Manish Kumar



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Research interests

Sensors; Water Quality; Hydrology; Ecology; Ecohydrology; Hydrogeology; Himalaya; Plant-water relations; Sap flow; Secondary forests; Streamflow; Springs; Transpiration; Tropical montane forests; Remote Sensing of Environment; Climate Change; Modelling; R Programming; Community-based Natural Resource Management; Ecotourism; Community Forestry; 


Manish Kumar is a field hydrologist with a keen interest in sensors. He has over 15 years of experience working on Himalayan ecohydrology using instrumentation and field surveys. He is a co-author of the recent IPCC AR6 chapter on Water. He specialises in R programming, including large data processing, time-series analysis, remote-sensing applications, and statistical modelling.

His future research focuses on three key aspects: 1. Development of low-cost sensors for water quality and quantity monitoring; 2. Developing fine-scale to regional ecohydrological models for complex mountains, with a focus on Himalaya; and 3. Catalysing academia-industry-grassroots action through effective knowledge transfer.

He is currently working as the Knowledge Transfer Project (KTP) Research Associate with UoB and Proteus Instruments on developing a real-time water quality monitoring sensor. The project is funded by Innovate UK.


Manish Kumar completed his PhD on understanding the "Ecohydrology of Sikkim Himalaya and its future under a changing climate" with an emphasis on quantifying plant-water relations in key tree species, the interactions between vegetation, soil, precipitation, and atmosphere, and its effects on spring and stream hydrology in the context of regional climate change in Himalaya.

He has a Master's degree in Ecology and Environmental Sciences and a Bachelor's degree in Zoology.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Ecohydrology of Sikkim Himalaya and its future in a changing climate, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment

31 Aug 201314 Dec 2021

Award Date: 14 Dec 2021

External positions


15 Jun 202115 Aug 2022


  • QK Botany
  • Sap flow
  • Plant water relations
  • Ecophysiology
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • Forest hydrology
  • Ecohydrology
  • G Geography (General)


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