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Dr Fazlul Karim

Research Scientist (Hydrology)


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Dr Fazlul Karim is a Research Scientist in CSIRO Land and Water’s Managing Water Ecosystems Group and leads the floodplain hydrodynamic modelling works.

Dr. Fazlul Karim has experience in the field of catchment hydrology, floodplain hydraulics, water resources assessment, sediment transport modelling, hydrological connectivity and linking hydrology and ecology. His primary research interest has been the development of a method to quantify hydrological connectivity between floodplain waterbodies using hydrodynamic modelling and remote sensing.

His current activities include:

(1) modelling floodplain hydraulics and developing methods to quantify the sinks and sources of sediment and nutrient and their transport across floodplain and to the ocean
(2) using hydrodynamic modelling and remote sensing to quantify floodplain inundation under different land management and climate change scenarios
(3) modelling hydrological connectivity between floodplain wetlands and rivers and their impacts on water quality and aquatic ecology
(4) assessing how the hydrological response and connectivity of floodplain wetlands are affected by land use, land and water management and climate
(5) assessing the changes in flow regimes due to large scale coal seam gas and coal mining
(6) Water balance modelling for transboundary rivers having sparsely monitored hydro-climate data

Dr Karim joined CSIRO in April 2007. Prior to this, he worked at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and University of Sydney in Australia, Ibaraki University in Japan, Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand and River Research Institute in Bangladesh.

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    NESP TWQ wetland connectivity monitoring and modelling

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD
    Saitama University, Japan

  • Master of Engineering
    Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

  • B.Sc Engineering (Hons, 1st class)
    Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET)

Achievements and Awards

  • 2004-2006

    JSPS Felloship
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

  • 2003-2004

    Post-doctoral Felloship
    Asian Institute of Technology

  • 2003

    Offshore Mechanics Award for Outstanding Students
    International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers

  • 2003

    Distinguished Presentation Award
    Japan Society of Civil Engineers

  • 2000-2003

    Monbusho Scholarship for PhD study
    Japan Ministry of Education

  • 1998

    Best Paper Award
    International Water Resources Association