Engineering prof honoured for notable scientific achievements

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

A civil and environmental engineering professor joins an elite group of scientists worldwide as the recipient of a prestigious award recognizing her significant contributions to international water research.

Dr. Nandita Basu, a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Water Sustainability and Ecohydrology, has been awarded the American Geophysical Union (AGU)’s Joanne Simpson Medal for Mid-Career Scientists. The annual award honours individuals working in Earth and space sciences who have made notable scientific achievements while displaying exemplary character.

In addition, Basu was awarded the opportunity to deliver the AGU’s Paul A. Witherspoon Lecture, presented annually to mid-career AGU members who have made significant contributions to hydrological science. 

An internationally renowned environmental engineer, Basu uses data science, process modelling and remote sensing to explore how climate, land use, and management impact surface and groundwater quality across landscapes and from watershed to the regional and global scales.

She has served on many advisory and technical committees throughout her career, including the International Joint Commission’s Science Advisory Board – Science Priority Committee. In 2019, Basu was elected a Member of the Royal Society College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Nandita Basu