Narendra Kumar Goel

Brief Introduction

Highest qualification and awarding universityPhD, IIT Roorkee
EmployerIIT Roorkee
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Key areas of interestFlood estimation and forecasting; Hydrologic safety evaluation of dams, Dam engineering
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Dr. N.K. Goel is a Professor at IIT Roorkee’s Department of Hydrology and a joint faculty at its International Centre of Excellence for Dams. He served as a Scientist at the National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee before joining IIT Roorkee in 1988. He holds a B. Tech. from GBPUAT, and M. Tech and Ph. D. degrees from IIT Delhi and IIT Roorkee, respectively. He was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada from 2003 to 2006, and Bharat Singh Chair Professor for Water Resources from 2013 to 2017. He received the ‘Outstanding Alumnus of College of Technology’ award from GBPUA&T in 2019 for his contributions to flood estimation and forecasting. In 2023, he was awarded the Ravi Mohan Mangal Institute Chair Professor position at IIT Roorkee.

Research Project

  1. Operational Inflow Forecasting system for the Tehri dam
  2. Design Flood estimation for the Kalpasar Project, India
  3. Establishment of International Centre of Excellence for Dams at IIT Roorkee

Key Publications/Reports

  1. Sharma B., and Goel N. K., (2024), ‘Streamflow Prediction using Support Vector Regression Machine learning model for Tehri Dam’, Applied Water Science; 14 (5), 1-20.
  2. Ray, L. K., and Goel, N.K. (2021), ‘Spatio-temporal change in rainfall over five different climatic regions of India’, Journal of Water and Climate Change, 12(7),
  3. Chowdhury, B., Goel, N.K., and Arora, M. (2020), ‘Evaluation and ranking of different gridded precipitation datasets for Satluj River basin using compromise programming and f-TOPSIS’, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 143 (1), 101-114; Correction 143(1) 115-117.
  4. Ray, L.K., Goel, N.K.  and Arora, M. (2019), ‘Trend analysis and change point detection of temperature over parts of India’, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 138 (1), 153-167.
  5. Ray, L.K. and Goel, N.K. (2019), ‘Flood frequency analysis of Narmada River basin in India under Non-stationary condition: A case study’, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, in production (DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001808).