New Staff Interview – Dr Jamal Hassan

Published on 8 August 2023

Get to know Dr Jamal Hassan who started at the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science in May 2023.

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Can you please describe your professional/scientific background?

My professional journey commenced with Higher Education Government of the Punjab where I served for more than 12 years as a lecturer and then assistant professor of Geography. My research is focusing on hydrological modelling, climate change impact studies and open-source tools like R, Python, and GIS software for data analysis and visualization. In my career, I have contributed consistently to the advancement of hydrological modelling through research publications, conference presentations, and workshops. As a hydrological modeller, I am driven by the pursuit of understanding and predicting the complex interactions of water within our environment. I am passionate about harnessing the power of spatial information and cutting-edge technologies to gain valuable insights into our dynamic world.

What made you apply to work at the Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science (CWLPS)?

I was drawn to the opportunity to work at the centre for Water Law, Policy and Science (CWLPS) due to its distinguished reputation in the critical and dynamic realm of water resources management. The CWLPS emphasis on conducting innovative research that addresses real-world water related issues resonates with my own research aspirations. I am keenly interested in the practical applications of hydrological modelling and scientific insights in shaping water policies and regulations.

What are your main responsibilities at CWLPS? 

As a hydrological modeller I am focused on snow dynamics which involves utilizing mathematical and computational models to understand, simulate, and predict how snow accumulates, melts, and interacts with the broader hydrological system. This role is crucial for regions where snowmelt significantly contributes to streamflow, water availability, and various ecological processes. Modelling of snow dynamics is a complex endeavour that demands a comprehensive and accurate representation of various factors influencing snow dynamics. To achieve this, hydrological modellers heavily rely on a diverse range of data sources, including remote sensing, satellite observations, and reanalysis datasets.

What do you expect from your time at CWLPS? 

During my time at the CWLPS, I have several expectations and aspirations that reflect both my professional growth and the contributions I hope to make to the Centre’s mission. These expectations are grounded in my background as hydrological modeller and my passion for advancing water management, policy, and research. I expect to engage in meaningful collaboration with experts from diverse fields such as law, policy, and various scientific disciplines. I look forward to contributing to cutting-edge research initiatives led by CWLPS. I aspire to see my work directly influencing policy decisions and anticipate enhancing my skill set beyond hydrological modelling.

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