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Dr. Kamran Haider Syed

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
H-12 ,Islamabad Pakistan
Tel : 05190854619

Hydrology and Water Resources

PhD (Hydrology & Water Resources, University of Arizona, USA), MS (Hydrology & Water Resources University of Arizona, USA)

Dr. Kamran Syed earned his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from N.E.D. University of Engineering and Technology Karachi (in 1985), and MS and PhD degrees (in 1994 and 1999 respectively) in hydrology and water resources from University of Arizona, United States. His doctoral research investigated the impacts of resolution of terrain elevation data on hydrologic modelling. After completing his doctorate, Dr. Syed held several post-doctoral positons at prestigious universities in the United States and Canada.
Dr. Kamran is a registered professional engineer in the United States, Canada and Pakistan. Before joining NICE in March 2016, Dr. Syed worked for about 10 years as a professional engineer in an environmental engineering consulting firm in northern Michigan, United States. During that job, he worked in the field on hydrologic data collection projects. In the office, he pioneered development and maintenance of SQL data bases, and wrote computer program for automated data retrieval, quality control, archival and statistical analysis.

​After completion of his Ph.D. work, Dr. Kamran Syed has conducted several research projects as a surface water hydrologist in the field of watershed modeling, topological control of watersheds and ecosystem processes. He has expertise in physically based deterministic watershed modeling at various levels of detail, atmospheric water balance, and modeling of ecosystem-atmosphere interactions. Prior to joining NUST, Dr. Syed conducted studies at various levels of watershed scale and modeling complexity in a variety of experimental watersheds in the United States and Canada with differing modeling objectives. Much of his research has been multi-disciplinary in nature involving links to hydrologic and global water balance modeling, ecosystem physiology and use of global atmospheric remote-sensing data sets to study global climate change.​



Syed, K. H., L. B. Flanagan, P. J. Carlson, A. J. Glenn and Stephane Ponton, 2005. Comparison of Current and Historical Rates of Carbon Accumulation in a Northern Alberta Peatland. Poster Presentation, Fall 2005 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Syed, K. H., P. J. Carlson, A. J. Glenn and L. B. Flanagan, 2004. Environmental Control of Net Ecosystem Carbon Dioxide Exchange in Contrasting Peatlands in Northern Alberta, Canada. Poster Presentation, Fall 2004 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Syed, K., A. Gruber and C-Z. Zou, 2001. Analysis of Global Moisture Flux, Flux Divergence and Residual Evaporation. Poster presentation, Fall 2001 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Syed, K. H., D. C. Goodrich,  S. Sorooshian, and Jurgen Garbrecht, 1998. The Impacts of Digital Elevation Model Data Type and Resolution on Hydrological Modeling. Poster presentation, Spring 1998 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Syed, K. H., D. C. Goodrich, and Soroosh Sorooshian, 1996. Spatial Properties of rainfall and their relationship to basin runoff. Oral presentation, Fall 1996 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.


Syed, K. H., D. C. Goodrich, D. E. Myers, and S. Sorooshian, 2003. Spatial characteristics of thunderstorm rainfall fields and their relation  to runoff. Journal of Hydrology, Vol 271/1-4: pp 1-21.

Syed, K. H., L. B. Flanagan, P. J. Carlson, A. J. Glenn and K. Eric Van, 2006. Environmental control of net ecosystem CO2 exchange in a treed, moderately rich fen in northern Alberta. Ag and Forest Meteorology, 140(2006), 97-114.

Syed, K. H., D. C. Goodrich, J. Garbrecht, P. Guertin, and S. Sorooshian, 2016. The relative importance of accuracy and resolution of DEM data for a distributed hydrologic model over a range of basin scales. Manuscript in preparation for submittal to Journal of Hydrologic Engineering.

White, C. B., P. R. Houser, A. M. Arain, Z-L Yang, K. Syed, and W. J. Shuttleworth, 1997. The aggregate description of semi-arid vegetation with precipitation-generated soil moisture heterogeneity. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 1:205-212.

Goodrich, D. C., L. J. Lane, R. M. Shillito, S. N. Miller, K. H. Syed, and D. A. Woolhiser, 1997. Linearity of basin response as a function of scale in a semiarid watershed. Water Resources Research, Vol. 33, No. 12; 2951-2965.

Houser, P. R., W. J. Shuttleworth, J. S. Famiglietti, H. V. Gupta, K. H. Syed, and D. C. Goodrich, 1998. Integration of soil moisture remote sensing and hydrologic modeling using data assimilation. Water Resources Research, Vol. 34, No. 12: 3405-3420.

Miller, S. N., D. P. Guertin, K. H. Syed, and D. C. Goodrich, 1999. Using high-resolution synthetic aperture radar for terrain mapping: influences on hydrologic and geomorphic investigation. Wildland Hydrology, AWRA, June/July 1999, 219-226.

Houser, P. R., D. C. Goodrich, and K. Syed, 2001. Runoff, Precipitation, and Soil Moisture at Walnut Gulch, 2001. Chapter 6 in Spatial Patterns in Catchment Hydrology: Observations and Modelling, Editors: Rodger Grayson and Gunter Bloschl, Cambridge University Press, UK pp 125-157.

Zou, C-Z, M. L. Van Woert, C. Xu, and K. Syed, 2004. Assessment of the NCEP-DOE Reanalysis-2 and TOVS Pathfinder A Moisture Fields and Their Use in Antarctic Net Precipitation Estimates. Monthly Weather Review: Vol. 132, No. 10, October 2004.


king, K. M., K. H. Syed, R. Y. Anderson, N. G. Shafike, and J. G. Arnold, 2003. Model estimates of runoff in the closed semiarid Estancia Basin, central New Mexico, U.S.A. Hydrological Sciences, 48(6); 953-970.


king, K. M., R. Y. Anderson, N. G. Shafike, K. H. Syed, and B. D. , Allen, 2004. Wetter or colder during the Last Glacial Maximum? Revisiting the pluvial lake question in southwestern North America. Quaternary Research, 62(2004); 280-288.

Glenn, A. J., L. B. Flanagan, K. H. Syed and P. J. Carlson, 2006. Comparison of net ecosystem CO2 exchange in two peatlands with contrasting dominant vegetation, Sphagnum and Carex. Ag and Forest Meteorology, 140(2006), 115-135.

Humphreys, E.R., Lafleur, P.M., Flanagan, L.B., Hedstrom, N., Syed, K.H., Glenn, A.J., Granger, R. 2006. Summer carbon dioxide and water vapor fluxes across a range of northern peatlands. Journal of Geophysical Research, 111.G04011.


nson, Angela C., K. H. Syed, and Lawrence B. Flanagan, 2011. Contrasting responses of growing season ecosystem CO2 exchange to variation in temperature and water table depth in two peatlands in northern Alberta, Canada. Journal Of Geophysical Research, VOL. 116


Cai, Tiebo, L. B. FLANAGAN & K. H. Syed, 2009. Warmer and drier conditions stimulate respiration more than photosynthesis in a boreal peatland ecosystem: Analysis of automatic chambers and eddy covariance measurements.. Plant, Cell and Environment (2010) 33, 394–407.

FLANAGAN LAWRENCE B. and K. H. Syed, 2011. Stimulation of both photosynthesis and respiration in response to warmer and drier conditions in a boreal peatland ecosystem. Global Change Biology (2011) 17, 2271–2287.

Undergraduate-Civil Engineering
  •     Irrigation Engineering

Summer short Course

  •     Introduction to HEC-RAS​
Dr. Kamran Syed brings more than 9 years of experience working in environmental consulting industry. With the rise of precious metal and petroleum prices during 2005-2006, a number of mining initiatives started in the copper and iron belt of the upper peninsula of Michigan, USA. These prospective mines required baseline hydrological data for compliance with mine permitting requirements.
Dr. Syed joined an environmental consulting company which specialized in the hydrological data collection and analysis. The company (North Jackson Company) was based in the city of Marquette, Michigan, USA. During that job, Dr. Syed designed and installed hydrometric and meteorological data collection systems to collect baseline data. This included selecting appropriate locations and installing pressure transducers, multi-sensor probes (measuring water temperature, specific conductivity and turbidity), air-temperature sensors and snow-depth sensors. He also managed a team of field technicians and geologists to plan, organize, coordinate and schedule field work considering budget, efficiency and safety. He wrote computer programs (in MATLAB and other programming languages) to quality control, statistically analyze, visualize and interpret collected data. This system of computer programs ensured smooth data flow and fewer errors, enhanced data security and facilitated data communication. He also conducted hydraulic modeling to calculate peak flows, determine water surface profile, evaluate hydraulic impacts of stream crossing structures, and develop inundation maps to evaluate impact mitigation strategies. He also performed surface and groundwater quantity measurement and water quality sampling. The industry experience has provided Dr. Syed with valuable hands-on experience in hydrological and meteorological data collection, interpretation and analysis.