

    Special appreciation award for contribution in global water science
    Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Australia

  • 2008-2008

    SARDI Achievement Award
    South Australian Research & Development Institute, Australia

  • 2008-2008

    International Organisation for Biotechnology & Bioengineering

  • 2000-2000

    Best research paper award
    CHEMCON 2000 conference (1600 delegates)

  • 1990-1990

    Jawaharlal Nehru Gold Medal for outstanding soil science research
    Indian Council of Agricultural Reseach (Govt of India)

  • 1988-1988

    Best research paper award
    Indian Society of Soil Science

  • 1981-1981

    Vice Chancellor’s Gold Medal for topping the merit list in BAg Sci (Hons)
    BC Krishi Viswavidyalaya (West Bengal State Agriculture University), India

Academic Qualifications

  • 1981

    BSc Ag (1 Hons) - First Class First
    West Bengal State Agril University, India

  • 1983

    MSc (Soil Science & Agri Chemistry)
    Indian Agril Research Institute, New Delhi, India

  • 1988

    International Rice Research Institute, Philippines & Indian Agricultural Res Institute, New Delhi, India (Jointly)

  • 2004

    Grad Dip GIS & Remote Sensing
    Charles Sturt University, Waga Waga, Australia


  • 2022-2024

    SmartSat CRC Water Quality forecasting ($253K)

  • 2022-2024

    Hunter Water- WQ monitoring & forecasting system ($246K).

  • 2019-2020

    MDBA - Monitoring productivity outcomes of the 2019 River Murray Channel multi-site water for the environment event ($281K)

  • 2020-2021

    River Murray Channel Productivity Monitoring 2020-2021 ($310K)

  • 2020-2021

    South East Catchment and Waterways Fire Recovery Plan

  • 2019-2020

    Water quality responses and mitigation options for post 2019/20 bushfires floods in MDB ($546K)

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