Ilyas Masih Dr.

Senior Lecturer in Water Resources Planning


Ilyas Masih holds PhD Degree in Hydrology and Water Resources from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Delft the Netherlands.

He has done Masters in Water Resources Management from Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan and a Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Engineering from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan.

Dr. Ilyas Masih joined IHE Delft in 2011 and is working as a Senior lecturer in Water Resources Planning at the Water Management chair group of the Department of Integrated Water Systems and Governance.

His educational activities include teaching the subjects related to water resources planning, hydrology, water resources assessment and water systems modeling.

He is also engaged in curriculum development activities related to these subjects for the water management program at the IHE Delft as well on various projects in other countries e.g. in Ethiopia, Vietnam and Pakistan for developing curriculum and teaching material for the master courses in water resources planning and management.

He is actively involved in catering the capacity building and training needs of various organizations from developing countries in the field of hydrological modeling and integrated water resources planning and management.

His current research engagements are focused on the spatial and temporal variability of hydrology and water resources in river basins, use of remotely sensed rainfall data in hydrological modelling, application of hydrological data analysis and modelling tools for better understanding of the hydrological process underpinning the formulation water resources planning and management strategies.

He has been supervising PhD fellows and MSc participants who have undertaken (or currently working on) research in many countries of Asia and Africa (e.g. Mekong Basin, mainly in Vietnman; Incomati Basin, South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique; Volta Basin Ghana; Rawanda).

While working at International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Pakistan, Iran and Sri Lanka during 2001 to 2010, he has worked on wide range of water management issues. His work in the Indus Basin, Pakistan was focused on water saving and water productivity at various scales of rice-wheat systems, groundwater assessment, utilization and management, conjunctive management of surface and groundwater resources to reduce soil salinity and improve land and water productivity. His PhD research was on understanding hydrological variability for improved water management in the semi-arid Karkheh Basin, Iran.


Articles in refereed journals

Abdullah, A. D.; Masih, I.; van der Zaag, P.; Karim, U. F. A.; Popescu, I.; Q. Al-Suhail,. 2015. Shatt al Arab River system under escalating pressure: A preliminary exploration of the issues and options for mitigation. Submitted to Journal of River Basin Management.  Published online. DOI: 10.1080/15715124.2015.1007870.

Saraiva Okello, A. M. L.; Masih, I.; Uhlenbrook, S.;  Jewitt, G. W. P.; van der Zaag, P.; Riddell, E. 2015. Drivers of spatial and temporal variability of streamflow in the Incomati River Basin. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 19: 657–673.  doi:10.5194/hess-19-657-2015.

Masih, I.; Maskey, S.; Mussa, F.E.F.; P. Trambauer. 2014. A review of droughts on the African continent: a geospatial and long-term perspective. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18: 3635–3649, 2014. doi:10.5194/hess-18-3635-2014.

Sunday, R. K. M.; Masih, I.; Werner, M.; van der Zaag, P. 2014. Streamflow forecasting for the operational water management in the Incomati river basin Southern Africa. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 72–75 (2014) 1–12.

Ahmad, M.D.; Masih, I.; Giordano, M. 2014. Constraints and opportunities for water savings and increasing productivity through Resource Conservation Technologies in Pakistan. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 187 (2014) 106–115.

Masih, I.; Maskey, S.; Uhlenbrook, S. 2012. Supporting well-informed decision and policy making through hydrological data analysis and modelling: the case of the Karkheh Basin, Iran. Water International, 37(4): 427-441.

Masih, I. 2011. Understanding hydrological variability for improved water management in the semi-arid Karkheh Basin, Iran. PhD dissertation IHE Delft, Delft, the Netherlands and Technical University Delft, the Netherlands. CRC Press/Balkema, Leiden, the Netherlands.

Masih, I.; Maskey, S.; Uhlenbrook, S.; Smakhtin, V. 2011. Impact of upstream changes in rain-fed agriculture on downstream flow in a semi-arid basin. Agricultural Water Management 100: 36-45. [doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2011.08.013].

Masih, I.; Maskey, S.; Uhlenbrook, S.; Smakhtin, V. 2011. Assessing the impact of areal precipitation input on streamflow simulations using the SWAT model. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 47(1):179-195. [doi: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2010.00502.x].

Masih, I.; Uhlenbrook, S.; Maskey, S.; Smakhtin, V. 2011. Streamflow trends and climate linkages in the Zagros Mountain, Iran. Climatic Change 104: 317-338. DOI [doi:10.1007/s10584-009-9793-x].

Masih, I.; Uhlenbrook, S.; Maskey, S.; Ahmad, M.D. 2010. Regionalization of a conceptual rainfall-runoff model based on similarity of the flow duration curve: A case study from the semi-arid Karkheh basin, Iran. Journal of Hydrology 391: 188-201. [doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.07.018].

Masih, I.; Ahmad, M.D.; Turral, H.; Uhlenbrook, S.; Karimi, P. 2009. Analysing streamflow variability and water allocation for sustainable management of water resources in the semi-arid Karkheh River Basin, Iran. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 34 (4-5): 329–340.

Ahmad, M.D.; Islam, Md. A.; Masih, I.; Muthuwatta, L. P.; Karimi, P.; Turral, H. 2009. Mapping basin-level water productivity using remote sensing and secondary data in the Karkheh River Basin, Iran. Water International 34(1):119-133.

Ahmad, M.D.; Giordano, M.; Turral, H.; Masih, I.; Masood, Z. 2007. At what scale does water saving really save water? Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 62(2):29A-35A.

Bouman, B.; Barker, R.; Humphreys, E.; Tuong, T.P.; Atlin, G.; Bennett, J.; Dawe, D.; Dittert, K.; Dobermann, A.; Facon, T.; Fujimoto, N.; Gupta, R.; Haefele, S.; Hosen, Y.; Ismail, A.; Johnson, D.; Johnson, S.; Khan, S.; Shan, L.; Masih, I.; Matsuno, Y.; Pandey, S.; Peng, S.; Muthukumarisami, T.; Wassman, R. 2007. Rice: Feeding the billions. In Molden, David (Ed.). Water for food, water for life: A Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture. London, UK: Earthscan; Colombo, Sri Lanka: IWMI. pp.515-549

Jehangir, W.A.; Masih, I.; Ahmed, S.; Gill, M.A.; Ahmad, M.; Mann, R.A.; Chaudhary, M.R.; Qureshi, A.S.; Turral, H. 2007. Sustaining crop water productivity in rice-wheat systems of South Asia: A case study from Punjab Pakistan. IWMI Working paper 115. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute.

Qureshi, A.S.; Masih, I.; Turral, H. 2006. Comparing land and water productivities of transplanted and direct dry seeded rice for Pakistani Punjab. Journal of Applied Irrigation Science 41(1): 47-60.

Humphreys, E.; Meisner, E.; Gupta, R.; Timsina, J.; Beecher, H.G.; Lu, T.Y.; Sing, Y.; Gill, M.A.; Masih, I.; Guo, Z.J.; Thompson, J.A. 2005. Water savings in rice-wheat systems. Plant Production Science 8(3): 242-258.

Ahmad, M.D.; Masih, I.; Turral, H. 2004. Diagnostic analysis of spatial and temporal variations in crop water productivity: A field scale analysis of the rice-wheat cropping system of Punjab, Pakistan. Journal of Applied Irrigation Science 39(1):43-63.

Qureshi, A.S. Asghar, M.N.; Ahmed, S.; Masih, I. 2004. Sustaining crop production in saline groundwater areas: A case study from Pakistani Punjab. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 55:421-431.

Jehangir WA, Turral H, Masih I. 2004. Socio-economic impacts of water related disasters. The Enviroment Monitor, 4(6):17-25.

Qureshi AS, Asghar MN, Ahmed S, Masih I. 2004. Sustaining crop production in saline groundwater areas: A case study from Pakistani Punjab. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research, 55:421-431.