Yadu Pokhrel



Recent Research

  • Representing human activities (e.g., irrigation, reservoir operation, groundwater pumping) in global/regional hydrologic models
  • Impacts of human activities on the terrestrial water cycle and global climate
  • Groundwater and terrestrial water storage change using hydrologic modeling and GRACE satellite observations
  • Human-induced terrestrial water storage change and sea level rise
  • High-resolution modeling of the impacts of irrigation pumping in the US
  • Role of groundwater in modulating the terrestrial water storage variations under different geographic and climatic settings
  • The Amazon river basin: hydrologic response to climate change and the role of groundwater buffer


Research Interests

Dr. Pokhrel’s research interests are focused on improving the understanding of the changes in the global/regional terrestrial water cycle in response to the combined effects of human activities and climate change. In particular, the changes in various components of the hydrological cycle, as caused directly by human activities such as land-use change, reservoir operation and large-scale diversion of water, irrigation, and groundwater pumping, constitute the foundation of his research interest. The primary focus of his research is on representing these human factors into global/regional hydrologic, climate, and earth system models in order to develop integrated hydrological/water resources assessment models to study human impacts on the water cycle and the associated impacts to and feedback from the climate system; he integrates various in-situ and satellite-based observations within these models to address problems related to climate change and water resources and agricultural sustainability.