Arup Kumar Sarma

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Name: Arup Kumar Sarma
Highest qualification and awarding university Ph.D., Gauhati University
Designation Professor
Employer Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
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Key areas of interest Management of hilly urban watershed through EMP application and People’s Participation; GIS based hydrological modelling; Sustainable Rainwater Management and Application; Mathematical Modelling of River; Heuristic Method in Reservoir Optimization.
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Prof. A. K. Sarma, Professor and former Head of Civil Engineering Department, was honoured with the prestigious B.P.Chaliha Chair Professor Position (2009-1018) by MoWR, Govt. of India. He served as Visiting Professor at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. With 21 Ph.D. research scholars, addressing various problems in the field of Water Resources, Prof. Sarma has published more than 150 technical papers in Journals, Books and in Conf. Proceedings. The NPTEL video course on Hydraulic Engineering developed by Prof. Sarma entered into top 5 most visited courses. Till date, he has completed 22 sponsored research project and 65 consultancy projects from India and abroad. Prof. Sarma has extended his services as member of Advisory Committee of NDMA, Indian National Committee for Climate Change (INCCC), National Coordination Committee of National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), and Expert committee member of High Level Committee (HLC) of NITI Aayog constituted for Proper Management of Water Resources of NER. The mathematical model BRAHMA (Braided River Aid: Hydro-Morphological Analyser) developed by his research group is another remarkable contribution. MoUD sponsored Centre of Excellence for Integrated Landuse Planning and Water Resources Management, led by Prof. Sarma developed the concepts of optimal Ecological Management Practices (EMPs) and SAFE (Sustainable Accommodation through Feedback Evaluation) carrying capacity, which are successfully implemented in India and investigated for potential implementation in Costa-Rica for mitigating flood and erosion problem. Prof. Sarma is also a reviewer for several international and national journals of high repute. In addition, as an approved lyricist of All India Radio, Prof. Sarma has composed several songs, drama and musical features to bring scientific awareness among masses.

Research Project

  1. Principal Investigator of the project “Design of an Automatic Communication System through cloud computing using sensor based automated input for efficient operation of Ranganadi HEP with due emphasis on downstream concerns up to Confluence with Subansiri river” [3-year project funded by NEEPCO in 2020].
  2. Principal Investigator of the GMDA, Govt of Assam, sponsored project on Pilot Project for Integrated Landuse Planning and Water Resources Management [Project Duration 3 years, Completed in 2019].
  3. Principal Investigator of the project on Mathematical Model Study of River Brahmaputra with Emphasis on Climate Change, [Project Duration 5 Years in collaboration with Brahmaputra Board, Verge of Completion]

Key Publications/Reports

  1. Apporva Singh, A.K.Sarma, Jochen Hack Cost-Effective Optimization of Nature-Based Solutions for Reducing Urban Floods Considering Limited Space Availability, January 2020 Environ. Process. 7, 297–319 (2020).]
  2.   Patowary, S. and Sarma, A. K. (2018) “GIS-based estimation of soil loss from hilly urban area incorporating hill cut factor into RUSLE”. Water Resources Management, Springer.
  3. Kalita Hriday Moni, Sarma A.K, and Bhattacharjya Rajib Kumar, Evaluation of Optimal River Training Work using GA Based Linked Simulation Optimization Approach, Water Resources Management, 2014, 28: 2077-2092
  4. Sarma Banasri, Sarma A.K, Mahanta Chandan and Singh,Vijay P. Optimal Ecological Management Practices for Controlling Sediment Yield and Peak Discharge from Hilly Urban Areas, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE, 2015, Vol. 20, Issue 10, pp 04015005-14
  5. Maya R. R. and Sarma A.K., Minimizing Diurnal Variation of Downstream Flow in Hydroelectric Projects to Reduce Environmental Impact, Journal of Hydro-environment Research, 2011, 5, 177-185.No. 42, pp. 1-20 (DOI: 10.1007/s41062-019-0229-9)2014)”, Water Resour. Res., 53, (8)