CARC – Scientist Profile – Ripendra Awal

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Ripendra Awal Ph.D.
Research Scientist

Education

Ph.D., Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan (Civil and Earth Resources Engineering)
M.Sc., Tribhuvan University, Nepal (Water Resources Engineering)
B.E., Tribhuvan University, Nepal (Civil Engineering)

Key Interests

Watershed modeling; groundwater modeling, water related hazards (flood, landslide, debris flow, erosion); natural and artificial dam failure; climate change; GIS/RS; water resources; agricultural water management

Contact Information

Office: P.O. Box 519; MS 2008, AGRL Room 109, Prairie View, TX 77446
Phone: (936) 261-5092
Email: riawal@pvamu.edu

Recent Publications

Journal Papers

Sharma, R. H. and Awal, R.: Hydropower development in Nepal, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 21, pp. 684-693, 2013.

Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Experimental study on piping failure of natural dam, Journal of Japan Society of Civil Engineers, Ser. B1 (Hydraulic Engineering), Vol. 67 (4), pp.I_157-I_162, 2011.

Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Experimental study on piping failure of natural dam, Annual Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, JSCE, Vol. 55, pp.157-162, 2011.

Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Experimental study on moraine dam failure due to waves overtopping and erosion, Annual Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, JSCE, Vol. 54, pp.193-198, 2010.

Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Numerical and experimental study on 3D transient seepage and slope stability of landslide dam failure, Annual Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, JSCE, Vol. 53, pp.61-66, 2009.

Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: An integrated approach to predict outflow hydrograph due to landslide dam failure by overtopping and sliding, Annual Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, JSCE, Vol. 52, pp.151-156, 2008.

Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Baba, Y. and Sharma, R. H.: Numerical and experimental study on landslide dam failure by sliding, Annual Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, JSCE, Vol. 51, pp.7-12, 2007.

Peer-Reviewed International Conference Papers (* Presentation held by Awal, R.)

*Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Study on moraine dam failure and resulting flood/debris flow hydrograph due to waves overtopping and erosion, In Genevois, R., Hamilton, D.L., and Prestininzi, A, eds., Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Debris Flow Hazards Mitigation, Mechanics, Prediction and Assessment, Padua, Italy, June 14-17, 2011, Italian Journal of Engineering Geology and Environment – Book, pp. 3-12.

*Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Study on Glacial Lake Outburst Flood, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Water and Sediment Disasters in East Asia, pp.213-222, 2010.

Nakagawa, H., Utsumi, T., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y., Zhang, H. and *Awal, R.: Erosion of unsaturated river embankment due to overtopping, 17th Congress of the Asia Pacific Division of the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research, IAHR-APD 2010, 2010.

Nakagawa, H., *Awal, R., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Landslide dam failure and prediction of flood/debris flow hydrograph, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Prediction and Simulation Methods for Geohazard Mitigation, IS-Kyoto, pp.59-64, 2009.

Nakagawa, H., Awal, R., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Natural dam failure and estimation of resultant flood hydrograph, 2nd International Conference on Water & Flood Management (ICWFM- 2009), 2009.

*Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Experimental study on prediction of failure mode of landslide dams, Proceedings of Fourth International Conference on Scour and Erosion (ICSE-4), pp. 655-660, 2008.

*Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Transient slope stability analysis of landslide dam failure, Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Hydro-Science and Engineering (ICHE), pp.1778-1787, 2008.

*Awal, R., Shakya, N. M. and Jha, R. N.: Application of Hydraulic Model and GIS for Floodplain Analysis and Risk Assessment: A Case Study of Lakhandei River, Nepal, Proceedings of International Conference on Monitoring, Prediction and Mitigation of Water-Related Disasters, MPMD – 2005. Japan: Kyoto University, Kyoto, pp.335-341, 2005.

Conference Papers (* Presentation held by Awal, R.)

Fares, A., *Awal, R., Valenzuela, H., Fares, S., Johnson, A.B., Dogan, A., and Nagata, N.: Effect of irrigation systems and landscape species on irrigation water requirements simulated by the Irrigation Management System, Irrigation Show 2013, 2013 (in CD ROM).

*Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Study on natural dam failure due to seepage/piping, Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science, pp. 173-174, 2010.

*Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Outburst flood due to ice/rock avalanche induced waves overtopping and erosion of moraine dam, Proceedings of International Symposium on Sediment Disasters & River Environment in Mountainous Area (JSPS Asia-Africa Science Platform Program), pp.55-56, 2010.

*Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Fujita, M., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Study on glacial lake outburst floods due to waves overtopping and erosion of moraine dam, International Symposium on a Robust and Resilient Society against Natural Hazards & Environmental Disasters and the third AUN/SEED-Net Regional Conference on Geo-disaster Mitigation, pp.180-192, 2010.

Manandhar, B., Balla, M. K., Awal, R. and Pradhan, B. M.: Floodplain analysis and risk assessment of Lothar Khola, 11th ESRI India User Conference 2010, 2010.

*Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Study on moraine dam failure due to waves overtopping and erosion, Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science, pp.77-78, 2009.

*Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Prediction of flood/debris flow hydrograph due to natural dam failure, Proceedings of International Symposium on Environment, Energy & Water in Nepal: recent Researches & Direction for Future, pp. 148-154, 2009.

*Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Three dimensional transient slope stability analysis of landslide dam failure, Proceedings of Second NEA-JC Seminar on “Current and Future Technologies”, 2008.

*Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Application of three dimensional transient slope stability model to predict landslide dam failure by sliding, Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science, pp. 23-24, 2008.

Nakagawa, H., Awal, R., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Prediction of natural dam failure and resultant flood/debris flow discharge, Japan-Brazil Memorial Symposium on Science and Technology, Brazil, 2008.

*Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K. and Baba, Y.: Prediction of outflow hydrograph due to landslide dam failure, Proceedings of the 26th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science, pp.19-20, 2007.

*Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Numerical approach to predict flood/debris flow hydrograph due to landslide dam failure, Proceedings of First NEA-JC Seminar on “Current and Future Technologies”, 2007 (in CD ROM)

Conference Abstracts/Presentation (* Presentation held by Awal, R.)

Fares, A., Awal, R., Htun, H., Fares, S., Johnson, A., and Valenzuela, H.: Potential response of two crops irrigation water requirements to some potential climate change scenarios, ASA, CSSA, & SSSA International Annual Meetings, 2013.

Harris, R., Fares, A., Awal, R., Valenzuela, H., Fares, S., and Abbas, F.: Demonstrating irrigation and nitrogen best management practices for sustainable urban turf grass, 25th Annual CTAHR and COE Student Research Symposium, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2013.

Fares, A., Awal, R., Fares, S., Valenzuela, H., and Htun, H.: Irrigation water requirements for some major crops in response to potential climate change scenarios, Workshop on Climate Scenarios and Impacts on Agriculture, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2012.

Fares, A., Awal, R., Safeeq, M., Valenzuela, H. and Fares, S.: Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in Hawaiian Watersheds, Workshop on Climate Scenarios and Impacts on Agriculture, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2012.

Fares, A., Safeeq, M., Fares. S. and *Awal, R.: Improved Performance and Accuracy of Three New Soil Moisture Sensors in a Hawaiian Oxisol, Joint Meeting of the Second International Soil Sensing Technology Conference, the Soil Physics Technical Committee Annual Meeting, and the ASA Sensor-based Water Management Community, 2012.

*Awal, R.: Numerical and experimental study on different failure modes of natural dam, A one-day Workshop on Prediction and Mitigation of Water Related Disasters, IOE, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 2010.

*Awal, R.: Consequences of formation and overtopping of landslide dam in Hunza river, Pakistan, Talk program on Engineer’s Day, Kyoto, 2010.

*Awal, R.: Challenges and approaches towards GLOF risk mitigation, Symposium on Nepal organized by Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies (ASFAS), Kyoto University, 2010.

*Awal, R.: Kosi Flood disaster in Nepal and India due to embankment breach on 18th August, 2008, Second NEA-JC Seminar on “Current and Future Technologies”, 2008.

*Awal, R. and Nakagawa, H: Potential water disaster from earthquake: An example of Chinese quake lake – Tangjiashan, Talk program on Engineer’s Day, Kyoto, 2008.

Poster

Awal, R., Fares, A., Michaud, J., Chu, P., Fares, S., Rosener, M. and Kodama, K.: Evaluation of the Sacramento soil moisture accounting model for flood forecasting in a Hawaiian watershed, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, 2012.

A. Fares, Awal, R., Michaud, J., Fares, S., Chu, P., Kodama, K., and Rosener, M.: A distributed hydrologic model, HL-RDHM, for flash flood forecasting in Hawaiian watersheds, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, 2012.

Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Outburst flood due to ice/rock avalanche induced waves overtopping and erosion of moraine dam, International Symposium on Sediment Disasters & River Environment in Mountainous Area (JSPS Asia-Africa Science Platform Program), 2010.

Other Publications

Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Fujita, M., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Study on piping failure of natural dams, Annuals of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, No.54B, pp.539-547, 2011.

Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Fujita, M., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Experimental study on glacial lake outburst floods due to waves overtopping and erosion of moraine dam, Annuals of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, No.53B, pp.583-594, 2010.

Nakagawa, H., Awal, R., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Experiments on natural dam failure, The Nineteenth IHP (International Hydrological Program) Training Course on Water Resources and Water Related Disasters under Climate Change – Prediction, Impact Assessment and Adaptation (Course Manual), Kyoto, pp.169-174, 2009.

Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Three dimensional transient seepage and slope stability analysis of landslide dam, Annuals of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, No.52B, pp.689-696, 2009.

Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Kawaike, K., Baba, Y. and Zhang, H.: Prediction of flood/debris flow hydrograph due to landslide dam failure by overtopping and sliding, Annuals of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, No.51B, pp.603-611, 2008.

Awal, R., Nakagawa, H., Baba, Y., Sharma, R. H. and Ito, N.: Study on landslide dam failure by sliding, Annuals of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, No.50B, pp.653-660, 2007.

Awal, R.: Floodplain analysis and risk assessment of Lakhandei River, Applied Research Grants for Disaster Risk Reduction Rounds I and II (2003-2006), Innovative Initiatives in Disaster Risk Reduction – Applied Research by Young Practitioners in South, South East, and East Asia, pp.118-129, 2007.

Awal, R.: Floodplain analysis and risk assessment for Lakhandei River, Young Researcher Project Briefs – Applied Research Grants Program – Rounds I and II (2003-2006), pp. 51-52, 2007.

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