Manoj K. Jha, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant ProfessorJha



Dr. Jha's Water Reseach webpage

Contact: 456 McNair Hall
              Ph: (336) 285-3678
              Fax: (336) 334-7126 


Ph.D. Iowa State University
M.S. Iowa State University
M.E. Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
B.E. Institute of Engineering, Nepal

Teaching Interest  

CAEE 362 Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
CAEE 363 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
CAEE 364 Engineering Hydrology
CIEN 560 Water Resources Engineering
CIEN 668 Subsurface Hydrology
CIEN 702 Systems Analysis

Research Area

Surface and subsurface Hydrology, Urban Water Systems, Watershed Modeling, Water Resources Engineering and Management, Climate Change and Land Use Change Impacts on Water Resources (Hydrology and Water Quality), Design and Evaluation of BMPs for Sediment and Nutrients Controls, Impact of Extreme Hydrological Events (Floods and Droughts), Application of GIS and Remote Sensing in Water Resources, Uncertainties Quantification in Monitoring and Modeling Water Systems, GIS-Supported Spatial Analyses and Model Applications (SWAT, APEX, EPIC, WEPP, QUAL2K, HEC-models)

Current Research Projects (* denotes Lead PI)

  1. *NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Modeling nutrient transport from onsite wastewater systems. 2014-15. $9,734. (Active)
  2. *NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Modeling nutrient contribution from OSW in Lick Creek Watershed. 2015-16. $10,000. (Active)
  3. *NSF (National Scienec Foundation). Exploring water sustainability in cities: A course module linking geoscience, engineering, and society. 2013-2015. $11,250. (Active)
  4. USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development). Small-scale irrigation technologies and agricultural water management practices. 2013-2018. $625,000. (with Manuel Reyes and Joshua Idassi) (Active)
  5. *Computational Hydraulics International Inc. (CHI). Use of PCSWMM in water resources engineering design course. 2013-15 $1,440 (Active) 
  6. *U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Improving a watershed scale model to integrate wetlands into watershed planning. 2010-13. $16,244. (Completed)
  7. *National Science Foundation (NSF). Northern Gulf of Mexico hypoxia and land use in the watershed: Feedback and scale interactions. 2010-13. $113,778. (Completed)

Selected Publications (* denotes graduate student)

  • Gu RR, MK Sahu, MK Jha. 2015. Simulating the impacts of bio-fuel crop production on nonpoint source pollution in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Ecological Engineering 74: 223-229. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2014.10.010
  • *Chattopadhyay S, MK Jha. 2014. Hydrologic response due to predicted climatic variability in Haw River Watershed in North Carolina. Hydrological Sciences Journal. DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2014.934823
  • *Sayemuzzaman M, MK Jha, A Mekonnen. 2014. Spatio-temporal long term (1950-2009) temperature trend analysis in North Carolina. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. DOI: 10-1007/s00704-104-1147-6
  • Jha MK, *DG Fernandez. 2014. Shale gas extraction and water consumption in North Carolina: A Primer. American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences 7(1): 161-166. DOI: 10.3844/ajeassp.2014.161.166
  • Jha MK, PW Gassman. 2014. Changes in hydrology and streamflow as predicted by modeling experiment forced with climate models. Hydrological Processes 28: 2772-2781. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9836
  • Jha MK, PW Gassman, Y Panagopoulos. 2013. Regional changes in nitrogen loadings in the Upper Mississippi River Basin under predicted mid-century climate. Regional Environmental Change 1-2. DOI: 10.1007/s.10113-013-05539-y