Sonu Khanal (Ph.D.) has 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. His 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, he works with quantitative methods, simulation models (SPHY, VIC, WEAP, SWAT, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS), geographic information systems (ArcGIS, QGIS) and satellite observations. He is skilled in analyzing multidimensional hydro-meteorological information with R, Python and  GIS-based applications. He is experienced in QGIS-plugin development and R-Shiny-based applications for climate and hydrological analysis and database management.

Over the last year, he 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. He has international working experience in countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. Sonu has 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.

Gerelateerde projecten

  • Climate Risk and Adaptation Assessment of the Energy Transmission System in Uzbekistan

    The project aims to strengthen the existing power transmission system in Uzbekistan by expanding, rehabilitating, and constructing transmission lines and substations as the country is currently struggling with a weakening and climate-vulnerable grid infrastructure. To address this issue, ADB, in collaboration with FutureWater, is directing its efforts towards enhancing the…

  • Strategic Climate Adaptation Planning for the Amu Darya Basin in Uzbekistan

    Uzbekistan's water resources depend to a large extent on those provided by the transboundary Amu Darya river which are fully allocated and highly sensitive to climate change and water demand and management changes. Especially the agricultural sector, but also the energy and urban water supply sector need to transform into…

  • Hoge-resolutie bodemvochtdata ter ondersteuning van onderzoek naar dierziekten

    De Gezondheidsdienst voor Dieren (GD) doet onderzoek naar het voorkomen van dierziekten en de relatie met omgevingsvariabelen, zoals klimaat en bodem. Dit project ondersteunt deze werkzaamheiden door het toepassen van een upgrade van de landsdekkende bodemvochtberekeningen die de afgelopen jaren zijn uitgevoerd door FutureWater m.b.v. het hydrologische model SPHY. Het…

  • Climate Risk and Adaptation Assessment for Nepal’s Power Sector

    Nepal’s power sector predominantly relies on hydropower generation. Hydropower is vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters caused by climate change. An understanding of the future impact of climate change on hydropower assets and their performance is important for the successful implementation of hydropower projects. Climate risk and adaptation (CRA)…

  • Development of a Glacio-Hydrological Model and IWRM Plan for the Uttarakhand subbasin in India

    The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s (SDCs) Global Programme Climate Change and Environment (GP CCE) India is supporting the operationalization of climate change adaptation actions in the mountain states of Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh through the phase two of the “Strengthening State Strategies for Climate Action” (3SCA) project…

Gerelateerde publicaties

  • 2022 - FutureWater Report 234Contreras, S., G. Guimarães, A. Fernández, S. Khanal, G.W.H. Simons. 2022. InfoSequia-4CAST: Report on InfoSequia-4CAST Development. FutureWater Report 234. X

    InfoSequia-4CAST: Report on InfoSequia-4CAST Development

    Contreras, S., G. Guimarães, A. Fernández, S. Khanal, G.W.H. Simons

  • 2022 - FutureWater Report 235Contreras, S., C. Nolet, S. Khanal, A. Fernández, G.W.H. Simons. 2022. InfoSequia-4CAST: Report on InfoSequia Monitor Upgrading. FutureWater Report 235. X

    InfoSequia-4CAST: Report on InfoSequia Monitor Upgrading

    Contreras, S., C. Nolet, S. Khanal, A. Fernández, G.W.H. Simons

  • 2021 - FutureWater Report 228Contreras, S., G. Guimarães, G.W.H. Simons, C. Nolet, J.Beard, S. Khanal, A. Fernández. 2021. InfoSequia-4CAST: Baseline Design Report. FutureWater Report 228. X

    InfoSequia-4CAST: Baseline Design Report

    Contreras, S., G. Guimarães, G.W.H. Simons, C. Nolet, J.Beard, S. Khanal, A. Fernández

  • 2021 - Water Resources ResearchKhanal, S., Lutz, A. F., Kraaijenbrink, P. D. A., van den Hurk, B., Yao, T., & Immerzeel, W. W. (2021). Variable 21st century climate change response for rivers in High Mountain Asia at seasonal to decadal time scales. Water Resources Research, 57, e2020WR029266. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020WR029266X

    Variable 21st Century Climate Change Response for Rivers in High Mountain Asia at Seasonal to Decadal Time Scales

    Khanal, S., A.F. Lutz,, P. D. A. Kraaijenbrink, B. van den Hurk, T. Yao, W.W. Immerzeel

  • 2019 - Frontiers in Earth ScienceKhanal, S., N. Ridder, H. de Vries, W. Terink, B. van den Hurk. 2019. Storm Surge and Extreme River Discharge: A Compound Event Analysis Using Ensemble Impact Modeling. Front. Earth Sci. 7:224. doi: 10.3389/feart.2019.00224X

    Storm Surge and Extreme River Discharge: A Compound Event Analysis Using Ensemble Impact Modeling

    Khanal, S., N. Ridder, H. de Vries, W. Terink, B. van den Hurk

  • 2019 - AtmosphereKhanal, S., A.F. Lutz, W.W. Immerzeel, H. de Vries, N. Wanders, B. van den Hurk. 2019. The Impact of Meteorological and Hydrological Memory on Compound Peak Flows in the Rhine River Basin. Atmosphere 10 (4) 171. doi:10.3390/atmos10040171X

    The Impact of Meteorological and Hydrological Memory on Compound Peak Flows in the Rhine River Basin

    Khanal, S., A.F. Lutz, W.W. Immerzeel, H. de Vries, N. Wanders, B. van den Hurk

  • 2017 - FutureWater Report 175Khanal, S., J.E. Hunink. 2017. Hydrological pre-feasibility assessment for hydropower facility in Northern Georgia. FutureWater Report 175.X

    Hydrological pre-feasibility assessment for hydropower facility in Northern Georgia

    Khanal, S., J.E. Hunink

  • 2017 - PLOS ONEWijngaard, R.R., A.F. Lutz, S. Nepal, S. Khanal, S. Pradhananga, A.B. Shrestha, W.W. Immerzeel. 2017. Future changes in hydro-climatic extremes in the Upper Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra River basins. PLOS ONE 12(12): e0190224. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0190224X

    Future changes in hydro-climatic extremes in the Upper Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra River basins

    Wijngaard, R.R., A.F. Lutz, S. Nepal, S. Khanal, S. Pradhananga, A.B. Shrestha, W.W. Immerzeel

  • 2017 - FutureWater Report 164Terink, W., W.W. Immerzeel, A.F. Lutz, P. Droogers, S. Khanal, S. Nepal, A.B. Shrestha. 2017. Hydrological and Climate Change Assessment for Hydropower development in the Tamakoshi River Basin, Nepal. FutureWater Report 164.X

    Hydrological and Climate Change Assessment for Hydropower development in the Tamakoshi River Basin, Nepal

    Terink, W., W.W. Immerzeel, A.F. Lutz, P. Droogers, S. Khanal, S. Nepal, A.B. Shrestha

  • 2016 - FutureWater Report 160Terink, W., S. Khanal. 2016. SPHY: Spatial Processes in Hydrology. Advanced training: input data, sensitivity analysis, model calibration, and scenario analyses. FutureWater Report 160.X

    SPHY: Spatial Processes in Hydrology. Advanced training: input data, sensitivity analysis, model calibration, and scenario analyses

    Terink, W., S. Khanal