Wahid Palash


Department: School of Public Policy and Global Affairs; Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering

Wahid Palash is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He has over 20 years research and industry experience in Asia, Europe, and North America. He is particularly interested in the interface of research and practice in hydrology and water management, water and climate risk assessment, climate change, flood and drought prediction and management, and community adaptation.

He completed his Ph.D. in Hydrology from Tufts University, Boston, USA, a M.Sc. in Water Resources Engineering from Katholieke University Leuven, Belgium, and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

Before joining at UBC, Wahid worked as a Research Scientist in a project of Tufts University, a Consulting Hydrologist and Water Resources Specialist at a number of international water companies and research organizations in Asia and Europe, and as an Associate Specialist in Hydroinformatics in Bangladesh.

At UBC, he focuses on two main research questions: a) What are the water management vulnerabilities and risks associated with the mining and extractives sector at present and in future climate extremes? b) What are the hydrological responses to the disturbances caused by increased water demand, poor engineering solutions, natural variability and evolving climate forcing on watershed, regional, and global scale?

His expertise and area of interests also include hydrologic and hydraulic modelling, terrestrial hydrologic processes and their climate interactions, system thinking and complex water problems, transboundary water sharing, big data analytics and data-driven modelling, and geospatial analysis.

Wahid enjoys reading books, travelling, and playing with his two-year-old son. As a movie enthusiast, he hopes one day he can make at least one movie! He can be reached at