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Kumud Raj Kafle, PhD
 

Current Address: P.O. Box 6250 Kathmandu, NEPAL
E-mail address: krkafleku.edu.np, krkafle@yahoo.com
Phone/Fax.: +977-11-661399 ext. 1217; +977-11-661443
Mobile : 9841851319

KEY QUALIFICATIONS & PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS


Professional skills and Research Interests

Teaching and research:

Undergraduate, Graduate including Ph D level since 1999. Research supervision, principal investigator, project coordinator, co-investigator and expert in a number of research projects; editorial member/reviewer in national and international journals.

Research area and research interest:

Geosciences with focus on disaster management (Geo-hazard environment, slope stabilities), hydrogeology (Groundwater resource management; hydrological connectivity) , river dynamics (fluvial morphology and sedimentology) .

More than two decades of experience as a professional geologist and involved in several geological studies for roads (more than 300 km), bridges (more than 70), drinking water, irrigation, airport, slope stabilities, foundation geology, hydrogeology, ecology, sedimentology, river dynamics and hydropower projects (more than 10) in Nepal and India.

EDUCATION

2016 Ph.D. in Environmental Science
2012 PGD in Disaster Management
2005 M. Sc. Natural Resource Management (Specialization in GIS)
1995 M. Sc. Geology (Specialization in Ground Water Hydrology)

POSITIONS HELD

2013 till date Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Science and Engineering, Kathmandu University.
2006-2013 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Environmental Science and Engineering, Kathmandu University.
2003-2006 Part time lecturer, Tri-Chandra College and F. W. Taylor; Senior Manager, HEET consult Pvt. Ltd.
2001-2003
Manager, Engineering/Environment Section (Dam), Kajima(Japanese)- Daewoo(Korean) JV, Dhauliganga Hydro-Electric Project (280 MW), Uttaranchal Pradesh INDIA
1999-2001
Part Time Lecturer, Dept. of Geology /Dept. of Environmental Science, Tri-Chandra College; Project coordinator, HEET consult Pvt. Ltd
1997-1999
Engineering Geologist/Lab In-charge IMPREGILO S.p.A., Italy, Civil Contractor, Kaligandaki ‘A’ hydroelectric Project (144 MW), Syanja district, western Nepal.
1995-1997
Hydrogeologist/Geophysicist, different renowned consultancies, Kathmandu, Nepal

PUBLICATIONS

Selected publication in Research Journals/Conference Proceedings:

  1. Kafle KR, Khanal SN, Dahal RK (2017) Consequences of Koshi flood 2008 in Terms of Sedimentation Characteristics and Agricultural Practices Kathmandu University Geoenvironmental Disasters, Springer Open Journal, 4 (4):1-13 DOI 10.1186/s40677-017-0069-x
  2. Neupane P, Kafle KR, Dahal BM, Sharma CM, Raut N; Gurung S, BK Kafle, Manandhar S (2017) Sediment Load and its Source Identification: A Comparative Study of Lake Phewa and Kulekhani Reservoir, , published in abstract volume of the 11th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG 28-30 Nov. 2017 Kathamandu, Nepal
  3. Acharya A, Gautam S, Kafle KR (2017) Slope Stability Analysis of Mountainous/Hilly regions of Nepal: A case study of Bhotekoshi Hydropower site, published abstract for American Geological Union (AGU) meeting Dec 11-15, 2017 in New Orleans, USA, on web: https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm17/preliminaryview.cgi/Paper210536.html
  4. Maskey RK, Kayastha RB, Jha BR, Kafle KR, Gyawali R, Tachamo RD, Giri DR, Parajuli G, Kayastha R, Shahi P, Oli B, Luintel S, Manandhar U, Sada R (2017) A Novel Approach for Determining Environmental Flow: The Case of Gandak River Basin in Nepal, Third International Conference on Mountain Hydrology and Meteorology for the Sustainable Development, 10-11 April 2017 Kathmandu Nepal, published in Conference abstract volume p14.
  5. Kafle KR, Khanal SN, Dahal RK (2016) Role of Media in Resilience from Flood Disaster: A Case Study of August 2008 Koshi Flood in Nepal Kathmandu University Journal of Science, Engineering and Technology; 12 (1):83-87
  6. Kafle KR, Ando H, Shrestha SD, Dahal RK (2016) "Hydrogeological study in Mid-northern part of Jhapa district, Eastern Nepal". International conference on "Water-Smart Solutions for Growing India" 10th World Aqua Congress, 24-25 Nov, Delhi, India , published in proceeding volume pp 462
  7. Kafle KR, Dahal RK, Khanal SN (2016) Post Disaster Epidemiological Assessment of Koshi Flood, 2008 August, in Nepal. International Journal of Health System and Disaster Management, Medknow publication, 4 (1): 15-24
  8. Kafle KR, Khanal SN, Dahal RK (2016) Vegetation Recovery Trend Analysis by NDVI derived from Landsat images for detecting the changes in flood affected land of the Koshi Flood 2008, Nepal. International Journal of Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, 6 (1): 1-11
  9. Lama S, Kayastha R B, Kafle K R (2016) Preliminary study of Hydro-geological characteristics of water sources and drinking water supply system of Kyangjing village, Langtang Valley, Nepal, Conference Proceeding volume pp (http://soham.org.np/abstracts_national-symposium_2015/)
  10. Kafle KR, Khanal SN, Dahal RK (2015) Dynamics of the Koshi river on the perspective of morphology and sedimentation with emphasis on post disaster impact of the Koshi flood. Kathmandu University Journal of Science, Engineering and Technology; 11 (1):71-92
  11. Kafle KR, Khanal SN, Dahal RK (2015) "Adaptation on sedimentation" in terms of agricultural practices after August Koshi flood, 2008 in Nepal. Special publication, Journal of Engineering Geology, Indian Society of Engineering Geology, 1094-1103
  12. N Shrestha, RK Maskey, KR Kafle, GP Sharma, RN Pradhan, ND Pokharel (2015) Hydro-geological Mapping Approach for Spring Source Enhancement, International conference on "Asian community knowledge networks for the economy, society, culture, and Environmental Stability" Conference Proceeding volume pp118
  13. Khanal S. N., Hogland W., Bhatt R. P., Manandhar D. and Kafle K. R. (2013): "Implications of Climate Change and Tourism in the Mt. Everest Region in Nepal" paper published as "Chapter 20" in a book "Impact of Climate Change on Water and Health", a science publishers book CRC Press, Sweden 2013, pp 377-399
  14. Tuladhar A., Kayastha R. B., and Kafle K. R. (2012): "Geomorphological Mapping of the Lower Part of Lirung Glacier, Langtang Valley, Nepal” Paper presented in International Conference on May 29-31, 2012, published in proceeding volume in November pp175-181
  15. Kafle K. R. and Khanal S. N. (2010): “Environmental Health Issues In High Altitude Areas of Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park and Buffer Zone (SNPBZ)” World Conference on Natural Sciences and Environmental Technologies for Waste and Wastewater Treatment, Remediation, Emissions Related to Climate, Environmental and Economic Effects, Linnaeus ECO-TECH´10, 22-24 November 2010 in Kalmar, Sweden and paper published in proceeding volume pp788-797
  16. Khanal S. N., Kayastha R. B., Kafle K. R., Manandhar D.R., Chaudhary G., Sherpa Y., Maskey R. K., Bhochhibhoya S. and Pandey R. (2010): “Solid Waste Management in Mount Everest (Sagarmatha National Park and Buffer Zone) region, Nepal”, World Conference on Natural Sciences and Environmental Technologies for Waste and Wastewater Treatment, Remediation, Emissions Related to Climate, Environmental and Economic Effects Linnaeus ECO-TECH´10, 22-24 November 2010 in Kalmar, Sweden paper published in proceeding volume.
  17. Kafle KR (2010) Slope Mass Rating in Middle Mountain of Nepal: A case study on landslide at Rabi VDC Opi Village, Kavre, Nepal Kathmandu University Journal of Science, Engineering and Technology; 6(II):28-38
  18. Chiara E, Flury B, Viviano G, Thakuri S, Khanal,SN, Jha PK,Maskey RK, Kayastha RB, Kafle KR, Bhochhibhoya S., Ghimire N. P., Shrestha B. B., Chaudhary G, Glannino F, Carteni F, Mazzoleni S, and Salerno F (2010), Solid Waste and Water Quality Management Models for Sagarmatha National Park and Buffer Zone, Nepal Mountain Research and Development (MRD) open access journal published by the International Mountain Society (IMS) www.mrd-journal.org, 30 (2):127-141
  19. Khanal SN, Kayastha RB, Maskey RK, Kafle KR, Bhochhibhoya S, Chaudhary G, Pandey R, Sherpa Y (2010), A Study on Solid Waste Management in Sagarmatha National Park and Buffer Zone (SNPBZ) Contemporary Research in Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) Region", NAST, Nepal 91-101
  20. Maskey RK, Bhochhibhoya S. Pandey R. Khanal SN, Kayastha RB, Kafle KR, Salerno F, Flurry B, Viviano G. (2010) "Energy Management Research in Sagarmatha National Park Buffer Zone (SNPBZ) and its Outcomes Contemporary Research in Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) Region, NAST, Nepal, 2010, 57-64
  21. Ghimire S., Kafle KR, Rai S (2008), Application of RADIUS as an Earthquake Risk Management Tool in Panauti Municipality.” International Conference on Disaster and Development: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice. November 23-24, 2008 Published in proceeding Nov 008 pp213-221
  22. Dahal, RK Bhattarai KD, Neupane G and Kafle KR (2004), Wind Power development in Kagbeni area Mustang, Nepal from view point of geological and meteorological concerns", paper presented in fourth Nepal Geological Congress, April 9 to 11, 2004 and published in vol. 29 April, 2004 pp 17
  23. Dahal RK, Kafle KR, (2003): "Landslide Triggering by Torrential Rainfall, Understanding from the Matatirtha Landslide, South Western Outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley" paper presented in Seminar on Disasters Mitigation in Nepal, Jointly Organized by Nepal Engineering College Nepal and Ehime University, Japan and published in proceeding vol. Nov. pp44-56

Thesis

  1. Kafle K R (2016). Post Disaster Impact Assessment on Bio-Physical Environment of Koshi Flood 2008, Ph. D. Dissertation, Dept. of Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Science, Kathmandu University
  2. Kafle K R (2005). Application of GIS on Water Resources in Context of Hydropower Development in Nepal, M. Sc. Thesis, Centre for advanced studies, Nepal Engineering College, Pokhara University, Nepal
  3. Kafle K R (1996). Hydrogeological study in Mid-northern part of Jhapa district, Eastern Nepal" Thesis, Dept. of Geology, Tribhuvan University Nepal
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Paper Presentations

(A) International

  1. Kafle KR (2017) "Gorkha Earthquake 2015, Post Disaster Phase as Reconstruction "Opportunities and Challenges" for the development on 16the Western China Overseas Hi-tech and High talent conference China (Sichuan) – South Asia Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Forum September 12-13, 2017, Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
  2. Kafle KR, Ando H, Shrestha SD, Dahal RK (2016) "Hydrogeological sudy in Mid-northern part of Jhapa district, Eastern Nepal". Paper presented on International conference on "Water-Smart Solutions for Growing India" 10th World Aqua Congress, 24-25 Nov, 2016, Delhi, India
  3. Kafle KR, Khanal SN, Dahal RK (2015) "Role of media in resilience from flood disaster: a case study of august 2008 Koshi flood in Nepal". Paper presented on International conference on IDRiM, 28-30 Oct, 2015 Delhi, India
  4. Kafle KR, Khanal SN, Dahal RK (2015) "Adaptation on sedimentation" in terms of agricultural practices after August Koshi flood, 2008 in Nepal." International conference on "Engineering Geology in New Millennium" organized by Indian Society of Engineering Geology, 27-29 Oct, 2015 Delhi, India
  5. Kafle K R (2011), "On the lap of the Himalayas" Presented on Seminar of Erasmus Mondus Program in Nice France, September
  6. Kafle K. R. Khanal S. N. (2010): “Environmental Health Issues In High Altitude Areas of Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park and Buffer Zone (SNPBZ)” Paper Presented World Conference on Natural Sciences and Environmental Technologies for Waste and Wastewater Treatment, Remediation, Emissions Related to Climate, Environmental and Economic Effects Linnaeus ECO-TECH´10, 22-24 November 2010 in Kalmar, Sweden.
  7. Khanal S. N., Kayastha R. B., Kafle K. R., Manandhar D.R., Chaudhary G., Sherpa Y., Maskey R. K., Bhochhibhoya S. and Pandey R. (2010): “Solid Waste Management in Mount Everest (Sagarmatha National Park and Buffer Zone) region, Nepal”, Paper Presented World Conference on Natural Sciences and Environmental Technologies for Waste and Wastewater Treatment, Remediation, Emissions Related to Climate, Environmental and Economic Effects Linnaeus ECO-TECH´10, 22-24 November 2010 in Kalmar, Sweden.
  8. Kafle K. R., Khanal S. N. and Andrew Collins (2010): “A Preliminary Evaluation of Post Flood Epidemics of August 2008 Koshi Flood in Nepal.” Paper Presented in Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management – IDRiM, Sep. 1-4, 2010, Vienna, Austria
  9. Shrestha B. P., Kafle K. R. and Dahal K. R. (2010): “Integrated Water Resource Management Studies being Carried out Kathmandu Unversity, Dhulikhel Nepal” Paper Presented in International Problem Analysis Workshop on Integrated Water Resource Management, Feb 24-25, 2010 University of Madras Chennai, India
  10. Khanal S N, Chhetri R B, Kafle K R, Khanna S A (2008) "Higher Academic Program and Research in Disaster Management in Nepal" Presented in Dealing with Disaster" 2008, Newcastle, UK
  11. Khanal S N and Kafle K R (2009), "Hazard Profile in Context of Nepal" Presented on Dealing with disasters 2008 international conference: putting resilience into response on 10-11 July, 008, Cardiff, U.K.
  12. Khanal S N and Kafle K R (2008) "Living with Disasters in Nepal" presented in Newcastle, UK

(B) National

  1. Lama S, Kayastha R B, Kafle K R (2016) "Preliminary study of the hydro-geological characteristics of water source and drinking water supply system of the Kyangjing village, Langtang, Nepal" presented on National Symposium on Hydrology and Meteorology-2015, 24 Dec 2015 Kathamndu
  2. K. R. Kafle, N. Shrestha, R. K. Maskey G. P. Sharma Humagain, R.N. Pradhan and N.D. Pokharel (2015) "Hydrogeological Mapping Approach for Spring Source Enhancement" paper presented on International conference on "Asian community Knowledge Networks for the Economy, Society, Culture and Environmental Stability" held on Kathamndu on 30 March -3rd April 2015.
  3. Tuladhar A., Kayastha R. B., and Kafle K. R. (2012): "Geomorphological Mapping of the Lower Part of Lirung Glacier, Langtang Valley, Nepal” Paper presented in International Conference on May 29-31, 2012, Kathmandu Nepal
  4. Ghimire S., Kafle K. R. and Rai S. (2008): “Application of RADIUS as an Earthquake Risk Management Tool in Panauti Municipality.”Paper presented in International Conference on Disaster and Development: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice. November 23-24, 2008
  5. Bochibhoya S, Khanal S N, Kayastha R B and Kafle K R (2009)," Solid Waste Management Research in SNPBZ and its Outcomes" Presented in Namche Bazar Seminar.
  6. Kafle K R , Khanal S R , Chhetri R B, Khanna S A (2007) "Issues and Challenges of Disaster Risk Reduction Teaching in Higher Education" Presentated on Nepal – Bangladesh – UK Seminar on "Disaster Risk Reduction Studies in Higher Education: Linking Communities for Livelihood Sustainability July 1- 2, 2007 Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Nepal
  7. Khanal S N, Chhetri B R, Kafle K R, Khanna S A (2007) "Disaster Risk Reduction in Nepalese Higher Education Curriculum - A case study from Kathmandu University"Presentated on Nepal – Bangladesh – UK Seminar on "Disaster Risk Reduction Studies in Higher Education: Linking Communities for Livelihood Sustainability July 1- 2, 2007 Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Nepal
  8. Khanna S A, Kafle K R, Jone S, Khanal S N (2007) "Research Methods in Disaster Risk Reduction Study"Presentated on Nepal – Bangladesh – UK Seminar on "Disaster Risk Reduction Studies in Higher Education: Linking Communities for Livelihood Sustainability July 1- 2, 2007 Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Nepal
  9. Kafle K R (2007) "GIS, Remote sensing and GPS status in Nepal." presented on University of North Texas Course on Human-Nature Interactions in Nepal, 23 Dec, at Kathmandu University

Book Publications

  1. "Spring Source Enhancement: A Hydrogeological Mapping Approach" Published by OXFAM GB in Nepal and Kathamandu University, 2015
  2. "Horizontal and Vertical Groundwater Drilling Manual" Published by The Gurkha Welfare Scheme Rural Water & Sanitation Programme (RWSP), GWS Nepal and Kathmandu University, June 2011
  3. "Impact of Climate Change on Water and Health" In Chapter -20 Implications of Climate Change and Tourism in the Mt. Everest Region in Nepal, page 377-397 Publishers CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, A Science Publishers Book, Editor Velma I. Grover, Sweden

Poster Presentations

  1. Acharya A., Kayastha R. B., Kafle K. R. (2016) "Land Cover Dynamics and Flood Hazard Assessment Along the Rivers of Nawalparasi District from 1991-2015, Poster presented in SOHAM National Symposium on Hydrology and Meteorology Dec, 2016, Kathamandu Nepal
  2. Sapkota A., Kayastha R. B., Kafle K. R. and Thapa A. (2016) "Geomorphological mapping of lower part of Ponkar Glacier, Bhimthang, Manang, Nepal, Poster presented in SOHAM National Symposium on Hydrology and Meteorology Dec, 2016, Kathamandu Nepal
  3. Sherpa T C, Kayastha R B, Kafle K R (2015) "Study on geomorphological status of Dig Tsho Glacial lake and its downstream valley, Solukhumbu,Nepal" poster presentation on "International Glaciological Society's symposium on glaciology of High Mountain Asia" 1-6 march, 2015 (Abstract No. 71A1528)
  4. Sherpa M Y, Kayastha R B, Kafle K R (2015) "Study of surface area variation of Imja Glacial Lake, using GIS and Remote sensing data, Khumbu region, Nepal" poster presentation on "International Glaciological Society's symposium on glaciology of High Mountain Asia" 1-6 march, 2015 (Abstract No. 71A1536)
  5. Tuladhar A., Kayastha R. B., and Kafle K R (2012): "Geomorphological Mapping of the Lower Part of Lirung Glacier, Langtang Valley, Nepal” Poster presented in International Conference on May 29-31, 2012, Kathamandu Nepal

Editorial/Peer view Member of International Journals

  1. Life time editorial board membership: IJOAEM/17/EM/29, International Journal of Advanced Engineering and Management (www.ijoaem.org) DOI: 10.24999, West Bengal India
  2. Reviewer: International Journal of Landslide and Environment (IJLE), Himalayan Landslide Publication, www.publication.hils.org.np. ISSN: 2350-8663(peer-reviewed journal)
  3. Reviewer: International Journal of Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Published by Centre for Info Bio Technology, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India 302020, ISSN: 2277-2081 (Online)
  4. Reviewer: Kathmandu University Journal of Science, Engineering and Technology, ISSN No: 1816-8752

Thesis Supervision

  • More than 40 students of Undergraduate and Graduate levels
    Research Projects and consultancies
  • More than 30 Research projects completed
  • More than 100 development project as a (expert/consultant)
  • 6 projects are running at present (as of Jan 2018)
  • 6 projects are running at present (as an expert/consultant, as of Jan 2018)

Award and Scholarships

  • Bidhya Busan "Ka" awarded by Honorable President of Nepal
  • Erasmus Mondus, a prestigious scholarship of European Union for Post Graduate Course as a part of Ph. D. course credit during 2011/012 in Nice Sophia Antipolis University (NSAU), Nice France
  • DelPHI scholarship for Ph. D. course credit during 2010 in Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
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