Raghavendra Jana, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellows

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Environmental Sciences and Engineering



Dr. Jana studied Civil Engineering at the undergraduate level at Bangalore University in India. He then moved to Texas A&M University in the United States where, in 2004, he got a Masters in Civil Engineering, dealing with the rheology of pavement materials. In 2010 he was awarded a Ph. D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering for his work on the scaling characteristics of soil hydraulic parameters at varying spatial resolutions. Dr. Jana worked as a post-doc at Texas A&M till 2012, when he moved to KAUST and joined the Centre for Numerical Porous Media. He joined the WDRC/ESOM group in 2014.​

Research Interests

Raghu’s primary research interests are in the area of sub-surface hydrology, especially the vadose (or unsaturated) zone hydrology. His expertise is in the domains of soil hydraulic parameter scaling, and mathematical/physical modeling soil moisture dynamics at multiple spatial scales. His research is oriented towards understanding the physical, chemical, and biological processes that control the movement of water and contaminants (chemical and biological) at various spatial and temporal scales. He is currently working on modeling of soil moisture and salinity in agricultural fields in arid regions.

Selected Publications

​​​For a full listing of publications, please refer to my Google Scholar page:

  • Jana, R. B., and B. P. Mohanty (2012), On topographic controls of soil hydraulic parameter scaling at hillslope scales, Water Resources Research48(2), W02518, doi: 10.1029/2011WR011204
  • Jana, R. B., and B. P. Mohanty (2012), A topography-based scaling algorithm for soil hydraulic parameters at hillslope scales: Field testing, Water Resources Research48(2), W02519, doi: 10.1029/2011WR011205
  • Jana, R. B., and B. P. Mohanty (2012), A comparative study of multiple approaches to soil hydraulic parameter scaling applied at the hillslope scale, Water Resources Research48(2), W02520, doi: 10.1029/2010WR010185
  • Jana, R. B., and B. P. Mohanty (2011), Enhancing PTFs with remotely sensed data for multi-scale soil water retention estimation, Journal of Hydrology399(3-4), 201-211
  • ​​Jana, R. B., B. P. Mohanty, and E. P. Springer (2008), Multiscale Bayesian neural networks for soil water content estimation, Water Resources Research44(8), W08408, doi: 10.1029/2008WR006879


  • Ph. D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering (Focus: Soil Hydrology), 2010, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA
  • M. E., Civil Engineering (Focus: Pavement Materials), 2004, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA
  • B. Eng., Civil Engineering, 2000, Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore University, India

Research Interests Keywords

Numerical analysis Agricultural monitoring Satellite Remote Sensing Hydrology Water Resources Land surface modelling Hydrological Measurement and Monitoring Remote Sensing