dr. ir. Akash Koppa

Akash Koppa specializes in large scale hydrology, land surface modeling, remote sensing and hydropower.

Akash KoppaBio

I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow, working in the Down2Earth project, at the Hydro-Climate Extremes Lab (H-CEL), Research team: Hydrology and Climate, Ghent University. A hydrologist and civil engineer by training, I have worked on large scale hydrology, high resolution atmosphere and land surface modeling, and stochastic optimization. My doctoral thesis funded by NASA's Applied Sciences program, focused on developing a decision support system for hydropower optimization in datascarce regions, leveraging numerical weather prediction models and remote sensing data. Specifically, I developed novel frameworks for improving seasonal forecasts in data-scarce regions by combining remote sensing and land surface models. I have also worked on coupled atmospheric-hydrologic modeling at regional scales for my Master's thesis.


Address: Coupure links 653 - Room A2.010

               9000 Ghent, Belgium

Phone: +32 9 264 61 40



  • 2020 – Present: Post-doctoral research fellow– Hydro-Climate Extremes Lab, Ghent University
  • 2019 – 2020: Post-doctoral research fellow - Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany
  • 2015 – 2019:  PhD in Hydrology and Water Resources, Department of Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2014 – 2015: Research Engineer (Hydrology), AIR Worldwide, India
  • 2012 – 2014: MTech in Water Management, School of Water Resources, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India                        
  • 2008 – 2012: BE in Civil Engineering, BMS College of Engineering, India

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Selected publications