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Dr Nitin Muttil

PhD (NUS), MTech (IITDelhi), BE (JMI Delhi)

Senior Lecturer & Leader, Water Resources Research Group

Dr Nitin Muttil is a senior lecturer with the College of Engineering & Science. Prior to joining VU in 2007, Nitin worked as a research fellow at the National University of Singapore and at the University of Hong Kong. During this time, he worked on various projects including developing a hydrologic model for the Marina Bay in Singapore and a data-driven model to predict algal blooms at Tolo Harbour in Hong Kong. The results of these projects have been published and well cited in highly ranked journals and international conferences.

At VU, Nitin has further developed his research expertise in the areas of urban drainage modelling and flood control, water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and impacts of climate change on water resources. Nitin is the leader of the Water Resources Research group in the College of Engineering and Science. Along with colleagues from the research group, Nitin has been extensively involved in collaborative research projects (with various local councils, water utility companies and so on) and supervision of postgraduate students. Nitin has been organising sessions on WSUD and climate change impact studies in recent conferences (MODSIM 2013 and MODSIM 2015) and his students regularly present their research at reputed conferences.

In recognition of his research efforts, Nitin was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Peak Award and Citation For Excellence In Research & Research Training (Research Team Category).

Publications

Refereed journal articles

Nasrin, T., Muttil, N. and Sharma, A.K., (2017). Impact of Short Duration Intense Rainfall Events on Sanitary Sewer Network Performance, Water 9 (3), 225. dx.doi.org/10.3390/w9030225

Adhikary, S.K., Yilmaz, A.G. and Muttil, N. (2017). Cokriging for Enhanced Spatial Interpolation of Rainfall in Two Australian Catchments, Hydrological Processes, Accepted and online on 4 March 2017. dx.doi.org/10.1002/hyp.11163

Sutadian, A.D., Muttil, N., Yilmaz, A.G. and Perera, B.J.C. (2017). Using the Analytic Hierarchy Process to identify parameter weights for developing a water quality index. Ecological Indicators, 75, pp. 220-233. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.12.043

Nasrin, T., Muttil, N. and Sharma, A.K. (2016). WSUD strategies to minimise the impacts of climate change and urbanisation on urban sewerage systems. Australian Water Association Water e-Journal, 1 (3).

Sutadian, A.D., Muttil, N., Yilmaz, A.G. and Perera, B.J.C. (2016). Development of river water quality indices-a review. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 188 (1), 58.

Conference presentations

Rashetnia, S., Yilmaz, A.G. and Muttil, N. (2015). Developing a flood vulnerability index for a case study area in Melbourne. 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium: The art and science of water, Engineers Australia, Hobart, Tasmania.

Sutadian, A.D., Muttil, N., Yilmaz, A.G. and Perera, B.J.C. (2015). Use of exploratory data analysis for cost effective monitoring of water quality data. 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium: The art and science of water, Engineers Australia, Hobart, Tasmania.

Nasrin, T., Tran, H.D. and Muttil, N. (2013). Modelling impact of extreme rainfall on sanitary sewer system by predicting rainfall derived infiltration/inflow. MODSIM2013, 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Molavi, S., Tran, H.D. and Muttil, N. (2013). Implementing future climate change scenarios using a stormwater drainage model for an urban catchment in Melbourne. MODSIM2013, 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Sivapragasam, C., Balamurli, S., Deepak, M., Prakhar, A. and Muttil, N. (2013). Trends in rainfall patterns over the Tamarabarani Basin in Tamil Nadu, India. MODSIM2013, 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand.

View Nitin's publications in the Victoria University Research Repository.

Teaching responsibilities

Unit Coordinator and Lecturer:

Current postgraduate supervision of four students.

Supervision of three postgraduate completions.

Research grants

Dr Nitin Muttil, Dr Sachindra Dhanapala, Prof Chris Perera, Dr Abdullah Yilmaz and Dr Yi-Ru Chen. (2016). VU Central Research Grant Scheme (CRGS), $15,092.

Dr Nitin Muttil, Prof Stephen Gray, Dr. Ashok Sharma and Prof. Stewart Burn. (2009 – 2011) CSIRO Flagship Postgraduate Scholarship, $99,000.

Professional memberships

Asia Oceania Geosciences Society

Appearances in the media

Many media articles have highlighted Dr Muttil's research outcomes. A few of them are listed below:

The Conversation, 'Water saving’s unintended consequences', February 2013

ABC Science, 'Water saving may lead to big stink', November 2013

VU News, 'Mapping the flood', April 2012

Areas of expertise

  • Hydrologic and urban drainage modelling
  • Urban water management and flood control
  • Water sensitive urban design
  • Impact of climate change on water resources
  • Data-driven modelling/hydroinformatics

Contact details

+61 3 9919 4251