Water Resources Engineering Laboratory



Dr Sreeja P.

Tel: +91-361- 258-2408 (O)
                      258-4414 (R)

Fax: +91-361-258 2440


The laboratory provides support to both undergraduate and graduate, teaching so that students have the opportunity to see by themselves the essential fluid mechanics principles. The hydraulics laboratory has flumes for undertaking cutting edge research in the area of pipe flow, open-channel flow, sediment transport processes and other dedicated equipments like Venturimeters, Pelton wheel, Kaplan and Francis turbines and Reynold’s apparatus. Work is also being carried out in land use and land cover classification, river migration, water-shed delineation, flow accumulation and hill slope hydrology. This lab is also equipped with instruments like DGPS, Spectro-radiomenter and Canopy analyzer. Latest software such as Geomatica, MIKE 21C & CCHE2D have been installed on different computers in the Laboratory to carry out coursework.

The major areas of current research in this field include meso-scale distributed hydrological modeling, RS and GIS for water resources management, Computational river hydraulics, stochastic subsurface hydrology, heuristic method in reservoir optimization, GIS based Water-shed modeling, Dam break analysis, Flow through porous media, Sediment dynamics in fluvial systems, Environmental impact assessment.





Water Resources Engineering and Management Division of the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Guwahati is one of the leading research group on water resources related activity of the region. Institute being located in the heart of large river system like Brahmaputra, one of the major focuses of research is on developing and managing such vast hydrological system sustainably for the benefit of human and all other life forms. As a river system is to be studied with both its surface and sub-surface components, proper emphasis is given to both by the leading researchers of this group. Besides the individual research, the members of this group have also come up with a vision for the next few years and the mission to achieve them.



  • Solving water related problem of a river basin with holistic approach through judicious combination of structural and non-structural measures.

  • Integrate climate change impact and other emerging issues into the water resource development and management paradigm and explore new technologies accordingly.

  • Providing affordable and people friendly solutions to the water related problems.

  • Integrating traditional water management practices to modern approaches.

  • Seeking specific solutions for sustainable development of water resources of the North East, considering the complexities of water related problems and vast availability of this resource in the region.

  • To estimate accurately the various hydro-geological parameters associated with the Brahmaputra basin in both spatial and temporal domains and to determine the time dependent groundwater potential of the basin.

  • To couple the surface and sub-surface water components of the basin in order to arrive at a realistic estimate of the water potential of the region.

  • Impacts of change in forest cover, biota etc. on the regions’ water resources.

  • To study the effects of oil and petroleum products on surface and subsurface system of this hydrocarbon rich region.

  • Make water resources group (of IITG) a vehicle of knowledge transfer in the field of water resources development and management.



Arup Kumar Sarma (Professor)

   Modeling & simulation in Free Surface Flow
   Heuristic Method in Reservoir Optimization
   GIS based Watershed Modeling


Bimlesh Kumar (Assistant Professor)

   Small scale studies of mixing tanks
   Experimental Studies of Aeration Systems
   Sediment Transport analysis
   Pipeline analysis
   CFD simulation
   Surge analysis


Gautam Barua (Associate Professor)

   Flow through porous media


Rajib Kumar Bhattacharjya (Associate Professor)

   Water Resources System Management
   Genetic Algorithms
   Artificial Neural Networks


Sreeja P. (Assistant Professor)

   Urban Hydrology and Hydraulics
   Computational Fluid Dynamics
   Multi-Objective Water Resources Systems Analysis
   Stochastic Hydrological Modeling
   Coastal Hydrodynamics


Subashisa Dutta (Associate Professor)

   Meso-Scale Distributed hydrological modeling
   Satellite Remote Sensing and GIS for Water resources Management
   Computational river hydraulics and its applications
   Watershed and Irrigation Management


Suresh A. Kartha (Assistant Professor)

   Flow and transport through porous media
   Heap leaching
   Numerical modeling





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