Sumit Sen - Department of Hydrology,Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Sumit Sen
Sumit Sen Associate professor
Areas of Interest
  • Field and modeling experiments to investigate water movement through various watershed components, Understanding Surface Runoff Generation Mechanisms; Rainfall-Runoff Modeling; Hillslope Hydrology; Watershed Management
Multiple Posts
2012-01-01OngoingOC SeminarDepartment of Hydrology
2020-07-07OngoingOffice Incharge Seminar: August 2012 - PresentIndian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
2015-01-011 year WardenRajiv Bhawav
2020-07-07OngoingOffice Incharge Hydrometeorology Lab: August 2012 - PresentIndian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
2020-07-07OngoingOffice Incharge Computer Lab: 2015 - PresentIndian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
2012-01-01OngoingOC Hydrometeorology LabDepartment of Hydrology
2020-07-07OngoingFaculty Advisor Cognizance 2019, Dept., of HydrologyIndian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
2015-01-01OngoingOC Computer LabsDepartment of Hydrology
2020-07-07OngoingWarden, Rajiv Bhawan: July 2015 - PresentIndian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
2014-01-015 years Faculty Advisor Congizance Department TeamDepartment of Hydrology
Honors and Awards
2nd Place Poster Competition AwardAuburn University, Auburn, USA2008
The College of Agriculture 2009 Outstanding International Graduate Student AwardAuburn University, Auburn, USA2009
1st Place Poster Competition AwardAuburn University, Auburn, USA2005
Educational Details
B.Tech.Agricultural EngineeringAllahabad Agricultural Institute Deemed University, Allahabad, India2001
Masters of Science (MS)Biological and Agricultural EngineeringUniversity of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA2005
Ph.D.Civil EngineeringAuburn University, Auburn, USA2009
Sponsored Research Projects
TopicFunding AgencyStart DatePeriod
Lidar based non-contact hydrometry for mountainous terrain (World Meteorological Organization WMO)World Meteorological Organization, WMO2020-11-017 months 29 days
Pine-Oak Ecosystem: Interactions with Water-Climate-ChemistryNMHS, Ministry of Environment Forest, and Climate Change2020-02-132 years 11 months 30 days
Development of Field Demonstration Site for Revisiting Rainfall Measurement: An Under-catch IssueCentral Dam Safety Organization, Central Water Commission, Dam Rehabilitation & Improvement Project2017-013 years 11 months
Water Security through Community Based Springshed Development in the IHRNational Mission on HImalayan Studies, MoEF&CC2018-012 years 11 months
Climate Proofing of Springshed Development Program (Dhara Vikash) through Science and TechnologyUNDP2019-0110 months
Citizens Science Approach to Revive Dying SpringsWater for Welfare2017-012 years 11 months
Understanding Hydrogeological Processes and Their Impacts on Water Security in the Tehri-Garhwal RegIIT Roorkee2013-014 years 11 months
Understanding Relationship between Infiltration Trade-off Hypothesis and Surface Runoff Generation MDST, Young Scientist Award2014-014 years 11 months
Teaching Engagements
TitleCourse CodeClass NameSemester
Watershed Behaviour and Conservation PracticesHY-531Autumn
Engineering HydrologyIHY-01Engineering HydrologySpring
Watershed Modeling and SimulationHYN-571GraduateSpring
Engineering HydrologyHYN-102Engineering HydrologySpring
Hydrological Data Collection, Processing and AnalysisDMN-504Hydrological Data Collection, Processing and AnalysisAutumn
Research Scholar Groups
Scholar NameInterest
Anshul YadavSediment Transport
Bhargabnanda DassEcohydrology
Stuti ShahMountain Lake System
Denzil DanielSpring Hydrology; Noncontact water level measurement
PHDs Supervised
TopicScholar NameStatus of PHDRegistration Date
Visits to outside institutions
Institute VisitedPurpose of VisitDate
Cranfield University, UKEcosystems Services Assessment: Research Exchange Program2020-07-07
Invited Talk on World Water Day at University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, 22nd March, 2019University of Birmingham2019-01
National International Collaboration
Lake Nainital Hydrologic monitoring and ModelingCentre for Ecology Development and Research (CEDAR)
Himalayan hydrologyUniversity of Birmingham, UK
Ecohydrology of Sikkim Himalayas Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, India
Water security plans for Himalayan communities: Stream and Spring SystemsPeople Science Institute (PSI), Dehradun, India
Forest hydrologyForest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun, India
Himalayan hydrology Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), Wallingford, UK
Spring hydrologyCentral Himalayan Rural Action Group (CHIRAG), Nainital, India
Refereed Journal Papers


  1. Yadav, A., Sen, S*., Mao, L., Schwanghart, W. Evaluation of flow resistance equations for high gradient rivers using geometric standard deviation of bed material, Journal of Hydrology, 605, 127292, 2022.
  2. Meena, R. K., Sen, S*., Nanda, A., Dass, B., and Mishra, A. Innovatory rainfall simulator design – A concept of moving storm automation, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss. [preprint],, 2021.
  3. Nanda, A., & Sen, S*. A Complex Network Theory Based Approach to Better Understand the Infiltration-Excess Runoff Generation Thresholds. Journal of Hydrology, 2021.
  4. Daniel, D., Anandhi, A., & Sen, S*. Conceptual Model for the Vulnerability Assessment of Springs in the Indian Himalayas. Climate 9 (8), 121. 2021.
  5. Kumar, M*., Hodnebrog, Ø., Daloz, A. S., Sen, S., Badiger, S., & Krishnaswamy, J. Measuring precipitation in Eastern Himalaya: Ground validation of eleven satellite, model and gauge interpolated gridded products. Journal of Hydrology599, 126252.2021.
  6. Dass, B., Sen, S*., Bamola, V., Sharma, A., & Sen, D. Assessment of spring flows in Indian Himalayan micro-watersheds–A hydro-geological approach. Journal of Hydrology598, 126354.2021.
  7. Kumar, V*., Sen, S., & Chauhan, P. Geo-morphometric prioritization of Aglar micro watershed in Lesser Himalaya using GIS approach. Modeling Earth Systems and Environment7(2), 1269-1279. 2021.
  8. Dass, B., Sen, S*., Sharma, A., Hussain, S., Rana, N., & Sen, D. Hydrological process monitoring for springshed management in the Indian Himalayan region: field observatory and reference database. Current Science (00113891)120(5). 2021.
  9. Musie, M., Momblanch, A., Sen, S*. Exploring future global change-induced water imbalances in the Central Rift Valley Basin, Ethiopia. Climatic Change, 164:47, 2021.
  10. Musie, M., Sen, S*., Srivastava, P. Application of CORDEX-AFRICA and NEX-GDDP datasets for hydrologic projections under climate change in Lake Ziway sub-basin, Ethiopia. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 31, 100721. 2020. 
  11. Kumar, V*., Sen, S., Chauhan, P. Geo-morphometric prioritization of Aglar micro watershed in Lesser Himalaya using GIS approach. Modeling Earth Systems and Environment2020
  12. Nanda, A., Sen, S*., Sharma, A. N., & Sudheer, K. P. Soil Temperature Dynamics at Hillslope Scale—Field Observation and Machine Learning-Based Approach. Water, 12(3), 713, 2020. (Invited)
  13. Kumar, V., Sen, S*. Assessment of spring potential for sustainable agriculture: A case study in lesser Himalayas. Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 36(1), 11-24, 2020.
  14. Musie, M.; Sen, S*. Chaubey, I.  Hydrologic Responses to Climate Variability and Human Activities in Lake Ziway Basin, Ethiopia. Water, 12, 164, 2020.
  15. Musie, M., Sen, S*., Srivastava, P. Comparison and Evaluation of Open Source Precipitation Datasets for Streamflow Simulation in Data Scarce Watersheds of Ethiopia. Journal of Hydrology, 579, 124168. 2019.
  16. Nanda, A., Sen, S*, McNamara, J.P. How spatiotemporal variation of soil moisture can explain hydrological connectivity of infiltration-excess  dominated  hillslope: Observations  from  Lesser Himalayan Landscape, Journal of Hydrology 579, 124146, 2019.
  17. Sonkar, I., Kotnoor, H. P., Sen, S. Estimation of Root Water Uptake and Soil Hydraulic Parameters from Root Zone Soil Moisture and Deep Percolation. Agricultural Water Management, 222:38-47, 2019.
  18. Bhattaraia, N., Mallick, K., Stuarta, J., Vishwakarma, B. D., Niraula, R., Sen, S., Jain, M. An automated multi-model evapotranspiration mapping framework usingremotely sensed and reanalysis data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 229: 69-92. 2019.
  19. Nanda, A., Sen, S*., Jirwan, V., Sharma, A., Kumar, V. Understanding Plot-Scale Hydrology of Lesser Himalayan Watershed- A Field Study and HYDRUS-2D Modeling Approach. Hydrological Processes, 32(9): 1254-1266, 2018.
  20. Nanda, A., Sen, S*., Perumal, M. Modified Channel Routing Scheme for SWAT Model. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering ASCE, DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001657, 2017.
  21. Shah, A.I., Sen, S., Dar, M.U.D., Kumar, V. Land-Use/ Land-Cover Change Detection and Analysis in Aglar Watershed, Uttarakhand. Current Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 24(1): 1-11, 2017.
  22. Kumar, V., Sen, S*. Evaluation of Spring Discharge Dynamics using Recession Curve Analysis: A Case Study in Data-Scare Region, Lesser Himalayas, India. Sustainable Water Resources Management, DOI: 10.1007/s40899-017-0138-z, 2017.
  23. Noori, N., Kalin, L., Sen S., Srivastava P., Lebleu, C. Identifying Areas Sensitive to Land Use/ Land Cover Change for Downstream Flooding in a Coastal Alabama Watershed. Regional Environmental Change, 16(6): 1833–1845, 2016.
  24. Adeba, D., Kansal, M.L., Sen, S. Economic Evaluation of Proposed Alternatives of Inter-basin Water Transfer from BaroAkobo to Awash Basin in Ethiopia. Sustainable Water Resources Management, 2(3): 313-330, 2016.
  25. Madolli, M.J., Sen, S., Jain, M.K. Trends in Temperature and Precipitation for the Karnataka State, India. Indian Association of Hydrologist, Hydrology Journal, 37(1-4): 61-70, 2015.
  26. Adeba, D., Kansal, M.L., Sen, S. Assessment of Water Scarcity and its Impacts on Sustainable Development in Awash Basin, Ethiopia. Sustainable Water Resources Management, 1(1): 71-87, 2015.
  27. Madolli, M.J., Sen, S., Shinde, A. Effect of Climate Change on Rainfall Pattern and Socioeconomic Condition for Karnataka State. Proceedings of International conference entitled “Green India: strategic knowledge for combating climate change-prospects and challenges.” 304-312, 2014.
  28. Lamba, J., Way, T.R., Srivastava, P., Sen, S., Wood, C.W., Yoo, K.H. Nutrient Loss in Leachate and Surface Runoff from Surface-Broadcast and Subsurface-Banded Broiler Litter. J. Environmental Quality, 42: 1574-1582, 2013.
  29. Lamba, J., Way, T.R., Srivastava, P., Sen, S., Wood, C.W., Yoo, K.H. Surface Transport of Nutrients from Surface-Broadcast and Subsurface-Banded Broiler litter. Trans. of ASABE. 55(3): 979-985, 2012.
  30. Sen, S*., Srivastava, P., Vadas, P.A., Kalin, L. Watershed-level comparison of predictability and sensitivity of two phosphorus models. J. Environmental Quality, 41:1642-1652, 2012.
  31. Sen, S*., Srivastava, P., Dane, J.H., Meng, H., Clement, P.T. Application of HIRO2 Hydrologic Model for Simulating Hortonian Overland Flow on a Pasture Hillslope in North Alabama. J. Soil & Water Conservation, 66(6): 411-422, 2011.
  32. Sen, S*., Srivastava, P., Dane, J.H., Yoo, K.H., Shaw, J.N. Spatial-temporal variability and hydrologic connectivity of runoff generation areas in a North Alabama pasture - implications for phosphorus transport. Hydrological Processes, 24(3): 342-356, 2010.
  33. Sen, S*., Srivastava, P., Yoo, K.H., Dane, J.H., Shaw, J.N., Kang, M.S. Runoff Generation Mechanisms in Pastures of the Sand Mountain Region of Alabama – A Field Investigation. Hydrological Processes, 22(21): 4222-4232, 2008.
  34. Sen, S., Haggard, B.E., Chaubey, I., Brye, K.R., Costello, T.A., Matlock, M.D. Sediment Phosphorus Release at Beaver Reservoir, Northwest Arkansas, USA, 2002–2003: A Preliminary Investigation. Water Air & Soil Pollution, 179: 67–77, 2007.


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