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Mahabub Arefin Chowdhury

BSE M.S. Student
Mahabub Arefin Chowdhury, Virginia Tech BSE PhD Student
214 (C) Seitz Hall

MS, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2022 Expected

MS, Water Resources Development, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, 2018

MS, Geology and Mining, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh, 2011

BS, Geology and Mining, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh, 2008

January 2021 - present, Graduate Research Assistant, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

July 2013 – December 2018, Research Associate, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Projects: April 2016 – December 2018, REACH: Improving water security for the poor project

April 2016 – December 2018, Water Quality Monitoring Systems project (WQMS); part of the 'Greater Dhaka Watershed Restoration (GDWR)' work stream under the Bangladesh Water Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) and Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM), Bangladesh University of engineering and Technology (BUET)

July 2013 – March 2016, ESPA (Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation) Deltas Project

Program Focus: Assessment of sediment, nutrient and salinity in the Lower Mekong River basin

My research focused in exploring different aspects and impacts of sediment, salinity, and nutrients on rice production during the present and future conditions by using different hydrodynamic modeling tools. My work is directly related to water and food security. Currently, I am working on SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool) and EFDC (Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code) models for identifying the total picture of salinity and sediment issues for the Lower Mekong delta.

Previously, on the “ESPA Deltas Project” (led by University of Southampton), I worked on groundwater vulnerability, coastal aquifer modeling, soil salinity problem, and salinity intrusion. The findings of this project are being used in the preparation of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 by the Bangladesh Government.

After the completion of the ESPA Deltas project, I started working on the “REACH Project” in 2016 where I worked on industrial water pollution, another major issue of the water sector in terms of safe drinking and agricultural water availability. I along with my team performed cluster-based mapping of pollutant sources for land use land cover changes both in terms of temporal and spatial variability; performed risk analysis for health and agricultural sectors.

During my MS thesis at BUET, I worked on groundwater vulnerability due to salinity intrusion in the coastal area of Bangladesh. I mainly focused on the two existing vulnerability methods; GALDIT and DRASTIC methods. Then I applied several modifications of these two methods for a better understanding of the large and complex hydrogeological structure of the study area.

Book Chapter

  • Mashfiqus Salehin, Md Mahabub Arefin Chowdhury, Derek Clarke, Shahjahan Mondal, Sara Nowreen, Mohammad Jahiruddin, and Asadul Haque (2018), Mechanisms and drivers of soil salinity in coastal Bangladesh, In Ecosystem Services for Well-Being in Deltas, pp. 333-347. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Published in the Conference Proceedings

  • Md Rezaul Hasan, Md Jakir Hossain, Md Mahabub Arefin Chowdhury and Mashfiqus Salehin (2017), Study on Landuse Change and Its Impact on Groundwater at the Peri-Urban Areas an Outcome of Urbanization Process: A Case Study of Khulna City, in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Water and Flood Management, Bangladesh
  • Md Mahabub Arefin Chowdhury, Momtaz Jahan, Rubaiya Kabir and MD Arif Chowdhury (2017), Evaluating the Present Condition of Cyclone Shelters in the Coastal Area of Bangladesh in the Context of Gender Issues, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Research, Innovation and Education, Bangladesh
  • Md Mahabub Arefin Chowdhury, Mostofa Najmus Sakib, Momtaz Jahan, and Md Ashfaqur Rahman (2017), Sufferings due to Saline Water Issues in Mongla Upazilla, Bagherhat, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Research, Innovation and Education, Bangladesh
  • Md Mahabub Arefin Chowdhury, Momtaz Jahan, Mostofa Najmus Sakib and Md Ashfaqur Rahman (2016), A Statistical Assessment of Groundwater Quality in Nilphamari Pourashava, Nilphamari District, Bangladesh, in Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Advances in Civil Engineering, Bangladesh
  • Momtaz Jahan, Md Mahabub Arefin Chowdhury, Shampa, Md Munsur Rahman and Md Abed Hossain, (2015), Spatial Variation of Sediment and Some Nutrient Elements in GBM Delta Estuaries: A Preliminary Assessment, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Recent Innovation in Civil Engineering for Sustainable Development, Bangladesh

Presentation in Conference

  • Mashfiqus Salehin, M Shahjahan Mondal, Derek Clarke, Attila Lazar, Md Mahabub Arefin Chowdhury, and Sara Nowreen (2014), Spatial variation in soil salinity in relation to hydro-climatic factors in southwest coastal Bangladesh, Deltas in Times of Climate Change II, Rotterdam, The Netherlands