Shreedhar Maskey Dr.

Associate Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources


With a background in hydraulics, hydrology and mechanics (BE degree) and hydroinformatics (MSc and PhD degrees), Dr. Maskey developed expertise in modelling water resources systems and application of models for floods, droughts and climate change impact assessment.

His working experience ranges from research/research supervision and teaching (graduate/undergraduate) to modelling systems development and professional civil engineering designs. His key areas of expertise and interest are process-based distributed hydrological modeling, flood and drought forecasting, snow/glaciers modeling, uncertainty analysis and climate change impacts and adaptation at a river basin scale. He has worked with a large number of river basins, including Mekong, Yellow, Yangtze, Koshi, Bagmati, Red River and Karkheh (Asia), Aral Sea Basin (Central Asia), Loire and Vit Rivers (Europe), Limpopo, Blue Nile, Pangani and Incomati, Niger, Rufiji (Africa) and a number of small catchments in Africa, Asia and Europe.


Key publications:

Agarwal A, Babel MS, Maskey S, Shrestha S, Kawasakia A and Tripathi NK (2016). Analysis of temperature projections in the Koshi River Basin, Nepal, Int. J. Climatol., 36: 266-279, DOI: 10.1002/joc.4342.

Maskey S, Bhatt D, Uhlenbrook S, Prasad K and Babel MS (2016). Adaptation to climate change impacts on agriculture and agricultural water management - a review. In Climate change and agricultural water management in developing countries, Hoanh, C.T. and Smakhtin, V., Johnston, R. (eds.), CABI Climate Change Series.

Mussa FEF, Zhou Y, Maskey S, Masih I and Uhlenbrook S (2015). Groundwater as an emergency source for drought mitigation in the Crocodile River catchment, South Africa. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 1093–1106.

Palazzoli I, Maskey S, Uhlenbrook S, Nana E, Bocchiola D. (2015). Impact of prospective climate change on water resources and crop yields in the Indrawati basin, Nepal. Agricultural Systems, 133:143–157.

Wang L, Ranasinghe R, Maskey S, Van Gelder PHAJM and Vrijling JK (2015). Comparison of empirical statistical methods for downscaling daily climate projections from CMIP5 GCMs: a case study of the Huai River Basin, China. Int. J. Climatol., 36: 145-164, DOI: 10.1002/joc.4334.

Agarwal A, Babel MS, Maskey S (2014). Analysis of future precipitation in the Koshi River basin, Nepal. Journal of Hydrology, 513: 422–434.

Bhatt D, Maskey S, Babel MS, Uhlenbrook S, Prasad KC (2014). Climate trends and impacts on crop production in the Koshi River basin of Nepal. Reg. Env. Change, 14: 1291-1301.

Maskey S, Trambauer P. (2014). Hydrological modelling for drought assessment. In Hydro-Meteorological Hazards and Disasters, Paron P and Di Baldassarre G (eds.), pp. 263-282, Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Trambauer P, Maskey S, Werner M, Pappenberger F., van Beek LPH, Uhlenbrook S (2014). Identification and simulation of space-time variability of past hydrological drought events in the Limpopo river basin, Southern Africa, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 2925–2942.

Trambauer P, Dutra E, Maskey S, Werner M, Pappenberger F, van Beek LPH  and Uhlenbrook S (2014). Comparison of different evaporation estimates over the African continent. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18: 193–212.

Hu Y, Maskey S and Uhlenbrook S (2013). Downscaling daily precipitation over the Yellow River source region in China: A comparison of three statistical downscaling methods. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 112:447-460.

Shrestha B, Babel MS, Maskey S, van Griensven A, Uhlenbrook S, Green A, and Akkharath I (2013). Impact of climate change on sediment yield in the Mekong River Basin: a case study of the Nam Ou Basin, Lao PD, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 17: 1-20.

Hu Y, Maskey S and Uhlenbrook S (2012). Trends in temperature and rainfall extremes in the Yellow River source region, China. Climatic Change, 110:403-429.

Maskey S, Uhlenbrook S and Ojha S (2011). An analysis of snow cover changes in the Himalayan region using MODIS snow products and in-situ temperature data. Climatic Change, 108(1-2): 391-400.

Masih I, Maskey S, Uhlenbrook S and Smakhtin V (2011). Impact of upstream changes in rain-fed agricultural water management on downstream flows in a semi-arid basin.  Agri. Wat. Manage. 100:36-44.

Hu Y, Maskey S, Uhlenbrook S and Zhao H (2011). Streamflow trends and climate linkages in the source region of the Yellow River, China. Hydrological Processes, 25: 3399-3411.

Maskey S, Guinot V and Price RK (2004). Treatment of precipitation uncertainty in rainfall-runoff modelling: a fuzzy set approach. Advances in Water Resources, 27(9): 889-898.


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Recent research projects

Drought Early Warning and Forecasting in Africa: DEWFORA

Role in the project: Project leader/principal investigator for IHE Delft



Adaptation to Global Change in Agricultural Practices: AGIoCAP

Role in the project: Project leader/principal investigator



Climate Change Impacts and Adoptation: PRoACC

Role in the project: Coordinator/principal investigator for the theme ‘Sediment and Nutrients’



Risk-Based Operational Water Management for the Incomati River Basin: RISKOMAN

Role in the project: Research supervision