Dr.Ing. Navneet Kumar is working in the GLOMOS program at UNU-EHS. He has been involved in strategic project development, acquisition and implementation, with particular focus on the Hindu Kush – Himalaya region, Central Asia and countries in Africa.
He has earned his Ph.D. in Engineering (water resource management) from the University of Bonn and a Master’s degree in Geoinformatics from the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), the Netherlands and Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), India. He has worked as Senior Researcher at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany and currently, he acts as a disciplinary course coordinator and member of the ethical committee for the doctoral program at ZEF.
Navneet’s main research themes are water and natural resources management and geoinformatics. Particular topics include remote sensing and GIS applications in natural resources management, hydrological modeling, climate change, land degradation, risk and impact assessment, irrigation, etc. He has contributed to several projects in Africa and Asia (Algeria, Ethiopia, India, Mali, Niger, Uzbekistan, South Korea and Kazakhstan). He has also been involved in capacity and network-building projects with the Pan African University – Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) in Algeria and a collaboration project between PAUWES and the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL). Furthermore, Navneet has contributed to the development of eLearning courses on water management and is currently involved in conducting joint global classroom semester programme on water management with partner institutions from USA and Brazil. He has conducted several lectures, summer schools and workshops in Africa, India and Germany, and presented his work at several international conferences and received awards and travel grants. He served as a member of scientific committees (master thesis defense committees) and member of the organizing and scientific committees of International conferences. Navneet has published in several peer-reviewed journals and is editor of three handbooks, including two volumes on Himalayan Ecosystems and Sustainability. He is a reviewer for several grant proposals and scientific journals and a guest editor for the Sustainability Journal, a topical advisory panel member of Water Journal and a review editor for the Agronomy Journal.