dr. ir. Akash Koppa

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


Akash Koppa

I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow, working in the Down2Earth project, at the Hydro-Climate Extremes Lab (H-CEL), Hydrology and Climate team, 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.


  • 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