Dr. Subashisa Dutta

Tel: +91-361-2582415 (O)

258 5617 (GIS Lab)
258 4415 (R)
Fax: +91-361-258 2440

E-mail: subashisa@iitg.ernet.in


• B.E. (Hons, Civil Engineering), M.E. (Hons, Irrigation and Hydraulics Engineering), Sambalpur University

• Ph.D. (Computational Hydraulics), Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Research Interests

• Hillslope Hydrology, Distributed Hydrological Modeling and impact of climate change

• Flood Innundation Modeling, Geo-spatial technology, bank erosion, 2D river flow and sediment transport modeling

• River bank protection and Stormwater drainage design


R.J. Garde Research Award for outstanding research contribution in Water Resources Engineering in India, by the Indian Society of Hydraulics, 2012.

DAAD Fellowship for a study visit to Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering , Technical University , Munich , Germany , December, 2004.

ISRS Speck-award 2005 : ISRS (Indian Society of Remote Sensing)-Speck Award 2005 for the paper entitled: Coupling Meso-scale hydrological model and remotely sensed data for extreme flood management, Ranchi , November, 2005.

ISRS Speck Award 2004 for research paper entitled: “Retrieval of soil wetness regions in Indian river basins using optical remote sensing data”, Jaipur , India , November, 2004.

Maharaja Award for the highest mark holder in third year of undergraduate Engineering Programme in Sambalpur University , Orissa, 1991

Software Development:





Hillslope Hydrology

1) Rupak Sarkar, Subashisa Dutta and Sushma Panigrahy(2008). “Characterizing Overland Flow on a Preferential Infiltration Dominated Hillslope: Case Study”, ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, Vol. 13, No. 7, 563-569.

2) Rupak Sarkar and Subashisa Dutta (2009). “An experimental and modelling investigation of macropore dominated subsurface stormflow in vegetated hillslopes of northeast India.” In Yilmaz, K.K, Yucel, I., Gupta, H.V., Wagener, T., Yang, D., Savenije, H., Neale, C., Kunstmann, H., and Pomeroy, J. (Eds.) New approaches to hydrological prediction in data-sparse regions, International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) Publication 333, 145-152.

3) Rupak Sarkar, Subashisa Dutta and Sushma Panigrahy (2008). “Effect of scale on infiltration in a macropore dominated hillslope”. Current Science, Vol. 94, No. 4, 490-494.

4) Sangeeta Shougrakpam, Rupak Sarkar, and Subashisa Dutta (2010). “An experimental investigation to characterize soil macropores under different land-use practices of northeast India.”, Journal of Earth System Science (Springer),119(5), 655-674.

5) Rupak Sarkar and Subashisa Dutta, 2012, Field Investigation and Modeling of Rapid Subsurface Stormflow through Preferential Pathways in a Vegetated Hillslope of Northeast India, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, Volume 17, Issue 2 ,pp. 333-341, February 2012

Distributed Hydrological Modeling & Climate change

6) Sudipta Kumar Mishra, Rupak Sarkar, Subashisa Dutta and Sushma Panigrahy (2008). “A Physically process Based Hydrological Model for Paddy Agriculture Dominated Hilly Watersheds in Tropical Region”. Journal of Hydrology, Vol. 357, 389-404.

7) S, Dutta, Ashok Mishra, S. Kar, Sushma Panigrahy, 2006, "Estimating spatial curve number for hydrologic response analysis of a small watershed", Journal of spatial hydrology, Volume.6, No.2, 2006.

8) Rajyalakshmi N. V and S. Dutta, 2006, “Regionalisation of Rainfall-runoff processes in rice agriculture dominated watersheds”,Water Science and Technology,Vol.53, no.10, 131-139

9) Mohan Zade, S. S. Ray, S. Dutta and S. Panigrahy, 2005, Analysis of runoff Pattern for all major basins of India derived using remote sensing data, Current Science, Vol.88, No.8, 1301-1305, April, 2005.

10) Pori Das and S. Dutta, 2011, A trend analysis study on the flashiness of floods of hilly headwater catchments in the Brahmaputra Basin, International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Volume 04, No 06 SPL, October 2011, pp 298-300.

11) Shyamal Ghosh, and Subashisa Dutta (2012). “Impact of climate change on flood characteristics in Brahmaputra basin using a macro scale Distributed Hydrological Model”, Journal of Earth System Science (Springer), 121, No.3, June 2012, pp 637-657.

12) Ghosh, S. and Dutta, S. (2011): Impact of climate and land use changes on the flood characteristics of the Brahmaputra basin, ISH Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Volume-17, Supplement-1, pages-32-42.

13) Dutta, S. and Ghosh, S. (2012): Impact of climate and land use changes on the flood hazard of the middle Brahmaputra reach, India, Journal of Disaster Research, Vol.7, No.5, pp 573-581,2012.

Bank Erosion and Fluvial Hydraulics

14) S. Dutta and M. K. Laha, 2000, Analysis Of The Small Amplitude Sloshing Of A Liquid In A Rigid Container Of Arbitrary Shape Using A Low-Order Boundary Element Method, International Journal for Numerical Methods In Engineering ,47, 1633-1648.

15) Tapas Karmaker and Subashisa Dutta, (2010) Generation of Synthetic Seasonal Hydrographs for a Large River Basin, Journal of Hydrology,381(3-4), 287-296.

16) Tapas Karmaker and Subashisa Dutta (2011). Erodibility of fine soils from the composite bank of the Bharmaputra river in India . Hydrological Processes.25,104-111.

17) Tapas Karmaker, Y. Ramaprasad and Subashisa Dutta (2010). Sediment transport in an active erodible bend of Brahmaputra river. Shadhana, Academy Proceedings, 35(6), 693-706.

18) S. Dutta, H. Medhi, T. Karmaker. Y Singh, I. Prabu and U. Datta, 2010, Probabilistic Flood Hazard Mapping for embankment breaching, ISH journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 16(3), 15-25.

19) Sumit Talukdar, Bimlesh Kumarand S. Dutta, 2012, Predictive Capability of Bedload Equations using Flume Data, Journal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics,60, 1, 2012.

20) Tapas Karmaker and Subashisa Dutta (2012). Modeling seepage erosion and bank retreat in the composite riverbank. J. Hydrology. In press.

Geo-informatics for Water Resources management

21) S. Dutta , M. Chakraborty and S. Panigrahy, 2002, Computation of storm surge damage using distributed Models and Remote Sensing Data – A case study for the Super Cyclone in Orissa state, India, IEEE transactions on Geosciences and Remote Sensing, vol-40, No.2, 497-499.

22) Ray, S.S. , Singh, J.P., Dutta, S . and Panigrahy, Sushma (2002) Analysis of within field variability of crop and soil using field data and spectral information as a pre-cursor to precision crop management . Int. Arch. PHotogramm. Rem. Sens. & Spatial Inform. Sytem , Vol. 34 , Part-7, pp.302-307.

23) S. S. Ray, S. Dutta , N. Kundu and S. Panigrahy, 2000, A GIS and Remote Sensing approach for locating cold storage infrastructure for horticulture crops: A case study for potato crop Bardhaman district, West Bengal, India, J. Ind. Soc. of Rem. Sens ., 28 (2&3), 171-178.

24) Arindam Chattopadhyay and Subashisa Dutta , 2006,”Mapping Monsoonal soil wetness regions using multi-temporal VEGETATION dataset”, International Journal of Remote Sensing , Vol.27, no.20, 4693-4700.

25) P. K. Gupta, S. Dutta and S. Panigrahy, (2010) Mapping of Conjunctive Water Use ProductivityPattern in an Irrigation Command Using Temporal IRS WiFS Data, Water Resources Management, volume-24, Number 1 (2010), pp 157-171.

26) P K Gupta, R Singh; N S Raghuwanshi, Subashisa Dutta, Sushma Panigrahy,2008, Effect of Remotely Sensed Data on the Performance of a Distributed Hydrological Model: A Case Study , ASCE Journal of hydrologic Engineering, 13 (10), October 1, 2008,939-947.

27) Praveen Gupta, S. Dutta, R. Singh, N. S. Raghuwansi and S. Panigrahy, 2005, Application of MIKE-11 to Damodar 6-Main Canal System, India,International Agricultural Engineering Journal , 14(2),77-88, 2005.

28) Rahul Verma and Subashisa Dutta, 2012, Vegetation dynamics from NDVI time series using Empirical Mode Decomposition,Indian Journal of Remote Sensing, In press.

International Conferences (Selected):
  1. Subashisa Dutta, Arpit Chouksey and Pori Das, 2012, Analysis of the impact of Water Consrvation Measures on the Hydrological Response of a Medium Sized Watershed, 2012 International SWAT Confrence,18-20 July 2012, pp38.
  2. Subashisa Dutta, P.Biswas, S.Devi, S.Kartha and B.Kumar, 2012, Hydrologic Modelling of Kosi and Gandak Basins using SWAT model, 2012 International SWAT Confrence,18-20 July 2012, pp127.

  3. Ghosh, S. and Dutta, S (2011).: Implication of climate changes on floods in Brahmaputra basin, In: Proc. of the International conference on Sustainable water resources management and climate change adaptation, 17-19 February, 2011 NIT Durgapur, Durgapur, India.

  4. Dutta, S. and Ghosh, S ( 2011): Impact of climate and land use changes on the flood hazard of the middle Brahmaputra reach, India., 5th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM5, Tsukuba-Japan, 27-29 September 2011.

  5. Ghosh, S. and Dutta, S (2011).: Impact of climate and land use changes on the flood vulnerability of the Brahmaputra basin, In: Proc. of Geospatial world forum, 18-21 January, 2011. Hyderabad, India, 2011.

  6. Pori Das and Subashisa Dutta, 2011,Quantification of flashiness index in hilly headwater catchments of the Brahmaputra basin, International seminar on River, Society and Sustainable development, Dibrugarh University, India, May 26-29, 2011.

  7. Arpit Chouksey, Pori Das and Subashisa Dutta, 2011, Simulation of Flash Flood in hilly headwater catchments using the SWAT hydrological model, International seminar on River, Society and Sustainable development, Dibrugarh University, India, May 26-29, 2011.

  8. Tapas Karmaker and Subashisa Dutta (2010).Composite bank erosion modeling in an alluvial river bend. Proc. of River Flow 2010, IAHR International Conference, Germany. pp 1315-1322.

  9. Tapas Karmaker and Subashisa Dutta (2009). Predicting vulnerable bank erosion zones in a large river meander, Proc. of Water, Environment, Energy and Society (WEES)-2009, New Delhi. pp 1670-1676.

  10. Rupak Sarkar and Subashisa Dutta (2008). An experimental and modeling investigation on macropore dominated subsurface storm flow in vegetated hillslopes of North-East India., In International Workshop on Agricultural Ecosystem and Sustainable Development in Brahmaputra Basin. Assam, India. Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam and Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan on 19-20th December, 2008.

  11. Rupak Sarkar, Animesh Singh, Subashisa Dutta and Sushma Panigrahy (2007). Characterising Subsurface Stormflow in a Preferential Flow Dominated Natural Hillslope, In International Workshop on Integrated Water Resources Management – (IWRM-2007), February 5-7, 2007, Bangalore, India. Organized by: Karnataka Environment Research Foundation

  12. Rupak Sarkar, Subashisa Dutta and S. Panigraphy, 2006,Hydrological Response Of Hillslopes In The Brahmaputra Basin: An Experimental And Modelling Investigation, ASCE Conference on an International prospective on Environmental and Water resources , New Delhi, December 18-20. 2006. CD publication

  13. Tapas Karmaker, S. Dutta and M. Fisher, 2006, Modeling large-scale flood inundation for risk assessment, SPIE Asia-pacific Remote sensing Conference, 13-17 November, Goa , 2006.

  14. Tapas Karmaker, S. Dutta and M. Fisher, 2006, Modelling flood attenuation in the Natural Polders of Brahmaputra River, 1st India Disaster Management Congress , organized by National Institute of disaster Management, Delhi , 29-30 November 2006, (Abstract volume) pp.59.


National Conferences (2006 onwards):

1) Sumit Talukdar, Bimlesh Kumar and S. Dutta, 2011, Comparative Analysis of Bed Load Formulas for Intense Bedload Channels, National Conference on Recent Advances in Civil Engineering, October 14-16, IT-BHU, India.

2) Ghosh, S. and Dutta, S., 2010: Impact of climate and land use changes on the flood characteristics of the Brahmaputra basin, In: Proc. of National Conference on Hydraulics, Water Resources, Coastal and Environmental engineering (HYDRO-2010), 16-18 December 2010, MMU, Mullana, India, 2010.

3) Ghosh, S. and Dutta, S. 2009: Macro-scale distributed hydrological modeling for flood wave prediction in Brahmaputra river, In: Proc. of Workshop on Development and Application of Advanced Soft Computing Techniques in Multidimensional Geospatial Data Analysis (WAST2009), 15-16 October 2009, IIT Kanpur, Kanpur, India, 2009.

4) Chandrashekarayya G. H, Tapas Karmakar and Subashisa Dutta, 2009, Risk Analysis of river bank protection structures in a large river bend”, Conference Proceeding on computer aided modeling and simulation in computational mechanics(CAMSCM-2009). March 13-14, NERIST, Arunachal Pradesh.

5) Tapas Karmaker and Subashisa Dutta, 2008, Designing A Submerged Groyne Field For Brahmaputra River Reach Using 2-D River Model, Indian National Conference on advances in hydraulic engineering (INCAHE), 6-7 Nov, Pune, India.

6) Rupak Sarkar, Shyamal Ghosh, Subashisa Dutta and Sushma Panigrahy (2007). “Subsurface Stormflow in A Preferential Infiltration Dominated Natural Hillslope in Brahmaputra River Basin”, XXVI National Seminar on Hydrology on Rainfall Versus Water Resources in North-East India. Organized by: Association of Hydrologists of India in association with Department of Geography, North-Eastern Hill University, 26 - 28th October, 2007, Shillong, India.

7) Subashisa Dutta and Rupak Sarkar, 2006, Subsurface stormflow study for hydrological extremities management in North-Eastern India, NEGeo-2006 Conference, Guwahati, Abstract Volume, P.15.

8) Sultan Ahmed and Subashisa Dutta, 2006, Numerical Simulation of Tsunami waves, Recent Advances in Computational Mechanics and Simulations (ICCMS-2006) ,organized by Departments of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, IIT Guwahati, Dec-6-8, pp.1510-1514.

Book Chapters

• Subashisa Dutta, 2006, “Rainfall Runoff Modelling of Rice Agriculture Dominated Watersheds ” in Predictions in ungauged basins for sustainable water resources planning and Management edited by K. Srinivasa Raju, Jain Brothers ( New Delhi ), 208-220.

• Praveen Gupta, S. Dutta, R. Singh, N. S. Raghuwansi and S. Panigrahy, 2003, Derivation of Distributed Hydrological Model (DHM) input parameters using remote Sensing and GIS , in Advances in Hydrology Edited by Vijay P. Singh and Ram Narayan Yadava, Allied Publisher. 347-357.

• Subashisa Dutta and Mohan Zade, 2003, “RISE-A Distributed Hydrologic Model for Rice Agriculture: Concept and Evaluation”, in Watershed Hydrology Edited by Vijay P. Singh and Ram Narayan Yadava, Allied Publisher, 240-251


Professional Experience

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Guwahati (Oct 2012 to till date)

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Guwahati (2007 to 2012)

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Guwahati ,(2003 to 2007)

Scientist-SD, Space Applications Centre (ISRO), Ahmedabad (2000 to 2003)

Scientist-SC, Space Applications Centre (ISRO), Ahmedabad ,(1998 to 2000)

SRF, University College of Engineering, Sambalpur University,(Jan to Dec 1994 )


Under-graduate course

1.    Fluid mechanics

2.    Engineering Drawing ( instructor and tutor)

3.    Principle of Remote Sensing

4.    Engineering Surveying

5.    Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering

Post-graduate course 

6.    Advanced Hydrology 

7. Advanced Hydraulics

8.    Computation methods in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering

9.    Watershed Management and Remote Sensing Applications

10.    GIS for Water Resources Engineering

11.    River Engineering   

Research/Consultancy Projects

Sponsored Research:

  1. Co-investigator of Space Applications Centre (ISRO)-IIT Kharagpur collaborative project on Integration of Remote Sensing Data into Distributed Hydrological Models to analyse Cropping System Sustainability and Water Use Efficiency: Phase –I for Irrigated system , 1999-2003, Completed
  2. Principal Investigator of SAC-IIT Guwahati collaborative Project entitled Analysis of Water Balance in Rice Agriculture System using Distributed Hydrologic Mode l , Project Budget: 20.117 Lakhs, Project period: 36 Months, Project started on: November 2004. Completed
  3. Principal Investigator of the project under DST Fast-track Research scheme of young scientist entitled “ An integrated Hydrologic Modelling of the Brahmaputra Valley ”, Project budget: 7.58 Lakh, Duration: 3 years, completed.
  4. Principal investigator of the NRDMS project entitled “ Spatio-temporal analysis of Natural Resources in the Brahmaputra basin ”,2007-2011, completed.
  5. Principal Investigator of SAC(ISRO) funded Project entitled Water, Energy And Sediment Budgeting (WESB) Of Subtropical Humid Hilly Watersheds With Altitudinal Variation, Project period: 48 Months 
  6. Principal Investigator of DTRL funded Project entitled Flood modeling in Siang River, New Delhi,  On-going
  7. Principal Investigator of SAC(ISRO) funded Project entitled Probabilistic Flood inundation modeling of the Brahmaputra River ", Ahmedabad,  On-going
  8. Principal Investigator of SAC(ISRO) funded Project entitled ” Modelling River Level Variations Using Satellite Altimetry and Application In Water Resources Management ", Ahmedabad,  On-going
  9. Co- Investigator, MoUD sponsored Center of Excellence ,Integrated Land use Planning and Water Resource Management., 2012,Completed
  10. Co-investigator, Water Resources Thematic group (IIT, Guwahati), Ganga River Basin Environment Management Plan, Continuing


Consultancy Projects:

1. Designing Storm water drainage system for Guwahati airport , funded by Airport Authority of India, Guwahati , Completed, January 2008.

2. Bank protection of terminal/inland port of River Brahmaputra at Jamuguri , funded by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), India, completed

3. River training work for maintaining navigational flow depth, funded by Inland Waterways Authority of India, India(IWAI),Completed

4. Probabilistic Flood inundation maps for Laxmipur District, Assam using Hydroinformatic concept, funded by CDAC, Pune, completed

5. Flood Management design aspects of proposed Taj Hotel site, Guwahati, The Indian Hotels Co Ltd, Mumbai, Completed

6. Evaluation of Stormwater Drainage System for Misamari Army Cantonment, Indian Army, Continuing 

Ph.D Research

1. Rupak Sarkar, 2012, Hydrological Response of Preferential Infiltration Dominated Natural Hillslopes in Brahmaputra River Basin , completed

2. Pori Das , Effect of land use and climate change on flood generation in subtropical humid catchments, continuing

3. Tapas Karmaker , 2011, Stochastic Erosion In The Composite Banks Of Alluvial River Bends, completed

4. Amit Kumar Dubey, Dynamics of Braided River Morphology using Advanced Geo-spatial technologies and Modelling Techniques, continuing (Co-guide with Bimlesh Kumar)

5. Arpit Chouksey, Modelling of Extreme Sediment and Nutrient Fluxes from Agro-forestry Watersheds, continuing

6. Sumit Talukdar, Resistance to Flow in mobile bed vegetation, continuing (Co-guide with Bimlesh Kumar)

M. Tech Projects (Selected):

1) Arindam chottapadhyay, Meso-Scale Hydrological Modelling for Extreme floods , 2003, completed

2) G. Ramulu, Hydrological response of a natural hillslope: experimental and modelling studies, 2003, completed

3) N. V. Rajyalakshmi,    Regionalisation of Rainfall-Runoff Processes in Peninsular river Catchments , 2005

4) Animesh Kumar Singh, Hydrological response of a natural hillslope: experimental and modelling studies, 2003, completed

5) Ashis Kumar Chandra, Modeling water and sediment transport in rice agriculture dominated watersheds, 2004, completed

6) Tapas Karmakar, Modelling flood attenuation in natural polders in a large river system, 2004, (collaboration with Technical University , Munich , Germany ), completed

7) Sudipta Kumar Mishra, Physically based hydrological modelling for extreme floods in tropical watersheds, 2005, completed

8) Sangeeta Shougrakpam, Characterization of macropores in Jhum cultivated hillslopes, 2006, completed

9) Venkata Subbaiah Yarava, Impact of bed forms on water level in alluvial channel, 2006, completed

10) Chandrashekarayya Hiremath, Risk analysis of river bank protection structure for a large alluvial river bend, 2006, completed

11) Amit Kumar Dubey, Probabilistic runoff generation for different land use/land cover in preferential path nested catchments, 2008, completed

12) Arpit Chouksey,Non-Point source pollution of small streams at different altitudes, 2008, completed

13) Shyamal Ghosh, Impact of climate and land use changes on flood vulnerability of the Brahmaputra basin, 2008, completed

14) Kadali Ravindra,Mapping and modeling of braided river morphology, 2009, completed


Guest Lectures (selected)

• Fluvial Disasters by the Brahmaputra River, Malaviya National Institute of Technolgy, Jaipur, November 23, 2012.

• "Hydrological response of Natural Hillslopes under extreme storm event: Field investigation and modeling" (Thematic presentation), ENSURE 2012, Feb 25th, IIT, Guwahati

•  "Spatio temporal variability of water resources in the Ganga basin",BRiP 2011 Conference for student (National Students conference on river basin planning), Nov, 4 and 5, 2011, IIT, Kanpur.

• Fluvial Disasters by the Mighty Brahmaputra River and Response by the Society, The 21st GCOE-ARS SEMINAR on Sustainability / Survivability Science for a Resilient Society Adaptable to Extreme Weather Conditions. Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. October 4 2011.

• Morphological and Hydrodynamic Scales in Brahmaputra River, in Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, May 10, 2010.

• Rainfall-runoff Modelling of Rice (paddy) agriculture dominated watersheds, McGill University , Canada , September 16, 2005.

• “Interlinking of Indian Rivers for mitigating Extreme floods”, Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering, Technical University , Munich , Germany , December 18,2004.

• Meso-scale Hydrological modelling for river basin Management, Space Applications Centre(ISRO), Ahmedabad, India, June 25,2005.

Professional Membership

Life Member: Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS)

Life Member: Indian Society of Hydraulics (ISH)

Other Academic and Research involvements

1. Course developer of the NPTEL web course on “ Fluid mechanics ”

2. Member, Technical Committee, Soil Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), 2012 conference, Delhi

3. Member, Technical Committee,SPIE,Goa, November,2006

4. Chair (Seminar), ENSURE-Conference, IIT, Guwahati,2012

5. Conducting short-term courses on Hydroinformatics, Flood and Fluvial Disasters

6. Former Vice-chairman, GATE-2009, IIT Guwahati

7. Former Faculty-in-charge, Water Resources Engineering Lab, IIT Guwahati

8. Former Faculty In-charge, Engineering Survey, IIT, Guwahati

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