A.K.M. Saiful Islam

Professor, IWFM, BUET

Field of Research - Climate Change Modeling, Basin Hydrology, Weather and Flood Forecasting, Coastal Modeling

Coordinator, Climate Change Study Cell, BUET

Member, Institutes of Engineers, Bangladesh

Professor A.K.M. Saiful Islam is working at the Institute of Water and Flood management of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) since 1997. He also currently serves as the Coordinator of the Climate Change Study Cell of BUET. Dr. Islam has received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (1989) from BUET, a Master of Sciencce in Water Resources Engineering (1999) from BUET, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (2004) from Drexel University, USA.

His research interests center on improving the understanding of the impact of climate change on hydrological cycle  through regional climate modeling, basin-scale hydrological modeling, river hydrodynamic modeling, urban flood modeling, coastal and storm surge modeling, weather forecast modeling as well as applying remote sensing data for environmental monitoring and disaster risks reduction. Prof. Islam has given more than 100 invited talks and seminars throughout the world, speaking on diverse topics focusing on climate change impacts on water resources management, weather and flood forecasting, urban drainage management, estimation of river bank erosion, cyclonic storm surges considering sea level rise, landslides, crop yield prediction, changes in meteorological droughts and climate vulnerability and risks assessment. He is teaching about 10 graduate courses and organized many workshops locally and overseas. Prof. Islam has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of international conferences and 6 book chapters to his name. Prof. Islam is currently serving as a Lead Author of the Working Group I of the Sixth Assessment Report of IPCC.

Current responsibilities

  • Lead Author, Sixth Assessment Report, WG I, 2018-present.

  • Principal Investigator, Climate change / flood preparedness research for building climate resilient infrastructure;  collaborative project, funded by Local Govt. Engineering Department, Sponsored by - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); Duration: July 2019 – present.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, "Oasis Platform for Climate and Catastrophe Risk Assessment – Asia", collaborative project, funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Federal Republic of Germany, 2018-present.

  • Principal Investigator, "Flash Flood Early Warning System (FEWAS) for the Haor Regions of Bangladesh", collaborative project, funded by LGED under HILIP/CALIP project of IFAD, 2014-present.

  • Group Leader, Hydrology and Climate Change Modeling Group, IWFM, BUET. Responsible for climate change and weather modeling using RCM and  coupled hydrological-hydrodynamic modeling for large river basins, urban and riverine flooding and coastal processes influenced by sea level rise.
  • Advisor/In-charge: 'Remote Sensing and GIS Lab' and 'Climate Modeling and Simulation Lab' of the institute.

  • Fellow, Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh.

  • Coordinator, Climate Change Study Cell, BUET.



  • Islam, M. N., Islam, A.S., Hayashi, T., Terao, T. and H. Uyeda (2002) Application of a Method to Estimate Rainfall in Bangladesh Using GMS-5 Data, Journal of Natural Disaster Science, Japan, 24(2), pp. 83-89.

  • Chapter in Edited Books

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    The Ganges River Basin: Status and Challenges in Water, Environment and Livelihoods (Earthscan Series on Major River Basins of the World)

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    Assessment of Sea Level Rise on Bangladesh Coast through Trend Analysis

    The coastal zone of Bangladesh is most vulnerable to climate change because of its geographic location, flat topography, high population density, high level of poverty, and reliance of many livelihoods on climate sensitive sectors particularly, agriculture, fisheries and water resources. The average elevation of the southwest coastal zone ranges from 1m to 2m and in the southeast coastal zone it is 4 to 5m. The risks from adverse climate induced sea level rise will increase the risks of the already vulnerable population in the coastal region. This book provides information on the trends of the tidal water level to visualize the historic change of sea level rise along the coast of Bangladesh.

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    Retrospective Analysis of Agro-meteorological Information in Bangladesh

    Agriculture production is largely depends on the weather and climate information. Being agrarian country, the information derived from hydro-meteorological and satellite observations are not readily available or analyzed to provide fruitful information for crop growth. This book provides useful information of various types of risks indicators (drought, floods etc.) derived from the agro-metrological data. Information were presented for different crop seasons and for different agro-ecological zones of Bangladesh. It also determine ago-climate zones of Bangladesh using multivariate analysis of climatic variables.

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    Geoinformatics for Climate Change Studies

    Climate change is increasingly being considered a critical topic in research and policy-making. Evidences related to climate change deal with spatial and non-spatial data, which can be utilized for policy formulation. Geoinformatics, which includes remote sensing, GIS, GPS, and ICT, provides the most relevant technology to monitor climate change-related variables at different dimensions and scales. Geoinformatics for Climate Change Studies discusses the art of using this technology for investigating, monitoring, documenting, and understanding the impacts of climate change. This book provides information on the concepts and uses of geoinformatics, and focuses on filling the gap in the available literature on the subject by bringing together concepts, theories, and experiences of experts in this field.

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    Engineering Concerns of Flood

    This book has been designed as a reference work on various engineering aspects related to the causes and consequences of flood, which is a very common natural hazard in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a small country of 147570 sq. km., but has a very large population of about 130 million, majority of whom are poor. The economic condition of Bangladeshi people makes them very vulnerable to the adverse effects of natural forces. Lack of proper planning and preparedness, poor quality of infrastructure and their inadequate maintenance also add to people's sufferings and magnitude of loss. This book is an outcome of a systematic research initiative that was undertaken by the academics of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) during and after the 1998 flood that lasted for several months causing havoc to almost every spheres of life.

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