Mukesh Kumar

Mukesh Kumar

Assistant Professor of Watershed Hydrology in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy

Dr. Mukesh Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the Nicholas School of Environment. He earned his B.Tech in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and his PhD in Civil Engineering from Penn State University. His research interests lie in Watershed Hydrology, Groundwater-Surface Water-Atmosphere Interactions, Numerical Modeling of Snow and Hydrologic Processes, GIS-Model Coupling, High Performance Computing Applications and Optimization Methods.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Watershed Hydrology in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact Information

  • Office Location: Nicholas School of Environment, LSRC Bldg., Room No. 207, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 681-7837
  • Email Address: mukesh.kumar@duke.edu
  • Websites:

Education

  • Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 2009

Specialties

hydrology
earth surface processes
geospatial technologies
soil science
water quality
decision analysis
global climate change

Courses Taught

  • CEE 687: Hydrologic Modeling for Water Quantity and Quality Assessment
  • CEE 780: Internship
  • ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects
  • ENVIRON 768: GIS for Water Quantity and Quality Assessment
  • ENVIRON 769: Hydrologic Modeling for Water Quantity and Quality Assessment
  • ENVIRON 898: Program Area Seminar
  • ENVIRON 899: Master's Project

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Liu, Y; Parolari, AJ; Kumar, M; Huang, C-W; Katul, GG; Porporato, A, Increasing atmospheric humidity and CO2 concentration alleviate forest mortality risk., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, vol 114 no. 37 (2017), pp. 9918-9923 [10.1073/pnas.1704811114] [abs].
  • Zi, T; Kumar, M; Kiely, G; Lewis, C; Albertson, J, Simulating the spatio-temporal dynamics of soil erosion, deposition, and yield using a coupled sediment dynamics and 3D distributed hydrologic model, Environmental Modelling & Software, vol 83 (2016), pp. 310-325 [10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.06.004] [abs].
  • Seo, SB; Sinha, T; Mahinthakumar, G; Sankarasubramanian, A; Kumar, M, Identification of dominant source of errors in developing streamflow and groundwater projections under near-term climate change, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, vol 121 no. 13 (2016), pp. 7652-7672 [10.1002/2016JD025138] [abs].
  • Liu, Y; Kumar, M, Role of meteorological controls on interannual variations in wet-period characteristics of wetlands, Water Resources Research, vol 52 no. 7 (2016), pp. 5056-5074 [10.1002/2015WR018493] [abs].
  • Wang, R; Kumar, M; Link, TE, Potential trends in snowmelt-generated peak streamflows in a warming climate, Geophysical Research Letters, vol 43 no. 10 (2016), pp. 5052-5059 [10.1002/2016GL068935] [abs].

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