– Authors marked ** are current or previous graduate students or postdocs.

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Authored Magazine/News Articles

  1. Chaudhari, Suyog and Yadu Pokhrel (2022), River and flood impacts of hydropower dams in the Amazon River Basin, Global Water Forum, September 14, 2022. Available here.
  2. Reinventing hydroelectricity in Brazil, Courrier International (October 2022) (Print Magazine; in French).
  3. Pokhrel, Y. and F. Felfelani (2021), Climate Change Could Double Global Threat of Extreme Drought, The Environment magazine, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, United Kingdom (Download PDF; it was first published in The Environment magazine in May 2021 – ).
  4. Pokhrel, Y. and F. Felfelani (2021), Two-thirds of Earth’s land is on pace to lose water as the climate warms – that’s a problem for people, crops, and forests, The Conversation (read here).

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Published, In-press, or Accepted Articles

  1. Ang, Wei Jing, Tran, Dung Duc, Loc, Ho Huu, and Yadu Pokhrel (2024), Dams in the Mekong: A comprehensive database, spatiotemporal distribution, and hydropower potentials, Earth System Science Data, (Accepted).
  2. Vegad, Urmin, Yadu Pokhrel, and Vimal Mishra (2024), Flood risk assessment for Indian sub-continental river basins, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, (Accepted).
  3. Muller, Marc, Leonardo Bertassello, Ellis Adams, Maura Allaire, Violeta Cabello Villarejo, Morgan Levy, Jenia Mukherjee, and Yadu Pokhrel (2024), Mapping the Landscape of Water and Society Research: Promising Combinations of Compatible and Complementary Disciplines, WIREs Water, (
  4. He, Linlang, Mark Axelrod, Elizabeth Kreske, Stephanie J. Nawyn, Amber L. Pearson, Yadu Pokhrel, Stephen Gasteyer, Sean Lawrie, Anthony Kendall (2024), Interventions Addressing Conflict in Communities Hosting Climate-Driven Migrants: Literature Review, Environment and Security, (
  5. Bagheri, Omid, Yadu Pokhrel, Nathan Moore, and Mantha Phanikumar (2024), Groundwater Dominates Terrestrial Hydrological Processes in the Amazon at the Basin and Subbasin Scales, Journal of Hydrology, 628, 130312.
  6. Yin, Jiabo, Louise J. Slater, Abdou Khouakhi, Le Yu, Pan Liu, Fupeng Li, Yadu Pokhrel, and Pierre Gentine (2023), GTWS-MLrec: global terrestrial water storage reconstruction by machine learning from 1940 to present, Earth System Science Data, 15, 5597-5615.
  7. Gnann, Sebastian, Robert Reinecke, Lina Stein, Yoshihide Wada, Wim Thiery, Hannes Müller Schmied, Yusuke Satoh, Yadu Pokhrel, Sebastian Ostberg, Aristeidis Koutroulis, Naota Hanasaki, Manolis Grillakis, Simon N. Gosling, Peter Burek, Marc F. P. Bierkens, and Thorsten Wagener (2023) Functional relationships reveal differences in the water cycle representation of global water models, Nature Water, (1), 1079–1090.
  8. Wang, Gang, Qiang Zhang, Yadu Pokhrel, Daniel Farinotti, Jida Wang, Vijay P. Singh & Chong-Yu Xu (2023), Exogenous moisture deficit fuels drought risks across China, npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, 6 (217).
  9. Bhattarai, Nishan, David B. Lobell, Balwinder Singh, Ram Fishman, William P. Kustas, Yadu Pokhrel, and Meha Jain (2023), Warming temperatures threaten to quadruple groundwater depletion rates in India, Science Advances, 9(35), eadi1401.
  10. Baniya, R., Talchabhadel, R., Panthi, J., Ghimire, G.R., Sharma, S., Khadka, P.D., Shin, S., Pokhrel, Y., Bhattarai, U., Prajapati, R. (2023). Nepal Himalaya offers considerable potential for pumped storage hydropower. Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 60: 103423.
  11. Mattos, Caio R. C., Marina Hirota, Rafael S. Oliveira, Bernardo M. Flores, Gonzalo Miguez-Macho, Yadu Pokhrel, Ying Fan (2023), Double stress of waterlogging and drought drives forest-savanna coexistence, PNAS, 120 (33) e2301255120 (Download).
  12. McDermid, S., M. Nocco, P Lawston-Parker, Y. Pokhrel, et al. (2023), Recent advances and needs for understanding the role of irrigation in the Earth system, Nature Reviews Earth and Environment, (Download).
  13. Kabir, Tamanna, Yadu Pokhrel, and Farshid Felfelani (2023), Climatic and Anthropogenic Controls on Groundwater Dynamics in the Mekong River basin, Journal of Hydrology, (See online).
  14. Kattel, Giri, Amelie Paszkowski, Yadu Pokhrel, Wenyan Wu, Dongfeng Li, Mukund P Rao (2023), How resilient are waterways of Asian Himalayas? finding adaptive measures for future sustainability, WIREs Water, e1677 (Download — Open Access).
  15. Tiwari, AD, Y. Pokhrel, D. Kramer, T. Akhter, V. Lakshmi, Q. Tang, J. Liu, J. Qi, and HH Loc (2023), A synthesis of hydroclimatic, ecological, and socioeconomic data for transdisciplinary research in the Mekong, Scientific Data, 10(1), 283 (Open Access).
  16. Zhang, Qiang, Zexi Shen, Yadu Pokhrel, Daniel Farinotti, Vijay P. Singh, Chong-Yu Xu, Wenhuan Wu, Gang Wang (2023), Oceanic climate changes threaten the sustainability of Asia’s water tower, Nature, 615, 87–93 (Open Access).
  17. Yin, Jiabo, Pierre Gentine, Louise Slater, Lei Gu, Yadu Pokhrel, Naota Hanasaki, and Shenglian Guo (2023), Compound drought-heatwave events threaten future socio-ecosystem productivity, Nature Sustainability, DOI: 10.1038/s41893-022-01024-1.
  18. Pokhrel, Yadu and Amar Deep Tiwari (2022), Sustainable hydropower systems: Re-operating dams in the Mekong, Nature Sustainability, (DOI: 10.1038/s41893-022-00998-2). (See Online).
  19. Potkay, Aaron, Yadu Pokhrel, and Richard Anyah (2022), Ying Fan and groundwater’s global impact, Journal of Hydrology, (Accepted).
  20. Hunt, Julian David, Yadu Pokhrel, Suyog Chaudhari, André Luiz Amarante Mesquita, Andreas Nascimento, Walter Leal Filho, Marcel Fortuna Biato, Paulo Smith Schneider, Maurício Antônio Lopes (2022), Challenges and Opportunities for a South America Waterway System, Cleaner Engineering and Technology, . (Download).
  21. Brown, Erik, Igor Cavallini Johansen, Ana Paula Bortoleto, Yadu Pokhrel, Suyog Chaudhari, Anthony Cak, Samer Sulaeman, Laura Castro-Diaz, Maria Claudia Lopez, Adam Mayer, Judith Walgren, Norbert Müller, and Emilio Moran (2022), Feasibility of hybrid in-stream generator-photovoltaic systems for Amazonian off-grid communities, PNAS Nexus. (Download).
  22. Satoh, Y., K. Yoshimura, Y. Pokhrel, H. Shiogama, T. Yokohata, N. Hanasaki, H. Kim, Y. Wada, P. Burek, E. Byers, H. M. Schmied, D. Gerten, S. Ostberg, S. N. Gosling, J. E. S. Boulange, and T. Oki (2022), The timing of unprecedented hydrological drought under climate change, Nature Communications, 13-3287. (Download).
  23. Elkouk, Ahmed, Yadu Pokhrel, Yusuke Satoh, Lhoussaine Bouchaou (2022), Implications of changes in climate and human development on 21st-century global drought risk, Journal of Environmental Management, 317, 115378. (See Online)
  24. Vanderkelen, Inne, Shervan Gharari, Naoki Mizukami, Martyn P. Clark, David M. Lawrence, Sean Swenson, Yadu Pokhrel, Naota Hanasaki, Ann van Griensven, and Wim Thiery (2022), Implementation and evaluation of a reservoir parametrisation in a vector-based global routing model for Earth System Model coupling, Geoscientific Model Development, 15, 4163–4192. (Download).
  25. Kumar, Amit, Simon N Gosling, Matthew F Johnson, Jamal Zaherpour, Guoyong Leng, Hannes Muller Schmied, Jenny Kupzig, Lutz Breuer, Naota Hanasaki, Qiuhong Tang, Rohini Kumar, Sebastian Ostberg, Tobias Stacke, Yadu Pokhrel, Yoshihide Wada, and Yoshimitsu Masaki (2022), Multi-model evaluation of catchment- and global-scale hydrological model simulations of drought characteristics across eight large river catchments, Advances in Water Research, 104212. (Download).
  26. Liu, J., D. Chen, G. Mao, M. Irannezhad, and Y. Pokhrel (2021), Past and Future Changes in climate and water resources in the Lancang-Mekong River Basin: current understanding and future research directions, Engineering, (Download).
  27. Chaudhari, Suyog and Yadu Pokhrel (2022), Alteration of river flow and flood dynamics by hydropower dams in the Amazon River basin, Water Resources Research, 58, e2021WR030555. (Download).
  28. Shen, Zexi, Qiang Zhang, Vijay P. Singh, Yadu Pokhrel, Jianping Li, Chong-Yu Xu (2022), Drying in the low-latitude Atlantic Ocean attributed to terrestrial water storage depletion across Eurasia, Nature Communications, 13:1849. (Download)
  29. Dang, Huy, Yadu Pokhrel, Sanghoon Shin, Jac Stelly, Daniel Ahlquist, and Duong Du Bui. “Hydrologic balance and inundation dynamics of Southeast Asia’s largest inland lake altered by hydropower dams in the Mekong River basin.” Science of The Total Environment 831 (2022): 154833. (PDF — Open Access)
  30. Kabir, Tamanna, Yadu Pokhrel, and Farshid Felfelani (2021), On the Precipitation-Induced Uncertainties in Process-Based Hydrological Modeling in the Mekong River Basin, Water Resources Research, 58, e2021WR030828 (See Online).
  31. Arantes, Caroline C., Juliana Laufer, Mac David da Silva Pinto, Emilio F. Moran, Maria Claudia Lopez, Jynessa Dutka-Gianelli, Danielle Mendonça Pinto, Suyog Chaudhari**, Yadu Pokhrel, Carolina R. C. Doria (2021), Functional responses of fisheries to hydropower dams in the Amazonian Floodplain of the Madeira River, Journal of Applied Ecology, 69 (3), 680-692. (See Online).
  32. Linli An, Jida Wang, Jianping Huang1, Yadu Pokhrel, Romain Hugonnet, Yoshihide Wada, Denise Cáceres, Hannes Müller Schmied, Chunqiao Song, Etienne Berthier, Haipeng Yu, and Guolong Zhang (2021), Divergent Causes of Terrestrial Water Storage Decline Between Drylands and Humid Regions Globally, Geophysical Research Letters, 48(23), e2021GL095035 (Download).
  33. Boulange, Julien, N., Hanasaki, Y, Satoh, T. Yokohata, H., Shiogama, P. Burek, W. Thiery, D., Gerten, H. Schmied, Y. Wada, S. Gosling, Y. Pokhrel, and N. Wanders (2021), Validity of estimating flood and drought characteristics under equilibrium climates from transient simulations, Environmental Research Letters, (See Online).
  34. Satoh, Y., H. Shiogama, N. Hanasaki, Y. Pokhrel, J. Boulange, P. Burek, S. Gosling, M. Grillakis, A. Koutroulis, and H. M. Schmied (2021), A quantitative evaluation of the issue of drought definition: a source of disagreement in future drought assessments, Environmental Research Letters, 16 104001 (PDF — Open Access).
  35. Chung, Min Gon, Kenneth Frank, Yadu Pokhrel, Tom Dietz, and Jianguo Liu (2021), Natural infrastructure in sustaining global urban freshwater ecosystem services, Nature Sustainability, 4, 1068-1075 (Online).
  36. Shrestha, Sangam, Bae Deok-hyo, Panha Hok, Suwas Ghimire, and Yadu Pokhrel (2021), Future Hydrology and Hydrological Extremes under Climate Change in Asian River Basins, Scientific Reports, 11, 17089. (PDF — Open Access)
  37. Vanderkelen, I., N. V. Lipzig, B. Sacks, D. Lawrence, M. Clark, N. Mizukami, Y. Pokhrel, and W. Theiry (2021), The impact of global reservoir expansion on the present-day climate, Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 126, e2020JD034485. (Full Article)
  38. Elkouk, Ahmed**, Zine El Abidine El Morjani, Yadu Pokhrel, Abdelghani Chehbouni, Abdelfattah Sifeddine, and Lhoussaine Bouchaou (2021), Abdelghani Chehbouni, and Lhoussaine Bouchaou, Severe soil moisture droughts in North Africa and the Sahel region under 1.5, 2, and 3 °C global warming, Climatic Change (Online).
  39. Wang, J., X. Yun, Y. Pokhrel, D. Yamazaki, Q. Zhao, and A. Chen (2021), Modeling Daily Floods in the Lancang-Mekong River Basin Using an Improved Hydrological-Hydrodynamic Model, Water Resources Research, e2021WR029734. (Full Article)
  40. Kang, Guoting, Lifeng Luo, Yadu Pokhrel, David Lusch, and Mantha Phanikumar (2021), Quantifying the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Recharge in a Composite Great Lakes Watershed using a High-Resolution Hydrology Model and Multi-Source Data, Journal of Hydrology, 601, 126594. (Full Article)
  41. Chaudhari, S**, E. Brown, R. Quispe-Abad, E. Moran, N. Mueller, and Y. Pokhrel (2021), In-stream turbines for rethinking hydropower development in the Amazon basin, Nature Sustainability, 4, 680-687 (Online; Read-only Full Article).
  42. Telteu, C. E., H. Müller Schmied, W. Thiery, G. Leng, P. Burek, X. Liu, J. E. S. Boulange, L. Seaby Andersen, M. Grillakis, S. N. Gosling, Y. Satoh, O. Rakovec, T. Stacke, J. Chang, N. Wanders, H. L. Shah, T. Trautmann, G. Mao, N. Hanasaki, A. Koutroulis, Y. Pokhrel, L. Samaniego, Y. Wada, V. Mishra, J. Liu, P. Döll, F. Zhao, A. Gädeke, S. Rabin, and F. Herz, 2021: Understanding each other’s models: a standard representation of global water models to support improvement, intercomparison, and communication. Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 3843–3878. (Open Access).
  43. Wang, Zifeng, Junguo Liu, Jinbao Li, Ying Meng, Yadu Pokhrel, and Hongsheng Zhang (2021), Basin-scale high-resolution extraction of drainage networks using 10-m Sentinel-2 imagery, Remote Sensing of Environment, 255, 112281. (Download Full Text)
  44. Gudmundsson, L., J. Boulange, H. X. Do, S. N. Gosling, M. G. Grillakis, A. G. Koutroulis, M. Leonard, J. Liu, H. Müller Schmied, L. Papadimitriou, Y. Pokhrel, S. I. Seneviratne, Y. Satoh, W. Thiery, S. Westra, X. Zhang, and F. Zhao (2021), Globally observed trends in mean and extreme river flow attributed to climate change, Science, 371, 1159-1162. (Article)
  45. Shin, S., Y. Pokhrel, R. Talchabhadel, and J. Panthi (2021), Spatio-temporal dynamics of hydrologic changes in the Himalayan river basins of Nepal using high-resolution hydrological-hydrodynamic modeling, Journal of Hydrology, 126209 (See online article; PDF).
  46. Pokhrel, Y., F. Felfelani**, and Co-authors (2021), Global Terrestrial Water Storage and Drought Severity under Climate Change, Nature Climate Change (Full Article-Free to read version; Article Link).
  47. Boulange, Julien, Naota Hanasaki, Dai Yamazaki, and Yadu Pokhrel (2021), Role of dams in reducing global flood exposure under climate change, Nature Communications, 12, 417 (Open Access).
  48. Reinecke, R., H. Muller Schmied, T. Trautmann, P. Burek, M. Florke, S.N. Gosling, M. Grillakis, A. Kourroulis, Y. Pokhrel, L. Seaby, W. Theiry, Y. Wada, Y. Satoh, and P. Doll (2021), Uncertainty of simulated groundwater recharge at different global warming levels: A global-scale multi-model ensemble study, Hydrology and Earth System Science, 25, 787–810 (Open Access).
  49. Felfelani, Farshid**, David Lawrence, and Yadu Pokhrel (2020), Representing Inter-cell Lateral Groundwater Flow and Aquifer Pumping in the Community Land Model, Water Resources Research, 56, e2020WR027531 (Article).
  50. Gädeke, Anne, Valentina Krysanova Aashutosh Aryal, Jinfeng Chang, Manolis Grillakis, Naota Hanasaki, Aristeidis Koutroulis, Yadu Pokhrel, Yusuke Satoh, Sibyll Schaphoff, Hannes Müller Schmied, Tobias Stacke, Qiuhong Tang, Yoshihide Wada, Kirsten Thonicke (2021), Performance evaluation of global hydrological models in six large Pan-Arctic watersheds, Climatic Change (Open
  51. Krysanova, V., J.Zaherpour2, I. Didovets, S. Gosling, D. Gerten, N. Hanasaki, H. Müller Schmied, Y. Pokhrel, Y. Satoh, Q. Tang and Yoshihide Wada (2021),  How evaluation of global hydrological models can help to obtain more credible projections of river discharge under climate change, Climatic Change (Open Access; PDF Download).
  52. Yokohata, T., T. Kinoshita, G. Sakurai, Y. Pokhrel, A. Ito, M. Okada, Y. Satoh, E. Kato, T. Nitta, S. Fujimori, F. Felfelani**, Y. Masaki, T. Iizumi, M. Nishimori, N. Hanasaki, K. Takahashi, Y. Yamagata, and S. Emori (2020), MIROC-INTEG1: A global bio-geochemical land surface model with human water management, crop growth, and land-use change, Geoscientific Model Development, 13, 4713–4747 (Abstract; PDF/Open Access).
  53. Chen, J., B. Tapley, M. Rodell, K-W. Seo, C. Wilson, B. Scanlon, and Y. Pokhrel, Basin-scale river runoff estimation from GRACE gravity satellites, climate models and in situ observations: a case study in the Amazon basin, Water Resources Research, 56, 10, e2020WR028032 (Abstract).
  54. Vanderkelen, I., N. P. M. van Lipzig, D. M. Lawrence, B. Droppers, M. Golub, S. N. Gosling, A. B. G. Janssen, R. Marcé, H. Müller Schmied, M. Perroud, D. Pierson, Y. Pokhrel, Y. Satoh, J. Schewe, S. I. Seneviratne, V. M. Stepanenko, Z. Tan, R. I. Woolway, and W. Thiery (2020), Global Heat Uptake by Inland Waters, Geophysical Research Letters, 47,  e2020GL087867 (Abstract; PDF/Open Access).
  55. Shin, Sanghoon**, Yadu Pokhrel, Dai Yamazaki, Xiaodong Huang, Nathan Torbick, Jiaguo Qi, Sura Pattanakiat, Thanh Ngo-Duc, and Nguyen Duc Tuan (2020), High Resolution Modeling of River-floodplain-reservoir Inundation Dynamics in the Mekong River Basin, Water Resources Research, 56, e2019WR026449 (Abstract; PDF).
  56. Burbano, M, S. Shin, N. Khanh, and Y. Pokhrel (2020), Hydrologic Changes, Dam Construction, and the Shift in Dietary Protein in the Lower Mekong River Basin, Journal of Hydrology, 581 (124454); Download PDF).
  57. Yamada, T.J. and Y. Pokhrel (2019), Effect of Human-Induced Land Disturbance on Subseasonal Predictability of Near-Surface Variables using an Atmospheric General Circulation Model, Atmosphere, 10(11), 725 (Open Access).
  58. Baniya, B., Q. Tang, Y. Pokhrel, and Ximeng Xu (2019), Vegetation Dynamics and Ecosystem Service Values Changes at National and Provincial Scales in Nepal from 2000 to 2017, Environmental Development,  DOI: 10.1016/j.envdev.2019.100464 (Download PDF).
  59. Chaudhari, S.**, Y. Pokhrel, E. Moran, and G. Miguez-Macho (2019), Multi-decadal Hydrologic Change and Variability in the Amazon River Basin: Understanding Terrestrial Water Storage Variations and Drought Characteristics, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 23, 2841-2862 (Open AccessDownload PDF).
  60. Schewe, J., S. Gosling , C. Reyer , F. Zhao , P. Ciais , J. Elliott , L. François , V. Huber , Heike Lotze , S. Seneviratne , M. van Vliet , R. Vautard , Y. Wada , L. Breuer , M. Büchner , D. Carozza , J. Chang , M. Coll , D. Deryng , A. de Wit , T. Eddy , C. Folberth , K. Frieler , A. Friend , D. Gerten , L. Gudmundsson , N. Hanasaki , A. Ito , N. Khabarov , H. Kim , P. Lawrence , C. Morfopoulos , C. Müller , H. Müller Schmied , R. Orth , S. Ostberg , Y. Pokhrel , T. Pugh , G. Sakurai , Y. Satoh , E. Schmid , T. Stacke , J. Steenbeek , J. Steinkamp , Q. Tang , H. Tian , D. Tittensor , J. Volkholz , X. Wang , and L. Warszawski (2019), State-of-the-art models underestimate impacts from climate extremes, Nature Communications, 10 (1005). (Open Access).
  61. Shin, S, Y. Pokhrel, and G. Miguez-Macho (2019), High Resolution Modeling of Reservoir Release and Storage Dynamics over the Continental US, Water Resources Research, 55, 787-810 (Abstract: 10.1029/2018WR023025; Download PDF).
  62. Liu, X, Wenfeng Liu, H. Yang, Q. Tang, M. Flörke, Y.Masaki, H. Müller Schmied, S. Ostberg, Y. Pokhrel, Y. Satoh, and Y. Wada (2019), Multimodel assessments of human and climate impacts on mean annual streamflow in China, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 23, 1245–1261 (Open Access; PDF Download).
  63. Felfelani**, F., Y. Pokhrel, K. Guan, and D. Lawrence (2018), Utilizing SMAP Soil Moisture Data to Constrain Irrigation in the Community Land Model, Geophysical Research Letters , 45, 12, 892–12,902 (DOI:; Download PDF).
  64. Pokhrel, Y., S. Shin**, J. Lin, D. Yamazaki, and J. Qi (2018), Potential Disruption of Flood Dynamics in the Lower Mekong River Basin Due to Upstream Flow Regulation, Scientific Reports, 8, 17767 (Download PDF; Open Access).
  65. Hanasaki, N., S. Yoshikawa, Y. Pokhrel, and S. Kanae (2018), A quantitative investigation of the thresholds for two conventional water scarcity indicators using a state-of-the-art global hydrological model with human activities, Water Resources Research, 54, 8279–8294. (DOI:; Get PDF).
  66. Zaherpour, Jamal, S. Gosling, N Mount, D. Gerten, H. Schmied, H. Kim, I. Haddeland, J. Schewe, J. Liu, G. Leng, L. Gudmundson, N. Hanasaki, R. Dankers, S. Eisner, T. Oki, TIE Veldkamp, Y Pokhrel, Y. Wada, Y. Yoshimitsu, and Y. Satoh (2018), Worldwide evaluation of mean and extreme runoff from six global-scale hydrological models that account for human-influences, Environmental Research Letters, 13, 065015 (Open Access).
  67. Wartenburger, Richard, Co-authors, Y. Pokhrel and Co-authors (2018), Evapotranspiration simulations in ISIMIP2a – Evaluation of spatio-temporal characteristics with a comprehensive ensemble of independent datasets, Environmental Research Letters, 13, 075001 (Open Access).
  68. Veldkamp, T.I.E., F. Zhao, P.J. Ward, H. de Moel, J.C.J.H. Aerts, H. Muller Schmied, F.T. Portmann, Y. Masaki, Y Pokhrel, X. Liu, Y. Satoh, D. Gerten, S. Gosling, J. Zaherpour, Y. Wada (2018), Human impact parameterization in global hydrological models improves estimates of monthly discharges and hydrological extremes: a multi-model validation study, Environmental Research Letters13, 055008, (Open Access).
  69. Chaudhari**, S, F. Felfelani**, S. Shin**, and Y. Pokhrel (2018), Climate and Anthropogenic Contributions to the Desiccation of the Second Largest Saline Lake in the Twentieth Century, Journal of Hydrology, 560, 342–353 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.03.034) (DOWNLOAD).
  70. Pokhrel, Y., M. Burbano**, J. Roush, H. Kang, V. Sridhar, and D. Hyndman (2018), A Review of the Integrated Effects of Changing Climate, Land Use, and Dams on Mekong River Hydrology, Water10(3), 266; doi: 10.3390/w10030266 (Download PDF) — Editor’s Choice Paper.
  71. Hanasaki, N., S. Yoshikawa, Y. Pokhrel, and S. Kanae (2018), A global hydrological simulation to specify the sources of water used by humans, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22, 789-817 (Open Access:
  72. Peng, B., K. Guan, M. Chen, D. Lawrence, Y. Pokhrel, A. Suyker, T. Arkebauer, and Y. Lu (2018), “Improving Maize Growth Processes in the Community Land Model: Implementation and Evaluation”, Agriculture and Forest Meteorology, 250-251, 64–89 (DOI:
  73. Chen**, Y., D. Lu, L. Luo, Y. Pokhrel, K. Deb, J. Huang, and Y. Ran (2018), Detecting irrigation extent, frequency and timing in a heterogeneous arid agricultural region using MODIS time series, Landsat imagery and ancillary data, Remote Sensing of Environment, 204, 197-211; DOI:
  74. Felfelani, F.**, Y. Wada, L. Longuevergne, and Y.N. Pokhrel (2017), Natural and human-induced terrestrial water storage change: A global analysis using hydrological models and GRACE, Journal of Hydrology, 553, 105-118 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.07.048) (PDF).
  75. Wada, Y, M. F. P. Bierkens, A. de Roo, P. A. Dirmeyer, J. S. Famiglietti, N. Hanasaki, M. Konar, J. Liu, H. Müller-Schmied, T. Oki, Y. Pokhrel, M. Sivapalan, T. J. Troy, A. I. J. M. van Dijk, T. van Emmerik, M.H.J. Van Huijgevoort, H. A. J. Van Lanen, C. J. Vörösmarty, N. Wanders, and H. Wheater (2017), Human-water interface in hydrological modeling: Current status and future directions, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21, 4169-4193, (Open Access).
  76. Zhao, F., T.I.E. Veldkamp, Katja Frieler, Jacob Schewe, Sebastian Ostberg, Sven Willner, Bernhard Schauberger,  Simon Gosling, H. Müller Schmied, F.T. Portmann, G. Leng, M. Huang, X. Liu, Q. Tang, N. Hanasaki, H. Biemans, D. Gerten, Y. Satoh, Y. Pokhrel, T. Stacke, P. Ciais, J. Chang, A. Ducharne, M. Guimberteau,Y. Wada, H. Kim, D. Yamazaki (2017), Choice of routing scheme considerably influences peak river discharge simulation in global hydrological models, Environmental Research Letters , 12 075003. (Open Access, PDF).
  77. Veldkamp, T.I.E., Y. Wada, J.C.J.H Aerts, P. Döll, S.N. Gosling, J. Liu, Y. Masaki, T. Oki, S. Ostberg, Y. Pokhrel, Y. Satoh, H. Kim, and P.J. Ward (2017), Water scarcity hotspots travel downstream due to human interventions in the 20th and 21st century, Nature Communications, 8, 15697, 10.1038/ncomms15697 (Open Access; PDF).
  78. Pokhrel, Y.N., F. Felfelani**, S. Shin**, T.J. Yamada, and Y. Satoh (2017), Modeling large-scale human alteration of land surface hydrology and climate, Geoscience Letters, 4:10, DOI: 10.1186/s40562-017-0076-5 (Open Access; PDF).
  79. Pokhrel, Y. N., N. Hanasaki, Y. Wada, H. Kim (2016), Recent progresses in incorporating human land-water management into global land surface models toward their integration into Earth system models, WIREs Water, 3: 548-574,  doi: 10.1002/wat2.1150. (PDF)
  80. Inatsu, M, T. Sato, T.J. Yamada, R. Kuno, S. Sugimoto, M.A. Farukh, Y. N. Pokhrel, S. Kure (2015) Multi-GCM by multi-RAM Experiments for Dynamical Downscaling on Summertime Climate Change in Hokkaido, Atmospheric Science Letters, doi: 10.1002/asl2.557. (PDF)
  81. Pokhrel, Y. N., S. Koirala, P. J.-F. Yeh, N. Hanasaki, L. Longuevergne, S. Kanae, and T. Oki (2015) Incorporation of Groundwater Pumping in a Global Land Surface Model with the Representation of Human Impacts, Water Resources Research, 51, 7896, doi:10.1002/2014WR015602 (PDF).
  82. Yamada, T.J., M.A. Farukh, T. Fukushima, M. Inatsu, T. Sato, Y.N. Pokhrel, T. Oki (2014), Extreme precipitation intensity in future climates associated with the Clausius-Clapeyron-like relationship, Hydrological Research Letters, 8(4), 108–113. DOI: 10.3178/hrl.8.108 (PDF).
  83. Pokhrel, Y. N., Y. Fan, and G. Miguez-Macho (2014) Potential Hydrologic Changes in the Amazon by the End of the 21st Century and the Groundwater Buffer, Environmental Research Letters, 9, 084004, (Open Access; PDF).
  84. Pokhrel, Y.N., Y. Fan, G. Miguez-Macho, P. J.-F. Yeh, and S. Han (2013) The Role of Groundwater in the Amazon Water Cycle: 3. Influence on Terrestrial Water Storage Computations and Comparison with GRACE, Journal of Geophysical Research Atmosphere, 118, 3233–3244, 10.1002/jgrd.50335 (PDF).
  85. Yamahara, K., T. J. Yamada, and Y. Pokhrel (2013) Sub-seasonal Hydrological Forecast Skills of Extreme Events Using Land Initialization with the Influence of Human Activity in an Atmosphere General Circulation Model, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, JSCE, 57, I_1807-I_1812. (In Japanese with English Abstract)
  86. Pokhrel, Y. N., N. Hanasaki, P. J.-F. Yeh, T. Yamada, S. Kanae, & T Oki (2013) Reply to ‘Overestimated water storage’, Nature Geoscience, 6, 3-4.
  87. Pokhrel, Y. N., N. Hanasaki, P. J.-F. Yeh, T. Yamada, S. Kanae, and T Oki (2012) Model Estimates of Sea Level Change due to Anthropogenic Impacts on Terrestrial Water Storage, Nature Geoscience, 5, 389-392, doi:10.1038/ngeo1476  (PDF).
  88. Pokhrel, Y., N. Hanasaki, S. Koirala, J. Cho, H. Kim, P. J.-F. Yeh, S. Kanae and T. Oki (2012) Incorporating anthropogenic water regulation modules into a land surface model. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 13, 255–269, doi:  (PDF).
  89. Cho, J., H. Komatsu, Y. Pokhrel, P. J.-F. Yeh, T. Oki, and S. Kanae (2011) The Effects of Annual Precipitation and Mean Air Temperature on Annual Runoff in Global Forest Regions. Climatic Change Letters, 108, 401-410, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-011-0197-3  (PDF).
  90. Pokhrel, Y., N. Hanasaki, S. Koirala, S. Kanae, and T. Oki (2010) Extreme River Discharge Under Present and Future Climate Conditions Using High-Resolution Climate Model Data. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, JSCE, 54, 97-102.
  91. Pokhrel, Y. N., T. Oki, S. Kanae (2008) A grid based assessment of global theoretical hydropower potential. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, JSCE, 52, 7-12 (PDF).

Other Products/Datasets: 

  1. Gosling, Simon; Müller Schmied, Hannes; Betts, Richard; Chang, Jinfeng; Ciais, Philippe; Dankers, Rutger; Döll, Petra; Eisner, Stephanie; Flörke, Martina; Gerten, Dieter; Grillakis, Manolis; Hanasaki, Naota; Hagemann, Stefan; Huang, Maoyi; Huang, Zhongwei; Jerez, Sonia; Kim, Hyungjun; Koutroulis, Aristeidis; Leng, Guoyong; Liu, Xingcai; Masaki, Yoshimitsu; Montavez, Pedro; Morfopoulos, Catherine; Oki, Taikan; Papadimitriou, Lamprini; Pokhrel, Yadu; Portmann, Felix T.; Orth, Rene; Ostberg, Sebastian; Satoh, Yusuke; Seneviratne, Sonia; Sommer, Philipp; Stacke, Tobias; Tang, Qiuhong; Tsanis, Ioannis; Wada, Yoshihide; Zhou, Tian; Büchner, Matthias; Schewe, Jacob; Zhao, Fang (2017): ISIMIP2a Simulation Data from Water (global) Sector. GFZ Data Services. (

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

  1. Pail, R., Pokhrel et al. (2015), Observing Mass Transport to Understand Global Change and Benefit Society: Science and User Needs, An international multi-disciplinary initiative for IUGG; in: Pail, R. (eds.) Deutsche Geodätische Kommission der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Reihe B, Angewandte Geodäsie, Vol. 2015, Heft 320, Verlag der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Kommission beim Verlag C.H. Beck, ISBN (Print) 978-3-7696-8599-2, ISSN 0065-5317, 2015 (available at
  2. Pokhrel Y. N., T. Oki, and S. Kanae (2012), Policy Frameworks for Climate Smart Development: The Case of Hydropower. [Chapter 10 in Srinivasan et al., 2012 Eds., Climate Smart Development in Asia: Transition to Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Economies. Routledge, Earthscan Publishers, London].

Conference Proceedings (Refereed)

  1. K. Yamahara, T. J. Yamada, Y. Pokhrel, Development of an Atmospheric General Circulation Model Including Human Impact Modules, Proceedings of Hokkaido Chapter of the JSCE, No. 69, B-03, 2013. (in Japanese)
  2. T. Kouno, T. J. Yamada, Y. N. Pokhrel, Development of a Land Surface Model With Human Impact Modules for Hokkaido Area, Proceedings of the JSCE Global Environment Symposium (Tohoku University), No. 21, 2013. (In Japanese with English Abstract)
  3. Pokhrel Y. N., N. Hanasaki, S. Kanae, and T. Oki. Simulating historical and future global river discharge using High-Resolution climate model data. Proceedings of the Sixth International Scientific Conference on the Global Energy and Water Cycle and the Second Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (iLEAPS) Science Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2009.
  4. Pokhrel Y. N., T. Oki, and S. Kanae. Hydropower: A Source of Clean Energy for the Sustainable Future. Proceedings of the international conference on Environment, Energy and Water in Nepal: Recent Researches and Direction for Future Kathmandu, Nepal, 2009.
  5. Pokhrel Y. N., T. Oki, and S. Kanae. Impact of climate change on global hydropower potential. Proceedings of the 4th Conference of The Asia Pacific Hydrology and Water Resources, Beijing, 2008.
  6. Pokhrel, Y. N., T. Oki, S. Kanae. Global hydropower potential in the 21st century, Proceedings of the Conference of Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources, Tokyo, 2008.

Presentations — NOT updated!

Selected Presentations (Full list available HERE)

  1. Pokhrel, Y.N., T. Yamada, S. Shin, L. Luo, D. Lu, K. Deb, Modeling Impacts of Irrigation on Land Surface Hydrology and Subseasonal Forecast, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Dec. 2016 (Invited).
  2. Pokhrel, Y.N., Progresses in Large-scale Water Cycle Modeling in a Changing World, 13th Annual Meeting of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society, Beijing, China, August 2016 (Early Career Researcher Distinguished Lecture).
  3. Miguez-Macho, G., Y. Fan, A. Martínez de la Torre, B. Gomez, Y. Pokhrel, Climate modeling and Groundwater: the key role of the water table in the terrestrial water cycle (Invited), AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, 2014.
  4. Oki, T., Y. Satoh, Y. Pokhrel, H. Kim, K. Yoshimura, Impacts of Autonomous Adaptations on the Hydrological Drought Under Climate Change Condition (Invited), AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, 2014.
  5. Fan, Y., G. Miguez-Macho,  E. Jobaggy, H. Li, Y. N. Pokhrel, Some Large-Scale Patterns in Groundwater-Ecosystem Coupling (Invited), AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, 2014.
  6. Pokhrel, Y. N., Y. Fan, G. Miguez-Macho, P. Yeh, S. Han, Role of surface water and groundwater on terrestrial water storage variation in the Amazon, AGU Fall Meeting 2012, San Francisco, USA, 2012.
  7. Pokhrel, Y. N., S. Koirala, N. Hanasaki, P. J.-F. Yeh, S. Kanae, T. Oki, Estimating global groundwater withdrawal and depletion using an integrated hydrological model, GRACE, and in situ observations (Invited), American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2012, San Francisco, USA, 2012.
  8. Oki, Y. Pokhrel, N. Hanasaki, Y. Satoh, H. Kim, K. Yoshimura, Changes in land and water infrastructure impacting water availability and resources (Invited), 7th International Scientific Conference on the Global Water and Energy Cycle (GEWEX), Hague, The Netherlands, 14-17 July, 2014.
  9. Oki, Y. Satoh, Y. Pokhrel, H. Kim, K. Yoshimura, How Autonomous Adaptation can Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change on Water Scarcity? (Invited), 11th Annual Meeting of the Asia Oceanic Geosciences Society (AOGS), Sapporo, Japan, 28 Jul-01Aug, 2014.
  10. Pokhrel, Y.N., S. Koirala, N. Hanasaki, P. J.-F. Yeh, S. Kanae, T. Oki, Overview of the integrated model HiGW-MAT (Human impacts and GroundWater representations in MATSIRO), Global Soil Wetness Project Phase 3 (GSWP-3), Kickoff Meeting, The University of Tokyo, Japan, 26-27 Feb., 2014.
  11. Y. Fan, Y. N. Pokhrel, H. Li, G. Miguez-Macho, Groundwater influence on vegetation: pathways and global patterns (Invited), AGU Fall Meeting 2013.
  12. Y. Fan, H. Li, Y. N. Pokhrel, Gonzalo Miguez-Macho, Understanding patterns in global water table depth: the enormous data challenges (Invited), AGU Fall Meeting 2013.
  13. T. Yamada, Y. N. Pokhrel, K. Yamahara, N. Hanasaki, S. Koirala, P. J. Yeh, S. Kanae, T. Oki, Subseasonal forecast skill of the 1988 U.S. drought linked to human activities (Invited), AGU Fall Meeting 2013.
  14. Oki, T., Y. N. Pokhrel, N. Hanasaki, S. Koirala, S. Kanae, Non-renewable water use on the globe and its implication to sea level change (Invited), AGU Fall Meeting 2012, San Francisco, USA, 2012.
  15. Yamazaki, D., Y. Pokhrel, H. Kim, S. Kanae, and T. Oki, Impact of climate change on the flood risks in the Mekong River basin: prediction of future flooding extent using a continental-scale hydrodynamics model, European Geosciences Union (EGU), 2011 (Abstract).
  16. Pokhrel, Y. N., Study of global water cycle using a land surface model with the representations of human impacts. National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Japan, Sept. 6, 2011 (Invited Lecture).
  17. Pokhrel, Y., S. Koirala, T. Yamada, N. Hanasaki, P. Yeh, K. Yoshimura, S. Kanae, & T. Oki. Simulating the effects of irrigation pumping on global groundwater depletion. WCRP Open Science Conference, 24-28 October 2011, Denver, Colorado, USA.
  18. Kanae, S., N. Hanasaki, Y. Pokhrel et al., Modeling the impact of irrigation area changes and anthropogenic water regulation on terrestrial hydrological cycle (Invited), WRCP Open Science Conference, Denver, Colorado, Oct. 23-28, 2011.
  19. Pokhrel, Y. N., S. Koirala, T. Yamada, N. Hanasaki, P J.-F. Yeh, K. Yoshimura, S. Kanae, T. Oki, Modeling Irrigation Pumping and Groundwater Depletion in the High Plains Aquifer, USA, AGU Fall Meeting, 2011, San Francisco, USA.
  20. Pokhrel Y., N. Hanasaki, S. Koirala, S. Kanae & T. Oki. Incorporating anthropogenic water flow assessment modules into a Land Surface Model. 2nd International Conference on Hydrology delivers Earth System Science to Society. Tokyo, Japan, June 2010.
  21. Pokhrel, Y., N. Hanasaki, S. Koirala, S. Kanae and T. Oki. Assessing the Influence of Human Activities on Global Water Resources Using an Advanced Land Surface Model. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, 2010.
  22. Oki, T., T. Kondo, Y. Pokhrel, and N. Hanasaki, Characterization factors for water footprint considering the scarcity of green and blue water sources (Invited), AGU Fall Meeting, 13-17 Dec. 2010, San Francisco, USA.
  23. Oki, T., Y. Pokhrel, P. J. Yeh, S. Koirala, S. Kanae, and N. Hanasaki, Identifying the hotspots of non-renewable water use using HiGW-MAT: A new land surface model coupled with human interventions and ground water reservoir (Invited), AGU Fall Meeting, 13-17 Dec. 2010, San Francisco, USA.