Environmental Engineering

Department of Environmental Engineering

Tushar Sinha

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D., Hydrology, Purdue University, 2008
  • M.S., Water Resources Engg., Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, 2002
  • B.S., Agricultural Engg., Maharana Pratap Univ. of Ag. & Tech., Udaipur, India, 2001

Research Interests
Hydrological modeling; climate change impacts on hydrology; water resources management; surface water - groundwater interactions; and GIS applications

Professional Experiences

  • Associate Professor, TAMUK (Environmental Engineering), 2020 - present
  • Assistant Professor, TAMUK (Environmental Engineering), 2014 - 2020
  • Research Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University, 2013-2014
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, North Carolina State University, 2010-2012
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Arizona State University, 2008-2010
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue University, 2004-2008
  • Assistant Engineer, Consulting Engineering Services, New Delhi, India, 2003-2004

Research Grants/Projects Awarded

  • Co-PI (PI: Mahesh Hosur), CREST Center for Sustainable Water Use (CREST-SWU), National Science Foundation (09/2019 - 08/2025)
  • PI, CRISP Type 2: Design and control of coordinated green and gray water infrastructure to improve resiliency in chemical and agricultural sectors, National Science Foundation (09/2017 - 08/2022)
  • PI, Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan Implementation, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) (10/2018 – 08/2022)
  • Co-PI (PI: Jianhong Ren), Modeling Freshwater inflows, Nutrient Dynamics and their Relationships to Algal Blooms in Nueces Bay, Texas General Land Office (10/2018 – 03/2020)
  • Co-PI (PI: Jennifer Ren), A Decision Support Modeling System for Managing the Water Resources around the Region of Choke Canyon Reservoir of the Nueces River Basin, City of Corpus Christi, TX (06/2015 - 02/2018)
  • Co-PI (PI: Sankar Arumugam, NCSU), WSC- Category 3: Collaborative Research: Water Sustainability under Near -term Climate Change: A cross-regional analysis incorporating socio-ecological feedbacks and adaptations, National Science Foundation (08/2012 - 08/2017)
  • Co-PI , Integrated Drought Management and Assessment Portal for the State of North Carolina, North Carolina Water Resources Institute (04/2014 – 03/2016)

Honors and Awards

  • TAMUK College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award, 2018
  • Graduate students poster competition awards at Regional Storm Water Quality (STORMCON) Conference, South Padre Island, TX: 2019 (1st prize - Muhammed A Chowdhury), 2018 (2nd prize - Muhammed A Chowdhury), 2017 (1st prize - Mohamed Elansary) and 2016 (2nd prize - Didier Gonzalez)
  • M.S. Student (Chisara Anoruo, graduated in 2017) received Society of Women in Engineering National Scholarship ($2,500) during 2015-2016.
  • TAMUK University Research Award, 2015
  • NSF Travel Award, Minority Faculty Development Workshop, 2015
  • UCOWR-NIWR-CUAHSI Conference Travel Grant, 2014
  • American Geophysical Union Travel Grant, Chapman Conference, 2013
  • School of life Sciences Research and Training Initiative Grant Award, Arizona State University, 2009
  • Sponsored by the ABE Department for Krannert School of Management’s Applied Management Principles Program, Purdue University, 2006
  • Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) scholarship during M.S. at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 2001-2002

Sample Publications (*student)

  1. Bhawar R., S. S. Fadnavis, V. Kumar, P. R. C. Rahul, T. Sinha, and L. Simone (2021) Radiative impacts of aerosols during COVID-19 lockdown period over the Indian region, Frontiers in Environmental Science, section: Atmosphere and Climate, in press. [Impact Factor - IF: 4.24] 
  2. Kumar, V., K. Sunilkumar, T. Sinha (2021), Proportional Trends of Continuous Rainfall in Indian Summer Monsoon. Remote Sensing, 13 (398), 1-21. [IF: 4.509] 
  3. Pradhan, P.K., V. Kumar, S. K. Khadgarai, S. V. BhaskaraRao, T. Sinha, K. VijayaKumari, S. Pattnaik (2021), Demonstration of the Temporal Evolution of Tropical Cyclone “Phailin” Using Gray-Zone Simulations and Decadal Variability of Cyclones over the Bay of Bengal in a Warming Climate. Ocean, 2, 648-674. [IF: 2.864] 
  4. Kumar, V., D.K. Sahu, A. Simon, A. Thomas, T Sinha, J. Bielli, T. N. Krishnamurti (2021), Buoyancy Streams and Cloud Flare-Ups Along Rainbands in the Eye Wall of Rapidly Intensifying Storms. Pure and Applied Geophysics178, 223-243. [IF: 1.586] 
  5. Bhardwaj, A., V. Kumar, A. Sharma, T Sinha, S. P. Singh (2021), Application of Multimodel Superensemble Technique on the TIGGE Suite of Operational Models. Geomatics, 1, 81-91. 
  6. Kumar, V., P. K. Pradhan, T. Sinha, S. V. B. Rao and Hao-Po Chang* (2020), Interaction of a Low-Pressure System, an Offshore Trough, and Mid-Tropospheric Dry Air Intrusion: The Kerala Flood of August 2018, Atmosphere, 2020, 11, 740, doi:10.3390/atmos11070740. [IF: 2.397]. 
  7. Book Chapter: Kumar, V., A. S. Gautam, T. Sinha, R. Pandey (2020), Climate Variability and Trends over Dehradun during winter and Spring Seasons: A Case of Comfortability, Published in the book “Recent Advancements in Sciences with Special Reference to Himalaya”, by Alok Sagar Gautam, Publisher: Ancient Publishing House Delhi – 110053, India, pp. 195-205. 
  8. Hamidreza G. D., D. Stampoulis, J. Sabo, R. Shah, L. Huang, Y. Wei, Y. Tsai, J. Srinivasan, T. Sinha, D. Boscovic, and G. Low (2020), A Bayesian Neural Network for an Accurate Representation and Transformation of Runoff Dynamics: A Case Study of the Brazos River Basin in Texas, Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering Technology, 2020, 8, 41-51. [IF: 1.681] 
  9. Pradhan, P. K., M. L. R. Liberato, V. Kumar, J. Ferreira, S. V. B. Rao, and T. Sinha (2019), Simulation of Mid-Latitude Winter Storms over North Atlantic Ocean: Impact of Boundary Layer Parameterization Schemes, Climate Dynamics, 53 (11), 6785-6814, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-019-04962-3. [IF: 4.048]. 
  10. Kominoski, J.S., A. Ruhi, M. M. Hagler, K. Petersen, J. L. Sabo, T. Sinha, A. Sankarasubramanian and J. D. Olden (2018), Patterns and drivers of fish extirpations in rivers of the American Southwest and Southeast, Glob. Change Biol., 2018, 24, 1175–1185, https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13942. [IF: 8.44]. 
  11. Ahiablame, L., T. Sinha, M. Paul, Ji, Jae-Hyung* and A. Rajib (2017), Streamflow response to potential land use and climate changes in the James River watershed, Upper Midwest United States, Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 14, 150–166. [IF: 3.17]. 
  12. Sankarasubramanian, J. L. Sabo, K. L. Larson, S. B. Seo*, T. Sinha, R. Bhowmik*, A. Ruhi Vidal, K. Kunkel, G. Mahinthakumar, E. Z. Berglund and J. Kominoski (2017), Synthesis of Public Water Supply Use in the U.S.: Spatio-temporal Patterns and Socio-Economic Controls, Earth’s Future, DOI: 10.1002/2016EF000511. [IF: 5.6].
  13. Bhowmik, R*. D., A. Sankarasubramanian, T. Sinha, J. Patskoski, K. Mahinthakumar and K. Kunkel (2017), Multivariate Downscaling Approach Preserving Cross-Correlations across Climate Variables for Projecting Hydrologic Fluxes, Journal of Hydrometeorology, https://doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-16-0160.1. [IF: 3.273] 
  14. Seo, S*., T. Sinha, G. Mahinthakumar, A. Sankarasubramanian, and M. Kumar (2016) Identification of Dominant Source of Errors in Developing Streamflow and Groundwater Projection under Near-term Climate Change, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121(13), 7652–7672. [IF: 3.174] 
  15. Ji, J-H.*and T. Sinha (2016), Effects of Climate Change on Hydrology of the Nueces River Basin in South Texas, Conference Proceedings Paper number  162462942,  2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting. (doi: 10.13031/aim.20162462942) @2016. 
  16. Mazrooei A*., T. Sinha, A. Sankarasubramanian, S. Kumar, and Christa Peters-Lidard (2015), Decomposition of sources of errors in seasonal streamflow forecasting over the U.S. Sunbelt, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 11,809–11,825, doi:10.1002/2015JD023687. [IF: 3.174] 
  17. Li, W*., A. Sankarasubramanian, R. S. Ranjithan, and T. Sinha (2015), Role of multimodel combination and data assimilation in improving the hydrological model prediction at multiple time scales, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, DOI: 10.1007/s00477-015-1158-6. [IF: 2.086] 
  18. Sinha, A. Sankarasubramanian, and A. Mazrooei* (2014), Decomposition of Sources of Errors in Monthly to Seasonal Streamflow Forecasts in a Rainfall-Runoff Regime, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 15, 2470–2483. [IF: 3.273].
  19. Oh, J*., T. Sinha, and A. Sankarasubramanian (2014), The role of retrospective weather forecasts in developing daily forecasts of nutrient loadings over the Southeast US, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1-14, 2014, doi:10.5194/hess-18-1-2014 [IF: 3.587]. 
  20. Singh, H*., T. Sinha, and A. Sankarasubramanian (2014), Impacts of near-term climate change and population growth on within-year reservoir systems, J. Water Resour. Plann. Manage, 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000474, 04014078. [IF: 3.537] 
  21. Oludhe, C., A. Sankarasubramanian, T. Sinha, N. Devineni, and U. Lall (2013), Role of Multimodel Climate Forecasts in Improving Water and Energy Management, in press, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 52, 11, 2460-2475, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JAMC-D-12-0300.1 [IF: 2.02]. 
  22. Sinha, T., and A. Sankarasubramanian (2013), Role of initial soil moisture conditions and monthly updated climate forecasts in developing operational streamflow forecasts, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 721-733, doi:10.5194/hess-17-721-2013 [IF: 3.587]. 
  23. Sabo, J.L., K. Bestgen, W. Graf, T. Sinha and E. Wohl (2012), Dams in the Cadillac Desert: Downstream effects in a geomorphic context, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol 1249, The Year in Ecology and Conservation Biology, 227-246, DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2011.06411.x. [IF: 4.364] 
  24. Sabo, J.L.,T. Sinha, L. Bowling, G. Schoups, K. Cherkauer, P. Fuller, W. Graf, J. Hopmans, J. Kominoski, S. Trimble, W. Wallender, R. Webb, E. Wohl (2010), Reclaiming sustainable watersheds in the Cadillac Desert, Proc. of National Acad. of Sci., 107, 50, 21263-21269. [IF: 9.74] 
  25. Sinha, T., and K. A. Cherkauer (2010), Impacts of future climate change on soil frost in the midwestern United States, Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, D08105, 1-16, doi:10.1029/2009JD012188. [IF: 3.174] 
  26. Graf, W., E. Wohl, T. Sinha, and J. L. Sabo (2010), Sedimentation and sustainability of western American reservoirs, Water Resour. Res., 46, W12535, 13 pp., doi:10.1029/2009WR008836. [IF: 3.149] 
  27. Sinha, T., K. A. Cherkauer and V. Mishra (2010), Impacts of historic climate variability on seasonal soil frost in the Midwestern U.S., Journal of Hydrometeorology, 11, 229-251. [IF: 3.273] 
  28. Cherkauer, K. A., and T. Sinha (2010), Hydrologic impacts of projected future climate change in the Lake Michigan Region, Journal of Great Lakes Research, 36(2), 33-50. [IF: 2.309] 
  29. Sinha, T., and K. A. Cherkauer (2008), Time series analysis of soil freeze-thaw processes in Indiana, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 9(5), 936-950. [IF: 3.273] 


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