Dr Jisha Joseph

Postdoctoral Researcher

Jisha is a researcher at PIK since March 2023. She completed her PhD in Water Resources Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India. She is currently a part of the EU project-TranformAr, where she is involved in the setting up of a European-scale eco-hydrological model. Her aim is to perform impact studies in the background of the water – land – food – energy nexus. She will also focus on evaluating the adaptations for hydrological extremes under climate change. Besides hydrological modelling, Jisha’s research interests also includes irrigation, groundwater and surface water hydrology and water resources management.


Working Group


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
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  • Since 2023: Postdoctoral Researcher at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany
  • 2015-2022: PhD scholar in Water Resources Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
  • 2013-2015: Masters in Technology in Water Resources Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
  • 2009-2015: Bachelors in Technology in Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology Calicut, India

  • Hydrological modelling
  • Uncertainity assessment
  • Irrigation
  • Groundwater and surface water hydrology
  • Water-Food-Energy Nexus


  • Chakraborti, R., Davis, K.F., DeFries, R., Rao, N.D.,  Joseph,J. and Ghosh, S., 2023. Crop switching for water sustainability in India’s food bowl yields co-benefits for food security and farmers’ profits. Nature Water (2023): 1-15.
  • Sahastrabuddhe, R., Ghausi, S.A., Joseph, J. and Ghosh, S., 2023. Indian Summer Monsoon Rainfall in a changing climate: a review. Journal of Water and Climate Change, 14(4), pp.1061-1088.
  • Joseph, J. and Ghosh, S., 2023. Representing Indian agricultural practices and paddy cultivation in the variable infiltration capacity model. Water Resources Research, 59(1), p.e2022WR033612.
  • Joseph, J., Scheidegger, J., Jackson, C., Barik, B., & Ghosh, S., 2022. Is flood to drip irrigation a solution to groundwater depletion in the Indo-Gangetic Plain? Environmental Research Letters.
  • Raghav, P., Borkotoky, S.S., Joseph, J., Chattopadhyay, R., Sahai, A.K. and Ghosh, S., 2020. Revamping extended range forecast of Indian summer monsoon. Climate Dynamics, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-020-05454-5
  • Saha, A., Joseph, J. and Ghosh, S., 2020. Climate controls on the terrestrial water balance: Influence of aridity on the basin characteristics parameter in the Budyko framework. Science of The Total Environment, p.139863
  • Joseph, J., Ghosh, S., Pathak, A. and Sahai, A.K., 2018. Hydrologic Impacts of Climate Change: Comparisons between Hydrological Parameter Uncertainty and Climate Model Uncertainty. Journal of Hydrology, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.08.080 .


  • Joseph, J., Pathak, A. and Ghosh, S. (2015), Uncertainty Assessment in Climate Change Simulation of Ganges Basin Paper Number: H33E-1664, AGU Fall Meeting 2015, San Francisco, USA


Accelerating and upscaling transformational adaptation in Europe: Demonstration of water-related innovation packages