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Dr. Md. Abu Syed

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abu.syed@bcas.net

 

 

SUMMERY

 

Currently Fellow of BCAS, Director of NABIC-innovative, dedicated academician, scientist and program manager with 23 years teaching, research supervision and experiences in large program/projects on geospatial solutions, climate change and ecosystem modeling, assessment, monitoring, participatory mapping, planning, adaptation and natural resources management.

 

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

 

 Director (Founding), Nansen-Bangladesh International Centre for Coastal and Climate Studies (NABIC): the Centre of Excellence on coastal and ocean remote sensing & modeling in Bangladesh collaborating with research centers spanning across Europe, China, Russia, India and South Africa

 

·  Co-Principal Investigator, Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) Research on Glacier and Snowpack Dependent River Basins for Improving Livelihoods, covering whole of South Asia and 4 major river basins.

 

·  Lead Author, Himalayan Hindu Kush Regional Ecosystem Assessment, ICIMOD, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

·  Lead Author, Assessment on Urban and Peri-urban agriculture and adaptation planning in 9 cities in South Asia, East and West Africa, UNEP

 

·  Member, National Forest Mapping Steering Committee, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Bangladesh

 

·  Member, National MRV Working Group, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Bangladesh

 

·  Member of General Assembly of IMPACT 2C responsible for Quantifying impacts of Global warming of 2°C

 

·  Adjunct Faculty: Faculty of Disaster Management, Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU); Daffodil International University (DIU);

 

 

 

Professional Membership with:

 

  The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 210 Bethesda, Maryland 20814-2160

 

·  Alumni, International Institute of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, Netherlands

 

·  Asian Remote Sensing Research Information Network, Thailand

 

·  Bangladesh Society of Geo-Informatics, Bangladesh

 

·  Bangladesh Professional Forestry & Environmental Science Graduates Association

 

2013-2018

 

Co-Principal Investigator, Physical Modeling Component, (HI-AWARE) Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) Research on Glacier and Snowpack Dependent River Basins for Improving Livelihoods, covering Brahmaputra,Ganges, Indus and Gandaki basins in South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan)

 

2011-2016

 

Bangladesh: Co-Director, Nansen-Bangladesh International Centre for Coastal, Ocean and Climate Studies (NABIC), Capacity building of Bangladeshi post graduate research institutions in remote sensing, GIS, environment, physical oceanography, coastal and marine ecosystem studies

 

2012-2017

 

Bangladesh: Team Leader for the Bangladesh component of IMPACT2C A collaborative EU research project with leading universities and research centers lead by Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material und Küstenforschung GmbH, Climate ServiceCenter/ HZG , Germany. Climate modeling and impacts assessments. IMPACT2C utilizes a range of models within a multidisciplinary international expert team and assesses effects on water, energy, infrastructure, coasts, and other sectors. Case studies for vulnerable areas, subject to multiple impacts (among others South Asia), with the focus being on cross-sectoral interactions (e.g. land use competition) and cross-cutting themes (e.g. cities).

 

2009-2013

 

Bangladesh: Team Leader and Lead Author, IPCC 4th Report “Climate Change 2007”. Understanding the Findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Development Planning: Coordination of South Asia regional assessment on urban and peri-urban Agriculture production and Food Security of Growing population 3 cities in South Asia, 3 in East and 3 in West Africa and Lead mapping exercise using GeoEye 1 data for Greater Dhaka city and writing reports.

 

2009–2011

 

Bangladesh: Technical Coordinator, Project: Component 5b-1: Disaster Management Information Network (DMIN), Design, Test and Demonstrate a multi-hazard DMIN down to household level. Client: Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) and Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP).

 

2007-2008

 

Bangladesh: Environment and Climate Change Specialist. Project: The Probable Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty and Options of Coping with Adverse Effects of Climate Change in Bangladesh. Client: General Economic Division of Planning Commission, Government of Bangladesh (GOB) and UNDP.

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

PhD research title "Geospatial Response to Global Warming in the Tropical Forest Ecosystems in Bangladesh

 

The climate modeling research carried out at Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR), Bergen University, Norway and ecosystem research at BCAS and Institute of Forestry & Envir Sc, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh 2009-2014. The research starts with GCM downscaling to South Asian regional model applying WRF (Weather Research Forecast) model and nesting to further higher resolution. A modeling framework through identifying appropriate and tested model configurations for high resolution downscaling of WRF model over South Asia and Bangladesh was developed. A geospatial model has also been developed for analyzing climate parameters and visualizing geospatial responses at different ecosystems in Bangladesh. July 2009-Nov 20014

 

M.Sc. in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (Remote Sensing & GIS); Specialization: Natural resources Management, International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC-www.itc.nl), The Netherlands, August 1999¬-February 2001. Thesis title: "An Evaluation of Remote Sensing Data for Detecting Edges of Fragmented Mangroves in The Sundarbans, Bangladesh". The research synthesized optical & microwave sensor capability in detecting stand parameters. Spatial analysis of environmental factors (natural and human interference) affecting mangrove ecosystem done.

 

B.Sc. (Honors) in Forestry and Environmental Sciences; Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Chittagong University, Bangladesh, July 1987-December 1992

 

Academic background and year of diploma:

 

2009-2014

 

PhD in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (foreseen), Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR), Bergen University, Norway and Institute of Forestry & Environmental Science, Chittagong. The climate modeling carried out at Bergen University, Norway and ecosystem research at BCAS and Institute of Forestry & Envir Sc, University of Chittagong. The research starts with GCM downscaling to South Asian regional model applying WRF (Weather Research Forecast) model and nesting to further higher resolution. A modelling framework through identifying appropriate and tested model configurations was developed for high resolution downscaling of WRF over South Asia and Bangladesh. A geospatial model has also been developed for analyzing climate parameters and visualizing geospatial responses at different ecosystems in Bangladesh.

 

2001-2002

 

Post Graduate Diplome in Geomatic Engineering for Integrated Coastal Zone Management, University of New Castle upon Tyne, UK

 

1999-2001

 

M.Sc. in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (Remote Sensing & GIS); Specialization: Natural resources Management. International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, The Netherlands.

 

1987-1992

 

B.Sc. (Honors) in Forestry and Environmental Sciences; Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Chittagong University, Bangladesh.

 

Scientific programming and assessment:

 

Lead research projects on geospatial solutions for agriculture, forests, NRM, water resources, DRR and DRM. Global to Regional Climate Models, Atmospheric modeling for downscaling Weather Research Forecast (WRF) Model to investigate changing pattern in South Asian Climate and Monsoon.

 

Coordinating Lead Author on South Asia “Knowledge Assessments on Climate Change and Peri-urban/urban Agriculture in South Asia” and Lead Author of the Climate Change in HKH Chapter if the Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Program, ICIMOD, Nepal.

 

Strategic planning:

 

Leading Landscape Level (geospatial) planning for 36 protected areas both (forest and wetland) considering climate change, ecosystem restoration and community based adaptation. Based on these policy suggestion which were adopted by GOB;

 

Contributed in strategic planning of several institutions including BCAS, ARCAB, ICCCAD, NABIC, SEALS, DUPC, SHIREE (Stimulating Household Improvements Resulting in Economic Empowerment) etc. Linkage between Poverty and Climate Change, Adverse Effects of Climate Change, Vulnerability context, coping mechanism, mainstreaming climate change into development planning, Conduct training for capacity building training and plan for GED, Planning Commission.

 

Research:

 

Proven record of leading research/assessment programs/projects at international, regional, national and sub-national. As Team Leader lead international team of experts and currently leading several ecosystems, forests, climate change, DRR, DRM, natural resources assessment and monitoring projects with with major geospatial sciences, climate modeling and climate change, adaptation components for poverty alleviation, MDGs, SDGs and impacts studies with at BCAS

 

Innovative and dedicated professional with nearly 23+ years of experience in research in the application of remote sensing and GIS in forestry, NRM, environment, DRR, DRM, water resources, ecosystem assessment, monitoring and modeling, participatory forestry, environment and ecosystem risks assessment, participatory monitoring and management of ecosystems and NRM, CC impacts, remote sensing, GIS, climate change science, policy, adaptation and mitigation including local level climate impact assessment, adaptation and mitigation strategy, participatory vulnerability analysis (PVA).

 

Lead large research programs/projects on Global to Regional Climate Models, Ecosystem and Environment Assessments, Geospatial planning and capacity building in the area of climate modeling, NRM, forestry, adaptation and geospatial solutions. Co-supervising PhD students 2 with Wegningen University, the Netherlands and 2 with Chittagong University and 2 with Dhaka University jointly with Bergen University. Supervised 2 PhDs and 12 M.Sc. students in universities in Norway, Qatar, the Netherlands and Bangladesh in climate modeling, geospatial solutions, climate change, forestry, environment and peoples (climate refugees) interfaces.

 

Coordinating or acting as leader of several collaborative researches with Smithsonian Institute, Washington, Wageningen University, TU Delpt, Twente University,  Netherlands, Helsinki University, Finland, Bergen University, Southampton University, UK; Oslo University, Norway; UNU Bonn, TERI University, India, University of Hawaii, USA, Toronto University, Canada.

 

Evidence of developing concept, proposal, securing funding for assessment and management development, legal framework and developed management plan for first ever Nature Reserve (desert mangrove) Protected Area in Qatar. Evidence of successful research development, technical and financial negotiations and management, coordination, data collection tools, project execution, presentations and report writing.

 

Linkage between Poverty and Climate Change, Adverse Effects of Climate Change, Vulnerability context, coping mechanism, mainstreaming climate change into development planning, Conduct training for capacity building training and plan for GED, Planning Commission;

 

Contributed in reviews of policies on Forest and Natural Resources Management and formulation of new policies for social forestry, participatory co management of forests and fisheries resources. agriculture, water resources and climate analyzed for resolving mismatches, conflicts among policies and mainstreaming climate change into the development planning (Refer to GED project, CoCoon, START)

 

Over 12 years in climate modeling and climate change, adaptation projects at international, regional and national level with various types of funding.

 

SKILLS

 

Worked home and abroad in as a Faculty, Project Coordinator, Technical Coordinator, Team Leader, Principal Investigator and a member of multidisciplinary and multinational Team of Experts.

 

Excellent training & presentation skill with audio visual aids. Expertise in extensions/training and communication materials development related to natural and natural resources, ecosystem analysis, climate change, remote sensing and GIS. CC scenario modeling, Weather Research Forecast (WRF), GCM, T21, AIM and various dispersion models.

 

Excellent skills in technical and financial negotiations with multinational companies, international, UN and Government Agencies, writing of project proposal, concepts, country assessment, strategic report and preparation of annual work plan and budget, management, coordination, data collection tools, project execution, presentations and report writing.

 

Expertise in Co-management (community to national level), NRM, Forest Resources Assessment, Monitoring and Management, Resources Management Information Systems (RIMS), Decision Support, Tools/System (DST/DSS), Ecosystem Modeling, and emission reduction strategy, verification process, low carbon growth and other relevant issues; multi-hazard early warning, climate risk assessment and management, disaster risk management

 

Extensive professional expertise in Erdas Imagine, Arc GIS 9.1-10, eCognition, QGIS, ENVI, IDL, MatLab, eCognition, Surfer 10, GRASS, WinRose, ILWIS, Minitab, SPSS, “R”, Statistica, Programming in VB, C++. Over 15 years’ of experience in RS (optical, LiDAR, RADAR) for environment, GIS and Geospatial database management.

 

 

 

I have chaired/completed/conducted/presented in numerous other training and attended national, international lecture series, conferences, seminar and workshops on NRM, climate, environment, remote sensing & GIS and modeling.

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

1.      Arfanuzzaman, M. and Syed, M.A. Water Demand and Ecosystem Nexus in the Transboundary River Basin: A Zero-sum Game, Environment, Development and Sustainability, Springer (Africa, Asia & Europe) link.springer.com/journal/10668

 

2.      Arfanuzzaman, M. Mamnun, N. Islam, M.S. Dilshad, T and Syed, M.A. 2016. Evaluation of Adaptation Practices in the Agriculture Sector of Bangladesh: An Ecosystem Based Assessment, Climate 2016, 4, 11, doi:10.3390/cli4010011

 

3.      Wesselink, A. Warner, J.Chan, F. Tran, D.D. Huq, H. Terpstra, T. Thuy, N.L. Staveren, M. Syed, M.A and Zegwaard, A. 2015. Soft flood risk management in deltas around the world: can we learn lessons from comparison? Special Issue by Jacobi/Empinotti/Warner of International Journal for Water Governance. www.bcas.net/uplded/pdfs/Wesselink_2015_FRM_comparison_IJWG.pdf

 

4.      Syed, M.A. 2015. Regional analysis, import-export and related issues on food security, Chapter 7 in Food Security and Risk Reduction in Bangladesh, Eds. Umma Habiba, Md. Anwarul Abedin, Abu Wali Raghib Hassan, Rajib Shaw, Springer Japan KK, Tokyo In Press

 

5.      Wesselink, A. Warner, J. Syed, M.A. Chan, F. Tran, D.D. Huq, H. Thuy, N.L. Staveren, M.V. Wester, F. and Zegwaard, A. 2015. Soft flood risk management in deltas around the world: can we learn lessons from comparison? Special Issue by Jacobi/Empinotti/Warner of International Journal for Water Governance, paper accepted In Press

 

6.      Syed, M.A. Al Amin, M. Rahman, A. and Mallick, D. 2015. Synergies of Remote Sensing with Social Science Tools for Participatory, Management of Natural Resources, ASPRS – The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society, 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 210, Bethesda, MD 20814 USA

 

7.      Syed, M.A. 2015. Regional analysis, import-export and related issues on food security, Chapter 7 in Food Security and Risk Reduction in Bangladesh, Eds. Umma Habiba, Md. Anwarul Abedin, Abu Wali Raghib Hassan, Rajib Shaw, Springer Japan KK, Tokyo In Press

 

8.      Reeve, M.S. Syed, M.A. Spengler, T. and Spinney, J. 2014. Complementing Scientific Monsoon Definitions with Social perceptions in Bangladesh, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), June 2, 2014, journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00144.1

 

9.      Matin, N. Syed, M.A. Musingo T. E. Mbuvi, Odit, B.O. and Ongugo, P.O. 2014. Group Inequality and Environmental Sustainability: Insights from Bangladesh and Kenyan Forest Commons, Sustainability, Vol. 6, 1462-1488; doi:10.3390/su6031462

 

10.  Syed, M.A. 2014. Low Emission Development in Forestry Sector in Bangladesh, A Chapter in the Special Edition titled “Understanding the Low Emission Development”, by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington,

 

11.  Akhter, S. Raihan, F. Sohel, M.S.I. Syed, M.A. Das, S.K. and Alamgir, M. 2013, Coping with Climate Change by Using Indigenous Knowledge of Ethnic Communities from in and around Lawachara National Park of Bangladesh, Journal of Forest Science, Vol. 29, No. 3, pp. 181-193, August, 2013, pISSN: 2287-2396, eISSN: 2287-240X

 

12.  Reeve, A. M, Spengler, T. Lunde, T.M. and Syed, M.A. 2012. Hva er egentlig monsunen? (“What comes to your mind when you hear the word monsoon?” Climate Journal KLIMA of CICERO, 3-2012, Oslo, Norway, www.cicero.uio.no/fulltext/index.aspx?id=9461&lang=no

 

13.  Syed, M.A. Rahman, A.K.M. Atiqur. Maainuddin, G. and Ahmed, A. K. 2012. Disaster Management Information Network – Community Based Multi-hazard Early Warning Information Communication process for Bangladesh; Global Risk Forum, Davos, Switzerland

 

14.  Syed, Md A. and Shahabuddin, 2012 in press “Changing Trend and Relation between Temperature and Rainfall in Bangladesh” presented in the International Conference on "Opportunities and Challenges in Monsoon Prediction in a Changing Climate" (OCHAMP-2012), 21-25 February, 2012 Pune, India in press-ELSEVIER special issue

 

15.  Amin, S. M. A. Rahman, A.A. and Syed, M.A. 2012, Opportunities and Challenges of Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture (UPA): A Critical Analysis of Policy and Urban Governance of Dhaka City, International Conference on UP Environment 2012, Pune, India

 

16.  Syed, M.A. and Al Amin, M 2010. Landscape Level Planning towards Developing a Decision Support System for Sustainable Management and Eco-restoration of Protected Areas (PAs), Proceedings of “International symposium Benefiting from earth Observation-Bridging the Gap for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region, 4-6 October 2010, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Katmandu, Nepal

 

17.  Syed, Md. A. 2010. Landscape Level Planning towards Eco-restoration and Biodiversity Conservation: A Case Study from Teknaf Wildlife Sanctuary, Technical Paper: International Day on Biological Diversity, Conference Hall, Bangladesh Forest Department, Agargaon, Dhaka, May 22, 2010

 

18.  Syed, Md. A. 2010. Climate Change: Impacts on Biodiversity, World Environment Day Celebration National Level Technical Discussion Session, Bangabandhu International Conference Centre Dhaka, 06 June. 2010

 

19.  Syed, Md. A. 2010. High Resolution Data Needs for Downscaling ARW-WRF for South Asia, Proceedings of the WRF Lecture Series at the Bjerknes Centre on Downscaling of ARW-WRF, (NCAR Visit to the Bjerknes Centre), Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Bergen, Norway September 20-24, 2010

 

20.  Syed, Md. A. and Y. A. Hussin. 2005. Assessing Fragmented Mangroves of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh Using Optical and Radar Satellite Images. Asian Journal of Geoinformatics, Vol. 5, No. 3 (2005) July 2005, ARSRIN, Bangkok, Thailand. www.intranet.itc.nl/papers/2005/peer_jrnl/hussin_ass.pdf

 

     
 
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