Dr Tapas Biswas

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Dr Tapas Biswas has 34 years of research, teaching and consultancy experience in global water resources management. He has worked in a number of countries doing research and teaching in the field of environmental science. Dr Biswas's current research include River Basin water quality risk monitoring, modelling, forecasting and management, river productivity and health (carbon, nutrients, phytoplankton, metabolism), climate change and bushfires impact on water resources. His recent work with water quality digital sensors forms a critical part of the Australia's first satellite mission, to monitor water quality from space.

During his research, besides working in several Australian Organisations, Dr Biswas spent time at the US Salinity Laboratory and University of California at Riverside (USA); The Agricultural Research Organisation (Israel), Technical University of Berlin (Germany), International Rice Research Institute (Philippines), Indian Agricultural Research Institute (New Delhi, India), US Dept of Agriculture at Fresno (USA), China Institute of Hydropower and Hydraulics Research (Beijing, China), Nong Lam University (Vietnam), Dhaka University (Bangladesh), and Irrigation and Drainage Institute (Al-Hasa, Saudi Arabia).

Dr Biswas has over 120 publications including international journals, conference proceedings and client reports. He serves as a guest editor for the 'Soil Research' journal and is on the editorial board of 'Journal of South Pacific Agriculture' and 'Journal of Crop and Weed'. He is a honorary professor with the NSHM, a fellow of the International Organisation for Biotechnology & Bioengineering (IOBB), Vice-Chair of the NCWRI of the International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID), and executive committee member of the International Water Association (IWA) and Asia-Oceania Group on Earth Observations (AOGEO).

Research interests

Water quality monitoring, modelling and management

River productivity and ecology

Climate change, natural hazards and water resources

Environmental flow

Land and water resources management

  • Hulugalle, N, Biswas, T, Greene, R et al. 2021, 'Soil: the key to the past, the present and the future', Soil Research, vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 1-3pp.
  • Biswas, T.K., Karim, F., Kumar, A., Wilkinson, S., Guerschman, J., Rees, G., McInerney, P., Zampatti, B., Sullivan, A., Nyman, P., Sheridan, G.J. and Joehnk, K. (2021), 2019–2020 Bushfire impacts on sediment and contaminant transport following rainfall in the Upper Murray River catchment. Integr Environ Assess Manag, 17: 1203-1214. https://doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4492
  • Mosley , L, Biswas, T, Dang, T et al. 2018, 'Fate and dynamics of metal precipitates arising from acid drainage discharges to a river system', Chemosphere, vol. 212, pp. 811-820.
  • Mosley, L, Biswas, T, Cook, F et al. 2017, 'Prolonged recovery of acid sulfate soils with sulfuric materials following severe drought: causes and implications', Geoderma, vol. 308, pp. 312-320.