Profile Series: Shashank Bhushan (he/him)

Let’s get the basics. Name, where you are from, and your current affiliation and advisor?

Hi, I am Shashank Bhushan, I grew up in Patna, Bihar, a city located in the floodplains of the river Ganges in India. I am currently a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. I am advised by Dr. David Shean.

What is the research you are currently working on?

For my PhD dissertation, I have been learning and improving methods to derive high resolution topographic maps of the Earth’s surface from satellite imagery. If we have two or more of these topographic maps computed from images acquired at different times but over the same region, we can compare them to accurately measure the changes in the ground surface over that particular region! For the “science” component of my thesis, I use this technique to study the surface evolution of High Asia glaciers, document the rates at which the glacier ice is thinning or thickening, and analyze how fast or slow these glaciers are moving. 

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EGU 2022: Short course: Research, services and policy exploring the role of hydrologists

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EGU 2022 Great Debate

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South Asia Drought Monitor

A Streams of Thought contribution by Swamini Khurana (she/her), in conversation with Toma Rani Saha (she/her) and Pallav Kumar Shrestha (he/him)

The South Asia Drought Monitor (SADM) is a portal where people can monitor the condition of soil moisture in the South Asian subcontinent using time varying maps. SADM focuses on monitoring agricultural drought at a high-resolution (~27 km) (Saha et al., 2021). The portal transfers information from science to practice; scientific jargons are bypassed and the soil condition is presented as six categories of dryness, varying from no dryness through to exceptional drought. It is well known that drought is a creeping phenomenon that expresses itself through soil moisture which moves slowly. Therefore, in addition to monitoring, SADM also provides the opportunity to look into the near future based on current soil moisture conditions.

Caption: South Asia Drought Monitor displaying the 2009-2010 drought in the region.
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Profile Series: Aspen Anderson (she/her)

Let’s get the basics. Name, where you are from, and your current affiliation and advisor?

My name is Aspen Anderson and I am originally from Colorado, USA. I received a BSc in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate with Dr. Diana Allen at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. 

What is the research you are currently working on?

My Ph.D. research focuses on fresh groundwater availability in coastal deltas. Many cities that are built on coastal deltas, like Vancouver, rely on groundwater to meet freshwater demand. My research uses numerical modeling to understand what geomorphic conditions affect delta formation and how this ultimately impacts the groundwater system.

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