sonu khanal

Hydrologist and climate change expert

I have 10 years of experience in providing technical leadership for projects related to extreme hydro-climatic events, river floods, droughts, compound coastal floods, multivariate statistical models, ensemble modeling, climate risk assessment and hydropower development. My experiences were obtained at the Institute of Engineering (IOE, Nepal), International Centre for Integrated Mountain and Development (ICIMOD, Nepal), Practical Action Consulting, (PAC, Nepal), Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI, the Netherlands), and Vrije Universiteit (VU, Amsterdam, the Netherlands). At FutureWater, I work with quantitative methods, simulation models, geographic information systems and satellite observations. I am skilled in analyzing multidimensional hydro-meteorological information with R, Python and GIS-based applications. I am experienced in QGIS-plugin development and R-Shiny-based applications for climate and hydrological analysis and database management.

Over the last year, I focused on the flood and drought risk studies in European catchments, operationalization of the probabilistic flood forecasting at different pilot basins with governmental institutions and forecasting drought impacts on crop yield and water supply systems using novel state-of-the-art machine learning techniques. I have international working experience in countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. I have worked with several national and international clients and collaborators such as World Bank, Asian Development Bank, National and Local Governments, River Basin Organizations, Science Foundations, Universities, and Research Organizations.