Research Fellow: Dr M Shamsudduha ("Shams")

Research fellow

Address: UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Phone No: 020 3108 1103
Extension: 51103

Research Interests

My research interests include contaminant hydrogeology, groundwater flow modelling and solute transport in aquifer, spatial and temporal dynamics in groundwater storage and recharge, surface water – groundwater interaction, and impacts of climate change and rising sea levels on freshwater storage and quality in the Bengal Delta and other Asian Mega-Deltas. My current research interests revolve around three hydrometeorological and water-related risks and their impact on human health and food security:

1.     Risk of chronic exposure to toxic metals in untreated water supplies: reducing human exposure to arsenic and other chemical contaminants by understanding the geological and hydrodynamic conditions controlling the mobilisation of contaminants in groundwater;
2.     Risk of acute, episodic exposure to floods and diarrhoeal disease outbreaks: quantifying the impact of intensive rainfalls on groundwater recharge, flood risk, and microbial contamination of water supplies; and
3.     Risks of water and food insecurity: resilience of groundwater abstraction to sustain groundwater abstraction for irrigation and public water supplies.

Currently at IRDR, I am working on a research project “Delivering guidance on arsenic-safe, sustainable groundwater supplies for Bangladesh” with Willy Burgess (UCL Earth Sciences) funded by EPSRC through a Knowledge Transfer Award. Using numerical models (MODFLOW, MODPATH and MT3DMS) we are investigating groundwater flow fields, sources of groundwater recharge, and transport of arsenic under various pumping scenarios (e.g. pre-development or natural state, recent and future pumping strategies) in southeastern parts of Bangladesh to develop guidance reports for water managers and policy makers in order to provide arsenic-safe drinking water supply in rural towns.

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests primarily include hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry, geostatistics and hydroinformatics, and GIS & remote sensing techniques in hydrology. I particularly enjoy teaching interdisciplinary courses on various aspects of hydrogeological processes, physical and environmental geology, and water and development in developing countries. At Auburn University (USA) I taught Physical Geosciences to undergraduate students between 2005 and 2007. I also taught GIS and Remote Sensing to graduate students and Environmental Geology to undergraduate students. At University College London (UK) during my doctoral study, I helped undergraduate students with their research topics and proposals that are required component of an undergraduate course, Water and Development in Africa. 

Research Publications

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