Prajwal Khanal

Master Student
Department Biogeochemical Integration (BGI)
Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate Interactions

Main Focus

Current Research

"Role of surface and sub-surface soil moisture for vegetation functioning."

I explore how vegetation functioning correlates with the surface and deep soil moisture: (1) across different climatic regimes and vegetation types spatially and how (2) correlations change during dry months temporally.

Past Research

1. "Temporal scale dependent sensitivity analysis of surface water-groundwater interactions."

For a simple model of head response in a semi-infinite aquifer due to hydro peaking, I analyze the sensitivity of parameters in different temporal scales. For this, I first decompose the time series of head response into different temporal scales using Discrete Wavelet Transform (DWT). Then, I perform a global sensitivity analysis to rank sensitive parameters on each temporal scale.

2. Student Research Assistant, Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management, Technical University of Munich

I build the 1-D hydraulic model of the Ouémé river in Benin, Africa, and the Naryn river in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. Then I perform hazard analysis for the floods of different return periods.

Curriculum Vitae

Masters of Science, Environmental Engineering

Technical University of Munich, Germany

Bachelor's in Civil Engineering

Institute of Engineering, Tribhuwan University, Nepal

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