Mr. Ahmmed Zulfiqar Rahaman is working as a Junior Specialist in Climate Change and Disaster Management Division of Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS). He has more than 8 years of experience in the field of water resources engineering, climate change, disaster risk reduction and spatial planning. Currently, he is working as a Project Leader of Formulation of National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in Bangladesh, which is a Green Climate Fund (GCF) project and as a Research Coordinator for City Level Climate Vulnerabilities and Climate Resilient Infrastructure Assessment in Bangladesh under Livelihoods Improvement for Urban Poor Communities (LIUPC) project. He is also involved as a Disaster Risk Management Expert in Digital Risk Information Portal Development for Bangladesh.
As a hydrologist and climate change specialist by training, he was simultaneously involved in numerous studies in home and abroad relevant to climate change adaptation, risk, vulnerabilities and impact assessment, climate modeling (downscaling), climate change mitigation, flood risk management, disaster risk reduction, development and spatial planning, SDGs, GIS, hydrologic and hydro-dynamic modeling. He has very special skill on climate data downscaling, climate risk and vulnerability assessment at regional, national and city level. He has extensive experiences in using different mathematical modeling tools i.e., SOBEK, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, CHE2D, Delft3D, SWAT, SWMM, SDSM, ModFlow, DSSAT, ArcGIS etc to aid climate risk informed planning and design.
He has been engaged in more than 40 projects so far to give his expert input in numerous areas of interest with multi-tasking capability. He developed Statistical Downscaling Model for climate scenario generation (temperature and precipitation projections) covering whole Bangladesh for both AR4 and AR5 scenarios. He was involved in flood hydrology study for Dhaka city (western part) and future water availability assessment for GBM basins under climate change condition. He was engaged in urban drainage modeling for different parts of Dhaka city. He was actively involved in preparation of action plan of agriculture in Bangladesh under climate change and sector action plan for environment and climate change in Banglsdesh. He was engaged in formulating vision document Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, while concepts of goals and strategies were devised. Further, he is actively involved in update of climate change scenarios with dynamically downscaled climate data for supporting the implementation of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100. He worked a long time in impact assessment on haor ecosystem and formulating environment friendly solutions for flood risk mitigation.
As an international expert, Mr. Rahaman led the preparation of the integrated stormwater management plan for Thimphu City of Bhutan through comprehensive stormwater modeling and formulating Low Impact Development (LID) measures. Further, he worked in formulating climate resilient flood mitigation measures through hydrological and hydrodynamic modeling for SheteKheri and Aiepoly Streams of Gelephu of Southern Bhutan and climate scenario generation for flood management of Paro valley.
He has worked with various national and international organisations, development partners, NGOs and INGOs like UNDP, GIZ, ADB, World Bank, IMC Worldwide, ICIMOD, IWMI, CCAFS-CGIAR, Deltares, IHE, Wageningen University etc. Apart from his diversified technical experiences, he has extensive experiences in project planning, management and co-ordination. He has experiences of engaging himself as both national and international trainer and facilitator in climate change and water modeling related trainings.
Mr. Rahaman pursued his M.Sc in Water Resources Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). He obtained his B.Sc degree in Water Resources Engineering from the same institution. He has achieved several training and certifications on Natural Resources Management, Mathematical Modeling, Business Communication, Leadership and Project Management. He is Co-Founder of the Water Resources Engineering Forum (WRE Forum).