Mukesh Kumar

Mukesh Kumar

Adjunct Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources

Dr. Mukesh Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the Nicholas School of Environment. He earned his B.Tech in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and his PhD in Civil Engineering from Penn State University. His research interests lie in Watershed Hydrology, Groundwater-Surface Water-Atmosphere Interactions, Numerical Modeling of Snow and Hydrologic Processes, GIS-Model Coupling, High Performance Computing Applications and Optimization Methods.

In The News


Wang, Dongdong, Yanlan Liu, and Mukesh Kumar. “Using nested discretization for a detailed yet computationally efficient simulation of local hydrology in a distributed hydrologic model..” Scientific Reports 8, no. 1 (April 10, 2018).
Liu, Yanlan, Anthony J. Parolari, Mukesh Kumar, Cheng-Wei Huang, Gabriel G. Katul, and Amilcare Porporato. “Increasing atmospheric humidity and CO2 concentration alleviate forest mortality risk..” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114, no. 37 (September 2017): 9918–23.
Zi, T., M. Kumar, G. Kiely, C. Lewis, and J. Albertson. “Simulating the spatio-temporal dynamics of soil erosion, deposition, and yield using a coupled sediment dynamics and 3D distributed hydrologic model.” Environmental Modelling and Software 83 (September 1, 2016): 310–25.
Liu, Y., and M. Kumar. “Role of meteorological controls on interannual variations in wet-period characteristics of wetlands.” Water Resources Research 52, no. 7 (July 1, 2016): 5056–74.
Wang, R., M. Kumar, and T. E. Link. “Potential trends in snowmelt-generated peak streamflows in a warming climate.” Geophysical Research Letters 43, no. 10 (January 1, 2016): 5052–59.

Recent Grants


CEE 687: Hydrologic Modeling for Water Quantity and Quality Assessment (CEE 687: Hydrologic Modeling for Water Quantity and Quality Assessment)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 898: Program Area Seminar (ENVIRON 898: Program Area Seminar)
ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)
ENVIRON 768: GIS for Water Quantity and Quality Assessment (ENVIRON 768: GIS for Water Quantity and Quality Assessment)

Contact Information

Nicholas School of Environment, LSRC Bldg., Room No. 207
Durham, NC 27708
LSRC Bldg., Room No. 207, Campus Box: 90328
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University (2009)