AWI Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Md Shahabul Alam obtained his Ph.D. in Civil, Geological and Environmental Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan with a focus on water balance of oil sands mine reclamation covers. At the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, he explored the impacts of climate change on summer low flows seeking to assess the risks associated with Salmon migration and productivity in British Columbia. He did that by coupling a large-scale hydrologic model to a model that simulates water temperature in the rivers. Shahab expands on this research at the Alabama Water Institute, where he uses the NextGen National Water Model (NWM) to simulate streamflow in the watersheds to characterize the impacts of climate change on droughts and water availability of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Advancing this research, the NextGen NWM is coupled with a system dynamics-based urban water systems model, where the complex modeling tools are connected to urban water system operations. When the HPC takes care of the long-term streamflow simulations, Shahab can be found hiking in the mountains and exploring the mystic nature surrounded by forests, rivers, waterfalls, and lakes.