Vinay Nangia
Research Team Leader - Soils, Waters and Agronomy

Dr. Vinay Nangia is a Research Team Leader - Soil, Water, and Agronomy at ICARDA, an adjunct faculty at the Texas A&M University (USA), and a visiting professor at Tottori University (Japan). Dr. Nangia is an Advisory Board Member of Global Institute for Water, Environment, and Health (GIWEH - a Geneva-based water think tank), Steering Committee member of the UN FAO WASAG, Expert Member on UNCCD IWG on Drought, and ICARDA focal point for UNFCCC. He received his Ph.D. in Water Resources Science and two M.S. degrees - one in Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering and another in Geographic Information Science - all from the University of Minnesota, USA. Dr. Nangia is an agricultural hydrologist with extensive experience in agricultural water resource management and environmental impact assessments. At ICARDA, he conducts research on water-use efficiency assessments, crop production function analysis, irrigation and drainage performance diagnosis, and the evaluation of water conservation options. Throughout his career, he has applied skills in hydrological and crop modeling, and GIS and remote sensing to research issues relating to climate change, climatic variability, conservation agriculture, water quality, water productivity, land degradation and sustainable crop production. During a 16-year research career, he has served as a PI or co-PI on research projects worth about $11 million, authored or co-authored 100 technical publications that include 60 refereed journal articles in national or international journals. Dr. Nangia is an internationally recognized expert in hydrological and water quality modeling and GIS applications in water resources management. He has offered more than 20 trainings (covering a total of 400 participants) on hydrologic modeling in 10 countries. Dr. Nangia serves on the editorial board of professional society journals. He has served as research advisor/committee member to M.S. and Ph.D. students and was a visiting professor (2007-2011) at the Institute of Soil and Water Conservation of the Chinese Academy of Science where he co-advised graduate students. Previously, Dr Nangia was a NSERC Visiting Fellow at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada conducting research on GHG emissions from sub-surface tile-drained croplands of Eastern Ontario prior to which he was a post-doctoral fellow at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), where he started his career in 2005.

Vinay Nangia's Publications

A synthesis of soil organic carbon mineralization in response to  biochar amendment
Performance of Cluster Bean (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba) under Varying Levels of Irrigation and Nitrogen
Identification and Quantification of Actual Evapotranspiration Using Integrated Satellite Data for Sustainable Water Management in Dry Areas
Creating a Solar-Powered Drip Irrigation Optimal Performance model (SDrOP) to lower the cost of drip irrigation systems for smallholder farmers
Global pattern of soil priming effect intensity and its environmental drivers
Heat units-based potential yield assessment for cotton production in Uzbekistan
A Holistic Framework towards Developing a Climate-Smart Agri-Food System in the Middle East and North Africa: A Regional Dialogue and Synthesis
Continuous application of conservation tillage affects in situ N2O emissions and nitrogen cycling gene abundances following nitrogen fertilization
Managing Scarce Water Resources in the Drylands of West Asia and North Africa: Review of Joint Research between ICARDA and Japanese Researchers
Comparative study of the hydraulic, energy and agronomic performances of conventional and low pressure drip irrigation on citrus
Yield, water productivity and economics of legume based agri-horti systems during establishment phase of pomegranate (Punica granatum) in hyper arid partially irrigated zone of western Rajasthan
Effect of water and nitrogen levels on yield attributes, water productivity and economics of cluster bean (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba) in hot arid region
Micro-Watershed Management for Erosion Control Using Soil and Water Conservation Structures and SWAT Modeling
Surface Runoff and Drought Assessment Using Global Water Resources Datasets - from Oum Er Rbia Basin to the Moroccan Country Scale
Quantifying regional effects of plastic mulch on soil nitrogen pools, cycles, and fluxes in rain‐fed agroecosystems of the Loess Plateau
Effect of irrigation and nitrogen application on water productivity and performance of Cotton (Gossypium sp.)
Developing nitrogen management strategies under drip fertigation for wheat and maize production in the North China Plain based on a 3-year field experiment
Soil salinity prediction and mapping by machine learning regression in Central Mesopotamia, Iraq
Optimizing cotton irrigation regime using climatic data from mini weather station via evapotranspiration in the Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan (in Russian)
SWAT: Agricultural water and nonpoint source pollution management at a watershed scale—Part II
Editorial: Improving Water Productivity in Dry Areas
Journal Article
December 31, 2016

About 41% of the Earth’s land area is classified as dryland wherein the farming system is characterized by approximately 300-500 mm of annual rainfall. The low rainfall, which is not only insufficient but irregular, constitutes a major challenge to...

Relative Yield, Profit and Water Productivity of Crops in IGNP Stage-I
Improved On-farm Irrigation Management for Olive Growing - A Case Study from Morocco
Evaluation of CropSyst model for clusterbean under hot arid condition
Improving Water Productivity in Semi-arid Environments through Regulated Deficit Irrigation
SWAT: Agricultural water and nonpoint source pollution management at a watershed scale
Supplemental Irrigation: A Promising Climate-resilience Practice for Sustainable Dryland Agriculture
Water management
Book Chapter
June 26, 2016

Agriculture is the largest user of the world's freshwater resources, consuming 70% of the available supply (UNW-DPAC 2011). As the world's population rises and consumes more food, and industries as well as urban developments expand, water scarcity is...

Impact of Climate Changes on Water Resources Availability in the Orontes River Watershed: Case of Homs Governorate in Syria
A user-friendly interactive tool for estimating reference ET using ASCE standardized Penman-Monteith equation
تطبيق نظام القياسات المائية (WAS) ورفع انتاجية المياه في حوضي العاصي الاعلى والأوسط. WEAP modeling-based study of Water Accounting System and levels of water productivity in the Upper and Middle Orontes River Basin.
Journal Article
December 31, 2015

Freshwater used unsustainably in the upper and midmost Orontes basin (from Syrian - Lebanese borders to Rastan dam). In Syria country, water predicted to become scarce by 2020 due to demand continuing to grow in parallel with increased agriculture...

Mapping soil salinity changes using remote sensing in Central Iraq
Soil Salinity Mapping by Multiscale Remote Sensing in Mesopotamia, Iraq
Economics of salt-induced land degradation and restoration
Journal Article
November 24, 2014

Food security concerns and the scarcity of new productive land have put productivity enhancement of degraded lands back
on the political agenda. In such a context, salt-affected lands are a valuable resource that cannot be neglected nor easily...

Developing scenarios to assess sunflower and soybean yield under different sowing dates and water regimes in the Bekaa valley (Lebanon): Simulations with Aquacrop
Measuring and modeling the effects of drainage water management on soil greenhouse gas fluxes from corn and soybean fields
Scale Effects of STATSGO and SSURGO on Flow and Water Quality Predictions
Evaluation of deficit irrigation for efficient sheep production from permanent sown pastures in a dry continental climate